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The Star Ledger, NJ.Com (11/10) Jose Lozano accompanies Gov.-elect Phil Murphy to first visit with Gov. Christie after election

Hackensack Meridian Health Vice President and Chief of Staff Jose Lozano heads Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s transition team and accompanies the next governor to his first post-election meeting with Gov. Christie.


Associated Press (11/9) Gov.-elect Phil Murphy selects Jose Lozano to head transition team

Hackensack Meridian Health chief of staff and vice-president Jose Lozano was tapped for major job of selecting the cabinet for New Jersey’s next governor, Phil Murphy. This AP story out of Trenton ran from coast to coast. Lozano is known in the New Jersey business community for his efforts to help Hackensack University Health Network merge with Meridian Health in the summer of 2016. The merger created the state’s second-largest health system.  Lozano received two national honors in 2017.  He was one of just 15 people nationally to earn Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comers award.  In addition, he was named one of 60 rising stars in the health care industry nationally by Becker’s Hospital Review. All honorees were under the age of 40.  (Note: This announcement was also featured on News 12 New Jersey, NJ101.5, Star-Ledger, ROI, Seattle Times, LA Times and the Washington Times among others. ) (11/9) Georgian Court University Board of Trustees

The Lakewood-based university has appointed new members of the governing board. David Kountz, M.D., vice president of Academic Affairs for Jersey Shore University Medical Center and co-chief academic officer for Hackensack Meridian Health, was appointed as a new trustee. He is a graduate of Georgian Court University’s MBA program. (11/9) – Riverview Medical Center welcomes Dara Fedele, M.D., diagnostic radiologist

Riverview Medical Center is pleased to welcome diagnostic radiologist, Dara Fedele, M.D., to the medical staff. Dr. Fedele specializes in breast diagnostic imaging and joins the team of radiologists under Bokran Won, M.D., medical director of the Women’s Centers at Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, NJ. (11/7) Asthma program aims to stop attacks before they start by identifying triggers in the home

Barbara Cirella, program director of the COACH (Community Outreach for Asthma Care and Health) Program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, discusses the pilot program that aims to reach the poorest of New Jersey’s children and their families who are dealing with asthma. The hospital is one of four sites funded by a private philanthropic organization, where health workers visit homes to reinforce doctors’ instructions about using inhalers and spacers. They also help to identify common asthma triggers, such as cigarette smoke, dust mites, dust and mold, and teach ways to eliminate them. (Also featured in, Daily Record and The Record.)


Infectious Disease News (11/7) AAP emphasizes personal hygiene to curb youth sports-related infections

Pediatricians are encouraged to screen youth athletes for skin conditions and infections that could be transmitted to their teammates, and dispense cautionary advice regarding proper personal hygiene and sanitary sporting equipment. Stephen Rice, M.D., from Jersey Shore University Medical Center, contributed to the article and stresses the importance of educating athletes, coaches and parents on this important health topic. (11/7) - Riverview Medical Center offers surgical clinic for community members

Riverview Medical Center now offers specialized surgical services for specific conditions to community members with Medicaid, Charity Care, Horizon NJ Health and United Health Care Family plans. (This story was also featured on (11/7) - Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center Brings National Effort to Improve Health and Reduce Costs to Red Bank

As research increasingly links environmental factors with chronic disease, Riverview Medical Center has enrolled in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a national campaign that supports hospitals in accelerating the greening of health care and reducing environmental impact. (This story was also featured on (11/7) Hackensack Meridian Health Co-CEO John K. Lloyd honored by Monmouth University

John K. Lloyd received the Maurice Pollack Award for Distinguished Community Service at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony for promoting quality health care for 45 years.


The Times (Trenton) 11/6 Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Among the Safest in NJ

Bayshore Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center receive highest grades from The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit group created to improve safety in the nation’s hospitals.


Becker’s Hospital Review (11/6) MACRA panel recommends 2-physician focused payment models to HHS: 6 things to know

A committee of experts on physician-focused payment models recommended two new programs to HHS on Oct. 20 to potentially become future Alternative Payment Models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. The second model recommended by the committee was a bundled payment model for cancer patients, called the Oncology Bundled Payment Program using CNA-Guided Care. It was submitted by Hackensack Meridian Health and Cota, a precision analytics company.


NJBIZ (11/6) Hackensack Meridian Health Co-CEOs featured on cover of NJBIZ in exclusive interview

Robert C. Garrett and John K. Lloyd lay out the path forward for the health care industry and detail multiple network successes including a historic partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the launch of medical school with Seton Hall University next year.


Two River Times (11/2) Jersey Shore University Medical Center Named Top Nurse Employer in New Jersey, the web’s leading career site for nurses, has recognized Jersey Shore University Medical Center as one of the top hospitals for nurses to work for in New Jersey.


Two River Times (11/2) Fall into Good Sleep Patterns as the Clocks Fall Back

Adrian Pristas, corporate medical director, Center for Sleep Medicine, shares helpful tricks to help you get a good night’s sleep, along with the side effects a lack of sleep can have on the body.


Two River Times (11/2) Grand Reopening of Teaching Kitchen to Promote Nutrition, Healthy Eating

Riverview Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Kelli O’Brien and Bayshore Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Regina Foley celebrate the grand re-opening of the Teaching Kitchen in Hazlet with a cooking demonstration led by Laura Garrett, RD.


Two River Times (11/2) Children’s Hospital Rooftop Gets a New Look

An ongoing art project is making the view of pediatric patients at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital a little more enjoyable. Local artist Lucy Kalian is spearheading a creative rooftop painting project to brighten the views and spirits of pediatric patients. (11/2) Riverview Medical Center Launches Y-90 Radioembolization Tumor Treatment

Riverview Medical Center is pleased to announce that it now offers Y-90 radioembolization, an innovative and minimally invasive method to treat liver tumors without surgery. It is used to treat patients with primary liver cancer or metastatic colon cancer who are not surgical candidates, and is beneficial because it directly targets the tumor, helping to minimize radiation damage to healthy surrounding tissue.


Two River Times (11/2) Centers for Wound Healing at Hackensack Meridian Health Garner Awards

Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center received a Center of Excellence award and have been named Centers of Distinction by Healogics, Inc. The centers demonstrated excellence in key performance areas, including patient satisfaction, healing rate, and healing time.


Trenton Monitor (10/31) Chaplains honored during Pastoral Care Week

More than 20 chaplains of all faiths gathered for a luncheon given in appreciation for the work they do in hospitals and prisons across the Dioceses of Trenton’s four counties. Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s chaplain was in attendance.


Becker’s Hospital Review (10/31) 17 RCM service expansions in October

Parsippany, NJ-based revenue cycle management company, Med-Metrix, Edison, NJ-based Hackensack Meridian Health and Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health’s New Jersey hospitals are coming together for a joint venture called Medi-Centrix. (10/31) American idol star to speak about vision loss, kidney transplant

Born blind, former American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre will share his three secrets to living a fulfilling life amidst adversity at Hackensack Meridian Health’s Mitchell Vassar Vision Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 30 at the Grand Marquis, 1550 Route 9, Old Bridge.


Star Ledger and (10/31) What are New Jersey's safest hospitals? Here's how they all fared in new national survey

Nearly half of New Jersey's hospitals earned an "A" in the latest national safety report measuring how effective nurses, doctors and other medical staff are in preventing infections, falls and mistakes that often make patients sicker than they arrived. New Jersey ranks 11th best in the nation — up from 15th best in April —  because 30 of the 68 hospitals that participated in the survey received the top grade, according to the Leapfrog Group's report on Tuesday. (The Leapfrog rankings were also covered by ROI, The Press of Atlantic City,,,,, and Asbury Park Press.)


NJBIZ (10/30) NJ insurers preparing to cover value-based “bundled” payments

Two of the state’s largest health insurers, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield and AmeriHealth are preparing to deliver the next evolutionary step in value-based health care – covering bundled payments. Andrew Pecora, M.D., weighs in as Hackensack Meridian Health is among several health care providers in the state considering offering bundled or upfront payment options for breast cancer patients.


Commerce Magazine (2017-2018) Annual Best Practices Guide

This year’s Annual Best Practices Guide showcases how companies are providing added value to their clients and, in the process, differentiating themselves from the competition. Hackensack Meridian Health’s Co-CEOs Robert C. Garrett and John K. Lloyd focus on how the network is pioneering the way medicine will be administered in the future, leading the way in innovation.


Hackensack Chronicle (10/27) Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEOs receive award

Hackensack Meridian Health Co-CEOs John K. Lloyd and Robert C. Garrett received the Best Practices Award from the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. More than 100 submissions were received by Commerce Magazine and a panel of experts chose the winners. They were honored for launching the Agile Strategies Lab with the New Jersey Institute for Innovation, plans to open New Jersey’s private medical school next year with Seton Hall University and the network’s commitment to the continuum of care.


The Record Health Quarterly (10/26) Hackensack Meridian Health and New Jersey Innovation Institute Support New Health Care Products and Strategies

Hackensack Meridian Health and the New Jersey Innovation Institute, a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, are proud to announce the opening of the Agile Strategies Lab, the first incubator of its kind for health care advances in New Jersey. The lab, located on the NJIT campus in Newark, is designed to help create and launch the next wave of problem-solving in health care through better devices, improved technology and more efficient services to provide a higher quality of care, lower costs, and an enhanced patient experience.  The concept is similar to the popular ABC reality show Shark Tank – 10 companies have already pitched ideas to a panel of experts. Innovations include a device to lower risk in common surgeries and a wearable monitor to better track patients’ vitals. Four finalists will be selected to start the process to bring the products or innovations to market.


The Coast Star (10/26) Third annual Autism MVP Walk set for Nov. 5

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is recognized as being an event sponsor for the third annual walk taking place in Manasquan.


The Record Health Quarterly (10/26) Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Receives Donation to Advance Multiple Myeloma Research

The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation has received a substantial donation from Celgene Corporation to advance multiple myeloma research and transformational medicine that improve patient outcomes at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. Supported by Celgene, a global biopharmaceutical leader in the discovery, development and delivery of treatment for diseases like multiple myeloma, funds will help to establish the Multiple Myeloma Institute  – a leading-edge research facility at the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine scheduled to open in 2018. (This story was also featured by TapInto.)


 Hospital Newspaper (10/21)  Hackensack Meridian Health Announces 2nd Annual Women ROCK Event Oct. 21 at Asbury Park Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre

Hackensack Meridian Health presents the 2nd Annual Women ROCK event Oct. 21 at the Asbury Park Convention Hall to help women of all ages enjoy a day dedicated to well-being, fun, friendship and inspiring ways to live. A major highlight included a Q & A with Bobbi Brown - the best-selling author, entrepreneur and creator of Beauty Evolution – her new lifestyle platform that celebrates confidence and wellness.


 Daily Journal (10/17) Scrambling for Doctors

Jersey Shore University Medical Center primary care physician Jason Nemhad, M.D. and James Clarke, M.D., vice president of primary care at Hackensack Meridian Health, share perspectives of how the network is dealing with the demand for primary care physicians, including the opening of a medical school to train and keep doctors in New Jersey.


Causeway Gazette (September) Issue 41

Local community publication in southern ocean county informed readers about cardiovascular disease and cardiac catheterization diagnostic testing. In addition, the editor picked up excerpts from the BAY Magazine fall issue featuring the 10-page editorial on advanced care provided at Southern Ocean Medical Center.


Causeway Gazette (October) Issue 42

The October issue featured various health-related topics including the introduction of uro-gynecologist, Dr. Laurie Kane and the 29th annual Women’s Health Night along with health screenings and educational seminars. A human interest story on hurricane relief for Texas and Florida provided by Southern Ocean Medical Center team members and community stakeholders was included as well.


Early Detection and Treatment of Ovarian Cancer and Prostate Cancer Saves Lives
Commerce Magazine (September, page 15)

Adnan Danish, M.D., medical director of Radiation Oncology at Riverview Medical Center, offers information about prostate treatment options available at Riverview.

NJ police officers help deliver baby girl for panicking parents
PIX11 (9/7)

New parents, Christine and Philip got the surprise of their lives when their second child couldn’t wait to join the family! Little Olivia was born in the Hazlet Police Department parking lot and transferred to Riverview Medical Center, where mom and baby were found to be in perfect health. (9/1)
Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center Welcome Evgeniya Sokolovskaya, D.O., M.D., Diagnostic Radiologist

Riverview Medical Center welcomes diagnostic radiologist, Evgeniya Sokolovskaya, D.O., M.D., to the medical staff. Dr. Sokolovskaya specializes in body and breast diagnostic imaging and joins the Women's Center.

Three NJ Hospitals Win National Acclaim
August 9, 2017

Hackensack University Medical Center, Morristown Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick are once again the first, second and third-best ranked hospitals in New Jersey, according to the U.S. News and World Report's annual ratings announced on Tuesday.

Two River Times (8/3)
Blood Drives Scheduled for August

A blood drive will be taking place at Riverview Medical Center on August 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rechnitz Conference Center.

Two River Times (8/3)
Remembering the Bite; Patients May Not Recall a Tick Bite

Riverview Medical Center infectious disease physicians, Nasir Ahmad, M.D., part of Meridian Medical Group, offers insight into tick bites and Lyme disease.

The Journal Publication (August)
Donate Blood on Tuesday, August 22 with Riverview Medical Center

Riverview Medical Center will be hosting a blood drive on August 28. Members of the community are invited to take part to help save a life.

Two River Times (7/13)
Women's Heart Fund Held Heart of Rock and Roll Cocktail Reception

The Women's Heart Fund raises money for women's health and recently held a Heart of Rock and Roll Reception to support construction of the new Women's Wellness Center at the HOPE Tower at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Manasquan-Belmar Patch (7/12)
Don't Let Cancer Get Under Your Skin

Susan Greenberg, M.D., an oncologist practicing at Riverview Medical Center, offers tips to reduce risk for melanoma. According to The American Cancer Society, each year there are more cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined.

Becker's (6/20): Riverview Medical Center 1st New Jersey hospital to earn The Joint Commission advanced total hip, knee replacement certification: 4 highlights

The Joint Commission awarded Red Bank, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center with the Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. (6/20): Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center awarded advanced certification for total hip and total knee replacement from The Joint Commission

Riverview Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to earn The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

John Lloyd, co-chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health, offers advice to college graduates
Asbury Park Press (6/8)
John Lloyd, co-chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health, graduated from Princeton University with a degree in religion. But he helped build one of New Jersey's biggest health care networks by being a good listener, surrounding himself with qualified people and, even at 71 years old, continuing to learn.

New medical study finds just one alcoholic drink a day increases breast cancer risk
WOBM (6/7)
Debra Camal, M.D., medical director for breast surgery at Riverview Medical Center, explains the results of a new study tying the consumption of alcohol to an increased rate of breast cancer.

Sansone Foundation gives $500,000 to Riverview Medical Center
Monmouth Journal (5/12)
Riverview Medical Center added a third tomosynthesis breast imaging machine thanks to a $500,000 pledge from the Sansone Foundation, founded by Enilda and Paul Sansone Sr. of Rumson.

Riverview Medical Center Welcomes More 3D Mammography
Two River Times (5/4)
Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center added a third tomosynthesis breast imaging machine in April 2017 thanks to a $500,000 pledge from the Sansone Foundation, founded by Enilda and Paul Sansone Sr. of Rumson. 

Paint the Town Pink Makes Moves and Pinks On
Two River Times (5/4)
Throughout the month of May, 75 towns throughout New Jersey have been participating in Hackensack Meridian Health's eleventh annual Paint the Town Pink initiative, which helps to raise awareness about the importance of mammography and women's health.

A Savvy New Way to Target Breast Tumors
Red Hot Red Bank (May)

Debra Camal, M.D., medical director for breast surgery at Riverview Medical Center, talks about how innovative technology is advancing treatments for women with breast cancer. 

Riverview Medical Center Receives A Grade for Patient Safety
April 15, 2017
Red Bank Patch

Cautionary tale of the heart: Mom survives cardiac scare
Asbury Park Press
February 14, 2017

Memorial Sloan Kettering and Hackensack Meridian team up to fight cancer in NJ and beyond
December 15, 2016
Becker's Hospital Review

Powerful pairing could boost NJ's cancer care
December 15, 2016

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hackensack Meridian Health to partner on expansion of cancer research, treatment
December 15, 2016
Health Care Finance

135 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know in 2016
Nov. 16, 2016
Becker's Hospital Review

Best Hospital IT 2016: Hackensack Meridian engages patients before they arrive and stays with them through the journey

November 2, 2016
Healthcare IT News

Pricey EpiPens Put Pressure On Consumers
September 12, 2016
Two River Times

Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility at Riverview Medical Center Again Receives Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
May 4, 2016

Riverview almost done with $30M cancer facility
March 24, 2016
Asbury Park Press