Atlantic Health System recently celebrated an inspiring group of team members who graduated from the health care system’s Career Readiness Program, a unique partnership with County College of Morris (CCM) that provides team members college credits and lessons on computer basics, workplace communications, and life management skills to provide a solid foundation in the healthcare industry. Atlantic Health System is one of the largest health care systems in New Jersey, with five medical centers, a children’s hospital and more than 400 sites of care.
“We are focused on providing the workforce of today the skills and foundation they will need to be part of the workforce of tomorrow,” said Nikki Sumpter, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, Atlantic Health System. “Education is the gift that keeps giving. Our partnership with the County College of Morris enables us to offer programs that help team members not only realize their goals, but achieve them in a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment.”
"We were so excited to partner with Atlantic Health System this year to bring this unique program to their team members,” said Patrick Enright, associate vice president for workforce development for County College of Morris. “CCM is proud to help these students complete the next step in their career journey.”
“Going back to school has always been something I wanted to do, but my family and life situation would always seem to get in the way,” said Elaine Clayborn, team member and graduate. “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity with Atlantic Health System to make it happen for me and the rest of my graduating class.”
The six-month program is a unique and complimentary benefit offered to team members who are just starting their careers or may have taken a path that didn’t provide the opportunity to go to college.
This is just one of the many unique benefits Atlantic Health System offers. Recently, the organization began offering a 529 college savings plan to team members and has plans to offer a way to help team members pay down student loan debt.
Earlier this year, Atlantic Health achieved 11 consecutive years on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, along with Fortune’s Best Workplace in Health Care and BioPharma list, and each of its medical centers were given environmental sustainability awards from Practice Greenhealth. In addition, Atlantic Health’s medical centers have earned recognitions for clinical excellence from organizations including Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, the Leapfrog Group, Becker’s Hospital Review and Castle Connolly.
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 almost 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 more than 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 care 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 that will expand 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.
About County College of Morris
Located in Randolph, County College of Morris (CCM) has been meeting the educational and training needs of residents and businesses in Morris County for 50 years. CCM is focused on excellence in teaching and lifelong learning through the delivery of exceptional programs and services that reflect a dedication to inclusiveness and diversity, educational advancement, cultural enrichment and workforce development. Today, the college offers more than 45 associate degree programs, along with a full slate of certificate and workforce development programs. The college holds more than 200 transfer agreements and its graduates annually transfer to the state’s and nation’s best four-year institutions.
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