Joseph Lemaire Named 2015 CFO of the Year by NJBIZ

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

Joseph Lemaire Named 2015 CFO of the Year by NJBIZ

Joseph Lemaire, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Meridian Health, was recently selected by NJBIZ, a leading New Jersey business journal, for its 2015 CFO of the Year Award.

The NJBIZ awards program annually celebrates New Jersey’s financial executives who contribute to the success of New Jersey’s economic growth and stability.

Lemaire was recognized in the “Healthcare Organization” category at a breakfast ceremony held in Somerset, NJ. In his capacity as CFO, Lemaire also oversees Meridian’s partner companies, ranging from home health services to outpatient centers. In a very short time, he has helped Meridian achieve its best financial performance in history.

“This achievement is a testament to the great work and leadership that Joe provides every day,” said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. “It is leaders like Joe who solidify Meridian’s ranking on FORTUNE Magazine’s “Top 100 Companies to Work For” each year and make us one of the state’s leading health care systems. We are privileged to have him as an executive and feel he is well deserving of the CFO of the Year award.”

The CFO of the Year awards program celebrates New Jersey’s financial executives at all levels who contribute to the success of New Jersey’s economic growth and stability. Finalists were selected in six categories: Public Company, Private Company with revenues up to $50MM, Private Company with revenues over $50MM, Nonprofit Organization, Healthcare Organization and Best Growth Manager.

Finalists and winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges including: Ken R. Drossman, Oak & Apple Partners LLC; Travis Epp, EisnerAmper LLP; David Huber, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ; and Warren Tranquada, New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

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 April, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a definitive agreement to merge. In May, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network also signed a definitive agreement 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