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Sep 30, 2021

Mental Health Association to Honor Hackensack Meridian Health CEO at Golf Classic

In recognition of the intrinsic connection between mental and physical health, particularly given the pandemic, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHAMC) proudly announced today that it will honor Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, at the organization’s annual Golf Classic & Cocktail Party on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Beacon Hill Country Club in Atlantic Highlands.   

“Monmouth County was very fortunate to have Bob Garrett leading our area hospitals and medical facilities during the pandemic,” said Wendy DePedro, president and CEO of MHAMC. “As one of the hardest hit communities early on, most of us in Monmouth County experienced some level of trauma related to COVID-19. We are grateful for Bob’s unwavering commitment to our community and the outstanding professional team at Hackensack Meridian Health that helped so many survive this unprecedented health crisis.”

MHAMC’s Golf Outing will feature a fun yet challenging tournament on Beacon Hill Country Club’s scenic course with beautiful views of the New York City skyline, followed by cocktails and dinner in the recently renovated clubhouse. Reservations may be made for the full Golf Outing, or non-golfing guests may choose to attend the evening Cocktail Party only.

As CEO of New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive health network, Garrett has displayed outstanding leadership throughout the pandemic. Not only did he successfully guide Monmouth County and New Jersey through the medical complexities of this health crisis, but he also supported and sustained his team during a year that undoubtedly pushed healthcare professionals beyond what they ever could have imagined.  

Garrett and Hackensack Meridian Health have also demonstrated systemic support of mental health for many years. Under Garrett’s leadership, Hackensack Meridian Health has been able to address the workforce shortage in psychiatry. Through the creation of two new ACGME-accredited General Psychiatry Residencies, one at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and one at Ocean Medical Center, there has been an addition of 50 total residents. Additionally, the health network has instituted ACGME-accredited fellowships in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry. This will help address the shortage of psychiatrists here in New Jersey in collaboration with the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. 

Garrett is a national leader among healthcare CEOs in highlighting the need for behavioral health services and to address the stigma of mental illness. He has innovated in behavioral health services through his support of Hackensack Meridian Health’s development of the state’s first integrated Medical/Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center, the creation of a DNA Bank/Repository for Psychiatric illness with the Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation, and the strategic merger with Carrier Clinic. 

As a passionate champion for Behavioral Health, Garrett has supported the longstanding collaboration between MHAMC and Hackensack Meridian Health to address mental wellness as a critical component of overall health. 

MHAMC is proud of its own response to the pandemic, offering ongoing support to those struggling with mental health issues as a direct result of COVID-19. MHAMC provided six weeks of free counseling to more than 70 new clients by linking them to volunteer therapists, while maintaining therapeutic support for thousands of existing consumers. MHAMC also developed multiple webinars to address community needs, including a six-part series to assist clinical therapists and school staff in supporting youth and families experiencing increased mental health concerns during remote learning.

To register for MHAMC’s annual Golf Classic and/or the Cocktail Party, visit or call 732-216-5018.