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Robert C. Garrett Selected for Morris Arts’ Great Conversations Event

April 24, 2013 02:02 PM


Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network, has been selected to participate in Morris Arts’ Great Conversations event, taking place at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, NJ, on Thursday, May 2.

Now in its fifth edition, the Great Conversations benefit event offers attendees the opportunity to talk face-to-face and share ideas with leaders from the worlds of healthcare, the arts, politics, education, entertainment, nonprofits, business, sports, journalism and more.

“I am honored to have been selected for this important event and to look forward to participating in meaningful conversation with such an esteemed panel of conversationalists,” said Garrett. “I would also like to congratulate Morris Arts on celebrating its 40th anniversary.”

Garrett joined Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981 as an administrative resident, and in May of 2009, he was named HackensackUMC’s acting president and chief executive officer.

Today, Mr. Garrett leads Hackensack University Health Network, the New Jersey-based parent company of HackensackUMC, the HackensackUMC Foundation, Hackensack University Medical Groups, and corporate joint venture partners with LHP Hospital Group (Dallas, TX) in ownership of two hospitals: HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley and HackensackUMC Mountainside. With 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed medical staff members, Hackensack University Health Network is the largest healthcare system in New Jersey.

HackensackUMC, the Network’s flagship hospital is a 775-bed, nonprofit academic and research institution with nearly 8,000 employees and nearly 1,600 physicians. Now celebrating its 125th anniversary, HackensackUMC is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and has received some of the most prestigious designations and distinctions from the nation’s leading healthcare ratings companies.

The event will begin with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a 7:30 p.m. dinner. Guests will have the rare opportunity to engage directly in conversation with the conversationalists.  In addition to Garrett, other individuals include an Emmy award-winning TV news anchor, the New Jersey State climatologist, a former New York Giants quarterback, the president/CEO of the National 9/11 Memorial, a prizewinning chef, a symphony conductor or a host of similarly accomplished and fascinating people.

The Great Conversations event will also benefit the many programs and services provided by Morris Arts. For more information, profiles and photos of the host conversationalists or to purchase tickets ($200) online, visit   or contact the Gina Moran, development director of Morris Arts at (973) 285-5115, ext. 13 or


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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