Proving that it’s all about the team, Atlantic Health System was honored this week by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and its flagship publication, COMMERCE Magazine, for the welcoming culture and innovative, data-driven approach to care found at each of its hundreds of sites of care.

The 6th Annual Best Practices Conference, held in Belleville, New Jersey celebrated Atlantic Health System and dozens of organizations from every industry sector, as well representatives from the higher education community for their best practices – innovative approaches to solving business challenges. Candidates for the award were asked to submit their approach to achieving peak performance as a company – their “secret sauce.” Brian Gragnolati, Atlantic Health System President and CEO submitted the following:

“Each of the 400 sites of care within Atlantic Health System has one thing in common – a dedicated workforce of talented, highly trained, compassionate individuals who devote their lives to improving the health of their neighbors. We support our 17,000 caregivers by ensuring a welcoming culture and investing in professional development that empowers them to be the best workforce in health care.  

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“Innovation is at the heart of what we do, improving patients’ lives and inspiring our team to discover tomorrow’s solutions for today’s biggest health challenges.  Internationally recognized for setting standards for quality health care, Atlantic Health System is backed by cutting-edge technology and real-time data analytics.   

“Together, these unique elements – our innovative team and an unwavering commitment to putting patients first – combine to create our secret sauce.”

Gragnolati’s submission joined those from CEOs across New Jersey in the Best Practices issue of COMMERCE Magazine which was distributed at the conference. The award was accepted by Dennis Lennon, Director, Workforce Experience; CJ Milano, Director, Centre of Excellence and Transformation and Luke Margolis, Corporate Communications Manager, Atlantic Health System.

A panel of judges, including Dale Caldwell, executive director of the FDU Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Robert Stramara, chief operating officer of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program; Dean Paranicas, CEO of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey, and CIANJ President Anthony Russo, reviewed the submissions and selected the most extraordinary ones to be honored at the conference.


About Atlantic Health System

Powered by a workforce of 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, serving 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 seven award winning hospitals: Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute.

Offering a full continuum of care, the system includes 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 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.

Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine, Atlantic Health System attracts leaders in the field of health care, from CEO Brian Gragnolati, who is currently Chairman of the American Hospital Association, to the numerous team members who serve as leaders across a wide breadth of clinical associations and research entities. Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center is named the number one hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Castle Connelly. For more on all of Atlantic Health System’s award-winning hospitals and services visit