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Atlantic Health Named One of Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’

Atlantic Health Marked Among Nation’s Top Employers for 2nd Time

MORRISTOWN, NJ JANUARY 22, 2010 – Atlantic Health, the parent company of Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown and Overlook Hospital Center in Summit, was named for a second consecutive year by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” citing Atlantic Health’s growth amid the national economic downturn and its accomplishments in communicating with its employees.

Atlantic Health was the only hospital system in northern New Jersey to receive the honor this year, and is one of only 14 hospital systems nationwide to earn a coveted spot on the prestigious list, which includes some of the country’s best-known and most innovative corporations such as Google, Wegmans, Starbucks, Microsoft, Mattel and DreamWorks. Atlantic Health ranked 81 on FORTUNE’s® 13th annual list. The full list and related stories appear in the February 8 issue of FORTUNE®, available on newsstands on Monday, January 25, 2010 and now at

Following the recent economic downturn, FORTUNE® based much of its selection for this year’s list on whether companies continued to hire and how they helped their employees weather the recession. Despite a difficult economic climate particularly in the field of health care, Atlantic Health continued to hire new employees in the last year, and did not reduce pensions, pay increases, or benefits. In fact, Atlantic Health doubled the amount of professional development training courses offered to employees, with enrollment in some courses tripling. Atlantic Health also offers programs to help employees such as free workshops on financial and retirement planning, Social Security benefits, pension plans, investment planning, debt management, and education savings plans, as well as free workshops for coping with financial stress. Certified financial counselors are available on site daily as well.

“We have long recognized the importance of not only being able to hire people, but to also ensure that our employees have a worthwhile experience working here. With thoughtful guidance and careful planning, we have been able to continue to do both amid a less-than-preferable economic climate,” said Andrew Kovach, Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer, Atlantic Health. “To again be recognized for a second consecutive year through the support and dedication of our employees is the most rewarding feedback for those efforts we could receive.”

The magazine also recognized communication initiatives at Atlantic Health, including regular town forums and luncheons in which Atlantic Health’s senior management meets with employees to discuss what is happening in the organization and gain input from workers. Also noted were Atlantic Health’s numerous internal communications techniques, including newsletters, calendars and journals, home mailings and an emergency notification system.

Atlantic Health was also again lauded for its emphasis on a work/life balance in its recruitment efforts, through “time off” benefits, child and elder care resources, back up care, and on-site daycare.

To pick the 100 Best Companies, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Three hundred forty-three companies participated in this year's survey. A company’s score is determined by responses from a random sample of employees to questions related to their attitudes about the management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie, as well as the company’s response to questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication, and diversity.

The FORTUNE® award follows several other honors that have recently been bestowed to Atlantic Health’s facilities and employees:

  • In Fall 2009, AARP ranked Atlantic Health as #1 in its new hospitals-health care list of Best Employers for Workers over 50. The announcement is the fourth time that AARP has recognized Atlantic Health, which previously occupied prominent positions on the organization’s overall “Best Employers for Workers Over 50.”
  • Morristown Memorial in November was designated for a third consecutive time as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, renewing the national recognition of the hospital’s excellence in nursing. Morristown’s Intensive Care and Cardiac Care units earned prestigious Beacon awards from the American Association of Critical Care Nursing (AACN) in 2009, as well.
  • Morristown Memorial and Overlook Hospital in 2009 earned Get With the Guidelines – Gold Plus Performance Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for reaching aggressive goals in treating stroke and cardiovascular patients.

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About Atlantic Health

Atlantic Health is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey and includes Overlook Hospital in Summit and Morristown Memorial. The two hospitals have a combined total of 1,197 licensed beds and more than 2,500 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the five million residents of 11 Northern and Central New Jersey counties. Specialty services include cardiovascular care, neurosciences, pediatrics, cancer care; orthopedics, diabetes care, gastroenterology, trauma and emergency medicine, behavioral health, minimally invasive surgery, radiology and advanced diagnostics, women’s health and maternal fetal medicine, home and hospice care and rehabilitation services. Atlantic Health is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Atlantic Health’s hospitals are accredited by The Joint Commission. Atlantic Health is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.

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