Letter from Board Chairs

Endless Possibilities

On July 1, 2016, Hackensack University Health Network and Meridian Health officially merged to form Hackensack Meridian Health. From that moment we were propelled into non-stop integration planning, development of strategic partnerships and finalizing and announcing monumental and historic decisions.

To be successful moving forward, one thing is immediately clear—we need a strong platform upon which to build. During 2016, Hackensack Meridian Health received significant financial rating upgrades from Fitch, Moody’s and Standard and Poors, reflecting the strong combined enterprise and financial profile of the newly created network. The ratings substantiate a healthy position in the market and outlook for continued clinical integration, growth and innovation.

Financial ratings, however, are just part of our story. Our focus will always remain on partnering with our patients and consumers to not only meet their needs, but exceed their expectations.

One of our most important and foundational strategies is to become a high-reliability organization. With high reliability as our operating system, Hackensack Meridian Health is positioned to deliver a high quality, safe and exceptional experience – every person, every time.

We are fortunate to have a robust and wide-reaching continuum of care. We are excited to focus on expanding our continuum – in the acute care, outpatient and retail setting – to ensure we can provide the right care to the right people at the right time.

Innovation is part of Hackensack Meridian’s DNA. We are committed to further investing in technology and stretching the limits of health care. As evidence, we have teamed up with the New Jersey Institute of Technology and are creating new innovation centers. In addition, we established a 25-million dollar capital fund that will enable us to become part of the innovation and incubator world.

The future is filled with endless possibilities, and we are excited to be part of a network that will transform health care and how it is delivered.

We invite you to learn more about our integrated network and to join us as we change the state of health care!


Joseph Simunovich,

Co-Chairman, Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees

Gordon N. Litwin, Esq.

Co-Chairman, Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees