MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System's President & Chief Executive Office, Brian Gragnolati, and the organization's Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Nikki Sumpter, have issued statements and detailed information regarding initiatives Atlantic Health System is putting in place for Federal workers affected by the current government shutdown.

“At a time when many families face uncertainty due to the government shutdown, Atlantic Health System is committing additional resources to support the health and financial well-being of our communities," said Gragnolati. "We are joining with health care colleagues across New Jersey and throughout the nation in waiving co-pays for federal government workers for the duration of the shutdown in all of our Emergency Departments and Atlantic Medical Group practices.”

Additional steps Atlantic Health System is taking include:

  • Hosting two job fairs -- on Thursday, January 24 and 31 -- at its corporate headquarters, located at 475 South Street in  Morristown -- to assist government workers with finding temporary or full-time roles at Atlantic Health System, in areas including clerical, clinical support, food services, nursing support and more.
  • Hosting a system-wide food drive to benefit local food banks, which have become a source of relief for government workers whose loss of income has forced them to seek assistance for their households' basic food needs. Donations will be accepted at hospitals and other select locations across the system.
  • Offering enhanced employee health services and financial support to include grants, low interest loans, paid time off cash-out options and other special benefits in light of the fact that many of the 16,500 Atlantic Health System team members are a part of households that include government workers.

Sumpter said, “Realizing we are serving not just patients, but communities, we believe it is important to support overall wellbeing by taking a holistic approach that eases some of the burdens these government workers face during this trying time.”