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Hackensack Meridian Health Promotes Kenneth Esser to SVP, Care Transformation Services (CTS), Behavioral Health, and Special Advisor to the CEO

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What You Need to Know

Hackensack Meridian Health has promoted Kenneth Esser to senior vice president, Care Transformation Services (CTS), Behavioral Health, and Special Advisor to the CEO.  

In this new role, Esser will focus on developing strategies to transform the behavioral health CTS to meet industry best practices, improve patient experience and health outcomes, and reduce costs. He will also oversee strategic operations of the CTS and ensure methods align with Hackensack Meridian Health’s overall goals.

In addition, he will serve as special advisor to the CEO and will continue to lead the Office of Government Affairs. 

About Kenneth Esser

Esser joined Hackensack Meridian Health in October 2018 as senior vice president, Corporate Services and Governance, Government Relations, Chief of Staff. His work received industry-wide recognition when he was named to Modern Healthcare’s 2020 class of Top 25 Emerging Leaders. 

Before joining Hackensack Meridian Health, Esser was the manager of Program Growth and Strategy for PSE&G. He also has a long history of public service, starting his career in state government. He most recently served as Chief Energy Advisor to the Governor. He previously held the roles of Policy Advisor for Energy and Economic Growth for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Growth for the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Government Relations Specialist for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University.