Healthcare innovation

Hackensack Meridian Health Innovation VP Powell-Elliott Named…

Hackensack Meridian Health Innovation VP Powell-Elliott Named…

Newswise — July 20, 2022, Nutley, NJ – Sandra Powell-Elliott, the vice president of Innovation and Health Ventures at Hackensack Meridian Health, has been named to the Becker’s Healthcare 2022 list “Women Power Players in Health IT.”

Powell-Elliott will also be a featured speaker at Becker’s Hospital Review’s 7th Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference, which will take place in Chicago from Oct. 4-7. She will discuss “How to be a Daredevil Innovator in Healthcare.”

“Sandra is a forward-thinking leader,” said Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, Hackensack Meridian Health’s president of Academics, Research and Innovation, and also associate dean of Clinical Integration and professor and chair emeritus of Urology at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. “We are proud of her accomplishments, and the insights and creativity she brings to the health network.” 

Powell-Elliott’s role at Hackensack Meridian Health is to foster the internal development of an innovative culture, while also bringing innovative and transformative solutions from outside of the organization to the forefront of the organization’s strategic planning efforts. Through the development of the Bear’s Den investment and innovation program, Sandra’s efforts have enabled HMH to invest in early stage, innovative ideas and technologies to better meet the needs of patients and the clinicians who treat them. 

In addition, Powell-Elliott closely works with the researchers of the Hackensack Meridian Center of Discovery and Innovation (CDI) to license new discoveries, create spin-out opportunities, and also identify collaborative opportunities with large medical device and pharmaceutical companies.  

Powell-Elliott discussed how to cultivate innovation with Becker’s Hospital Review here in mid-June

She has received the 2022 ROI Influencer Award, the 2020 NJBIZ Best Fifty Women in Business and the 2018 NJBIZ Vanguard Award.  In addition, she often has the opportunity to share HMH’s innovation journey through various publications and National Conferences. 

“My job is endlessly exciting, and I’m gratified  to do my part in facilitating  care transformation and helping our network keep getting better,”  said Powell-Elliott.



Hackensack Meridian Health 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 comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 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 center, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 36,000 team members, and 7,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having more top-ranked hospitals than anyone in New Jersey, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report, 2021-22. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey with the #1 adult and children’s hospital rankings.

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey’s best cancer center, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report, 2021-22.  This premier cancer center is also the largest and most comprehensive center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, and preventive care as well as survivorship of patients  with all types of cancers. John Theurer Cancer Center is part of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center. 

Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to ensure that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its campus in Nutley and Clifton. The Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), housed in a fully renovated state-of-the-art facility, seeks to translate current innovations in science to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases and other life-threatening and disabling conditions.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. To learn more, visit