SUMMIT & MORRISTOWN, NJ – JUNE 2020 – The chief nursing officers of two Atlantic Health System hospitals were named to the 2020 list of “50 Hospital and Health System CNOs to Know,” by Becker’s Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading news sources covering the health care field.

Carol Jones, RN and chief nursing officer at Morristown Medical Center, and MaryPat Sullivan, RN and chief nursing officer at Overlook Medical Center, were named to the prestigious list, which highlights nursing executives overseeing large teams of nurses to ensure quality of care and patient experience.

“I’d like to express some well-deserved congratulations to Carol and MaryPat, both inspirational and innovative leaders," said Trish O'Keefe, PhD, RN, chief nursing officer, Atlantic Health System, and president, Morristown Medical Center. "They are both recognized as stellar nurse leaders who are fully dedicated to providing extraordinary patient care and admired by the nursing community, nationally and regionally. I am extremely thankful for their commitment to driving nursing excellence to improve care for our patients."

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As chief nursing officer for Morristown Medical Center, Jones oversees more than 2,000 nurses for the more than 700-bed hospital that is nationally recognized as a leader in nursing, including five-time Magnet status, a designation given to less than nine percent of hospitals nation-wide by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. 

She is clinically responsible for cardiac and critical care units, adult, pediatric and geriatric emergency department, bed management, medical/medical step-down in-patient units, surgical and surgical/step down in-patient units, neuroscience nursing unit and orthopedic/trauma spine units, social work services, care management, nursing education and research. She also has oversight of nursing quality initiatives and policies and the emergency medicine practice.

As chief nursing officer and chief experience officer at the 504-bed Overlook Medical Center in Summit, the region’s premier provider of neuroscience care, Sullivan oversees more than 1,100 nurses.

Sullivan maintains clinical and financial responsibility for all inpatient and outpatient care units; clinical services that include wound care and hyperbaric medicine; operating rooms; metabolic and bariatric Centers of Excellence; and Overlook’s emergency departments at its main Summit campus and its satellite campus in Union, NJ.

Both nurse leaders were integral to their respective medical center’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At Morristown Medical Center, Jones and the leadership team rapidly transformed the hospital from a two-bed COVID unit to more than 400 beds in record time, staying ahead of the surge.

Jones also guided coordination efforts with the Morris County Office of Emergency Management and Morris County Office of Health Management, in building a self-contained, patient triage and assessment system that was adjacent to the emergency department. She also partnered with local officials to establish a testing center in the county.

At Overlook Medical Center, Sullivan worked closely with nurses in the emergency department to screen, cohort and treat patients coming to the hospital, and with nursing, physicians and other departments at Overlook to dedicate more than 300 beds to treat COVID-19 patients, and more than double the hospital’s critical care capabilities to nearly 100 ICU beds.

Sullivan rallied her team to shift nurses into untraditional roles to support their colleagues in treating the expanding census of patients for COVID-19. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the nursing team was equipped with the proper PPE and training, that units were properly staffed, and that nurses were supported in every way needed.

Beyond COVID-19, both nurse leaders have led significant accomplishments at each campus.

Under Sullivan’s leadership, nursing has been integral to the development of Overlook’s status as a leader in neuroscience care. Overlook Medical Center was the only hospital in New Jersey and New York to be recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for the Treatment of Stroke for seven years in a row by Healthgrades. Since 2017, Healthgrades has recognized Overlook Medical Center among the top five percent of hospitals in the U.S. for excellence in the Treatment of Stroke, Cranial Neurosurgery and Neurosciences more times than any other hospital in NY/NJ.

Sullivan led the academic/clinical partnership with Felician University’s Nursing School, which launched in 2020, in which nursing students complete clinical training at Overlook as part of an accelerated BSN program.

At Morristown Medical Center, Jones was part of the team who successfully developed the hospital’s trauma program including the Level 1 Trauma designation of the American College of Surgery in 1995. She designed and implemented the Rapid Treatment Unit, the Injury Prevention Program, and was instrumental in renovating the Emergency Department while managing significant volume growth. She also served as manager of the Continuum Care Department for six years.

Jones spearheaded the launch of Atlantic Health System’s Center for Nursing Innovation and Research - a new physical space to foster a spirit of inquiry. The center, funded in part by a grant from the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center, was designed using evidence-based research to promote collaboration and inspire new ideas. The result was dozens of new ideas shared by nurses – all aimed at improving the care and outcomes for patients.

To view the list of Becker’s 50 Hospital and Health System CNOs to Know, visit: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/50-hospital-and-health-system-cnos-to-know-2020.html

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Home to seven award-winning hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, the number one hospital in NJ according to U.S. News & World Report, Castle Connolly and Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals, the system has been ranked first in New Jersey in consumer preference by Monigle and first among health systems in New Jersey as a “best workplace” by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine.

Many of the system’s programs have received national accolades and designations, including Morristown Medical Center’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report; Morristown Medical Center’s Orthopedics program ranked among the top 35 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Atlantic Health System’s Cancer Care program, New Jersey’s first and only National Cancer Institute National Community Oncology Research Program. Additionally, Atlantic Health System Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center, working with Atlantic Mobile Health, was the first in the nation to deploy and use portable Telestroke technology in ambulances for routine pre-hospital assessment of stroke patients.

Powered by a passionate 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 provides care for the full continuum of health needs across a wide array of settings, including Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating connections between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

With a clear sense of purpose and an unparalleled culture, Atlantic Health System attracts top leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who was Chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2019, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across national clinical associations and research entities.

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