Press Release

For Immediate Release
Apr 18, 2016
Contact : Michael McCauley, Meridian Health  

Hackensack University Health Network and Meridian Health Announce Board Members


Neptune, NJ - Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network announced today that they have selected the members of the board of trustees for the pending Hackensack Meridian Health merger. Hackensack University Health Network and Meridian Health both selected 12 members from their current boards of trustees for a total of 24 board members for the new Hackensack Meridian Health Network board.

The board members for Hackensack Meridian Health Network will be:

Board Members Appointed by Hackensack University Health Network

Joseph Simunovich, Co-Chairman, Bergen County

Member of the Board of Directors

Suez North America

Robert C. Garrett, Co-CEO, Morris Township

President and Chief Executive Officer

Hackensack University Health Network

Keith Banks, Essex Fells


U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management

J. Fletcher Creamer Jr., Wyckoff

Chief Executive Officer

J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc.

Frank DeCongelio, Ho-Ho-Kus and Mantoloking

Retired Managing Director

Global Securities and Derivative Operations

Credit Suisse Investment Bank

Theresa de Leon, Jersey City

Senior Vice President and Director

PNC Wealth Management

Frank Fekete, Short Hills

Managing Partner

Mandel, Fekete & Bloom

Peter C. Gerhard, Madison

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer

G Capital Management

Marvin Goldstein, Esq, Oradell

Retired Partner

Proskauer Rose LLP

Peter O. Hanson, Park Ridge

Chairman of the Board

NAI James E. Hanson

William A. Kozy, Sparta

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Becton Dickinson and Company

Joseph M. Sanzari, Ho-Ho-Kus


Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc.

Board Members Appointed by Meridian Health

Gordon N. Litwin, Esq., Co-Chairman, Little Silver


Litwin and Provence, LLC

John K. Lloyd, Co-CEO, Oceanport


Meridian Health

Richard A. Amdur, Esq., Colts Neck

Senior Partner

Amdur, Maggs & McGann

Gregg Azcuy, Rumson

President and CEO

Storage Engine, Inc.

Thomas J. Dolan, Long Beach Township


The TAS Group

Kathleen T. Ellis, Belmar

EVP, Chief Operating Officer

New Jersey Natural Gas Company

Kenneth W. Hitchner, III, Rumson


Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific

Thomas J. Kononowitz, Wall

Retired Executive

New Jersey Natural Gas Company

Michael F. Lospinuso, MD, FACS, Rumson

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey

Peter S. Reinhart, Esq., Little Silver

Director and Specialist Professor

The Kislak Real Estate Institute

Monmouth University

Alfred J. Schiavetti, Jr., Fair Haven

Managing Member

Rumson Capital Partners, LLC

Peter Wegener, Esq., Brielle

Senior Partner

Bathgate, Wegener and Wolf, P.C.

"I will be honored to serve as co-chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Network board," said Joseph Simunovich, chairman of the Hackensack University Health Network Board of Trustees. "Working collaboratively with our boards, leadership, physicians and team members, we will harness our collective strengths and knowledge to stay ahead of the curve in providing world-class care to as many patients as possible, in the most convenient locations."

“As a member of the Meridian Health board of trustees since its inception, I am extremely proud to be part of this next chapter in Meridian and Hackensack’s storied history and to shape the future of Hackensack Meridian Health Network,” says Gordon Litwin, Esq., chairman of Meridian Health Board of Trustees. “We are excited about combining our two organizations to form one of the most comprehensive patient-focused and quality driven health care systems in the state.”

The Hackensack Meridian Health Network merger is currently with the state attorney general’s office for approval. Once that approval is received, the merger is expected to close shortly thereafter.

About Hackensack University Health Network

Hackensack University Health Network is the New Jersey-based parent company of HackensackUMC, the HackensackUMC Foundation, Hackensack University Medical Group, and corporate joint venture partners with LHP Hospital Group in ownership of two hospitals: HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley and HackensackUMC Mountainside. In April 2015, HackensackUHN welcomed Palisades Medical Center as a full member of the Network, marked by the execution of a definitive agreement. Together with six other health systems, the Network is part of the nation’s largest healthcare consortium of its kind, AllSpire Health Partners; with a total of 28 hospitals and service area of more than six million people. HackensackUHN also enjoys clinical and academic affiliations with some of the nation’s most well-renowned health systems, hospitals and universities, including: CentraState Healthcare System, CityMD, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Seton Hall University, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MinuteClinic, NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery, Rutgers Medical School, St. George’s University, and Stevens Institute of Technology. With more than 10,800 employees, 3,350 credentialed medical staff members and 1,717 hospital and nursing home beds at hospitals within the Network, Hackensack University Health Network is one of the largest healthcare systems in New Jersey.

About Meridian Health

Meridian Health is 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, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home care and hospice services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers that allow the full continuum of health care services to be offered locally. In May 2015, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network signed a definitive agreement to merge. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in NJ for clinical quality and nationally is the recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum. Meridian is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for six consecutive years. In 2015, Great Place to Work® and Fortune recognized Meridian Health as one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Health Care in the nation and the number one Best Place to Work for Women. Meridian is recognized for patient care and nursing excellence, including being the first health system in the country to achieve Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center at all of its original hospitals. Additionally, Meridian’s mission of training the next generation of health care professionals is vital to providing a foundation for sound health in our community. In 2008, Meridian Health launched a four-year nursing program in partnership with Georgian Court University. Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine has also honored Meridian as one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired Health Systems for 16 consecutive years. 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. For more information, visit