Jose Lozano, Chief of Staff and Vice-President, Named to Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comers 2017

Key executive and rising star honored for role in one of New Jersey’s largest health care mergers and development of the state’s only private medical school

Newswise — October 20, 2017 ― Edison, NJ ― Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce that Jose Lozano, chief of staff and vice-president, was named to Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comers 2017, an outstanding honor awarded to just 15 health care executives in the nation.

Jose, 37, joined Hackensack University Medical Center just five years ago – his first role in health care – and has made major strides, contributing to his national reputation as a rising star.

A trusted leader and industry trailblazer, Jose manages corporate and board efforts to establish and execute long-term vision for Hackensack Meridian Health. He headed the communication and rollout of the 2016 merger between Hackensack University Health Network and Meridian Health, one of the largest mergers in New Jersey which includes 13 hospitals, 6,000 physicians and 28,000 team members.

Jose also managed the design and construction process for new corporate offices in Edison, which was finished on time and below budget. Additionally, he has been a key advisor in the development of the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, scheduled to open next year pending preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

“This recognition for Jose is justly deserved – his insight, intelligence and energy is evident in every leading initiative underway at Hackensack Meridian Health.  This Up and Comer has definitely arrived,’’ said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

Prior to joining Hackensack University Medical Center as chief of staff to Mr. Garrett, Jose was appointed by the Obama Administration deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The youngest deputy chief of staff in the Obama administration, he served on an executive team of a 17,000-person, $8 billion agency. Jose held a federal top secret security clearance during his service at the EPA.

“Jose is indispensable to our organization,’’ said John K. Lloyd, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

“In every venture, whether launching the merger, developing our medical school or behind the scenes for our innovative, high quality programs, Jose’s counsel is vital.’’

Prior to his service in the nation’s capital, Jose worked for former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine in a variety of roles. Beginning as a policy advisor to then U.S. Sen. Corzine, he continued with the gubernatorial campaign, serving next on the transition team and later as director of operations. At age 26, as the youngest director of the governor’s office, Jose managed political and legislative operations, communications and cabinet relations.

This outstanding achievement follows similar accolades from Becker’s Hospital Review & NJBIZ this year.

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ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH Hackensack 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 140 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 – Hackensack University Medical Center 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, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

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