Hackensack Meridian Health Co-CEOs Honored with Best Practices Award from CIANJ, Commerce Magazine

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Hackensack Meridian Health Co-CEOs Honored with Best Practices Award from CIANJ, Commerce Magazine

Robert C. Garrett and John K. Lloyd, co-CEO's honored for outstanding leadership and innovation

Hackensack Meridian Health is proud to announce that its co-CEO's John K. Lloyd and Robert C. Garrett were honored with the Best Practices Award from the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and will be featured in the organization's signature publication, Commerce Magazine.

More than 100 submissions were received by the magazine and a panel of experts chose the winners, including Mr. Garrett and Mr. Lloyd, who lead a 13-hospital network in New Jersey, the state's most comprehensive and integrated.

Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Garrett were honored for several successful initiatives: launching the Agile Strategies Lab with the New Jersey Institute for Innovation, an incubator for products and ideas to improve the delivery of health care; plans to open New Jersey's first private medical school next year with Seton Hall University; and the network's commitment to the continuum of care which has resulted in high quality care and proven cost saving. The network also launched a historic partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to expand treatment throughout the state.

"It's an honor to be recognized by one of our state's leading business organizations for our commitment to best practices, which extends to all aspects of the organization,'' said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. "Innovation is a core principal of our culture.''

The focus for this year was winning strategies used by businesses and institutions of higher education to distinguish themselves in the marketplace. The event, the Fourth Annual Best Practice Conference, drew more than 150 business leaders at Nanina's in the Park in Belleville. The conference served as an opportunity for business executives to come together and discuss best practices – standards, philosophies, or concepts which they have implemented to help this companies grow and succeed.

"We are innovating a new approach that unifies and standardizes care throughout the network,'' said John K. Lloyd, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. "We are proud of our focus on the full continuum of care to ensure patients have access to high quality – whether it is in the hospital, physician's office or wellness center.''

Hackensack Meridian Health is New Jersey's most comprehensive health care network with more than 120 facilities, including skilled nursing facilities, outpatient surgery and urgent care centers. This concentration on the continuum of care not only improves outcomes but also results in cost savings and convenience for patients.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
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 & World Report for six consecutive years and three hospitals ranked among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News & Report. The network consistently achieves Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum. The network is also 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.