At Hackensack Meridian Health, we pride ourselves on being Life Years Ahead. Both bold and unique, these words perfectly define who we have become as a new organization. We are innovative and forward-thinking around bettering life. And through outstanding care, education, innovative research and thought leadership, we are well-orchestrating life for the communities we are proud to serve. Everything we do is about being a leader in well-orchestrating excellence for a better life and a better world.
To say 2016 was an exciting year for us would be an understatement. Since our merger between Hackensack University Health Network and Meridian Health, we have hit the ground running – making history along the way.
Our merger is one of many taking place today, representing the most significant transformation of the health care industry in modern history. But what makes us unique is the sheer size and scope of Hackensack Meridian Health. We offer the most comprehensive health network in all of New Jersey. The new normal for health care delivery has been established: We need to dramatically improve preventive care, get significantly better at caring for patients with chronic conditions and learn to stay financially viable in a value-based environment. Across the country, health care organizations are looking at new strategies and partnerships to achieve this new normal.
During this transitional year, we have also been preparing for the Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. The 25-year lease was officially signed and in early 2016, we welcomed Bonita Stanton, M.D., as the university’s founding dean. We are excited to welcome the first class in the fall of 2018.
In addition to our bolstered network of 13 hospitals and more than 140 facilities, Hackensack Meridian Health made a monumental decision to partner with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – a game-changer for cancer patients. A new, unique standard of care will be developed throughout the network, and the partnership will present access to clinical trials and research through the combined organization, with a goal of finding cures for cancer faster.
Last year also saw the addition of Raritan Bay Medical Center and Palisades Medical Center at our respective Legacy organizations. In May 2017, JFK Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced a definitive agreement between our organizations regarding a potential merger. We will continuously look for new, like-minded partners to improve access to our network of care.
Through all of these changes, our commitment to accountable, quality care is evident. Three of our hospitals were listed in the top 10 New Jersey hospitals by U.S. News & World Report: Hackensack University Medical Center (#1), Jersey Shore University Medical Center (#4), and Ocean Medical Center (#8). Our network hospitals consistently raise the bar on clinical care, receiving national accolades and awards.
We are also dedicated to becoming a high reliability organization (HRO), and have been training our team members and physicians on HRO principles. We launched quality reporting on our website, and online physician ratings for our employed doctors. These initiatives will be expanded as a testament to our mission of transparency.
We invite you to learn more about our integrated network and to join us as we change the state of health care in New Jersey!
John K. Lloyd, FACHE
Robert C. Garrett, FACHE