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Atlantic Health System President & CEO Recognized as One of the Nation’s Most Influential Leaders in Health Care

December 11, 2019

Brian Gragnolati highest ranked health system executive in New Jersey by Modern Healthcare

Morristown, NJ – In recognition of his commitment to expanding patient access to the highest quality health care providing national leadership through his chairmanship at the American Hospital Association, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO of Atlantic Health System, was recently named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

The award is an annual selection of the most consequential individuals in health care as voted on by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare, and features leaders of some of the nation’s most recognized health care organizations, international business executives and the highest-ranking members of the federal government.

“Since joining Atlantic Health System in 2015, Brian has worked tirelessly to ensure that our patients experience extraordinary care and superior outcomes,” said Dexter D. Earle, Chairman, Atlantic Health System Board of Trustees. “Brian’s patient-centered philosophy has been a driving force in transforming health care across the nation. I congratulate him on this recognition of his leadership and lifelong commitment to caring for others.”

Among the most recent accomplishments recognized by Modern Healthcare were the opening of  Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, a 38-bed rehabilitation hospital in Madison, New Jersey, and the awarding of a “2019 Healthcare Impact Award – Best Website Campaign” from Modern Healthcare for the launch of Atlantic Health System’s new website. Those join a long list of new accomplishments to advance health locally including the Breakthrough Oncology Accelerator, new options to access urgent care, unique collaborations to address the cost of care and cultivating a supportive workplace environment recognized as a Best Place to Work by Fortune Magazine, Modern Healthcare and others.

“The honorees chosen this year by Modern Healthcare and our readers are those who were fearless in their risky strategies and unapologetic in their rationale,” said Aurora Aguilar, Modern Healthcare editor. “Congratulations to those honorees.”


About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Home to seven award-winning hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, the number one hospital in NJ according to U.S. News & World Report, Castle Connelly and Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals, the system has been ranked first in New Jersey in consumer preference by Monigle and first among health systems in New Jersey as a “best workplace” by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine.

Many of the system’s programs have received national accolades and designations, including Morristown Medical Center’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report; Morristown Medical Center’s Orthopedics program ranked among the top 35 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Atlantic Health System’s Cancer Care program, New Jersey’s first and only National Cancer Institute National Community Oncology Research Program. Additionally, Atlantic Health System Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center, working with Atlantic Mobile Health, was the first in the nation to deploy and use portable Telestroke technology in ambulances for routine pre-hospital assessment of stroke patients.

Powered by a passionate workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey, including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system provides care for the full continuum of health needs across a wide array of settings, including Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Home Care and Hospice and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating connections between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.