Edison, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by NJBIZ in its 2020 Reader Rankings in several key categories, including the top ranking for Best Healthcare System for the third consecutive year.

“This recognition reflects the commitment, dedication, and expertise of Hackensack Meridian Health’s more than 36,000 team members to provide the highest quality care for our patients, their families, and the communities we serve,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

Votes were cast by NJBIZ readers for the businesses they believed deserved to be recognized for their industry excellence and contributions in New Jersey. Hackensack Meridian Health was selected in the following categories:

Best Healthcare System: Hackensack Meridian Health (ranked number one);

Best Hospital: Hackensack Meridian Ocean Medical Center (ranked number one), Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center (among the top three);

Best Cardiac Care Center: Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center (among the top three);

Best Physician Group: Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group (ranked number one);  

Best Non-Profit Organization: Meridian Health Foundation (ranked number one); and

Best Business Incubator: Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (ranked number one).

The 2020 Reader Rankings are featured in the current issue of NJBIZ.


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 over 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 hospitals among the top in New Jersey by U.S. News and World 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 opened in 2018, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its third class of students in 2020 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. 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.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.