LOCAL PHYSICIAN NAMED NEW JERSEY'S HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Carl M. Marchetti, M.D. of Ocean Township recognized by the New Jersey Hospital Association for decades of service to New Jersey hospitals and health careCarl Marchetti, M.D., Ocean Township, has been named the 2008 Healthcare Professional of the Year by the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) in recognition of his contributions to health care in our community and all New Jersey hospitals. This well-deserved honor was recently celebrated at the NJHA Annual Meeting in Princeton.
A highly respected obstetrician, Dr. Marchetti first joined the medical staff at Jersey Shore in 1966, and in 1981, was the first physician to join the hospital administration. Serving as the university medical center's senior vice president for Medical Affairs for 27 years, Dr. Marchetti also served on various state boards and committees.
"Carl Marchetti has been a driving force in developing the state's health care system and in making Jersey Shore University Medical Center the leading academic medical center it is today," said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. "His seemingly endless energy and collaborative spirit helped ensure the residents of this community have access to the very best care when they need it most."
"Receiving this honor today is quite humbling," said Dr. Marchetti. "New Jersey is fortunate to have such wonderful hospitals with highly dedicated and talented professionals, whom I have been very fortunate to work with for so many years."
During his administrative career at Jersey Shore, Dr. Marchetti helped guide and deliver many advanced health care services and programs, including the regional cardiac surgery program, now ranked among the best in New Jersey by the State Department of Health and Senior Services; a regional trauma center; regional infant apnea center; extensive development of academic and research programs; and multiple hospital construction projects.
Statewide, his leadership of the New Jersey Health Planning Council helped launch new health care services across the state through the certificate of need process, and helped guide the move toward increased regionalization and partnership within the state's health care delivery system.
Although retired from his position as senior vice president of Medical Affairs at Jersey Shore, Dr. Marchetti remains an individual whose dedication to serving patients continues today as president of the Meridian Practice Institute.
Along with his dedicated service at Jersey Shore, one of Dr. Marchetti's other noteworthy commitment is his lifelong involvement with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). In recognition of his service to the organization, Dr. Marchetti received the Silver Buffalo Award, the highest award bestowed by the BSA, and the Legacy of Servant Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor of the BSA honor society, the Order of the Arrow.
"I have always said I have three great loves in my life - my family, the Boy Scouts of America, and my hospital," says Dr. Marchetti. "I feel as though I have been truly blessed to accomplish so much, while enjoying my work and serving the community I call home."
"What someone should know about Carl is that he is the ultimate collaborator, and someone who never seeks the spotlight for himself," says Lloyd. "He remains one of the most highly respected physician leaders in New Jersey, a valued mentor, and a visionary who continues serving this community with incredible distinction."