Press Release

For Immediate Release
Feb 25, 2008
Contact : Michael Valentino  



Neptune, NJ -  Meridian Health has announced the appointment of John J. Gantner as executive vice president of Finance and Meridian Partner Company Operations. With over 33 years of health care financial and operational experience, Gantner most recently served as executive vice president at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System in New Brunswick.

In his role at Meridian, Gantner will serve as chief financial officer for the not-for-profit health system, which encompasses Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. In addition, he will oversee Meridian's business development initiatives and the operations of Meridian Partner Companies which include home care agencies, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and occupational health services located throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.

"As managed care and government reimbursements continue to decline, New Jersey’s not-for-profit health care providers face an increasingly challenging financial environment," says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. "John brings an exceptional understanding of these challenges and is highly respected by health care professionals in New Jersey and across the nation. We are very pleased to have someone of his stature and experience joining the Meridian family."

"I am excited to join this organization which I have watched grow over the years," says Gantner. "Despite the challenges facing not-for-profit health care providers, Meridian continues to excel – expanding its level of services and expertise in Monmouth and Ocean counties into what is truly the most comprehensive health care organization in New Jersey."

In addition to its leading medical centers, Meridian Health includes its Meridian Partner Companies:
• Meridian At Home, which provides visiting nursing; rehabilitation; live-in and companionship care; hospice care; and home medical equipment, monitoring, and oxygen delivery;
• Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation which includes skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Brick, Ocean Grove, Shrewsbury, and Wall;
• Meridian Occupational Health, which provides workplace health, wellness, and injury prevention and management, with locations in Holmdel, Freehold, Lakewood, Neptune, Toms River, and West Long Branch;
• Shore Rehabilitation Institute, an acute care rehabilitation center located at Ocean Medical Center;
• Alert Ambulance, provider of ambulance and medical transportation services.

"What is most exceptional is Meridian's continued success at expanding the high level of care beyond the hospital, into our patient's homes, businesses, and communities so that any health need can be met by Meridian," says Gantner.

Prior to joining Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Gantner served as a health care consulting partner at Ernst & Young. He completed his undergraduate and graduate education at Lehigh University and Lehigh University Graduate School of Business, is a member of several professional organizations, has served as a board member of several organizations, and is both a Certified Public Accountant and certified Managerial Accountant.

Gantner and his wife, Alison, have three children and currently reside in South Seaside Park.