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For Immediate Release
Sep 1, 2016
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Hackensack Meridian Health’s Ann Gavzy, Esq., Selected as a First Chair Award Recipient of 2016


Neptune, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health is honored to announce that Ann Gavzy, Esq., has been selected as a 2016 First Chair Award Recipient. Each year, the First Chair Award honors the top in-house counsels for their accomplishments in a wide range of categories, including hard work, innovation, and contributions to the legal community.

Ann joined Meridian Health in March 1997 and serves as executive vice president, general counsel, health network, for Hackensack Meridian Health. In her role, Ann is responsible for legal and regulatory matters affecting the health network, as well as coordinating transactions and employment/labor issues. She engages, directs and monitors outside counsel and ongoing litigation. Ann also works directly with Hackensack Meridian Health’s Board of Trustees and is highly respected for her knowledge and advice on legal and regulatory issues.

“An organization is only as great as its people, and Ann has been a part of Meridian since the beginning. Her contributions to our success are innumerable,” says, John Lloyd, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health.

Ann has a history of being recognized for her legal expertise and as a business leader.  In fact, she was the recipient of the NJBIZ “50 Best Women in Business” award and the NJBIZ “General Counsel of the Year” award.

The annual First Chair Awards Conference was held on August 31, 2016 at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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 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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