Reopening America: Hackensack Meridian Health’s Assist Program helps business owners and schools navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and create a safe environment for employees and customers
September 8, 2020 ― Edison, NJ ― Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network, launched a new program that helps business owners and schools navigate the COVID-19 crisis and create a safe work environment for employees, customers and students. Through this comprehensive new initiative, Reopening America: Hackensack Meridian Health’s Assist Program, the health network that was at the epicenter of the pandemic earlier this year treating more than 10,000 COVID-19 patients shares expertise and resources to help organizations of all sizes and industries reopen safely.
“As New Jersey’s largest health network, Hackensack Meridian Health is partnering with businesses and schools in their reopening efforts based on our experiences and learnings during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Robert C. Garrett, chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Reopening America: Hackensack Meridian Health’s Assist Program is designed to share best practices, resources and knowledge with any organization trying to recover from this devastating economic and health crisis.”
Reopening America: Hackensack Meridian Health’s Assist Program shares best practices with companies regarding safety measures, cleanliness, education and testing. In addition, Hackensack Meridian Health team members work with companies to offer guidance and recommendations on the best policies and procedures to implement, how to protect customers and employees, how to promote risk mitigation strategies throughout the workplace and what to do if an employee or customer tests positive, among other offerings. Hackensack Meridian Health also helps offer guidance from a clinical perspective on the latest COVID-19 developments; environmental health and safety regarding facilities; marketing and communications recommendations around signage, as well as communication with a company’s clients, customers, students, employees, faculty and staff.
Since Hackensack Meridian Health launched this program in June, companies in New Jersey and beyond are working with the health network to reopen safely and continue to remain open safely during the COVID-19 crisis. Some of the dozens of organizations enrolled in the program include American Dream, Bell Works, Stevens Institute of Technology, Kent Place School, Onyx Equities LLC and Rumson Public Schools.
“As we recover from the COVID-19 crisis, Onyx Equities is working closely with the experts at Hackensack Meridian Health to support the implementation of our reopening plan that will ensure our tenants' safe return and help meet their unique needs,” said John Saraceno, Jr., co-founder and managing principal, Onyx Equities LLC. “We look forward to working with the team at Reopening America: Hackensack Meridian Health’s Assist Program in the weeks ahead to continue providing a superior offering to our tenants in the New York metro area during these unprecedented times.”
The program is tailored to meet the needs of any organization by offering three tiers of solutions that can fit any type, size and scale of business:
Tier 1: A hotline resource to ask questions to Hackensack Meridian Health’s subject matter experts, reopening business resources such as webinars, videos, checklists and weekly scientific update publications
Tier 2: All of Tier 1 offerings plus an on-site visit with Hackensack Meridian Health’s subject matter experts, site-specific recommendations, policy and procedure review and endorsements
Tier 3: All of Tier 2 offerings plus contact tracing assistance, and on-site COVID-19 testing
An additional service that has been popular with clients are live, virtual meetings with Hackensack Meridian Health’s subject matter experts where businesses and schools can ask questions and dive deep into their reopening efforts.
“As schools reopen, it is so important to be able to rely upon the expert advice of health care providers who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marybeth Murphy, B.A., M.A., vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Stevens Institute of Technology. “Reopening America: Hackensack Meridian Health’s Assist Program has been a pivotal resource for our leadership team, providing expert guidance to promote a safe environment for students, faculty and staff members returning to our campus. We are incredibly grateful for Hackensack Meridian Health’s counsel and assistance during these challenging times.”
Organizations interested in learning more about Reopening America: Hackensack Meridian Health’s Assist Program can visit https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/reopening/ for more information or contact the program at [email protected] or 732-869-2777.
ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.
Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.
Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 36,000 team members, and 7,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.
The network’s notable distinctions include having four of its hospitals are among the top hospitals in New Jersey for 2020-21, according to U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the health system has more top-ranked hospitals than any system in New Jersey. Children’s Health is again ranked a top provider of pediatric health care in the United States and earned top 50 rankings in the annual U.S. News’ 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2019” list.
The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. The Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), housed in a fully renovated state-of-the-art facility, seeks to translate current innovations in science to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases and other life-threatening and disabling conditions. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.
Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.