Robert Charles Garrett, FACHE of Hackensack, NJ, Elected Secretary/Treasurer, American Diabetes Association

November 19, 2007


ALEXANDRIA, VA (November 19, 2007) –The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the leading non-profit health organization dedicated to preventing and curing diabetes and to improving the lives of the nearly 21 million children and adults currently living in the United States with the disease, announced today that Robert Charles Garrett of Hackensack, NJ was elected Secretary/Treasurer.

As Secretary/Treasurer, Garrett will work with the CFO in ensuring fiscal responsibility for the organization.  He will also work closely with the Chair of the Board, President, Medicine & Science and the President, Health Care & Education to ensure that the operational activities of the Association are developed according to the strategic plan.

Garrett has been a dedicated volunteer with the Association since 2003 serving on both local and national committees.  He has served on ADA’s Finance Committee and joined both the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors in 2005.  Garrett is also Past Chairman of the ADA’s New Jersey Leadership Council. 

In addition to Garrett’s passionate work with the ADA, he is also the Chief Operating Officer for Hackensack University Medical Center.  Here he oversees the daily operations for an 825 bed not-for-profit, tertiary care, and teaching and research institution.  Based on inpatient admissions, Hackensack University Medical Center is the 4th largest hospital in the nation and is ranked as one of the top 20 children’s hospitals.  The Center has been recognized by HealthGrades as one of the top 50 hospitals in the Nation based on patient outcomes.

During Garrett’s career, he has received numerous awards and honors including Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comers Award in 1996, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Greater Hackensack Chamber of Commerce in 2001 and the Association of Healthcare Executives Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

Garrett attended Binghamton University in New York where he received his Bachelor’s degree and went on to receive his Master of Health Administration from Washington University in Saint Louis.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy.  Nearly 21 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States.  It is the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S. and it has no cure.

About the ADA
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to hundreds of communities.  The Association’s commitment to research is reflected through its scientific meetings; education and provider recognition programs; and its Research Foundation and Nationwide Research Program, which fund breakthrough studies looking into the cure, prevention, and treatment of diabetes and its complications.  For more information, visit or call 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)