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President of Hackettstown Regional Medical Center to Retire
By Taashi Rowe
After serving 28 years at Hackettsown Regional Medical Center (HRMC) in Hackettstown, N.J.—25 of those years as president and CEO—Gene C. Milton, FACHE, announced plans to retire at the end of this year. He will continue to work on a part-time basis as a special assistant to William G. Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. As one of Adventist HealthCare’s three hospitals, HRMC is a 111-bed, full service, acute care hospital that has won top awards for quality and service from the state of New Jersey and nationally.
“Gene has been an incredible force for good related to the ministry of Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, and he’s going to be incredibly missed,” said Robertson. “It is very unusual for an individual to serve in the types of capacity that he has. He has built an organization, which provides outstanding care, a wonderful patient experience and is continuously successful being able to reinvest in the mission that we have. I look forward to continuing a longstanding relationship that I’ve had with him over the last decade as he finds other good things to do for the community where he lives, and I hope for Adventist HealthCare as he provides some service for us even in his retirement years.”
When Milton first came to HRMC, he served as the hospital’s senior vice president and chief financial officer for three years. Prior to that he worked at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md., and at Florida Hospital (Fla.). He holds an MBA from Andrews University (Mich.) and is working on completing a Doctor of Leadership from the same university.
“Healthcare has gone through a lot of changes in the past 10 to 15 years,” said Milton, a member of New Jersey Conference’s Hackettstown church. “A lot of other small hospitals have closed, but the Lord has been good to us and really blessed us.”
This hospital, which opened in 1973, currently employs more than 900. “We are very well-respected in the community,” Milton said. “Because we are a small hospital we really have a chance to reflect the [Seventh-day Adventist] church’s mission in our community.”
Milton and his wife, Donna, have many happy memories of the hospital, including the birth of their daughter, Dawna-gene. He thanks her and their daughter for their unwavering support of him, adding that without them, he wouldn’t have been able to accomplish much. The couple is planning to retire in Florida.