Hackensack Meridian Health launched the Bear’s Den in 2019 to reward team members who develop and implement innovative ideas and solutions that positively impact patients and make HMH a better place to work.

The Monocle Awards is a new Bear’s Den award program aimed at identifying ideas our team members have implemented that could potentially be scaled up across the network.

Have you or a colleague implemented a creative solution to a problem? If so, we want to hear about it.

Submission Steps

Step 1 Access the Submission Form on the Exchange here.

Step 2 Take 5 minutes to fill out the form and tell us about your or your colleague’s solution. (Please note: All implemented ideas and solutions are welcome; if you have more than one, submit them all!)

Step 3 Your submission(s) will be judged on the following by an interdisciplinary group of judges:

    • Clearly defined problem or challenge
    • Creativity
    • Impact on patient care and patient safety
    • Impact on team members’ workday
    • Likelihood that others in the network can benefit from implementing the idea

Step 4 Finalists will have a chance to pitch their solutions live to the judges – but don’t worry, it will not be much work and we will provide you with a coach.

Step 5 Winners will enjoy recognition across the network and great prizes.

If you have any questions, please send them to MonocleAwards@HMHN.ORG.

To learn more about the program, including FAQs, timeline, and roles and responsibilities, please visit

Award Timeline  

February 3 – Submission period opens

March 14 – Submission period closes

March 24 – Semi-finalists announced

April 6 – Finalists announced

April 22 – Finalists pitch their ideas to judges

April 29 – Winners announced

Subject to union negotiations. We are required by law to deal with the unions on behalf of unionized team members, and we will continue to do so. We will only negotiate with the unions, not with individual unionized team members.