Anthony J. Passannante Jr., M.D., FACC,

Appointed as Acting President

The Board of Governors of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center announced the appointment of Anthony J. Passannante,Jr., M.D., FACC as acting president, which became effective July 1, 2017.
Dr. Passannante has served as vice president, Medical Affairs/chief medical officer of Palisades Medical Center for the past two years. He has also served on multiple integration committees within the network, and also participated as a member of the faculty chair selection committee for the new Seton Hall - Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Dr. Passannante replaces Bruce J. Markowitz, who served as president of Palisades MedicalCenter since 1993.
"Dr. Passannante has served with distinction in leadership rolesat the medical center and will continue to inspire team members to providehighly-quality, patient-centered care,'' said Robert G. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.
"As a cardiologist and hospital executive, Dr. Passannante is a proven leader who will develop strategies that focus on optimal outcomes inconvenient settings for patients at every level of care, '' said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.
Prior to joining Palisades Medical Center, Dr. Passannante served in senior leadership roles at Saint Peters University Hospital, includinginterim co-chief operating officer and vice president/chief medical officer. Dr. Passannante earned his Medical Doctorate from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Saint Vincent Medical Center in New York, and his Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
"We are excited for Dr. Passannante to lead Palisades Medical Center's efforts in providing the highest quality care for our patients and our communities," said Theresa de Leon, chairwoman of the Board of Governorsof Palisades Medical Center. "Dr. Passannante's experience in serving in leadership roles for both our Medical Center and the Hackensack Meridian Health network will enable Palisades Medical Center to realize all of our potential as part of New Jersey's most comprehensive and integrated health network."

Thank You Bruce!
Hundreds of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center team members, medical staff, and volunteers lined the hospital hallways leading to a jam-packed main lobby to give Bruce J. Markowitz a special farewell salute.


Bruce ended 24 years of dedicated service as President and CEO on June 29.  The Board of Trustees established a "Wall of Honor" in the lobby and unveiled a plaque dedicated to Bruce in recognition of his commitment to patients.


An evening reception was also held at Son Cubano in West New York.  The Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Foundation established the Bruce and Eileen Markowitz Fund to Enhance Patient Care in gratitude for contributions made in honor of Bruce.


CLICK HERE to make a donation to the Bruce and Eileen Markowitz Fund.


CLICK HERE see photos from the Bruce Farewell Receptions.