HackensackUHN Welcomes James M. Blazar as Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President

January 7, 2016 09:46 AM

Hackensack University Health Network (HackensackUHN) welcomes James M. Blazar, as the new chief strategy officer and executive vice president. Mr. Blazar joins HackensackUHN from Hartford HealthCare, Hartford, Connecticut, where he served as senior vice president and chief strategy and transformation officer. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Canada, Toronto, Ontario and chief marketing officer, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.  Preceding the successful 10+ years at Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Blazar was vice president for primary care and clinical services at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. 

“We are excited to welcome Jim to our HackensackUHN team. His consistent record of achievement with launching successful brand strategies, increasing market share, improving patient satisfaction and fostering teamwork and collaboration will help the network continue to build respect for and increase awareness of our brand,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, HackensackUHN. 

Mr. Blazar’s professional experience most recently involved developing Hartford HealthCare's first strategic plan including new mission, vision and values statements.  He launched a new brand strategy for Hartford HealthCare and led the strategic partnership with a five-hospital network, Value Care Alliance, and Aetna to offer a new co-branded narrow network product to the market. He also led the merger and acquisition of two community hospitals and a home care agency with senior services including skilled nursing and assisted living. 

In his new role, Mr. Blazar will be responsible for regional strategic network growth through mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and creative partnerships with health systems, hospitals, ambulatory centers and physicians. He will oversee annual health network and service line strategic planning and monitoring; network affiliate program growth; new business planning and development; and marketplace trends.

Mr. Blazar holds governance appointments on the boards of directors of Clinical Laboratory Partners, Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network and Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and is on the board of Billings Forge, a Hartford community development organization that improves housing opportunities for families, encourages economic growth, creates job training and educational advancement, and provides counseling and other services.

Mr. Blazar has received numerous distinctions for his work in marketing and communications. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from the University of Cincinnati.

About Hackensack University Health Network

Hackensack University Health Network is the New Jersey-based parent company of HackensackUMC, the HackensackUMC Foundation, Hackensack University Medical Group, and corporate joint venture partners with LHP Hospital Group in ownership of two hospitals: HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley and HackensackUMC Mountainside. In April 2015, HackensackUHN welcomed Palisades Medical Center as a full member of the Network, marked by the execution of a definitive agreement. In May 2015, HackensackUHN signed a definitive agreement to merge with Meridian Health; creating one, integrated healthcare delivery system, known as Hackensack Meridian Health. In June 2015, HackensackUHN and Seton Hall University announced a definitive agreement to form a new, four-year school of medicine – the only private medical school in New Jersey. HackensackUHN also enjoys clinical and academic affiliations with some of the nation’s most well-renowned health systems, hospitals and universities, including: Aetna, AllSpire Health Partners, CityMD, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MinuteClinic, NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery, OMNIA Health Alliance; Rutgers Medical School, St. George’s University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Summit Medical Group, The Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState, and United Surgical Partners International. With more than 10,800 employees, 3,300 credentialed medical staff members and 1,717 hospital and nursing home beds at hospitals within the Network, Hackensack University Health Network is one of the largest healthcare systems in New Jersey.




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