Hackensack Meridian Health Welcomes Linda A. McHugh as Chief Experience and People Officer

April 6, 2021

Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to welcome Linda A. McHugh, M.T., MBA as chief experience and people officer, responsible for the strategic management and delivery of all experience, hospitality and people programs, policies, processes, and practices for the network.

“We’re delighted to have Linda join us in this key executive leadership position,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “She has an impressive background and concrete understanding of health networks and academic medical centers, bringing expertise in Human Resources transformation, Diversity and Inclusion, Labor Relations, Employee Engagement and Succession Planning.”

Ms. McHugh spent the last 35 years at the Cleveland Clinic, an integrated multi-specialty, international, academic health system with 18 hospitals, 23 family health centers, more than 6,000 staffed beds, 4,200 physicians, and 67,000 employees with operations in Florida, Nevada, Canada, London, China, Abu Dhabi, and United Arab Emirates. As Cleveland Clinic’s chief human Resources officer since 2016, she served as a visionary and transformational leader.

Her previous roles include executive director, Office of the CEO, assistant secretary, Board of Trustees, and regional Division administrator, Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery Affiliates, Regional Surgery.  She also served as an administrator for several departments, including Rehabilitation Medicine and Spine Center, Vascular Surgery and Vascular Medicine and Research Institute Cell Biology and Neuroscience.  Prior to the Cleveland Clinic, Ms. McHugh began her career at Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights, Ohio.

Ms. McHugh holds a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from Bowling Green University and a Master of Business Administration from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.  A member of the Society of Human Resources Management, she is actively involved with the Health Management Academy and is a former Community Board Member for Cleveland State University and Notre Dame Schools.