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Hackensack University Health Network Welcomes Kevin DeSimone as its New Vice President of Government Relations

May 6, 2013 01:40 PM


Hackensack University Health Network is pleased to welcome Kevin DeSimone, of Marlton, NJ, as its new vice president of Government Relations, effective April 25, 2013.

“I would like to welcome Kevin to the HackensackUHN team in this newly-formed position that is critical to our future success,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network. “As the nation prepares itself for healthcare reform, we are doing the same. Kevin’s new role will ensure that our Network stays informed and involved in any relevant policy changes and legislative matters.”

As the vice president of Government Relations, DeSimone will be responsible for assisting the executive team in the development and management of strategies to inform and influence public policy at the various levels of government on issues and areas of interest to the Hackensack University Health Network. He will also advise on legislative matters, provide government relations leadership, operate as the single point of accountability for all government relations activity in line with meeting Hackensack University Health Network objectives, and will monitor New Jersey legislation and public policy issues.

Garrett added, “Kevin has extensive experience in diverse areas of healthcare-government relations, and I am confident that his expertise will contribute greatly to the Network's success.”

DeSimone joins Hackensack University Health Network from MBI-GluckShaw, Inc., where he was a healthcare associate involving government relations. Prior to this position, DeSimone served as the senior director of Intergovernmental and Regulatory Affairs for Insight Consulting Services, LLC. He was also the director of Legislative Services and a legislative liaison for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and served as chief of staff and a legislative aide for multiple legislative offices.

He received his bachelors degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. It is the flagship hospital of the Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians.HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report, and has received nine national rankingsin: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in 10 different areas – more than any other hospital in the nation, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 19 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:   




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