UPDATE (2/22/2021 5:13 p.m.):
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three days after the initial announcement that WVU Health System had been selected for the Forbes list of “America’s Best Employers 2021.”, president and CEO Albert Wright was still in good spirits about it all. The chief executive officer said he has even had employees reach out to him to tell him how happy they felt about the recognition.
“It’s a point of pride for us and I’m excited about it,” he said.
The hospital system, Wright said, was completely surprised by Forbes’ list because they did not apply for this recognition. It’s just something Forbes did.
Despite the initial surprise, Wright said it felt good that WVU Medicine had received the award because it has been putting a lot of thought and energy into making sure employees are happy.
“In fact, when we created our strategic plan a few years ago, we had four pillars of them,” Wright said. “And one of them is to be a great place to work and practice and so we try to connect with our employees. We do engagement surveys and we’ve put some unique benefits in place over the last few years.”
Putting this much stock in the well being of its employees is important, the CEO said, because the best ideas come from employees. That is why the hospital system won’t be resting on this success but striving to improve.
“We’re never going to rest on our laurels here at WVU Medicine and the WVU Health System,” Wright said. “It’s important for us as a leader in the state to be a great place to work. Our best ideas come from our employees themselves, so myself and other senior leaders spend a lot of time rounding or interacting with employees, getting ideas .”
Ideas and thoughts gleaned from employees are put to work. Wright said that’s how the organization knows to be nimble and react properly to market trends.
These skills are invaluable, especially now that WVU Medicine is “growing like crazy”. If the best talent from around the country and the world are to be attracted to WVU hospitals, then it’s important to keep improving, as well as meeting and exceeding expectations, Wright said.
“As a healthcare employer tightly affiliated with West Virginia University, our employees expect — I think if they come to work here they expect their healthcare costs are going to be lower and better than if they worked somewhere else,” Wright said. “They expect their access to education, or reimbursement for education should be better than other places. We’ve try to make true of that over these last few years.”
Proof of that lies in the fact that employees are, on average, sticking with their jobs at WVU Health System. This fact, Wright said, makes him most excited.
“I’m even more excited about the fact that our turnover has been down, which means once we get those great people to come work here, we’re able to keep them working for us,” he said. “And the important thing in healthcare about having great and engaged employees is that results in better care, safer care and better patient experiences. I think this is a really cool recognition for us and I’m proud of our team and I’m proud of WVU Medicine.”
ORIGINAL (2/19/2021 3:02 p.m.):
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Medicine has received some national recognition for the support it gives to its employees.
The West Virginia University Health System has been ranked number 180 out of 500 businesses selected for the Forbes list of “America’s Best Employers 2021.”
“We are honored to be recognized among such elite company on the ‘America’s Best Employers’ list. People come to work for us not only because of the pay and benefits we offer but because of a higher calling to care for people who are sick or injured. And, many of them have been with us for decades. It takes special people to do that kind of work, and we’re proud to call them members of the WVU Medicine family,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the WVU Health System, said. “Their passion and dedication and the family-like working atmosphere they create are what make WVU Medicine a great place to work.”
For its list, Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to survey Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. Survey participants were asked about their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family and were asked to nominate organizations other than their own. The final list ranks 500 large employers that received the most recommendations from the survey.
According to officials, the WVU Health System is West Virginia’s largest health system and largest private employer, with more than 20,000 employees working at hospitals and clinics in five states. It is one of 25 businesses ranked in the “Healthcare and Social” industry sector.
“The hospitals, clinics, and support locations that comprise the WVU Health System are great places to work because all of our employees exhibit knowledge, commitment, compassion, and excellence, and this recognition is proof of that,” Leeann Kaminsky, chief human resources for the WVU Health System, said. “We offer competitive pay and benefits and flexible work environments because we want to attract and keep the best employees who will share our commitment to the highest quality patient care. We encourage anyone who might be interested in a career in healthcare to visit WVUMedicine.org/Careers and apply to join our team.”
The complete award list can be viewed on the Forbes website by clicking here.