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Hackensack Health Appoints Blazar New Chief Strategy Officer

James M. Blazar
James M. Blazar Photo Credit: Hartford Healthcare

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Hackensack University Health Network named James M. Blazar as the Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President.

Blazar joins HUHN from Hartford HealthCare inHartford, Conn., where he served as senior vice president and chief strategy and transformation officer. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic in Canada and chief marketing officer of the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

“We are excited to welcome Jim to our HUHN team,"Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, HackensackUHN said in a statement. "His consistent record of achievement with launching successful brand strategies, increasing market share, improving patient satisfaction and fostering teamwork and collaboration will help the network continue to build respect for and increase awareness of our brand.”

Blazar’s most recent experience involved developing Hartford HealthCare's first strategic plan including new mission, vision and values statements. He launched a new brand strategy for Hartford HealthCare and led the strategic partnership with a five-hospital network, Value Care Alliance, and Aetna to offer a new co-branded narrow network product to the market.

He also led the merger and acquisition of two community hospitals and a home care agency with senior services including skilled nursing and assisted living.

In his new role, Blazar will be responsible for regional strategic network growth through mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and creative partnerships with health systems, hospitals, ambulatory centers and physicians.

Blazar earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing from the University of Cincinnati.

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