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Atlantic Health System Ranked In Top 10 of Prestigious AARP “Best Employers” List
MORRISTOWN, NJ, SEPTEMBER 2011 – Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, is among the Top 10 companies in AARP’s newest list of “Best Employers for Workers Over 50,” highlighting the organization’s efforts to retain and recruit experienced health care workers.
Atlantic Health System, the parent company of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center, was ranked 7th on this year’s AARP’s “Best Employers” list, which awards businesses and organizations that have implemented new and innovative policies and best practices in talent management.
Atlantic Health System is the only organization from New Jersey to be listed in the Top 10 this year. Starting in 2006, this marks the fifth consecutive time that AARP has chosen to honor Atlantic Health System as a Best Employer for older workers. In 2009, when AARP ranked hospitals and health care organizations in a separate “Best Employer” list, Atlantic Health System was chosen as the top company. This year, AARP has returned hospitals and health care organizations to the overall list of 50 companies.
“To consistently be highly ranked each time by the AARP over the course of the last half-decade, at a time when the economy has become a harsher climate for employees of all ages, speaks volumes about how strongly we value our workers and strive to retain their skills,” said Andrew Kovach, vice president of Human Resources, and Chief Administrative Officer, Atlantic Health System. “The value of hiring and keeping experienced employees is apparent in the excellence Atlantic Health System has achieved in the field of health care and high honors such as this show that we’re committed to honoring their contributions.”
An example of Atlantic Health System’s appreciation of experienced employees can be found in its Mentorship Program, which gives older employees the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with younger employees. The organization also celebrates long-service anniversaries with announcements, parties and awards.
While many companies seek to hire younger, less-experienced workers, AHS has hired younger and older alike. The organization has targeted the mature workforce with recruiting efforts such as posting jobs on various media outlets and websites geared toward over-50 workers, and outreach at clubs, organizations and events for older workers. As a result of these and other efforts, AHS hired 172 employees over age 50 last year.
In addition to offering on-site child care centers and child care for children and grandchildren of employees, Atlantic Health also offers emergency backup childcare and eldercare in which employees will receive reimbursement for at-home caregivers. Atlantic Health also has an elaborate wellness program that encourages employees to maintain a personal profile through questionnaires that focus in part on cardiac, cancer, nutrition, exercise and stress issues.
As in previous rankings, AARP again highlighted Atlantic Health System's 1000 Hour Club, a program specifically for employees age 50 and over, which allows retirees the opportunity to return to part-time and per-diem work in as early as three months after they have begun receiving retirement benefits. Those in the club can work up to 999 hours each year while continuing to collect their retirement benefits.
Other features of Atlantic Health System noted by AARP in its rankings were:
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 No. 2 for stroke treatment 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.