Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Joins Ranks of Most Influential

Hackensack Meridian Health network CEO Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, was named as one of the Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2022 by Modern Healthcare’s rankings.

Garrett, ranked 60th on the list, now joins the ranks of others who were also viewed by their peers as well as by the senior editors of Modern Healthcare as being among the most influential in the medical industry when it comes to leadership and impact.

“This prestigious recognition is incredibly well deserved,” Frank L. Fekete, CPA, vice chair of Hackensack Meridian Health’s Board of Trustees said in a press release. “New Jersey’s healthcare industry is better thanks to Bob’s unrivaled leadership and expertise. I am proud that his contributions to transform healthcare and his dedication to building healthier communities are being recognized.”

Garrett was named CEO of the Hackensack University Medical Center network in 2009 after beginning his career there in 1981. After merging with Meridian Health in 2016, Garrett was tapped to lead the new joint health network.  has expanded the network’s impact by opening New Jersey’s first private medical school in 60 years and the Center for Discovery and Innovation. He h

Under Garrett’s leadership, dozens of initiatives were launched to advance medical education and research and driving innovation,  diversity, equity and inclusion. Garrett opened the state’s first private medical school in 60 years and helped transform behavioral healthcare through a merger with Carrier Clinic, a regional leader in mental health services and addiction treatment.

The CEO also recently participated in a United Nations panel, which developed uniform global standards to help healthcare providers identify and aid victims of human trafficking protocols. That framework was sent to the World Health Organization for adoption.

Hackensack Meridian Health is New Jersey’s largest and most integrated health network and is a leading not-for-profit health care organization.

“The past year has been one in which disruptors turned into major players and industry leaders raised their voices to effect change within their organizations and the broader community,” said Modern Healthcare Editor Mary Ellen Podmolik. “Our 2022 ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare recognizes these individuals who are transforming a major sector of the nation’s economy and are focused on improving care and payment models.”

The complete list of Modern Healthcare’s rankings can be found here.

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