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Morristown, NJ, January 2013 – Atlantic Health System has been selected as one of the inaugural 2013 CSO40 Award honorees by International Data Group's CSO magazine.
The parent organization of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital was selected for its “Red Cell” program, a method in which Atlantic Health System’s security team finds ways to improve the hospital system’s security – by attempting to thwart it.
The prestigious honor is bestowed upon a select group of organizations that have demonstrated that their security projects/initiatives have created outstanding business value and thought leadership for their companies. Atlantic Health System will accept its award at the CSO40 Security Confab + Awards conference held on April 2 through 3, 2013, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
Atlantic Health System was selected for its protection and security services department’s “Red Cell” program. “Red Cell,” which was also recognized by The Joint Commission in 2012 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. During these surveys, the undercover, plainclothes agents test locks and access to equipment, as well as the ability of employees to question or challenge individuals as to whether they are authorized to be in a particular area.
“The best way to begin to fortify your security is to identify the potential risks,” said Alan Robinson, director of protection and security services and emergency management for Atlantic Health System. “Continually testing our system, especially our employees’ attention to security, is crucial to preventing these risks.”
CSO is the premier content and community resource for security decision-makers leading “business risk management” efforts within their organization. Starting 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.
“We would like to congratulate this inaugural class of CSO40 Award honorees,” said Derek Slater, editor in chief, CSO. “This year's honorees have created outstanding security projects and initiatives that have truly resulted in positive long-lasting outcomes for their organizations. We are pleased to have these organizations as our first class of CSO40 Award honorees.”
Atlantic Health System’s security force oversees approximately nine million square feet of facilities throughout New Jersey. 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 an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.