Newswise — Neptune, N.J., August 10, 2016 – The New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) has appointed Navneet Kathuria, M.D., vice president of Population Health Management for Hackensack Meridian Health, to its Board of Commissioners. Nominated by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for a two-year term, New York’s State Senate confirmed Dr. Kathuria’s appointment on June 17.

Established in 1914 as part of the original enactment of the New York Workers’ Compensation Law, NYSIF’s mission is to guarantee the availability of workers’ compensation insurance at the lowest possible cost to employers while maintaining a solvent fund, as well as to provide timely and appropriate indemnity and medical payments to injured workers. As a member of the NYSIF Board of Commissioners, Dr. Kathuria will help ensure the organization fulfills its mission of achieving the best health outcomes for New York’s injured workers and providing the state’s businesses with a fair market for workers’ compensation and disability benefits.

“Dr. Kathuria brings a wealth of clinical and health care leadership experience to the NYSIF,” said Patrick Young, president of Population Health for Hackensack Meridian Health, “The NYSIF will benefit from Dr. Kathuria’s participation, and Hackensack Meridian Health is proud that Dr. Kathuria will be serving such a critical institution.”

During the past 20 years, Dr. Kathuria has worked in all aspects of health care from medical practitioner to educator and executive. As Vice President of Hackensack Meridian Health’s Population Health Management, Dr. Kathuria provides strategic and operational leadership for the development of the Population Health platform across the Hackensack Meridian Health network.

Prior to joining Hackensack Meridian Health, Dr. Kathuria established Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Globalization as the school’s Chief Performance Improvement Officer and served as Vice Chairman of Quality Assurance and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also a published author and co-edited “The Handbook of Hospital Medicine.”

Dr. Kathuria received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York and trained in internal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, in hematology at Yale University, and in general medicine at Columbia University. He earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the NYU Stern School of Business.

About Hackensack Meridian HealthHackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the 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 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 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, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 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 one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” 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.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers - HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, HackensackUMC Palisades in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.

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