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Hackensack Meridian's Garrett featured speaker at Becker's Hospital Review's meeting.

Byline: Anthony Vecchione

Calling for more innovative care delivery, greater support of medical education and new strategies to transform behavioral health care, Hackensack Meridian Health Chief Executive Officer Robert Garrett addressed the nation's major health care experts April 4 at the Becker's Hospital Review's 10thAnnual Meeting in Chicago.

Citing the more than 3,000 lives lost in New Jersey's opioid crisis last year, Garrett called for all health care providers to "treat behavioral health care the same as we treat cancer, cardiac disease and other chronic illnesses.''

Garrett's interview with Becker's Publisher, Scott Becker, focused on groundbreaking developments that are currently underway at Hackensack Meridian Health.

Garrett updated leading health care executives and policymakers about the network's merger with Carrier Clinic that will result in the opening of new drug treatment centers including the first in Bergen County later this year and the state's first behavioral health urgent care centers.

"We will transform behavioral health care by expanding access to treatment, coordinating care and innovating treatment,'' Garrett said. "We must end the stigma around addiction and mental illness that prevents people from getting help.''

Garrett also told attendees about the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

He informed the group about the Bear's Den program that has provided funding for two major developments: Pillo, a home health robot that automatically dispenses medication and PurpleSun, which uses ultraviolet light in a 90-second cycle to kill germs to reduce the potential for hospital-acquired infections.

"We are not satisfied with the status quo,'' Garrett said. "We are committed to providing the most cutting-edge care, the best patient experience and affordable, convenient, health care.''

More than 4,000 people attended the meeting that also featured former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton and journalist and producer Katie Couric.

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Title Annotation:Robert Garrett
Author:Vecchione, Anthony
Publication:NJ Biz
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Date:Apr 8, 2019
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