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#1 Robert C. Garrett Hackensack University Health Network, CEO and president

Robert C. Garrett
#50 Federal Trade Commission #49 William Castner, Gibbons P.C., Lawyer #48 Richard Maglin, Maglin Miskiv & Associates, Accountant #47 John Hajjar, Sovereign Medical Group, CEO #46 Andrew Pecora, Hackensack’s John Theurer Cancer Center, Chief innovations officer, professor and vice president of cancer services #45 John Tedeschi, Advocare/Continuum Health Alliance, President/CEO #44 Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CEO and president #43 Ward Sanders, New Jersey Association of Health Plans, President #42 Linda Schwimmer, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, Vice president #41 Joel Cantor, Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers, Director #40 Michellene Davis, Barnabas Health, Executive vice president, corporate affairs #39 Jeanne Otersen, Health Professionals and Allied Employees, Policy and political director #38 Jeff Brenner, Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers, Executive director #37 Michael Maron, Holy Name Medical Center, CEO #36 Kevin Conlin, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Executive vice president of health care management #35 John Gribbin, CentraState, CEO #34 Kevin Slavin, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, CEO #33 Herb Conaway, D-Delran, Assemblyman #32 David Kostinas, David Kostinas and Associates, Owner #31 Gary Horan, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, CEO #30 Jennifer Velez, Barnabas Health, Senior vice president of strategy and planning #29 Mark Manigan, Brach Eichler, Lawyer - (Photo / Brach Eichler) #28 Jo Surpin, Applied Medical Software, CEO #27 Robert DiPaola, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Director #26 Scott Kobler, McCarter & English, Attorney #25 Brian Gragnolati, Atlantic Health, CEO #24 Vivek Garipalli/ Prem Reddy, Prime Healthcare/CarePoint Health, President/President #23 A. Gabriel Esteban, Seton Hall University, President #22 Annette Catino, QualCare Alliance Networks Inc., CEO and president #21 Adrienne Kirby, Cooper Health System, CEO #20 Hospital Boards - (Photo / THINKSTOCK) #19 Lou Greenwald, State of New Jersey, Assembly majority leader #18 Jay Picerno, Barnabas Health, COO #17 Valerie Harr, Department of Human Services, Director #16 David Tilton, AtlantiCare, CEO #15 Craig Coughlin, Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, Chair #14 Elizabeth Connolly, Department of Human Services, Interim commissioner #13 Joe Vitale, New Jersey State Senate, Legislator #12 Richard Miller, Virtua Health, CEO #11 Stephen Jones, Robert Wood Johnson, CEO #10 Judges - (Photo / THINKSTOCK) #9 John Lloyd, Meridian Health, CEO and president #8 Jeff LeBenger, Summit Medical Group, CEO #7 Robert Barchi, Rutgers University, President #6 Amy Mansue, Children’s Specialized Hospital, CEO and president #5 Mary ODowd, State of New Jersey, New Jersey Health Commissioner #4 George E. Norcross III, Conner Strong & Buckelew, Executive chairman #3 Robert Marino, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Chairman, CEO and president #2 Barry Ostrowsky, Barnabas Health, CEO and president #1 Robert C. Garrett, Hackensack University Health Network, CEO and president


Perhaps it’s fitting that Garrett, the person who sits atop the NJBIZ Power 50 Health Care rankings in 2015, has been playing a game of “Can You Top This?” in recent months as the head of Hackensack University Health Network.

There was the announced merger with Meridian Health, which will help push the Hackensack system — already the second-biggest in the state — to well over $3 billion in revenue. Then there was the news of the Hackensack-Seton Hall medical school and science research center, which will bring the first private medical school to the state, likely attracting more top docs from across the river, while producing the next generation of physicians (there will be a strong emphasis on much-needed primary care doctors). “The medical school will help a number of hospitals, as it will provide residents and help produce higher-quality residents,” said a grateful rival. Some feel the research science center that goes with it has the potential to compete with any in the country, all while giving Essex and Passaic counties an economic boom at a prime location (the old Roche site) — a place many felt would never be filled in such a grand way.

For all of Hackensack’s business moves, its ability to provide care is noteworthy, too. Hackensack’s flagship hospital was one of three in the state selected to be an Ebola care center (it’s next in line when or if another patient is diagnosed). And its main hospital is by far the most honored in the state, with 10 specialties earning a national ranking by U.S. News & World Report, while the hospital itself was No. 1 overall in the state and No. 4 overall in the metro area. Garrett’s vision for the future of health care was praised by many. “He is progressive in his partnerships,” said one rival. “He is out in front on where this is all going. He gets it.”

What’s next? Apparently, plenty. More strategic partnerships are said to be on the horizon. “There will be more major announcements coming this year,” one insider said. And while Garrett is moving quickly, one thing is clear: the 57-year-old CEO and president is not going anywhere.

“Bob’s not planning on retiring anytime soon,” one booster said. “He’s got a lot of energy, a lot of experience. He’s very well-liked by all of his employees, and Bob’s a smart guy; he’s definitely going to be around for a while.”

Robert C. Garrett

CEO and president
Hackensack University Health Network

Ranked: 1
Last Year's Rank: 7
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