Hackensack University Medical Center Names Robert C. Garrett President & CEO

garrett_ceo J. Fletcher Creamer Jr., chairman of the Hackensack University Medical Center Board of Governors, announced that the Board has named Robert C. Garrett as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Garrett has served as acting President and Chief Executive Officer since May. He joined Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981 and was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 1986.

“After a five-month, nationwide search, which attracted more than 200 highly-qualified applicants, the Board is convinced more than ever that Bob Garrett is the best person to lead Hackensack University Medical Center,” Mr. Creamer said. “He is dedicated to the mission of healing and passionate to achieve that mission. He has a proven record as a visionary administrator, an outstanding communicator and consensus builder, the kind of person who can make our great institution even better.”

The search was conducted by Quick Leonard Kieffer, a nationally recognized executive search firm, which narrowed the highly competitive field of candidates to ten after more than 80 phone interviews and nearly 30 in-depth, face-to-face interviews. The final candidates were presented to the search committee of the Board of Governors for final selection.

“I want to thank the Board of Governors and the entire family of Hackensack University Medical Center for their support and for their confidence in me,” Mr. Garrett said. “With the ongoing support of this motivated, talented team, we will continue to provide an exceptional standard of care and work to further improve the health and well being of the people of the New Jersey/New York metropolitan region.”

Since assuming the leadership role in July, Mr. Garrett has begun work on a new Heart & Vascular Hospital at HUMC, a facility dedicated to patients with cardiac and vascular disease focusing on state-of-the-art time-saving and life-saving care. This project includes a new employment model with community physicians and the recruitment of new cardiac and thoracic surgeons. He has also made significant inroads in communication and partnerships by creating new strategies with key constituents both internally and externally that have instituted a culture of transparency and credibility. Other recent accomplishments include an oncology affiliation with Saint Claire’s Hospital in Denville, NJ which has strengthened the John Theurer Cancer Center’s tertiary referrals and the establishment of the “Touchdown Fund for Cardiac, Kids, and Cancer,” a unique partnership with the NY Giants to raise funds for medical center programs.

As COO he oversaw daily operations for the 775-bed, not-for-profit, tertiary care, and teaching and research institution. Based on inpatient admissions, Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) is the 4th largest hospital in the nation and is ranked as one of the top 20 children’s hospitals. HUMC has been recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals based on patient outcomes.

Mr. Garrett is past Secretary/Treasurer of the American Diabetes Association and currently serves as Chairman of its Board Development Committee. He has received numerous awards and honors including Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comers Award in 1996, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Greater Hackensack Chamber of Commerce in 2001, and the Association of Healthcare Executives Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

Most recently, the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals’ (NJCTH) Board of Trustees elected him as its chairman of the board commencing January 2010.

NJCTH is the state’s premier teaching hospital network and its institutions represent more than 29,000 healthcare professionals and 7,100 hospital beds. Its member institutions are dedicated not only to high-quality patient care, but to health professions education and sophisticated research as well.

Mr. Garrett received his Master of Health Administration from Washington University in Saint Louis and his Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in New York.

He and his wife, Laura, live in Morris Township, NJ, with their two sons, Jonathan and David.

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