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Atlantic Health System Welcomes Donna Lawson as Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety

June 6, 2019

Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System is continuing its commitment to providing the highest quality care for its patients with the addition of Donna Lawson as Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety. As reflected in recent scores and recognitions from nationally respected quality-ranking organizations, Atlantic Health System’s reputation as a leader in quality continues to grow.

Donna Lawson, VP Atlantic Health Quality & Safety

As Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety, Lawson will continue to implement Atlantic Health System’s vision of excellence in patient safety and advance the award-winning, quality outcomes consistently delivered by Atlantic Health’s clinical teams. She joins a leadership team dedicated to a structure that supports Atlantic Health System’s unwavering commitment to high quality patient care and safety though analyzing data with rigorous quality and safety program oversight.

“As reflected in recent scores and recognitions from both The Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades, Atlantic Health System’s national reputation for the highest quality care and innovative solutions continues to grow,” said Jan Schwarz-Miller, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Atlantic Health System. “Donna’s addition to our team will help us continue on our path of excellence.”

Possessing a patient-centered focus on care delivery, Lawson is ready to bring her background in case management, nursing care administration and quality management to work in building healthier communities across northern New Jersey.

“Our highest calling as caregivers, is to make sure every patient we treat leaves their interaction with Atlantic Health System on the road to greater health and wellness,” said Lawson. “I am truly excited to join an organization that has such a strong track record of putting patients above all else. I look forward to continuing to build on Atlantic Health System’s record of quality and safety which remains among the best in our state, region and country.”

Lawson has spent her career in health care finding solutions to drive quality, safety and efficiency in a variety of roles ranging from Interim Chief Nursing Officer to System Vice President of Quality. She joins Atlantic Health System from Brookwood Baptist Health, a member of Tenet Health in Birmingham, Alabama. She was selected to the list of “30 Women Who Shape the State of Alabama” for 2018 by the Alabama Media Group; is a member of the Healthcare Data Advisory Council; is a Magnet Appraiser for the American Nurse Credentialing Center and President of the Birmingham Care Coordination Coalition.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a 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 offers 400 sites of care, including six hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ.

In addition to the employed workforce, Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network represents more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ. This network includes 1,000 physicians and providers comprising one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey - Atlantic Medical Group, as well as members of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners, which work to enhance patient care delivery.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health needs, including 12 urgent care centersAtlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability, and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system expanding access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.