Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jan 21, 2010
Contact : Michael Valentino  
732-751-7538
mvalentino@meridianhealth.com

Meridian Health Named One Of Fortune's "100 Best Companies To Work For"

Through challenging economic times, region’s largest employer recognized among nation’s best companies   

Neptune, NJ - FORTUNE announced Thursday that Meridian Health, comprised of Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Southern Ocean County Hospital, and Meridian Partner Companies, has been ranked 79th on the 13th annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

To pick the 100 Best Companies, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the Institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The remaining third of the scoring is based on the company's responses to the Institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication, and diversity.

“The most important considerations for this year’s list were hiring and the ways in which companies are helping their employees weather the recession,” says Hank Gilman, FORTUNE Deputy Managing Editor. “All 100 companies on our list are currently hiring, many of them aggressively, leading to more than 96,000 open job positions expected in the next year.”

“Providing the best experience for our patients begins by providing the best experience for our team members,” says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. “It is through our team member’s dedication and performance that Meridian Health is able to remain one of New Jersey’s top performing organizations. We are honored to be included in this select group of companies.”

“At Meridian we strive to create an experience for our team members that is a ‘wow’ from recruitment to retirement,” says John Sindoni, SPHR, senior vice president of Human Resources at Meridian Health. “In this very challenging economic environment, Meridian continues to invest in our workplace experience because we believe we need the best people to deliver the best care.”

In addition to being named among the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For, Meridian Health has also been named one of the “Best Places to Work in New Jersey” for five consecutive years, and has been named New Jersey’s Outstanding Employer of the Year in 2003 and 2009.

The full list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” and related stories will appear in the February 8 issue of FORTUNE, available on newsstands Monday, January 25, or can be viewed at www.fortune.com/bestcompanies.

Meridian Health is one of New Jersey’s leading health care providers, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean County Hospital, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, as well as outpatient and occupational health centers.

Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and service excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a distinction earned by less than 3% of hospitals nationwide.