Atlantic Health, a partner with the New York Jets, has been named one of Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For."
Atlantic Health is the only hospital system in New Jersey and one of 13 nationwide to gain a spot on the prestigious list that includes such well-known and innovative corporations such as Google, Starbucks, Microsoft and DreamWorks.
"This incredible recognition is the result of our ongoing efforts to establish many wonderful employee programs, and, in turn, our employees working together to champion Atlantic Health as a great place to work," said Andrew Kovach, vice president, human resources and chief administrative officer.
Jets owner Woody Johnson, whose new training complex in Florham Park bears Atlantic Health's name, sent along a congratulatory note that read in part:
"To be counted among Fortune's '100 Best Companies to Work For' is quite an achievement and an honor to which all leaders should aspire. As a CEO, I know that is no easy feat. Creating a positive work environment translates into better service for your patients, which is why your team consistently over-delivers. The recognition also underscores the breadth and strength of your brand — locally and nationally.
"We look forward to many more years working together. On behalf of the entire organization, congratulations."
As No. 75 on the list, Atlantic Health stood out for recognizing and rewarding employees for referring potential hires to the organization, contributing new ideas and demonstrating leadership. Other features that caught Fortune's attention were its employee tuition assistance and financial planning programs, retirement and post-retirement programs, on-site day care and emphasis on the work/life balance in its recruitment efforts.
To form its list of the best companies to work for, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. This year more than 81,000 employees from 353 companies responded to the 57-question survey created by the institute.
At Atlantic Health, 400 randomly selected employees took the survey and touted their company's accomplishments. The survey is a significant part of its annual application for the magazine's program and carries a lot of weight in the selection process.
The Fortune award follows several other honors that have recently been bestowed on Atlantic Health's facilities and employees:
In the fall of 2008, Atlantic Health was named one of AARP's Best Employers for Workers Over 50 for the third consecutive year, and the only hospital system in the tristate area to receive this national award.
Atlantic Health doctors dominated New Jersey Monthly's 2008 Top Doctors issue, with 140 AH physicians comprising about 20 percent of the list. More than 100 of our physicians also appeared on Castle Connolly's Best Doctors list.
Morristown Memorial and Overlook hospitals earned Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The accomplishment was recognized in the July 21 "Best Hospitals" edition of US News and World Report. The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial and Overlook also recently received a three-year approval with commendation from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer.
Also, Morristown Memorial's intensive care unit was honored for the third year in a row with the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. This national award is given annually to the elite group of critical care units that exemplify the best in critical care.