Mark Sparta Named EVP and Chief Population Health Officer of Hackensack University Health Network

April 13, 2015 04:22 PM
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Hackensack University Health Network is pleased to announce that Mark Sparta has been promoted to the role of executive vice president and chief population health officer, effective May 15, 2015. As a nation, priorities have shifted from reactive care to focus more on preventive care. HackensackUHN has also embraced this culture of keeping our entire community as healthy as possible through streamlined treatment, preventive measures and educational outreach. 

 “I congratulate Mark on his new promotion. Mark was an obvious choice to fill this new role due to his extensive experience in this area,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “He has been a HackensackUMC colleague for more than 25 years; most recently spending eight years as our vice president of Clinical Services and senior operations officer. He left that position this past November to serve as acting CEO of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley.”

Sparta’s expertise in population health management is evident in his clinical background as a physical therapist, and his executive sponsorship and leadership in the development of Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants on Route 17 in Maywood. His commitment to providing patients with a comprehensive, state-of-the-art center is evident to the thousands of members and patients it provides services to today.

In his new position as executive vice president and chief population health officer, Sparta will lead the development of HackensackUHN’s population health program and accountable care services. He will facilitate strong partnerships internally with the HackensackAlliance ACO leadership and the medical executive community; as well as with external community health agencies, nursing home facilities and other entities. 

“We are grateful to the work Mark has done at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley to continue elevating the quality of care provided at the hospital,” added Garrett. During his tenure, the hospital announced that it will submit plans for a new Emergency Department.  The proposed $14 million dollar project will double the current space to more than 22,000 square feet and include a prominently featured entrance in the front of the facility.  HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley also opened its brand new Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center.

“I wish Mark continued success in his new position as EVP and chief population health officer. I am confident he will contribute greatly to the success of our population health initiatives and programs; improving the lives of thousands of patients,” Garrett said.

About Hackensack University Health Network

Hackensack University Health Network (HackensackUHN) is the New Jersey-based parent company of HackensackUMC, the HackensackUMC Foundation, Hackensack University Medical Groups, and corporate joint venture partners with LHP Hospital Group in ownership of two hospitals: HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley and HackensackUMC Mountainside. In 2015, the Network signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Seton Hall University to form the only private school of medicine in New Jersey.  In late 2014, HackensackUHN announced its plans to merge with Meridian Health, forming the largest integrated health system in the state. Also in 2014, HackensackUHN announced that Palisades Medical Center will become a full member of the Network. Together with six other health systems, the Network is part of the nation’s largest healthcare consortium of its kind, AllSpire Health Partners. HackensackUHN also enjoys clinical and academic affiliations with some of the nation’s most well-renowned health systems, hospitals and universities, including: CityMD, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MinuteClinic, North Shore-LIJ Health System, NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, St. George’s University, Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState Medical Center, and Stevens Institute of Technology. With more than 11,300 employees, 3,100 credentialed medical staff members and 1,697 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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