Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) and Meridian Health Reach Tentative Agreement

Contact:Robert Cavanaugh, Manager of Public Affairs for Meridian Health

Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) and Meridian Health Reach Tentative Agreement

Meridian Health and the bargaining committees at Jersey Shore University Medical Center HPAE Local 5058 and Southern Ocean Medical Center HPAE Local 5138 have jointly reached a tentative 21 month contract agreement with their registered nurses.

"This agreement addresses our priority to retain and recruit qualified nurses at the bedside so we can provide the best care for patients at Meridian," says Ruthann Kosick, R.N., Jersey Shore University Medical Center and acting president for HPAE Local 5058.

"The commitment and dedication of our registered nurses is essential to achieving our vision to consistently deliver high-quality, cost-efficient care," says Maureen Sintich, MSN, MBA, R.N., WHNP-BC, NEA-BC, senior vice president of Nursing, Meridian Health. "This agreement balances the needs of our patients, community, nurses, and the organization and we are extremely happy with the outcome."

Details of the agreement will not be released until nurses at both hospitals vote on ratification, which will take place on Monday, November 2.

"Although these negotiations were challenging, we are pleased that we were able to come to an agreement, which protects our rights as nurses and preserves benefits we gained in previous contracts," says Sally Fessler, R.N., at Southern Ocean Medical Center and president for HPAE Local 5138.

Bargaining committee members fully endorsed all of the negotiated terms and will strongly recommend ratification to the union members. If approved, the contract will go into effect immediately.

About Meridian Health
A leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. In September 2014, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a Letter of Intent to merge. In October 2014, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network signed a memorandum of understanding to merge. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" for six consecutive years, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium alongside six of the nation’s leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. With more than 100 convenient locations, over 1,800 beds, nearly 13,000 team members, and affiliations with more than 2,000 of the area’s finest physicians, Meridian Health is a leading health care provider in New Jersey, providing quality health services, facilities, and programs. For more information, please visit

About HPAE
The Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) is the largest union of Registered Nurses and health care professionals in New Jersey. Since its founding by Englewood Hospital nurses in 1974, HPAE has expanded across the state and into Southeastern Pennsylvania representing 12,000 nurses, social workers, therapists, technicians, medical researchers, and other health care professionals in hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, blood banks and university research facilities.