Steven G. Littleson, FACHE


Steven G. Littleson is president of the Hospital Services Division and chief operating officer at Hackensack Meridian Health, and is responsible for leading all operations at 11 acute care hospitals. Littleson was installed as NJHA Chairman of the Board of Trustees in January 2017.

Prior to his appointment as COO, he served as executive vice president at Meridian Health, responsible for hospital operations and several corporate functions for the company.  Littleson previously served as president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He had administrative responsibility for this 649–bed independent academic medical center, part of Meridian Health, along with system-wide responsibilities for several clinical departments and service lines.

During his 17-year tenure, Jersey Shore was the fastest growing hospital in Monmouth and Ocean Counties and was the first state designated children’s hospital in the region. In addition to serving as the region’s perinatal, trauma and cardiac center, Jersey Shore is also designated as the region’s comprehensive stroke center.

In 2009, Jersey Shore completed New Jersey’s largest hospital expansion and renovation project. The $300 million Transforming Care project included 400,000 square feet of new space which added 108 new beds, a new emergency department, six operating rooms, support space, a 950-space parking garage and a new central utility plant that includes cogeneration. The project incorporated many examples of evidence-based design and was certified as the first LEED Gold healthcare facility in New Jersey.

Prior to joining Meridian, Littleson was president and chief executive officer of Southern Ocean County Hospital (SOCH) in Manahawkin. During his seven-year tenure, the SOCH campus more than doubled in size, adding new programs and services for the community while maintaining its position as one of the lowest cost hospitals in New Jersey. Littleson previously served as vice president at Sentara Hampton General Hospital in Hampton, VA, and as an administrative resident at York Hospital, in York, PA. 

A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he has been a member and officer of NJHA’s Board of Trustees and the NJ Council of Teaching Hospitals. He has served on the boards of numerous community service organizations including Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Rotary International, American Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is an adjunct faculty member at Monmouth University and has been a regular guest lecturer for the Peking University MBA program in Beijing, China. He is a certified youth lacrosse coach and served for 10 years as the president of the Fair Haven Recreation Soccer Association.

He has a Masters of Health Services Administration degree from The George Washington University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Gettysburg College and is a candidate for a Doctorate in Business Administration from Walden University.