Meridian Health – Why Work For Us?

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Leading the health care industry’s expansion beyond hospitals and into communities, Meridian Health is focused on the belief that life should not only be longer, but dynamic and fulfilling. That is why we have made it our mission to foster healthier, happier and more rewarding life for our friends, our parents, our children, our grandchildren. It is what we mean when we say, “We are taking care of New Jersey.”

OUR MISSION

Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore Utniversity Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin and Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel.

Meridian Partner Companies include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers.

Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, consistently named one of FORTUNE’s "100 Best Companies to Work For" and the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. These including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing.

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At Meridian Health, our vision is to be the best health care system in New Jersey.

In order to fulfill that vision, it is important that we create a "workplace of choice." We believe an organization sends a valuable message to the people it serves through the manner in which it treats its team members.

To ensure our ongoing success, we insist on selecting the best of the best—the highest caliber, most compassionate, committed, and talented individuals to be members of our team. Becoming part of the Meridian Health Family means embracing "The Meridian Way." Our organization requires the commitment of team members who fully embrace our organization's Culture of Excellence and deliver on our Brand Promise to provide the very best Health Care Experience for our guests, patients and fellow team members by meeting specific expectations and following our standards without exception.

Becoming a member of the Meridian TEAM
TEAM
 is an acronym that helps to describe our expectations and conditions for becoming a prospective team member.

T=TOTAL REWARDS
Meridian's Partnership "Total Rewards" program includes Pay, Benefits, Work Environment, Work/Life Balance, Learning & Development, and our Culture. These components have been designed to make us a Workplace of Choice while recognizing your contributions to the success of Meridian Health.

If you are offered a position with Meridian Health, your starting rate of pay will be based upon the experience you bring to the position up to the maximum in-hire experience rate of pay level for the job. Thereafter, annual increases are based on your performance that meets or exceeds standards. We provide our team members with competitive salaries by performing periodic salary surveys within our labor market and make adjustments when necessary to fulfill this commitment.

Benefits eligibility is based upon the number of hours you are hired to work on a regular basis. Benefits, such as Health, Life & Long Term Disability Insurance, are effective the first of the month following your date of hire. The effective date for some benefits such as retirement plans will require a longer waiting period.

Learn more about our Partnership "Total Rewards" Program

E=EXPECTATIONS FOR SCHEDULES AND TRANSPORTATION
As the region's most trusted health care provider, Meridian Health operates five hospitals, a children's hospital, and a number of partner companies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year–without exception.

When a member of our team fails to meet the expectations of arriving at work on their scheduled day and time, the entire team and its productivity and success suffer. Having reliable, dependable transportation to and from work helps meet the expectation of reporting to work as scheduled and on time.

Depending on your position within Meridian or the campus/company you are assigned to work, team members may be required to work during various shifts, on weekends, holidays and during inclement weather or other emergency situations. In addition, certain departments may have team members standing by or "on-call" in the event of an emergency. On-call status, if applicable, requires that you are reachable by phone or pager and are located within ½ hours traveling time to your work location.

Occasionally, patient emergencies may require team members to stay beyond their scheduled shift. Other emergency situations may require that team members be called into work before their shift, or on their scheduled day off. Our guests, patients, and fellow team members rely on us to be there when needed–without exception.

A=APPEARANCE
Our appearance at work represents all of Meridian Health to our guests and patients and immediately suggests to them the level of professionalism, care, and consideration they can expect to receive from Meridian and the people who work here. Likewise, the appearance of our facilities and work environment signifies to guests and patients the type of experience they will encounter.

Everyone has the right to self–expression, and our grooming and attire are powerful ways of establishing a personal image and identity for oneself. The image and identity we are seeking to project is that of Meridian Health–a state of the art, high-quality health care provider that pays attention to details and consistently meets and often exceeds the expectations of our guests and patients. Therefore, grooming, attire, and the presentation of oneself must signify respect and consideration for our guests, patients and each other.

We have prepared guidelines called "The Meridian Look" so that all of our team members know what is expected of them regarding their appearance while on the job. We hope you will find the following summary of these guidelines to be helpful in determining whether you are a right fit for the Meridian Team.

"The Meridian Look" for all Team Members:

  • All team members must show professionalism and good judgment at all times related to appearance. Because Diversity is one our shared values, religious accommodations will be made. The appearance standard is "business" not business casual.
  • Hair must be clean, and have a natural color and style with no extreme dying, bleaching or coloring. Artificial hair is permitted if it looks natural. Hats are not permitted.
  • Footwear and hosiery must be worn, and hosiery must cover the ankle. Shoes must not have heels of more than 3 inches.
  • Clothing must be classic, fit properly (not too tight/too oversized), and be clean. Clothing must not be faded, athletic, casual, or in need of repair. Undergarments should provide full coverage and be of an appropriate color when worn under light garments. Men must wear white crew neck/v-neck undershirts under light colored shirts.
  • Intentional body alterations or modifications, including nose, eyebrow, or tongue piercing, detract from the professional image required and are prohibited. Body painting/tattoos must be covered in the workplace at all times. Good personal and oral hygiene is mandatory for all team members.
  • In addition to the above guidelines, there are specific guidelines for females and males working in clinical and non-clinical areas.
  • For example, fingernails for females in clinical areas cannot be acrylic, must not be more than 1/8 inch above the finger and cannot have nail art. Fingernails for females in non-clinical areas must not be more than 1/4 inch above the finger. In either area, nail colors must be neutral.
  • Earrings are not permitted for males in clinical or non-clinical areas. Facial hair and mustaches are permitted, but must be neatly trimmed. Long hair must be neatly pulled back.
  • Facial hair that may interfere with the integrity of the skin mask seal (respirator) will not be permitted.

M=MERIDIAN WAY
Each prospective team member is expected to uphold our Culture of Excellence that we call the "Meridian Way". Our culture centers around five elements that are designed to create the Meridian Difference when providing a Quality Guest/Patient Experience. The five elements include our Language & Symbols, Heritage & Traditions, Shared Values, Quality Standards, and Traits & Behaviors. In order to be a valuable member of the Meridian Health Team, you must share our Vision to be the Best Health Care system in New Jersey, our Mission to Provide for the Health Needs of the Community, and our Values of Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Compassion, Balance, and Diversity.

In addition, with respect to our Traits & Behaviors, you must be someone who:

  • Exhibits a passion for excellence
  • Engages in open communication
  • Maintains a positive attitude
  • Possesses a commitment to teamwork
  • Exceeds guest/patient expectations
  • Pays attention to detail
  • Accepts accountability
  • Embraces cultural diversity: 
    Creating and maintaining an inclusive environment that elicits the very best from our team members is essential to our continued success at Meridian Health. At Meridian Health, we promote diversity at every level within our organization and believe that employing the very best talent from all groups within the communities in which we live and do business enables us to better serve our patients and their families. Therefore, we define diversity as more than race and gender.

If you would like to be part of a culture and team where excellence is truly the standard, then please take the time to explore the wide range of career opportunities available at Meridian Health.

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Partnership "Total Rewards" Program

Meridian distinguishes itself with its Partnership "Total Rewards" Program which is based on highly competitive pay, flexible health and lifestyle benefits, outstanding work environment, supportive culture, valuable learning and career development, and a dedication to ensuring a quality of life balance between work and home.

The following are the components of the "Total Rewards" Program:

Culture
Delivering an exceptional experience for our guests/patients is a priority for all of us, so we all share a unified attitude of caring for our guests/patients and each other. That's what the Meridian Way is all about. The Meridian Way Culture of Excellence evolves around five elements that are designed to create a quality guest/patient experience: Language & Symbols, Heritage & Traditions, Shared Values, Quality Standards and Traits & Behaviors. By building our culture of excellence into our every day work environment, we can sustain the Meridian Way and live our Brand Promise: we provide the best health care experience.

Pay
In order to attract and retain the most qualified team members, Meridian provides highly competitive pay, which is annually benchmarked against a variety of market indicators, ensuring that pay scales remain competitive and at the forefront of the not-for-profit health care industry at all levels.

Benefits
At Meridian, we recognize that everyone's needs are different and we embrace those differences by offering benefits and plans to meet your individual lifestyle. That's what Meridian's Flexible Benefits Program is all about. Some of the important benefits are:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement Programs
  • And several other voluntary benefits including pet insurance

Learning & Development
Meridian is a firm believer in supporting the professional and personal development goals of our team members and leaders. Through Team Meridian University, our internal corporate university, team members and leaders can participate in a wide range of free courses and workshops held at Team Meridian University in Wall or the hospital campuses. The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is also offered as a primary way for staff to pursue educational opportunities related to their work. In addition, the Ann May Center for Nursing and Allied Health is committed to achieving an environment for nurses and team members that supports and fosters growth and attainment of individual professional goals. The center coordinates the distribution of nursing scholarships and oversees career development programs funded through grants.

Meridian recognizes and rewards team members in meaningful ways for the positive contributions they make to the success of our system. The Galaxy Team Member Recognition Program recognizes excellence among team members, physicians and volunteers at all levels of our organization.

Work/Life Balance
Meridian also offers various voluntary programs and services designed to provide personal and professional support to help balance its team members' home and work responsibilities. Among those programs and services are:

  • Meridian Early Childhood Education Centers – available at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center. All three are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Meridian Life Fitness andMeridian Fitness & Wellness– team members and their family members receive discounted memberships to Meridian's five fully-equipped fitness centers with a sixth facility scheduled to open in late 2014.
  • Meridian Life Solutions –Meridian’s one resource provider for FREE confidential EAP (Employee Assistance Program) services and work/life solutions. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to team members and their family members.
  • Abenity Online Discount Program – Meridian partners with Abenity to bring over 40,000 discounts nationwide to our team members, including travel, cellular phones, restaurants and concerts and events.
  • Team Member Wellness – Meridian offers several wellness programs such as Meridian Healthy Advantage, our voluntary health incentive program, to help team members achieve and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a completely tobacco-free environment at all Meridian sites.

Work Environment
Meridian's standards of conduct and appearance help to ensure an open, cooperative and fair partnership with you, and what Meridian and your fellow team members have a right to expect from you.

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At Meridian Health, our vision is to be the region's leading health care provider and the workplace of choice. Our "Best Workplace. Best Team. Best Care." approach ensures that we provide our team members with a great place to work, so that they in turn will provide the very best care to our guests/patients.

Being named to FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list  for the sixth consecutive year truly reflects our commitment to creating an outstanding work environment for our dedicated team members.

At Meridian, job opportunities abound within our growing system for medical and non-medical professionals alike. We promote from within whenever possible, and are committed to providing benefits and programs that support our team members' careers and personal development. We are also very committed to recognizing team members for all the ways they contribute to the growth and success of Meridian Health.

Discover the wide variety of exciting job opportunities at Meridian Health. Thank you for your interest in Meridian Health – we look forward to welcoming you as part of our team! 

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100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2011
100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2013
Best Places to Work in New Jersey (Large) , NJBiz, 2013
100 Best Companies to Work For , Fortune, 2014
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Additional Info

Website www.meridianhealth.com
Headquarters Wall Township, NJ
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1997
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Health Care

Meridian Health is out to direct its patients toward good health. The medical provider administers a continuum of health care services to patients in central New Jersey's coastal communities. Meridian Health includes five hospitals, an area network of primary care physicians, and multiple outpatient and ambulatory care centers. It also operates a home health care agency and rehabilitation and behavioral health care programs. Its flagship hospital is the nearly 650-bed Jersey Shore University Medical Center, an affiliate of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Other ... More

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