Rank: #5 (SMALL HOSPITALS)
When asked what sets the IT department at Fauquier Health apart from the competition, CIO Donna Staton pointed to the hospital's overall philosophy and said: "Everything revolves around providing extraordinary care."
To get the very best out of her IT staff in challenging times, Staton takes "an egalitarian approach," asking nothing of her staff that she wouldn't do herself. Mindful of the constant change in health IT – getting ready for meaningful use Stage 2 is currently Fauquier's biggest challenge – she makes sure to engage her staff early in the process when change is coming.
That includes empowering her employees to use their best judgment when it comes to critical decisions.
"Here's what we want to accomplish," Staton said she tells her staff at the beginning of any project. "I want your feedback on how you think we can accomplish it."
Describing Fauquier as a "very team- and family-oriented place," Staton said the hospital goes "to great lengths to provide a proper work-life balance."
|Fauquier Health's CIO Donna Staton empowers her employees to use their best judgment when making critical decisions.|