Hackensack Meridian Health partners with the Health Advancement Foundation

Foundation for the Advancement of Health (FHA) and Hackensack Meridian Health have entered into a partnership that will allow organizations to work together to support breakthroughs in biomedical research and technology within the Hackensack Meridian Health network.

The new affiliation means clinicians, researchers and other Hackensack employees will be eligible to apply for FHA Innovation Grants. They will also be able to access the Research/Community Health and Social Services Grant Program, which is awarded by FHA affiliate, the New Jersey Health Foundation.

“Innovation requires an ecosystem of providers, researchers and collaborators and we are excited to work with this extraordinary organization to continue our commitment to transforming healthcare,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian . Health. “Our work with the Foundation for Health Advancement will lead to significant breakthroughs in medicine and the delivery of care.” with high commercialization potential through its innovation grants program. FHA’s affiliate, the New Jersey Health Foundation, provides grants for basic research and community health projects through its Research/Community Health and Social Services grant programs.

“The addition of Hackensack Meridian Health adds strength to our entire Foundation network as we plan to work with our affiliated organizations to develop unique collaborations,” noted George F. Heinrich, MD, Vice President and CEO of the Foundation for Health Advancement . “We are very pleased to collaborate on the goal of advancing health-related projects and businesses within the state.”

Meridian Hackensack Health continues to support innovation through numerous programs, including the Discovery and Innovation Center, which opened in 2019 and has developed many breakthroughs in the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the first commercial COVID test, a life-saving convalescent plasma therapy trial, and genomic sequencing to track variants as the virus evolves. Additionally, the network has created Bear’s Den, a panel of hospital and external experts who identify and support healthcare transformation initiatives at biotech and pharmaceutical companies that will drive healthcare forward.

“New Jersey has a long history at the forefront of the medical and scientific industry and this collaboration reinforces that legacy,” said Ihor Sawczuk, MD, FACS, director of research and president of Hackensack Meridian’s North Region. Health. “Combined, our expertise will benefit everyone in the Garden State – and beyond.”

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