Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has been recognized as Employer of the Year by TransOptions, Inc. for its commitment to improving accessibility for patients, team members, and Morristown residents.
Over the past few years, Morristown Medical Center has focused on making it easier for the community to access its nationally recognized services and expanded its campus by adding a number of physician practices and services across the street from the main campus. The expansion meant physicians, nurses, medical students, and team members had to cross a very busy street in front of the hospital, causing traffic delays and confusion about right of way.
After working with TransOptions, the Morristown Police, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and several local agencies on a nearly two-year project called Street Smart, a pedestrian safety initiative was implemented this spring. The initiative included traffic signal delays that ensured all traffic was stopped and gave pedestrians a longer time to cross the street, and clear signage to direct pedestrians on which side of the street was safest to cross.
“Morristown Medical Center’s focus on the safety of employees, particularly during the Street Smart pedestrian safety campaign, is to be commended,” said Daniel Callas, President, TransOptions, Inc. “Its leadership has helped to advance critical improvements to things like signal timing, signage, crosswalks, and most importantly driver and pedestrian behaviors.”
In addition to being recognized as Employer of the Year, the medical center maintained Platinum-level New Jersey Smart Workplaces designation, a recognition of investment in mobility options for team members.
“As the top hospital in the state, we commit to ensuring our patients can easily and safely access our clinical services, and also educating our community on healthy behaviors to stay active,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president of Morristown Medical Center. “We are pleased to have been named Employer of the Year for our commitment to pedestrian safety and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.”
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 centers, Atlantic 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.