(201) Magazine “People to Watch in Health”

From the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hackensack University Health Network Robert C. Garrett...

I am pleased to announce that three of our Hackensack University Health Network/HackensackUMC team members have been featured in this month’s (201) Magazine among its “People to Watch in Health” article. Dianne A.M. Aroh, RN, MS, NEA-BC, executive vice president, chief nursing and patient care officer of HackensackUMC; Chad Melton, CEO of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley; and Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE, chief innovations officer, professor and vice president of Cancer Services; were among the list of 20 healthcare leaders and providers who are making a difference and have demonstrated a commitment to helping others.

Dianne joined HackensackUMC in 2006, and has since dedicated herself to the improvement of nursing and patient care, overseeing a team of more than 3,000 staff members. Her collaborative work approach has helped increase communication to the patient care team, and has strengthened the nursing leadership role within our medical center. Under Dianne’s leadership, HackensackUMC achieved our fourth Magnet® Designation for Nursing Excellence in 2009, and we recently completed a successful site visit for redesignation. We look forward to receiving our fifth Magnet designation. Dianne’s leadership earned her a place on NJBIZ’s “Best 50 Women in Business List” in 2013.

A recent recipient of NJBIZ’s “40 Under 40 Award,” Chad has demonstrated his excellence in leadership by the successful opening of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley on June 1. Under his leadership and together with Hackensack University Health Network and LHP Hospital Group, HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley’s $150 million construction project was completed on time and under budget. Chad has earned a reputation of successful collaboration with physicians, reflected in the nearly 700 physicians who have applied for privileges at the hospital.

After joining HackensackUMC in 1989, Dr. Pecora spearheaded the development of the John Theurer Cancer Center's Adult Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program, which is currently one of the 10 largest in the United States. Due to the program’s stellar reputation, earlier this year, Hackensack University Health Network entered into a clinical collaboration with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to establish a Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Pecora also elevated cancer care at the John Theurer Cancer Center to the department level and reorganized cancer services into 14 separate divisions, part of the reason why the John Theurer Cancer Center was recently ranked 35 out of more than 900 hospitals by U.S. News & World Report—the highest ranked cancer center in New Jersey.  

I am extremely proud to work alongside such esteemed colleagues. Dianne, Chad and Dr. Pecora who have made invaluable contributions to the healthcare field, and more importantly – to our many patients and their families. Congratulations to all three for being recognized as such prominent healthcare leaders.  



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