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Friday, June 3, 2011

Best Hospitals to Work in Healthcare

Last week in Becker's Review, I read an article on the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.  What amazes me is that what these hospitals are doing for their employees is mirrored in many hospitals and health systems across the country.  These hospitals provide a wide range of benefits, they provide paid time off, they give raises, they recognize employees annually, they provide employee wellness activities, they provide tuition reimbursement, they support staff education, they have as pension plan, they have a 401K or 403B match, they promote from within, they provide incentives for employee health and wellness, they recognize employees of the month and year, they have employee benefits fairs, they have career ladders, they perform annual performance reviews for all employees, they offer an employee discount in the cafeteria, they offer scholarships to employees and their families, they offer free parking, they provide a socially just wage, they offer Weight Watchers, they have biggest loser contests for their employees with cash prizes, they provide discounts and payroll deduction for area fitness centers and the YMCA, they have smoking cessation programs, they have extensive on-boarding initiatives for new employees, they pay employees for physician recruitment referrals, they offer short and long term disability, they provide for comprehensive medical benefits, they offer life insurance, they offer accident, death and disability insurance, they provide access to a host of voluntary benefits, they offer an on-site pharmacy for employee prescription pickup, they link ongoing raise actions to organizational performance, they offer premium pay for evenings, nights, weekends and holidays, they have employee recognition for positive behavior, they have recreation events and bus trips, they offer discounted golf memberships to employees, they offer pre-tax flexible spending accounts for child care and health care,  they provide daily huddles for enhanced communications, they provide turkeys, hams or gift cards at Christmas, they offer on-site banking, they provide gifts to employees at milestone anniversaries, they provide free flu shots to employees and family members and  they recognize and memorialize deceased employees.  Some of these hospitals offer unique benefits and incentives due to the hiring competition in their market, their geography or their affiliation with a university which can set them apart.  But, what I find it especially rewarding is that at the Western Maryland Health System, we provide all of those benefits listed above to our employees.  Congratulations to the top 100, but rested assured, you're not alone. 


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