Hackensack Meridian Health has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for their Regional Chief Medical Informatics Officers (Central and Southern Regions).

Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health includes 17 hospitals and 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations.

HMH Hospitals:

  • Bayshore Medical Center
  • Carrier Clinic
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Mountainside Medical Center
  • Palisades Medical Center
  • Pascack Valley Medical Center
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • JFK Medical Center
  • John Theurer Cancer Center
  • Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital
  • K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital
  • Ocean Medical Center
  • Raritan Bay Medical Center
  • Riverview Medical Center
  • Southern Ocean Medical Center
Regional Chief Medical Informatics Officers Overview:

Currently, HMH is almost a seven billion dollar organization with over 6% margins. In order to provide the best customer and staff experiences, HMH is divided into three geographic regions.

There are two RCMIO positions available:

  • Central Region: JFK Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, and Bay Shore Medical Center and the physician practices located in Middlesex and Monmouth counties. They will be implementing Epic in June.
  • Southern Region: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center and the physician practices located in the area of Monmouth and Ocean counties. They will be implementing Epic in September.

The RCMIOs for the three regions, along with the EVP/CIO to whom these position report, will form a leadership team to collaborate with key clinical leaders, such as the CMOs, CQOs, and the VP of Clinical applications to drive the successful adoption of clinical informatics tools and technology.

Due to the scope and unbelievable pace at which the organization is operating, the RCMIOs will not be able to practice medicine, but prior experience practicing is paramount for building credibility with the medical staff.

  • ABMS board certified MD or DO
  • Licensed to practice medicine in the United States
  • 5+ years of experience in clinical informatics at a director level or above
  • Certified in one or more clinical Epic modules
  • Board certified in Clinical Informatics preferred
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Please note that Kirby Partners exclusively represents this opportunity and all candidates will be presented through our team of executive recruiters.  If you have questions about this position, please email Steve Bennett.

Hackensack Meridian Health has retained Kirby Partners to identify, qualify, and present individuals for their VP IT Infrastructure and Operations position.

The VP IT Infrastructure and Operations is a leadership role that is accountable for the totality of IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) across Hackensack Meridian Health. The VP of I&O is responsible for implementing and running next-generation information technology infrastructure and for world class delivery of all third-party and internally managed information technology infrastructure used for all clinical, research, and business processes across the enterprise.

Hackensack Meridian Health, located in Edison, New Jersey is the state’s largest, most comprehensive and most integrated network that includes 16 hospitals.

Key Network Indicators:

  • 33,000 Team Members
  • 6,500 Physicians
  • 4,520 Beds
  • 2017 Most Wired: Advanced


VP IT Infrastructure and Operations


Position Description:

The VP IT Infrastructure and Operations is an inspirational leader with deep technical infrastructure experience, strong project management acumen, excellent vendor management skills, plus a superior, service-first-oriented approach to infrastructure operations. The VP IT Infrastructure and Operations is also responsible for operational and service management processes to ensure quality, efficiency and agility goals are achieved. As a member of the IT senior leadership team, the role will contribute to the development and execution of the enterprise wide IT strategy, and ensure it aligns with Hackensack Meridian Health’s strategy and delivery  capabilities.


  • Drive the I&O department to embrace next generation technology that supports the innovative DNA of Hackensack Meridian Health.
  • Works with HR and the IT leadership team to develop an I&O “people strategy” that aligns with the enterprise and IT strategy. Continually looks for leading-edge and innovative solutions to the recruitment, development and retention of the I&O workforce.
  • Forecasts future skill needs to acquire and develop an IT workforce with the appropriate mix of business knowledge, technical skills and competencies that balance between growing the agility required to achieve digital business objectives and ensuring the core IT functions are reliable, stable, and efficient.
  • Sets the mission and vision of the I&O department to foster a service-oriented culture and mindset driven by continual service improvement techniques.
  • Leads the development of the I&O roadmap, and ensures its integration with the overall IT and enterprise strategic plans.
  • Works with the IT senior leadership team on the service portfolio and governance required to prioritize resources.
  • Acts as a trusted advisor, and builds and maintains relationships with other IT leaders and Hackensack Meridian Health executives to develop a clear understanding of enterprise needs; ensures cost-effective delivery of IT services to meet those needs, and is able to respond with agility to changing industry priorities.
  • Develops the annual operating and capital expenditure budget for I&O to ensure it is consistent with overall strategic objectives of IT and the enterprise and is within plan.
  • Leverages influencing and negotiation skills across IT and the enterprise to enable cost-effective and innovative shared solutions in achievement of enterprise goals.
  • Participates in the assessment of external and internal technology capabilities required to achieve desired competitive positioning.
  • Maintains currency on new technologies and platforms and provides direction on what emerging technologies should be assimilated, integrated and introduced within I&O to ensure IT capabilities respond to the needs of the enterprise’s strategy.
  • Maintains an active I&O sunset strategy for outmoded technology.
  • Champions I&O involvement in the IT organization’s innovation efforts and its role in experimenting with new solutions to take advantage of industry opportunities.
  • Provides strategic direction and oversight for the operation and support of IT systems that fulfill the needs of the enterprise, including the full life cycle of infrastructure operations and IT service support.
  • Directs the development of I&O sourcing strategy and provides executive participation in strategic vendor and partner relationship management.
  • Serves on IT planning and policymaking committees; drives the development of enterprise technology standards, governance processes and performance metrics to ensure I&O delivers value to the enterprise.
  • Provides leadership, coaching and direction to the I&O leadership team and staff.


  • A graduate or postgraduate degree in computer science, engineering, information systems or a closely related technology field.
  • 15 or more years of experience in IT.
  • Five years of leadership responsibilities.
  • Preferably five or more years of experience in large, cross-functional teams influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders effectively across the organization and within complex contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, organization design and development.
  • Preferably proven experience or demonstrated capability in leading IT transformational initiatives in complex and dynamic environments.
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Hackensack Meridian Health has retained Kirby Partners to identify, qualify and present individuals for their Vice President Chief Enterprise Architect position.

The Vice President/Chief Enterprise Architect will lead the efforts for producing solutions for organizational initiatives requiring new technologies. The Chief Enterprise Architect is accountable for proactively and holistically leading the information technology architecture, solutions and IT innovation functions of Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) to the desired organization vision and targeted outcomes. The Chief Enterprise Architect is responsible for taking a practical approach to supporting HMH’s information technology needs. This starts and ends with a focus on delivering signature-ready, actionable recommendations to leaders, so they can achieve targeted outcomes.

Hackensack Meridian Health, located in Edison, New Jersey is the state’s largest, most comprehensive and most integrated network that includes 16 hospitals.

Key Network Indicators:

  • 33,000 Team Members
  • 6,500 Physicians
  • 4,520 Beds
  • 2017 Most Wired: Advanced


Vice President Chief Enterprise Architect

Vice President Chief Enterprise Architect Position Description:

The chief enterprise architect is responsible for helping leaders enable their future-state capabilities that, in turn, will drive the HMH’s targeted outcomes through the choice of programs, projects and initiatives the organization chooses to invest in. The chief enterprise architect must be capable of practically applying existing, new and emerging technologies to new and evolving organizational models. Conversely, they must be able to understand, monetize and operationalize new technologies.


Leads and coordinates all aspects of the EA program including:

  • Guides people, process and organizational change related to the use of information technology.
  • Solutions Architecture – develops a direction for managing the portfolio of to-be solutions.
  • Technical Architecture – evolves the technical infrastructure.
  • Application Architecture (subset of solutions architecture) – guides application design and defines application architecture paradigms, such as service-oriented architecture (SOA), principles that influence design decisions and patterns that provide proven design solutions.
  • Leads, manages, and balances bimodal EA program – one EA team with two modes of operating. Mode 1 is foundational EA (tactical), which maintains and evolves future-state IT capabilities with a focus on efficiency and predictability of the existing IT estate. Mode 2 is vanguard EA (strategic), which designs and enables future-state IT capabilities with a focus on technology disruption, speed, agility, and flexibility, while meeting today’s organizational needs with an optimized Mode 1 strategy.
  • Leads the efforts to develop, maintain and govern the enterprise architecture across the organization.
  • Responsible for defining the EA process and architecture review and advisory process, and for leading the integration of those processes with related organizational and IT processes.
  • Lead, prioritize, and develop the overall enterprise architecture approach for the organization, and communicate architectural direction.
  • Directly manages other architecture-related activities and the respective roles (IT solutions and IT innovation).

The Chief Enterprise Architect will demonstrate competencies across six key dimensions:

  • Lead and Influence
  • Identify Ecosystems and Develop IT Models
  • Focus on Strategy and Execution
  • Research and Understand Technology and Nontechnology Trends
  • Enable Enterprise Ideation and Innovation
  • Determine and Help Orchestrate the Delivery of HMH Outcomes

Candidates should be innovative, mission driven, trusted thought-leaders skilled at leading conversations to a decision. Though not a true idea person, this position will engage with organizational leaders to define solutions and then deliver results. The best candidates will understand “how stuff works” at the core level and be familiar with underlying healthcare technologies. Candidates should be highly collaborative and supportive of ideals and strategies, be unflappable in the face of opposition to architectural ideals, and be practical and principle-based in their decision making approach and problem solving abilities.


  • Familiarity with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, infrastructure and operations, and EA and COBIT frameworks.
  • Knowledge of business ecosystems, SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), SOA, APIs, open data, microservices, event-driven IT and predictive analytics.
  • Exposure and understanding of existing, new and emerging technologies, and processing environments.
  • Exceptional soft and interpersonal skills, including teamwork, facilitation and negotiation.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of all components of holistic enterprise architecture.
  • Knowledge of of business engineering principles and processes.
  • Familiarity with basic graphical modeling approaches, tools and model repositories.


  • Organizational savvy.
  • Ability to balance the long-term (“big picture”) and short-term implications of individual decisions.
  • Ability to translate HMH needs into EA requirements.
  • Ability to estimate the financial impact of EA alternatives.
  • Ability to apply multiple solutions to challenges.
  • Ability to rapidly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies.
  • Capable and comfortable with balancing time between foundational EA (Mode 1: ensures efficiency and predictability) and vanguard EA efforts (Mode 2: concerned with speed, agility and flexibility to achieve a unified and flexible EA that meets the organization’s needs).
  • Understand and speak the language of healthcare.
  • Influential in the organization and a team player.
  • Effective at driving short-term actions that are consistent with long term goals.


  • Master’s degree in business, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system analysis or a related field of study, or equivalent experience.
  • 10 or more years of experience in information technology in complex organizations.
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 Hackensack Meridian has retained Kirby Partners to identify, qualify and present individuals for their Chief Information Officer Position.


Organization Overview

Hackensack Meridian is composed of thirteen core hospitals and is recognized as New Jersey’s most integrated and comprehensive health care system.


Chief Information Officer Position Highlights

The CIO will work across all of Hackensack Meridian Health to deliver secure and efficient systems; the CIO will also develop and lead high performing teams that provide exceptional technology and customer service.  An initial and immediate task for the new CIO will be blending the cultures, organizational charts and technology of the Hackensack and Meridian teams.

Responsibilities include:

  • Setting overall IT strategy that supports the goals, vision, mission and strategy of Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Leadership of large technical teams as well as executive and board interaction
  • Setting strategy and vision for current and future technology needs
  • Operation management of technology in a large IDN with multiple locations, including an academic facility and community hospitals that serve numerous locations
  • Providing data analytics knowledge, expertise and support for clinical reporting, research, and data warehouses
  • Driving innovation to increase patient engagement, patient safety and patient as well as employee satisfaction
  • IT security leadership




  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 15+ years of IT leadership
  • Experience in a $1 billion+ organization
  • Leadership of 200+ personnel
  • Experience managing large capital and operational budgets


  • Master’s Degree
  • Clinical background
  • Epic experience
  • Extensive ambulatory experience
  • Experience with transformational leadership

Detailed position requirements can be found on the full position profile, available on request or by clicking the “download” link on this page.