Becker's Healthcare has named Sarasota Memorial Health Care System one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare for 2014.
Each year, Becker's Healthcare publishes its 2014 list of "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare," a compilation of hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, physician groups and other healthcare organizations that provide excellent work environments and outstanding benefits to their employees.
To develop the list, the Becker's Healthcare editorial team conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated organizations based on their benefits, workplace culture, professional development opportunities and previous recognition for workplace excellence. The resulting list is a compilation of 150 healthcare organizations that go above and beyond for their employees and are great places to work.
"We are honored to be included on this list," said Sarasota Memorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie. "It's a real tribute to our excellent managers and leaders who strive to provide a great work environment – one that promotes excellence and compassion.
The announcement was made just as Sarasota Memorial and other healthcare organizations across the nation kick off Nurses' Week, a celebration that spotlights excellence in nursing every May 6-12 (culminating on Florence Nightingale's birthday). Sarasota Memorial is hosting a full slate of activities this week, capped off by a ceremony honoring its Nurses and Patient Care Techs of Excellence, which takes place next Monday, May 12 at 3:30 pm in the hospital auditorium.
In naming Sarasota Memorial to the nation's great places to work, Becker's noted that Sarasota Memorial is one of Sarasota County's largest employers, with about 4,000 staff members and 800 affiliated physicians. It has been named to U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list in 2013 and was also ranked No. 1 for overall care in the Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port region. It also has been listed among the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation to receive "Magnet" nursing designation for the third time – the nation's highest honor in nursing.
Among the special workplace benefits spotlighted: Sarasota Memorial's Healthy Workplace task force, which creates and supports a culture of health for all employees; the health system's "Bike to Work" initiative, which encourages a bike friendly environment; its work with vending machine owners to offer several healthier options recommended by the hospital's registered dietitians; and a number of scholarships and programs that promote continuing education.
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