Carmela Ehret, 65, is used to taking matters into her own hands. A successful businesswoman in Manhattan, she has also served on the Weehawken Township Council for more than 15 years and held other elected positions. So when her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer 18 years ago, Carmela acted on the advice of her trusted physician Michael Sciarra, D.O., primary care physician and gastroenterologist affiliated with Palisades Medical Center. “Dr. Sciarra was adamant that I get tested for colon cancer,” says Carmela. “I was 47 years old at the time and never had a colonoscopy, but he felt it was important. It’s great to have a doctor who is so diligent.”

President’s Message

This past year was a truly extraordinary time to be a part of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. 2017 was a year of transition, organizational unity and operational progress. We look forward to the opportunities that are presented by a dynamic environment composed of competition and cultural diversity.

Recognized as a Top Hospital

Palisades Medical Center was ranked the #4 hospital in the state among hospitals with 350 beds or fewer by Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The prestigious “2017 Top Hospitals in New Jersey” list was tabulated based on votes from 2,915 licensed physicians in the state.

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

Our entire team celebrated the receipt of The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, which reflects Palisades Medical Center’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. The accreditation came following a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in September.

OMNIA Tier 1

At the beginning of 2017, Palisades Medical Center was selected to become a Horizon OMNIA Health Tier 1 provider. By broadening our collaboration with Horizon, we’re able to further advance our mission of delivering integrated care while providing affordable access to more OMNIA health plan members. We are one of only two hospitals in Hudson County to be recognized as an OMNIA Tier 1 provider.

Quality Stroke Care

Palisades Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

Improving Patient Satisfaction

We are making headway in improving our nursing staff ratios looking to meet Magnet standards, a recognition given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC). We also recently implemented a new Vocera Communications tool that is already working to improve patient engagement and satisfaction by standardizing rounding and providing real-time request-tracking capabilities and service recovery interventions.

Connected to Our Community

Palisades Medical Center’s Community Outreach Program continues to expand, and we constantly form new relationships with key local partners and stakeholders to provide awareness, education, health screenings and access to healthcare resources that are relevant to their lifestyle and cultural needs.

Leadership Team

Anthony J. Passannante Jr., M.D., FACC


Patricia Carroll, FACHE

Vice President, Operations

Rubén D. Fernández, MA, RN

Vice-President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer

Eurice E. Rojas, MHA

Vice President, External Affairs

Joseph G. Burt

Vice President, Development

Aaron Stein, MD

Acting Chief Medical Officer

Joseph DeGennaro

Director, Human Resources