Hackensack Meridian Health Ranked #4 on the 2022 DiversityInc Top Hospitals and Health Systems List

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Second year in a row on distinguished list recognizes health network’s extensive initiatives to promote diverse, equitable and inclusive culture

EDISON, N.J., May 11, 2022 — Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health care network, was recognized for a second year in a row on the 2022 DiversityInc Top Hospitals and Health Systems list. Hackensack Meridian Health placed fourth overall in this year’s ranking, up from 11th in 2021.

New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the nation, and Hackensack Meridian Health is deeply committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion across our network and working to address healthcare inequality,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “It is an honor to be recognized once again on DiversityInc’s top hospitals and health systems list, and we will continue advancing equality and opportunity for our team members, as well as providing high-quality, compassionate care for all communities.”

Since 2001, the survey has been the most comprehensive, empirically data-driven D&I analysis based on organization-submitted information from some of the largest U.S. employers. The assessment collects data across six key areas: Leadership Accountability, Human Capital Diversity Metrics, Talent Programs, Workplace Practices, Supplier Diversity and Philanthropy.  

Hackensack Meridian Health increased its ranking to No. 4, up from No. 11 due to major strides in governance, leadership and enhancing supplier diversity.

“Hackensack Meridian Health remains committed to eliminating disparities in health care, and we continue to implement innovative initiatives that will help us build upon the progress we are making toward building a more inclusive culture,” said Avonia Richardson-Miller, EdD, MA, CDE® senior vice president and Chief Diversity Officer at Hackensack Meridian Health.

The top 10 major employers that ranked on the 2022 DiversityInc Top Hospitals and Health Systems are:

  1. Northwell Health
  2. Cleveland Clinic
  3. Mayo Clinic
  4. Hackensack Meridian Health
  5. Mount Sinai Health System
  6. City of Hope
  7. NYU Langone Health
  8. Jefferson Health
  9. Henry Ford Health System
  10. OhioHealth
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“The 2022 survey Cronbach Alpha Reliability score for the overall model was .89. Board and senior management accountability and a measured focus on equitable access to talent development programs were two areas of marked improvement of this year’s survey participants,” said Carolynn Johnson, DiversityInc’s Chief Executive Officer.  

Hackensack Meridian Health‘s DiversityInc ranking follows major initiatives in recent years that are part of the network’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy:


  • Establishing a network-wide goal for tying executive compensation to measurable metrics focused on increasing the representation of underrepresented team members in leadership positions at HMH targeting Black, Latinx and Asians.
  • The network relaunched the DEI Executive/Advisory Council, which is chaired by the CEO and the Chief Diversity Officer, a newly created position that elevated the role of the network’s senior DEI official. The councils aligned the overall DEI Governance Structure with best practices to provide oversight of DEI efforts and strategies and monitor progress.
  • HMH launched local site Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Councils chaired by site Hospital Presidents. The local DEI Councils will help each site identify and address localized health disparities and help the network resolve them.
  • The network increased its spending with diverse suppliers from $9.4 million to $73.5 million this year.
  • Launched implicit and explicit bias training for all 36,000 team members. All team members are scheduled to be trained by May 2023.
  • Planning 2nd Annual Day of Understanding for July and August as continued participation in the CEO Action Pledge. This program helps team members get comfortable with uncomfortable conversations about race, equality, equity, etc. 
  • Appointing the first African-American male to HMH’s Board of Trustees. John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM, who is a board member and former chairman of the board for the National Black Chamber of Commerce, with 150 affiliate chapters and more than 15 international affiliates, joined HMH’s Board in January 2021.
  • Every Hackensack Meridian Health hospital was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in the 2022 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Eleven network hospitals earned the coveted “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation. Additionally, two network hospitals earned the “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer” designation. This designation signals to LGBTQ patients and allies that the healthcare facility has met the foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care.
  • Launched Maternal Health Blue Ribbon Task Force to address unacceptable disparities in maternal outcomes in New Jersey. The Maternal Health Awareness Symposium in January included participation by NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy.
  • Through the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the network is working to make sure New Jersey’s physicians reflect the communities they serve. Half of our students are from communities of color. A diverse physician workforce will get us closer to improving health outcomes for all communities.
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ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, 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 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include 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, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 34,100 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

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The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

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.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.

About DiversityInc: The mission of DiversityInc is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001 when many corporations started to understand the business value of diversity management initiatives. DiversityInc is a VA certified, veteran-owned business and a Disability:IN certified business owned by a person with a disability.

SOURCE Hackensack Meridian Health