Hackensack Meridian Health announces its new Slate of Board Leaders

March 11, 2019

Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce its new slate of board leaders serving on the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees and the Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees.  We congratulate our new officers on their new roles and thank them for their service to Hackensack Meridian Health and the communities we serve.

The following are Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees officers and executive committee members:

Gordon N. Litwin, Esq. is chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Mr. Litwin is an attorney and partner at Litwin & Provence, LLC. He focuses his practice of law in the areas of environmental, municipal, redevelopment, real estate and commercial litigation.

Frank L. Fekete, CPA is vice chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Mr. Fekete is a managing partner with Mandel, Fekete & Bloom, CPAs, a certified public accounting firm based in Jersey City, NJ. He has been with the firm more than 30 years.

Keith Banks is secretary of the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Mr. Banks is vice chair of Global Wealth and Investment Management at Bank of America. He oversees the Investment Solutions Group encompassing GWIM Chief Investment, Alternative Investments, Capital Markets and the platforms supporting U.S. Trust and Merrill Lynch.

Peter S. Reinhart, Esq. is treasurer of the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Mr. Reinhart is the director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University and is the NJAR Greenbaum/Ferguson Chair of Real Estate Policy in West Long Branch, NJ.

Joseph Simunovich is immediate past chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Mr. Simunovich serves on the Board of Directors for SUEZ North America, delivering a unique combination of corporate, government and entrepreneurial experience with extensive expertise in sales, marketing, public relations and corporate communications.

Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, serves ex-officio on the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Mr. Garrett, who launched his career at Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981, previously served as president and CEO of the Hackensack University Health Network, significantly expanding the network through a series of acquisitions, partnerships and affiliations.

Peter H. Wegener, Esq. serves at-large by appointment on the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Mr. Wegener is a senior partner at Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf, P.C. A founding partner of the firm since 1970, he is the senior litigating attorney at Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf, P.C. and one of the leading experts in the field of eminent domain.

Michael A. Kleiman, D.M.D. serves at-large by appointment on the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Dr. Kleiman is chair of the Board of Directors of JFK Medical Center, where he is on staff. He is in private practice at Edison-Clark Oral Surgery Associates.

Thomas J. Kononowitz serves at-large by appointment on the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Mr. Kononowitz is retired from New Jersey Natural Gas Company after a successful 42-year career. As senior vice president he was responsible for Marketing Services, Customer Services, Consumer and Community Relations and the Corporate Foundation.

Fletcher Creamer Jr. serves at-large by appointment on the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Mr. Creamer is the fourth generation of Creamers to lead J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc. He began as a laborer in 1970, advancing through numerous positions along the way to his appointment as chief executive officer in 2006.

Richard W. Henning serves ex-officio on the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Mr. Henning is chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees. He is senior vice president, Communications, at SUEZ North America. In this position, he is responsible for setting public policy and strategic planning for the company with a primary focus on corporate social responsibility and attracting new business.

The following are Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees officers and executive committee members:

Richard W. Henning is chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees. Mr. Henning serves ex-officio on the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. He is senior vice president, Communications, at SUEZ North America. In this position, he is responsible for setting public policy and strategic planning for the company with a primary focus on corporate social responsibility and attracting new business.

Rosemarie J. Sorce is vice chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees. Mrs. Sorce is the office manager of Sorce Companies, a real estate management company based in Hackensack, NJ. Beyond her contributions through leadership roles, she is highly regarded for her extraordinary acts of volunteerism.

Marvin M. Goldstein, Esq. is secretary of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees. Mr. Goldstein is a retired partner of Proskauer Rose LLP, a New York City-based law firm. He is currently a labor relations consultant and an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association panel of Employment and Commercial Arbitrators.

Peter S. Reinhart, Esq. is treasurer of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees. Mr. Reinhart is the director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University and is the NJAR Greenbaum/Ferguson Chair of Real Estate Policy in West Long Branch, NJ.

Thomas J. Kononowitz is immediate past chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees. Mr. Kononowitz is retired from New Jersey Natural Gas Company after a successful 42-year career. As senior vice president he was responsible for Marketing Services, Customer Services, Consumer and Community Relations and the Corporate Foundation.

Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, serves ex-officio on the Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees. Mr. Garrett, who launched his career at Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981, previously served as president and CEO of the Hackensack University Health Network, significantly expanding the network through a series of acquisitions, partnerships and affiliations.

Mark Stauder, chief operating officer of Hackensack Meridian Heath, serves ex-officio on the Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees. A proven executive with more than 30 years of senior management experience including large multi-site integrated delivery systems, Mr. Stauder previously served as president and CEO of Inova Health System, a nonprofit integrated regional multi-campus health system in Falls Church, VA.

Gordon N. Litwin, Esq. serves ex-officio on the Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees. He is chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Network Board of Trustees. Mr. Litwin is an attorney and partner at Litwin & Provence, LLC. He focuses his practice of law in the areas of environmental, municipal, redevelopment, real estate and commercial litigation.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which include three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 34,100 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.