How one healthcare network hired 4,000 employees while merging HR systems


Edison, New Jersey

NUMBER OF Personnel:


Applicant Tracking, Candidate Relationship Management, and Onboarding

Assessments, Background Screening, Document Management, HCM, Job Advertising and Reference Checking


  • U.S. News & World Report #1 Hospital in New Jersey
  • Healthgrades Top 50 America’s Best Hospitals 5+ years running
  • Becker’s Hospital Review 100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare

Hackensack Meridian Health was born in July 2016 when two of the leading New Jersey not-for-profit healthcare organisations merged. The combined healthcare network comprises 33,000 personnel, 13 hospitals, and more than 120 ambulatory care centers providing a complete range of medical services, research, and life-enhancing care.

Following the merger, Hackensack Meridian Health needed to unify its recruiting technologies in order to provide personnel with a single seamless platform, and candidates with a consistent and easy-to-use experience. The migration had to be accomplished without disrupting the hiring of 4,000 new personnel, many of whom were sourced from former patients.

The central challenge was to integrate all the supplementary talent acquisition tools –including candidate assessments, background screening, and reference checking –into the configurable iCIMS Talent Cloud, which in turn, had to be integrated into Hackensack Meridian Health’s three existing human resource and payroll platforms.

iCIMS helped Hackensack Meridian Health:

  • Centralise its talent acquisition software into a single unified hub
  • Integrate recruiting software tools
  • Increase recruiters’ productivity and fill jobs faster
  • Use one source for reporting and analytics
  • Reduce the costly data errors stemming from using multiple systems
  • Consistently deliver an exceptional candidate experience
  • Be able to scale recruiting to support its expanding healthcare network

Hackensack Meridian Health centralised all talent acquisition software onto the iCIMS Talent Cloud, without interrupting hiring 4,000 professionals.

“This was the first time I’ve seen something this intricate pulled off without a glitch. The way the iCIMS Talent Cloud is configured to integrate and run smoothly with other providers, and at the same time to deliver a consistent experience for our end-users – it’s a huge win.”

- Peter Gioacchini ,vice president of talent selection, solutions and services, Hackensack Meridian Health