Newswise — Edison, NJ – January 13, 2021 – Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce that Hackensack Meridian – Meridian Health Foundation and Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation have achieved High Performer status within the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s (AHP) 2020 Report on Giving.

Hackensack Meridian – Meridian Health Foundation achieved both “High Performer: Overall” and “High Performers: Healthcare System” and has been recognized as a High Performer by AHP for 10 out of the past 11 years. Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation achieved “High Performer: Overall” status and has been recognized five times over the past 11 years. 

High Performer status is awarded to the top 75th percentile for all reporting organizations in net production returns, calculated by subtracting total fundraising expenses from total production returns. Like last year, this year AHP also recognized high performers in the top 75th percentile in net fundraising returns categorized by the entity type they support, including academic medical centers, community hospitals and health care systems. For fiscal year 2019, being a High Performer in the Overall category means that an organization has raised more than $19 million in net production returns amongst all other U.S. respondents. To achieve High Performer in the Healthcare System category, an organization must have raised more than $37.8 million in net production returns amongst other U.S. health care system respondents. 

AHP’s Report on Giving is a publication produced for over 35 years that shares information from AHP’s membership on their revenue and expense activities for each fiscal year. In the 2020 Report on Giving (represents data from FY 2019), AHP had 154 respondents from the U.S. and 24 respondents from Canada. 

“It is essential for philanthropic entities to raise funds while being judicious with expenses,” said Joyce P. Hendricks, chief development officer, Hackensack Meridian Health. “We are thankful to our dedicated trustees, the generosity of our benefactors, and our team of talented professionals, who have all been instrumental in the success of Hackensack Meridian Health’s foundations. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated just how vital the work of health care philanthropy is when it comes to caring for our communities, and it is a tremendous honor to be recognized by such a respected organization as the AHP for our efforts.” 

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy was established in 1967 and represents nearly 4,500 development professionals at 1,900 nonprofit hospitals, medical centers, health systems and related facilities internationally. To learn more, visit

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Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, 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 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick. 

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include 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, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 36,000 team members, and 7,000 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 four of its hospitals are among the top hospitals in New Jersey for 2020-21, according to U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the health system has more top-ranked hospitals than any system in New Jersey. Children’s Health is again ranked a top provider of pediatric health care in the United States and earned top 50 rankings in the annual U.S. News’ 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals report.   Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2019” list. 

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. The Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), housed in a fully renovated state-of-the-art facility, seeks to translate current innovations in science to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases and other life-threatening and disabling conditions.

Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. 

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. To learn more, visit