Holy Name announces separation agreement with Jarrett, its former chief medical officer

Well-regarded top doc, in joint statement, said there was ‘misunderstanding’ related to managerial direction of hospital

Adam Jarrett of Holy Name Medical Center. (File photo)

Holy Name and Dr. Adam Jarrett — who was suspended as the hospital’s chief medical officer last July — announced Wednesday that they have reached a separation agreement.

Jarrett will be given an undisclosed severance package and will not return to the hospital.

Jarrett and the hospital released a joint statement:

“In 2021, a misunderstanding related to managerial direction at Holy Name Medical Center led to concerns being raised by Dr. Adam Jarrett. At the request of Holy Name’s board of trustees, an independent investigator conducted an in-depth investigation into those concerns. The investigator concluded that Dr. Jarrett’s concerns were unsubstantiated.

“Holy Name and Dr. Jarrett have since mutually agreed to part ways and, effective Jan. 26, 2022, Dr. Jarrett will no longer serve as Holy Name’s chief medical officer and executive vice president. Holy Name thanks Dr. Jarrett for his 11 years of service to the Teaneck community and wishes him well in his future endeavors.”

Jarrett and Holy Name CEO Mike Maron received much acclaim — locally and nationally — for how the hospital handled COVID in its initial weeks in the U.S. back in March 2020. The pair did many joint media appearances. Jarrett self-published a book on his experiences.

Last summer, Jarrett was suspended after he complained to the hospital’s board of trustees about issues related to Maron’s management style.

An independent investigation did not find any wrongdoing.

On Wednesday, NorthJersey.com released a lengthy story that revealed Jarrett had raised concerns about racial issues at the hospital.

Holy Name spokesperson Jeanette Hoffman said Holy Name officials refuted the story.

“Allegations made about Holy Name in recent media articles — based on e-mails taken out of context and since refuted — are entirely false and misleading,” she said in a statement. “In a joint statement with Holy Name, Dr. Jarrett has confirmed that an independent, outside investigation into this matter revealed that the concerns initially expressed by Dr. Jarrett were unsubstantiated and due to a misunderstanding.

“Holy Name, under the leadership of Mike Maron, is steadfastly committed to supporting our Black staff members, and all members of the diverse Holy Name family, providing culturally sensitive care and an inclusive workplace, and advancing the cause of racial equality in our community.”

Holy Name, located in ethnically diverse Teaneck, has a history of strong support for minority issues.

The hospital has been the owner and sole financial supporter of Hopital Sacre Coeur in Haiti for more than a decade (see story here).

Holy Name also has been a national model for its unique efforts while caring for the Asian community.