As the operator of some of the state’s most highly regarded hospitals, Atlantic Health System has been deeply involved in the fight against COVID-19 in all its phases. At the peak of the pandemic last spring, the system was treating 900 patients. And since the start of the vaccine rollout, Atlantic has been at the forefront of getting shots in New Jerseyans’ arms, working with the state to run the mega-site in Morris County.
So it’s probably not surprising that Atlantic President and CEO Brian Gragnolati is still cautious about the outlook. NJBIZ recently spoke with Gragnolati about his experience during the pandemic and why residents should not let their guard down just yet.
“I’m just kind of just gun shy about this thing,” he said. “We encourage our team members to continue to be safe, but the reality is people are ready to get out. Businesses are ready to begin to go back to the way they did business before. We actually have a service to help companies go through startup now in terms of what they need to do to bring the workforce back on site. So I’m looking forward to a great summer and I’m hoping that people will give honest answers when they’re asked questions and wear masks when they should be wearing masks and that when we come into the fall we’ll be in a better place but it’s all on us.