Awards & Recognition

Among the Best in New Jersey and the New York Metro Area

Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and Ocean Medical Center were recognized as three of the best hospitals for 2016-2017 in New Jersey and the New York metro area by U.S. News & World Report.

Hackensack University Medical Center is once again ranked #1 in New Jersey and #4 in the New York metro area. Additionally, Hackensack is nationally ranked in four specialties for providing superior care for the most complex clinical procedures: Cardiology and Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose and Throat; Orthopedics; and Urology. Hackensack is also deemed a high-performing hospital among all nine common adult procedures and conditions.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center moved up to #4 in New Jersey and is ranked #13 in the New York metro area. Jersey Shore is deemed a high-performing hospital in two specialties, Neurology and Neurosurgery and Urology, a recognition reserved for the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation. Additionally, Jersey Shore is deemed high performing across eight common adult procedures and conditions.

Ocean Medical Center is ranked #8 in New Jersey and #18 in the New York metro area. In addition to Ocean’s Best Regional Hospital ranking, it is also recognized as a high-performing hospital in five common adult procedures and conditions.

Riverview Medical Center is deemed high performing in three common adult procedures and conditions, while Mountainside Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy are each deemed high performing in two.

These rankings underscore the high-quality patient care Hackensack Meridian Health consistently delivers to residents across New Jersey and the region, and to the continued efforts of our physicians, nurses and team members who are focused every day on consistently providing excellent care for our patients.

One of the Greatest Hospitals in America

In April 2017, Hackensack University Medical Center was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review in the 2017 edition of its list of “100 Great Hospitals in America.” According to Becker’s, Hackensack was chosen as a hospital renowned for excellence. The hospitals on the list are industry leaders in innovation, quality patient care and clinical research, and have received recognition across various publications and accrediting organizations.

Hackensack was also recognized based on a criteria of previous achievement. The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals according to analysis of several ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News and World Report’s 2016-17 Honor Roll and specialty rankings, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades, Most Wired hospitals and Magnet accreditation.

Our Leaders are Shaping the World of Business in New Jersey
Well Represented on NJBIZ’s “The Power 100” List

We are proud to announce that four Hackensack Meridian Health leaders have made it onto NJBIZ’s “The Power 100” list: our Co-CEO Robert C. Garrett, FACHE; two members of the Board of Governors for the Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, John Degnan and Linda Bowden; and Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Chairman Larry Inserra.

As co-CEO, Robert (Bob) Garrett is leading the charge in the new and ever-changing world of health care alongside Co-CEO John K. Lloyd, FACHE. Bob is ranked #13 this year, marking an impressive six consecutive years on the list.

As chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York – New Jersey, John Degnan is ranked #8 due to his influence on our region’s businesses. Linda, ranked #70, is New Jersey regional president of PNC Bank, where she is responsible for providing executive leadership and supporting client relationship and business development initiatives, including corporate and institutional banking, commercial banking and wealth management, as well as supporting the firm’s community-based activities. Linda is active in a range of community programs including the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Choose New Jersey.

As one of the largest owners of ShopRites in the state, Larry Inserra’s influence in one of the state’s biggest industries (food) is huge. But his power crosses industries. He is on numerous boards; most notably, he is chairman of Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. Larry is ranked #87.

The Most Powerful Leaders in New Jersey Health Care
50 Best
Sherrie String, chief human resources officer and executive vice president, was recognized by NJBIZ for her leadership in the Garden State’s business community.


These forward-thinking leaders not only made the NJBIZ Health Care Power 50 list, but are also helping to propel this industry into the future:

Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, was named #1 for the second time in three years. NJBIZ cites the Hackensack Meridian merger, partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering, the creation of a $25 million innovation center with NJIT and the new medical school with Seton Hall University as just a few of the many reasons he reached the top spot once again. Bob was also recognized for his commitment to Hackensack Meridian Health and the state of New Jersey.

John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, was ranked as #40 for being instrumental in the Hackensack Meridian Health merger and for being a very well-respected influencer who has garnered much respect in the state.

Andrew Pecora, M.D., president of the Physician Services Division and Chief Innovation Officer, was ranked #33. NJBIZ highlights his role in the Memorial Sloan Kettering partnership, which will further elevate Hackensack Meridian Health’s status in the region.

Ranked #21 on the list, Bonita Stanton, M.D., president of the Academic Enterprise and founding dean of the Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, made the list for the first time. According to NJBIZ, her position will allow her “to impact the future of the health care industry.”

Referred to as “a key behind-the-scenes-player,” Robert Glenning, president of the Financial Services Division and Chief Financial Officer, was listed as #29.

Recently named as the new NJHA Chairman, Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of the Hospital Services Division and Chief Operating Officer, is ranked #36.

Ranked #49, Jose Lozano, vice president for Corporate Services and Governance and chief of staff, was recognized as a trusted leader who continues to build our “ever-expanding offerings of services.”

Ken Sable, M.D., president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, was named as a future contender for the list. NJBIZ acknowledged Dr. Sable’s oversight of the $256 million hospital expansion and noted that he is someone to watch who is on the rise.

Sherrie String Named a “Best Woman in Business”

Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President Sherrie String has been named to NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business. Her dynamic leadership at Hackensack Meridian Health speaks volumes to this achievement. According to NJBIZ, winners were chosen from all around New Jersey in a wide variety of industries and career paths.

A Hero Among Us

Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, was honored with a 2016 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Award as the Health Care Professional of the Year recognizing his leadership, particularly involving recent partnerships and affiliations. The 10th annual NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program was created to honor the efforts of individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of health care in New Jersey.

A Trustee We Can Trust

Joseph Simunovich, co-chairman of Hackensack Meridian Health’s Board of Trustees, was awarded New Jersey Hospital Association’s Healthcare System Trustee of the Year Award for his highly valued and deeply respected tenure as trustee leader of Hackensack University Medical Center. His time serving on the board for Hackensack has spanned for more than 25 years, and he has been an influential contributor and influencer for the growth of Hackensack’s success in recent years.

Leading the World of Marketing
Leading the World of Marketing
Chrisie Scott, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, is recognized as a marketing leader in both the industry and the state.

When it comes to Hackensack Meridian Health’s brand, Chrisie Scott, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, has been instrumental in developing its distinct look and feel. For her dedicated efforts in implementing the brand, she was recognized as a 2016 Leading Women Marketer by Leading Women Entrepreneurs during the Leaders Behind the Biggest Brand event. The Leading Women Entrepreneurs Initiative was developed in for the purpose of acknowledging female executives who exhibit outstanding performance in four areas: market potential, innovation, community involvement and advocacy for women. Intelligent, creative, ambitious and socially conscious, these women, including Chrisie, are part of the wave of entrepreneurs rising in New Jersey and across the country.

A Great Place to Work in Health Care

Hackensack Meridian Health was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 150 Greatest Places to Work in Healthcare list. The list features U.S. health care provider organizations, such as hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgical centers and home health agencies, as well as other types of health care-specific companies, like consulting firms, health IT vendors, medical societies and more.

In addition, Great Place to Work® and Fortune recognized the organization as one of the Best Workplaces for Women in the nation. In 2016, we climbed to 47th on the list, up 38 spots from 85th in 2015.

Bringing Innovation to End-Of-Life Care

Hackensack Meridian Health’s Palliative Care Services at Meridian’s legacy hospitals were recognized with a 2016 Circle of Life AwardTM from the American Hospital Association. We received a Citation of Honor for our innovations in new delivery structures and payment models, with a focus on community-based and long-term care and advance care planning education for our community. The Circle of Life Award celebrates programs across the nation that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care. Circle of Life Award nominations were reviewed and site-visited by a selection committee that included leaders from medicine, nursing, social work and health administration. The award honors palliative programs that serve people with life-limiting illness, their families and their communities, and address medical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs throughout the disease trajectory.

We’re Wired to Deliver Outstanding Care

Most Wired

Both of our academic medical centers, Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center, as well as six of our community hospitals: Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Bayshore Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, were named to the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. The survey measures IT adoption of operational, financial and clinical performance in health care delivery networks in U.S. hospitals and designates those who have made strides in laying the foundation for robust clinical information systems.

Hackensack University Medical Center has made the list 15 times, and has been distinguished with this honor highlighting the technology that is improving the efficiency of care delivery and creating a new dynamic in patient interactions. Legacy Meridian Health was named among the nation’s Most Wired health networks for the 17th year in a row—more than any other existing health network in the state of New Jersey.

By enhancing our patient engagement, clinical workflows, and providing the utmost data security throughout our network, we have greatly improved our quality of patient care.

Hackensack Meridian Health Does Good Work
Does Good Work
Hackensack Meridian Health At Home Hospice Received CIANJ’s 2017 Extraordinary Good Works Award. The health care team was honored for the extraordinary steps they took for Joseph Aulert, a hospice patient who had just a few weeks to live. They mobilized quickly to make Joseph’s dream a reality. Karen Stanton, senior director of Hackensack Meridian Health Hospice, accepted the top honor on behalf of the Hackensack Meridian Health team who worked to make Joseph’s dream a reality.

The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine recognized Hackensack Meridian Health At Home Hospice as an Extraordinary Good Works recipient at their 2017 Annual Chairman’s Reception. The award and reception acknowledges unselfish acts of extraordinary kindness of the business community.

We were honored for the extraordinary steps we took for Joseph Aulert, a hospice patient, who had just a few weeks to live when he mentioned to caregivers that his dream was to share his photography with the public. Within a matter of days, Hackensack Meridian Health team members mobilized quickly to make Joseph’s dream come true through at art exhibit at Southern Ocean Medical Center. The exhibit opened on November 11. This was a very fitting day: Not only was it Joseph’s birthday, but it was also Veteran’s Day and Joseph was a U.S. Army veteran. Joseph was too sick to attend, even though his room was just a few floors above the exhibit. Team members brought the show to him by taking a video. It enabled Joseph to see people admiring his work and even buying some of it, benefitting cancer research as requested by Joseph. A few hours later he passed away, knowing his wish was realized.

November 11 is a day that will remain in the hearts of the entire team who did whatever they could to make Joseph’s wish come true.