Three of the New Jersey’s hospital executives were named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list.
Brian Gragnolati, chief executive officer of Atlantic Health System and board chairman of the American Hospital Association, was ranked 34th; Robert Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, was ranked 48th; and Barry Ostrowsky, president and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health, was ranked 69th.
The 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare awards and recognition program honors individuals in health care who are deemed, by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare, to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact.
Modern Healthcare cited achievements for each of the Garden State executives:
Under Gragnolati’s leadership, MH said, Atlantic Health System continues to improve quality and access to health care, and invest in new therapy technologies. In October, the Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute hospital opened due to the joint venture between AHS and Kindred Healthcare.
Under Garrett’s stewardship, MH said, the network partnered with behavioral health provider Carrier Clinic and opened the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Garrett also made a historic partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and in October announced merging with the not-for-profit Englewood Health which will be completed next year.
Meanwhile, Ostrowsky has led RWJBarnabas Health since 2016 when it was formed, MH said. In October, RWJBH announced it would acquire Trinitas Regional Medical Center. RWJBH is one of 14 hospitals and health systems nationwide that recently pledged $700 million toward community health that includes affordable housing, more greenhouses, violence prevention interventions and local businesses, among other social determinants of health.