Hackensack Meridian Health Co-CEO Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, Elected to New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Contact:Nancy Radwin

Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEO Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, was elected to serve on the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors earlier this month. Garrett is one of eight new board members selected to represent a variety of industries and organizations in the Garden State. 

"It is an honor to represent Hackensack Meridian Health and New Jersey's health care industry on the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors," said Garrett. "Health care is not only integral to people's lives – it is a critical sector of New Jersey's economy. The health care landscape is constantly evolving, and we must be prepared to adapt and grow as an industry to continue to successfully meet the needs of the communities we serve. I look forward to working with the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce to ensure the voice of the health care industry is well-represented as we look for innovative ways to grow our economy."

Robert Garrett is a nationally recognized leader in the health care industry.  He started as a resident at Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981, eventually working his way up to president and CEO of Hackensack University Health Network from 2009 to 2016. His industry expertise has consistently earned him the top spots in prominent business publications and organizations. He was ranked first on NJBIZ's 2017 "Power 50 Health Care" list and ranked on the NJBIZ "Power 100: The Most Powerful People in New Jersey Business" list for six consecutive years. In addition, he was selected to serve on the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, which represents the most well-respected business leaders in the United States.

"Health care is the backbone of New Jersey's economy, and technology, innovation and education are constantly improving the way we serve our communities," said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.  "In this transformational time for health care, it is so important that New Jersey's business climate is supportive and flexible to the challenges the health care industry faces.  As the leader of the most comprehensive, integrated health care network in New Jersey and an industry expert who is always pushing the way we deliver care forward, Robert Garrett is an excellent choice to represent the health care industry on the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors." 

"We welcome these respected leaders to the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors," said Tom Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber. "Each of them brings a wealth of business experience that will strengthen our Board and help us achieve our goal of growing New Jersey's economy and making the state more affordable for everyone. We are excited to have Robert as a member of our Board of Directors. His vast knowledge of the health care industry will give the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce additional valuable insight into this important sector of our economy."

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors advises the chamber about ways to create a welcoming business environment in the Garden State.  The Board of Directors also helps the Chamber address challenges that the business community faces.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children's hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children's hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.