HMH partners with EdAssist on new student loan repayment program

Hackensack Meridian Health has announced a new student loan repayment program. Designed to help lessen the burden of student debt on individuals entering the workforce, the program seeks to support team members in critical roles within the system by providing assistance to repay existing tuition debt. Hackensack Meridian Health has partnered with EdAssist by Bright Horizons, a leading provider of strategic workforce education programs, to administer the program.

“At Hackensack Meridian Health, we constantly strive to support and empower our team members and are continually investing in valuable benefits to ensure our offerings both remain best-in-class and provide real-world value,” said Linda McHugh, executive vice president, chief experience & people officer, at Hackensack Meridian Health. “This new program will serve as a powerful tool for both attracting new and retaining existing talent, as well as providing an added incentive for team members to remain at HMH long-term and contribute to our ongoing success.”

Both full-time and part-time team members in select positions — such as Certified Radiology Tech, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Nurse and more — will be eligible for monthly contributions from HMH directly to their associate or bachelor’s degree loan provider to help reduce their student loan balance. Team members can also use additional resources to help manage student loan debt, including free expert coaching sessions and informational webinars.

“Knowing that student loan debt is top of mind for many current and prospective employees, we applaud Hackensack Meridian Health’s commitment to the well-being and financial stability of its team members,” Diane Bartoli, senior vice president of EdAssist by Bright Horizons, said. “We are thrilled to have partnered with this people-first organization to offer a best-in-class program to hardworking team members.”

In addition to this new offering, HMH also implemented the Earn While You Learn Program last year, which enables new and existing talent to leverage their tuition benefit for critical roles while they work in a full-time, part-time or per diem capacity. This innovative program enables team members to gain in-demand skills for critical positions at HMH while still earning a wage, allowing them to advance their careers and help better support their families.

New team members in critical roles are eligible for tuition reimbursement immediately upon hire. Hackensack Meridian Health currently has openings in both clinical and nonclinical areas.