Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Appoints Anthony J. Passannante Jr., M.D., FACC, As Acting President

The Board of Governors of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center announced the appointment of Anthony J. Passannante, Jr., M.D., FACC as acting president, which became effective July 1, 2017.

Dr. Passannante has served as vice president, Medical Affairs/chief medical officer of Palisades Medical Center for the past two years. He has also served on multiple integration committees within the network, and also participated as a member of the faculty chair selection committee for the new Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Dr. Passannante replaces Bruce J. Markowitz, who served as president of Palisades Medical Center since 1993.

"Dr. Passannante has served with distinction in leadership roles at the medical center and will continue to inspire team members to provide highly-quality, patient-centered care," said Robert G. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

"As a cardiologist and hospital executive, Dr. Passannante is a proven leader who will develop strategies that focus on optimal outcomes in convenient settings for patients at every level of care," said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

Prior to joining Palisades Medical Center, Dr. Passannante served in senior leadership roles at Saint Peters University Hospital, including interim co-chief operating officer and vice president/chief medical officer. Dr. Passannante earned his Medical Doctorate from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Saint Vincent Medical Center in New York, and his Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

"We are excited for Dr. Passannante to lead Palisades Medical Center's efforts in providing the highest quality care for our patients and our communities," said Theresa de Leon, chairwoman of the Board of Governors of Palisades Medical Center. "Dr. Passannante's experience in serving in leadership roles for both our Medical Center and the Hackensack Meridian Health network will enable Palisades Medical Center to realize all of our potential as part of New Jersey's most comprehensive and integrated health network."

Dr. Passannante is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Board of Cardiovascular Diseases. He is Board Certified for Nuclear Cardiology, and Certified for Coronary Computer Tomographic Angiography.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen counties. The not-for-profit medical center is a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System, and it features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center.

Palisades Medical Center is ranked as one of the top hospitals of its size in New Jersey by Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has honored Palisades Medical Center with its prestigious Community Outreach Award for its year-round commitment to educate residents, improve access to care, and reduce health disparities. Palisades Medical Center is the largest employer in its service area, with more than 1,300 employees. It has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit www.palisadesmedical.org.

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 – Hackensack University Medical Center 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, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

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