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Morristown, NJ, December 2012 – Atlantic Health System was ranked 4th in a list of 81 hospitals selected by Security magazine in its annual survey of companies throughout the United States with the best security programs.
Each year, Security ranks 500 companies, broken down by business sector. In the magazine’s recently released 2012 rankings, Atlantic Health System was the only New Jersey-based organization in the list of companies in the hospitals/medical centers category. This is the fifth consecutive time Atlantic Health System has been named to the Security 500, and the third time it has been named among the top 10 hospitals/medical centers.
Atlantic Health System outranked many nationally-recognized hospitals whose security programs have staffs two to five times larger than that of Atlantic Health System. Only the Cleveland Clinic, the University of Texas at Houston and Massachusetts General were ranked higher, while Atlantic Health System outranked other hospitals such as Brigham & Women’s Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Alan Robinson, director of protection and security services and emergency management for Atlantic Health System, noted that the magazine rankings were based on the efficiency and preparedness of each security program, despite size.
“It all comes down to the staff, planning and the training you build into a security program,” Robinson said. “Being ranked among such prestigious organizations is high recognition of the quality and effectiveness of our security staff and program.”
The protection and security services department’s “Red Cell” program, which was recognized by the Joint Commission this year among a list of best practices in health care security, is among the examples of the department’s preparedness initiatives. The program includes regular infiltration testing, in which undercover security agents attempt to gain unauthorized access to sensitive areas of Atlantic Health System facilities, in order to identify and prevent potential breaches.
Aggressive training extends not only to security staff, but hospital staff, as well. In an industry in which 70 percent of the workforce is female, and homicide is the leading cause of death, Atlantic Health System has taken the lead in training staff, such as nurses in self-defense, self-escape and other preventive measures.
The protection and security services department has also created plans for a number of crisis scenarios, and holds drills with both security and health care staff to prepare for those possible events.
“Health care is an industry that is ever-changing but always high-risk,” Robinson said. “Extensive planning is important, but only through training and drilling at all levels do those plans truly make a difference.”
Atlantic Health System’s security force oversees approximately nine million square feet of facilities throughout New Jersey, primarily located at Morristown, Overlook and Newton Medical Centers and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. The department has a senior staff with 300-plus combined years of experience in law enforcement, investigation, security, fire safety, regulatory compliance and emergency management, and utilizes state-of-the-art technology to keep staff, patients and visitors safe.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.
Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.
Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.