Best Hospitals

How Healthcare IT News picked its 2011 best hospital IT departments

By Mike Moran, Project Editor

Many things may strike you while reading about the winners in Healthcare IT News' first-ever "Where To Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments." But perhaps most importantly, the best IT departments demonstrate deep respect for employees and appreciate their hard work.

That was this project's goal: Determine what characteristics distinguish the best departments from all the rest. To do that, employees graded their IT departments across seven categories: day-to-day work, IT team, management, hospital leadership, workplace culture, training and development and compensation.

From start to finish, it's been quite a ride, and the 25 hospital IT departments that made the long journey to the top deserve kudos for creating workplaces where employees thrive and have fun while working incredibly hard.

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October 18, 2013  | Pumpkin carving competitions, Easter basket and Christmas tree decorating contests, school backpack stuffing face-offs, and providing monthly help at the local soup kitchen are just a few of the community outreach programs implemented at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Henry Ford's dedicated staff puts patients first

Paul Cerrato
October 16, 2013  | Focus, empowerment, and transparency are the engines that keep Henry Ford Health System's IT department moving forward. Mary Alice Annecharico, senior vice president and CIO explained that her department is a great place to work is because: "There's true enjoyment working with a very talented team."

10 Best Medium Hospital IT Departments, 2013

Mike Moran
October 14, 2013  | The top 10 medium hospitals (26-75 IT employees) in the 2013 Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program know that communication and collaboration are key to building high-functioning teams that meet the needs of clinicians and patients.

10 Best Medium Hospital IT Departments, 2013

Jamie Thompson
October 14, 2013  | The top 10 medium hospitals (26-75 IT employees) in the 2013 Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program know that communication and collaboration are key to building high-functioning teams that meet the needs of clinicians and patients.

5 Best Large Hospital IT Departments, 2013

Mike Moran
October 11, 2013  | The top 5 large hospitals (76-199 IT employees) in the 2013 Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program know that with all the work employees have on their plates these days, it's incredibly important to promote good work-life balance, recognize achievement and have fun.

5 Best Large Hospital IT Departments, 2013

Jamie Thompson
October 11, 2013  | The top 5 large hospitals (76-199 IT employees) in the 2013 Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program know that with all the work employees have on their plates these days, it's incredibly important to promote good work-life balance, recognize achievement and have fun.

5 Best Small Hospital IT Departments, 2013

Mike Moran
October 10, 2013  | The top 5 small hospitals (25 or fewer IT staff) in the 2013 Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program pay special attention to workloads and make sure that employees don’t have more on their plates than they can handle.

5 Best Small Hospital IT Departments, 2013

Jamie Thompson
October 10, 2013  | The top 5 small hospitals (25 or fewer IT staff) in the 2013 Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program pay special attention to workloads and make sure that employees don’t have more on their plates than they can handle.

UC Irvine CIO breaks down walls to build excellence

Erin McCann
October 09, 2013  | If you want to attract and retain top IT employees who are passionate about their profession, it's best to skip unnecessary formalities, said Jim Murry, CIO at UC Irvine Health. At the health system, Murry explained, effective communication is king, and every IT employee brings a valuable perspective to the table. But for communication to bear the most fruit, bureaucratic walls that may inhibit meaningful give-and-take must be eliminated.

5 Best Super Hospital IT Departments, 2013

Mike Moran
October 08, 2013  | The top 5 super hospitals (200+ IT employees) in the 2013 Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments program keep employees happy and engaged by not skimping on training and making it clear that the team's work is critical to providing good patient care.