ELIZABETH–Trinitas Regional Medical Center, which provides healthcare to those who reside or work in Central and Northern New Jersey, was honored as one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey at the NJBIZ awards ceremony in late April. This is the fourth year that Trinitas, a major 549-bed teaching hospital, has achieved this distinction.
In this year’s competition, Trinitas achieved a ranking as the third hospital statewide among the five medical centers included in the top 48 large-size employer category. This survey and award program identifies, recognizes, and honors the top places of employment in New Jersey that benefit the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses.
The Best Places to Work in New Jersey program is made up of 100 companies split into two groups: 52 small/medium-sized companies (15-249 employees) and 8 large-sized companies (more than 250 employees). Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work n New Jersey. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This hase was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This hase was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.
Trinitas has fostered a culture that focuses on benefits designed to safeguard employee health. Representative of this is Trinitas’ CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ status for a second consecutive year. The CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, which is administered by CEO Roundtable on Cancer, calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting a healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages when outcomes may be more favorable; and providing access to quality care, including participation in cancer clinical trials.
“In addition, Trinitas has successfully promoted healthy living through important educational efforts and lifestyle change programs that have made a difference in the lives of many employees,” observes Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and CEO. Trinitas has also been recognized by The American Heart Association (AHA) New Jersey Chapter with its Gold National Start! Fit-Friendly Award for five consecutive years, 2008 – 2012. Trinitas’ numerous programs for smoking cessation, exercise and fitness, its commitment to healthy eating reflected in trans fat free menus in its cafeterias, diagnostic and preventative testing, and its outstanding employee benefits package continue to be a dynamic part of the organization’s culture.
“Our employees are our best ambassadors to our patients, their families, and the wider community as they represent our dedication to better health and positive lifestyles,” praises Horan. “Their remarks registered on the NJBIZ employee survey present the back story of the organizational pride and commitment found each day at Trinitas. Thanks to them, we attained our fourth appearance on this list.”