Let­ters from Mod­ern Health­care and Studer Group

Modern Healthcare - - BEST PLACES TO WORK 2017 -

A decade ago, Mod­ern Health­care set out to rec­og­nize out­stand­ing em­ploy­ers across the in­dus­try. Now in its 10th year, Mod­ern Health­care’s Best Places to Work in Health­care has be­come the hall­mark for or­ga­ni­za­tions striv­ing to be just that. It’s grat­i­fy­ing to see how the pro­gram has grown.

Build­ing a health­care or­ga­ni­za­tion where peo­ple are ea­ger to work and tough to lure away is no easy task. In good times, you can al­ways ex­pand a train­ing bud­get and bump up salaries. And if keep­ing the work­force happy and pro­duc­tive means adding a few perks, you can do it. But, in chal­leng­ing times, ev­ery­thing changes.

Health­care ex­ec­u­tives are forced to make tough de­ci­sions for tough times. And nur­tur­ing a pro­duc­tive work­force isn’t easy. Em­ployee en­gage­ment must de­velop into a plat­form for how the or­ga­ni­za­tion de­liv­ers pos­i­tive clin­i­cal and busi­ness out­comes.

Our award win­ners can be proud of the role they play in el­e­vat­ing the stan­dard for work­place ex­cel­lence. Th­ese fives­tar or­ga­ni­za­tions not only see higher em­ployee re­ten­tion, but also in­creased pa­tient en­gage­ment and sat­is­fac­tion and health­ier bot­tom lines.

One or­ga­ni­za­tion de­serves a spe­cial shoutout: Woman’s Hos­pi­tal in Ba­ton Rouge, La., has been a Best Places to Work in Health­care hon­oree for 10 years run­ning, the only or­ga­ni­za­tion to achieve that feat. Many em­ploy­ers launch work­place ini­tia­tives, but few can sus­tain busi­ness and clin­i­cal per­for­mance and in­no­va­tion for a decade. Woman’s Hos­pi­tal and its CEO, Teri Fon­tenot, de­serve our ap­pre­ci­a­tion and re­spect for their many suc­cesses.

Mod­ern Health­care and its Best Places to Work in Health­care award win­ners have ac­com­plished much in the first 10 years, em­pow­er­ing the peo­ple who work for them to re­al­ize their full po­ten­tial. What mat­ters most now is what we’re able to do next—for the work­force and the health­care in­dus­try. Through the power of peo­ple, we can move the nee­dle on health­care’s tough­est chal­lenges—from value-based care and pop­u­la­tion health, to cost man­age­ment and tech-driven trans­for­ma­tion.

Many thanks to Studer Group for be­liev­ing in our vi­sion. We greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the firm’s un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment and sup­port as the ex­clu­sive spon­sor of this im­por­tant recog­ni­tion pro­gram since its in­cep­tion 10 years ago.

Thank you for mak­ing your health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions great places for em­ploy­ees and pa­tients. And thank you for help­ing make the Best Places to Work in Health­care an ex­em­plary awards pro­gram now and for decades to come.

Fawn Lopez Pub­lisher Mod­ern Health­care

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