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Atlantic Health System Security Team Recognized for Workplace Violence Prevention

December 2013, Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System has again received the CSO40 Award from IDG's CSO magazine, in recognition of the health care organization’s numerous security initiatives, including efforts in preventing workplace violence.

This is the second year that Atlantic Health System, one of the largest health care organizations in New Jersey, and parent organization of Morristown, Overlook and Newton medical centers and Goryeb Children's Hospital, has received the award.

Launched in 2013, the CSO40 Awards recognizes 40 organizations for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. The CSO40 Awards are scored according to a uniform set of criteria by a panel of judges that includes security leaders, industry experts, and academics. Awards will be presented at the CSO40 Security Confab + Awards conference held on March 31 - April 2, 2014 at Chateau Elan, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlantic Health System’s Workplace Violence Prevention (WPV) program is a multifaceted initiative that incorporates not only Atlantic Health System’s security team, but also cutting-edge technology and most-importantly, a culture of awareness and preparedness among employees and staff.

“To keep an organization with multiple campuses and thousands of employees, visitors and patients safe, having an excellent security staff and top-of-the-line technology is only part of the plan,” said Alan Robinson, director of protection and security services and emergency management for Atlantic Health System. “The key to safety lies in promoting a workplace environment in which employees not only feel safe, but are also responsible for safety.”

This includes a Corporate Workplace Violence Prevention Committee, which meets throughout the year, to discuss AHS policies, incidents and practices involving workplace violence. The hospital system’s security team also holds numerous training and drills throughout the year with staff to prepare for a variety of emergency situations. Staff is also provided domestic violence prevention and protection training at orientation.

This culture of awareness and preparedness is constantly fine-tuned by Atlantic Health System’s “Red Cell” program. This initiative 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. “Red Cell,” earned Atlantic Health System the inaugural CSO40 Award last year.

Atlantic Health System’s security force oversees approximately 9.2 million square feet across more than 100 locations. The department has a senior staff with extensive experience in law enforcement, investigation, security, fire safety, regulatory compliance and emergency management.

The security force’s training includes safe, control and/or restraint techniques designed to de-escalate situations involving aggressive individuals, and techniques to defuse or steer aggressive individuals away from other visitors or patients.

Special training also extends to other members of Atlantic Health System’s staff. This includes the Nurse-Safe program, in which nurses and clinical staff are trained to identify the warning signs of aggressive behavior, how to verbally defuse situations, as well as techniques to release and escape oneself from physical attacks, move to safety and help colleagues under attack.

Atlantic Health System utilizes technology that helps not only identify individuals who have records of violent behavior but also notifies staff in order to protect employees, and other visitors and patients. Some of this technology utilizes national law enforcement databases that operate in real-time.

“For the second year in a row, outstanding organizations demonstrating innovation, creativity and understanding of business value in security were chosen from a large pool of submissions." said Joan Goodchild, editor, CSO. "We congratulate this year's CSO40 winners and applaud them for setting the bar high for security's role in providing value and ROI in business."

CSO is the premier content and community resource for security decision-makers leading “business risk management” efforts within their organizations.  For more than a decade, CSO’s award-winning Web site (CSOonline.com), publication, executive conferences, custom solutions and research have equipped security decision-makers to mitigate both IT and corporate/physical risk for their organizations and provided opportunities for security vendors looking to reach this audience. CSO is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company.

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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, Newton Medical Center, and Goryeb Children's Hospital. 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 five consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized six 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 in 2013 as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital in the state for treatment of heart failure, coronary surgery, hip and knee repair, treatment of breast, prostate and pediatric cancers and treatment of stroke. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Morristown Medical Center as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology and heart surgery, gynecology and geriatric care, in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list.  Morristown Medical Center also ranked among the best hospitals in New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinilogy, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics as well as Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. U.S. News & World Report ranked Overlook Medical Center in 2013 among the best hospitals in central New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Neurology and Neurosurgery as well as Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. Atlantic Health System is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-2000

Newton Medical Center

175 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-2121

Chilton Medical Center

97 West Parkway
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
973-831-5000

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
908-852-5100

Goryeb Children's Hospital

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-971-5000


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