Robert Garrett (Immediate Past Chair)
President & CEO
Hackensack University Medical Center

Robert C. Garrett is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC). Prior to his appointment, Mr. Garrett served as acting President and Chief Executive Officer. He joined Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981 and was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 1986.
Since assuming the leadership role in July, Mr. Garrett has begun work on a new Heart & Vascular Hospital at HUMC, a facility dedicated to patients with cardiac and vascular disease focusing on state-of-the-art time-saving and life-saving care. This project includes a new employment model with community physicians and the recruitment of new cardiac and thoracic surgeons. He has also made significant inroads in communication and partnerships by creating new strategies with key constituents both internally and externally that have instituted a culture of transparency and credibility. Other recent accomplishments include an oncology affiliation with Saint Claire’s Hospital in Denville, NJ which has strengthened the John Theurer Cancer Center’s tertiary referrals and the establishment of the “Touchdown Fund for Kids, Cardiac, and Cancer,” a unique partnership with the NY Giants to raise funds for medical center programs.
As COO of HUMC he oversaw daily operations for the 775-bed, not-for-profit, tertiary care, and teaching and research institution. Based on inpatient admissions, HUMC is the 4th largest hospital in the nation and is ranked as one of the top 20 children’s hospitals. HUMC has been recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals based on patient outcomes.
Mr. Garrett is past Secretary/Treasurer of the American Diabetes Association and currently serves as Chairman of its Board Development Committee. He has received numerous awards and honors including Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comers Award in 1996, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Greater Hackensack Chamber of Commerce in 2001, and the Association of Healthcare Executives Distinguished Service Award in 2004.
Most recently, the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals’ (NJCTH) Board of Trustees elected him as its chairman of the board commencing January 2010.
Mr. Garrett received his Master of Health Administration from Washington University in Saint Louis and his Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in New York.