Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jan 24, 2011
Contact : Elizabeth Dobis, Public Relations Specialist  

Meridian Health Nursing Executive Presented with Health Care Award

Award presented annually by the New Jersey Hospital Association  

Neptune, NJ - The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) recently presented Richard T. Hader, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, CHE, CNA, CPHQ, vice president and chief nursing officer for Meridian Health, with the 2011 NJHA Healthcare Professional of the Year. The award was presented at their 92nd Annual Meeting.  

The award is presented annually to individuals whose leadership and commitment to their hospitals and patients goes above and beyond the call of duty. Specifically, Rich was awarded for his dedication and advocacy for nursing and role in quality improvement.   

Rich's career with Meridian stems back to 1982, when he received his Nursing diploma from the Ann May School of Nursing, and has continued to develop over the years. Some of Rich's most notable achievements include achieving Magnet designation for nursing excellence at three of Meridian's hospitals, helping to develop the Meridian Health Institute for Evidence Based Care, implementing the opening of the Georgian Court - Meridian Health School of Nursing, and developing a new model of nursing care that blends patient centered care in the "ultimate" work environment for the nurse.  

"The Meridian Health family couldn't be more proud to have Rich as a leader," says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. "Having been a part of this family for 29 years, it is Rich's commitment to nursing that drives our clinicians to provide the best quality patient care."    

In addition to his role at Meridian, Rich also serves as the editor-in-chief of the most widely circulated nursing management journal in the country, Nursing Management, and teaches at both Seton Hall University in South Orange and Monmouth University in West Long Branch. He has received several awards and honors throughout his career, such as the Certified Specialty Nurse Award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  

The New Jersey Hospital Association is the statewide advocate for its 110 member hospitals, its 300-plus post-acute members and the patients they serve.  

Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For", and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing.