Edison-based Hackensack Meridian Health is has announced that Joseph Simunovich, co-chairman of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees, has been honored by the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) with a 2017 NJHA Healthcare Leader Award. Simunovich was recognized by the NJHA as the Hospital and Healthcare System Trustee of the Year.
“I am pleased and proud to congratulate Joe on this well-deserved recognition,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “A highly-valued and deeply respected trustee, Joe’s leadership through many years has helped to facilitate groundbreaking evolution in service of our patients and their families.”
Simunovich also serves in a new role as chairman of the founding Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Board of Governors. The Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian Health School of Medicine will be transformational for New Jersey. Under his leadership, we are creating a world-class medical school that will advance New Jersey’s medical and health sciences initiatives and help curb the critical physician shortage that the state and the nation currently face.
“Joe is more than a trustee, he is a friend and a member of our family,” added Garrett. “We’ve been fortunate to have him serve as chairman of the Hackensack University Health Network Board of Trustees, HackensackUMC Board of Governors, the HackensackUMC Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and the HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley Joint Venture Board. We’ve experienced a lot of great successes together. Once again, HackensackUMC ranked as the number one hospital in New Jersey – maintaining its place atop the rankings since the rating system was introduced. We’re honored to have Joe as part of our team.”
The award was presented during a ceremony at the NJHA’s 98th annual meeting at the Princeton Hyatt Regency.