Newswise — Neptune, NJ – December 17, 2019 – Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation was recognized by NJBIZ in its 2019 Reader Rankings as the top nonprofit organization in New Jersey. Votes were cast by NJBIZ readers for the businesses they believed deserved to be recognized for their industry excellence and contributions in New Jersey. 

“We are honored to be selected as the top nonprofit organization in New Jersey,” says Joseph E. Stampe, president and chief development officer, Meridian Health Foundation. “The work we do every day has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of our communities and we are thrilled that NJBIZ readers have been able to see the result of our efforts. We would like to thank them for their continued support and belief in our mission.” 

Meridian Health Foundation is the umbrella organization overseeing the following Hackensack Meridian Health hospital foundations: Bayshore Medical Center Foundation, Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation (also raising funds for K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital), Ocean Medical Center Foundation, Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation, Riverview Medical Center Foundation and Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation. It is currently in the midst of capital campaign called Giving Heals, with a fundraising goal of $150 million to strengthen oncology services, improve clinical outcomes, enhance the patient experience and broaden clinical research and academic programs at Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Hackensack Meridian Health was also selected in the following categories:

  • Best Healthcare System (ranked number one for the second consecutive year), Hackensack Meridian Health;
  • Best Hospital (among the top three), Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center;
  • Best Cardiac Care Center (among the top three), Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center; and
  • Best Physician Group (ranked number one for the second consecutive year), Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group.

The 2019 Reader Rankings were featured in NJBIZ on November 18.



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 34,100 team members, and 6,500 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 10 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 Health care’s “150 Top Places to Work in Health care/2018” list. 

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, 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. 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.


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