Hackensack University Health Network has named one of its top executives to the new role of chief population health officer, in which he will lead the development of the health system's population health program and accountable care services, it said Monday.
Mark Sparta, who will also take on an executive vice president role, is currently serving as acting chief executive officer of the HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley hospital. He took over that role upon CEO Chad Melton’s departure in November; Emily Holliman will take on the permanent role in early May. Prior to that assignment, Sparta was vice president, clinical services, and senior operations officer for Hackensack University Medical Center.
“I congratulate Mark on his new promotion,” Robert C. Garrett, CEO and president of Hackensack University Health Network, said in a prepared statement. “Mark was an obvious choice to fill this new role due to his extensive experience in this area. He has been a HackensackUMC colleague for more than 25 years.”
Sparta will assume his new job effective May 15.
The health system said the creation of the position was tied to national health care priorities’ shift toward preventive care, from reactive care. As a result, one of its goals is to keep the community healthy, through steps such as educational outreach.
It cited Sparta’s background as a physical therapist — as well as his leadership of the Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants facility, in Maywood — among the reasons for his promotion.
“We are grateful (for) the work Mark has done at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley to continue elevating the quality of care provided at the hospital,” Garrett said. “I wish Mark continued success in his new position as EVP and chief population health officer. I am confident he will contribute greatly to the success of our population health initiatives and programs, improving the lives of thousands of patients.”
As a result, Sparta will work to facilitate partnerships with the HackensackAlliance accountable care organization, as well as medical executives, community health agencies and others.
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