Press Release

For Immediate Release
Sep 15, 2016
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Two Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital Presidents are Named Among the 110 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems


Neptune, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce that two of its hospital presidents have been named to the “110 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems” list by Becker’s Hospital Review: Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack University Medical Center; and Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

The list, a version of which has been published since 2010, features presidents and CEOs of hospitals and health systems who hold medical degrees. They are selected based upon their leadership and demonstrated clinical expertise.

“Congratulations to Drs. Sawczuk and Sable on this national recognition,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Both leaders have proven their incredible aptitude to lead these world-class hospitals in a relatively short amount of time. We are proud to have physicians of their stature as part of our health network.”

“Hackensack Meridian Health recruits some of the finest physician leaders in the nation,” said John K. Lloyd, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Drs. Sawczuk and Sable are a direct reflection of this commitment. As presidents of the first and fourth ranked hospitals in New Jersey (respectively), we are reaffirming Hackensack Meridian Health’s dedication to the best possible care within our hospitals—from our presidents across our entire team of professionals.”

In April of this year, Dr. Sawczuk transitioned from his role as executive vice president and chief medical officer to become the new president of HackensackUMC, succeeding Garrett. He has been part of HackensackUMC for more than 15 years in varying leadership roles: executive vice president, chief medical officer, vice president of Academic Affairs and chairperson of the Department of Urology. During his tenure as the Urology chair, the department was ranked as one of the 50 best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Sable joined Hackensack Meridian Health in his current position in January of 2015. Prior to joining the network, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Saint Peter's Healthcare System in New Brunswick, NJ; and vice chairman for operations in the Emergency Department at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

The full list can be read here:

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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