More than 10,000 employees completed the 2012 BEST Hospital IT Departments survey

By Mike Moran, Project Editor

This is the second year for Healthcare IT News' "Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments" program, and participation took a dramatic jump over last year's debut.

In 2011, 179 hospitals were nominated for the program; 75 of those hospitals qualified; and overall 4,945 IT employees completed the extensive 67-question online survey. This year, those numbers skyrocketed: 272 hospitals were nominated, 125 qualified and 10,863 IT employees completed the survey. (To qualify for the program, at least half of a hospital's IT employees must take the survey.)

When you consider how swamped with work hospital IT departments are these days, that kind of participation is impressive. If you're a busy person, you know that just setting aside 15 minutes during the workday (about how long it takes to complete the Best Hospital's survey), can be a challenge.

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Slideshow: 5 Best Small Hospital IT Departments, 2012

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September 30, 2012  | The top-5 small hospitals (100 or fewer licensed beds) in our 2012 "Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments" stress teamwork, empowerment and work-life balance. Click through this slideshow to see the staffs of the winning small hospital IT workplaces.

Slideshow: 10 Best Medium Hospital IT Departments, 2012

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September 30, 2012  | Take a look at the 10 successful IT teams behind our Medium Hospital category winners.

Interactive Map: 2012 Best Hospital IT Departments by State

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September 25, 2012  | Use this interactive map to see where the 2012 BEST Hospital IT Departments are located.

Fauquier Health goes 'to great lengths' to provide work-life balance

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September 21, 2012  | 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."

At Lakewood, employee orientation 'gets better all the time'

Healthcare IT News Staff
September 21, 2012  | What a difference a year makes. That sentiment is true in most walks of life, but in few areas does it have more meaning than in health IT. For example, Lakewood Health System was a Best Hospitals IT Department award winner last year, and it's made the list again this year.

Nanticoke IT team manages everything, even hurricanes

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September 21, 2012  | When your first job out of college was in a hospital IT department, and you're in the same department 29 years later, you can be pretty sure you've seen and done it all.

Dedicated staff helps Mount Desert Island provide compassionate care

Jeff Rowe
September 21, 2012  | "Teamwork" is a word that gets tossed around rather easily in many conversations, especially when the subject is hospital IT departments. But if you've got a nine-person team working in a converted conference room, "teamwork" is more than a word; it's a necessity.

Hugh Chatham's IT department scores high marks for giving employees the freedom to be innovative and creative

Rebecca Goldfine
September 21, 2012  | Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital CEO David Loving doesn't just use a couple laudatory adjectives when he describes his hospital's IT department; he produces a high-velocity stream of praise.

'All hands on deck' attitude gets the job done at Children's

Healthcare IT News Staff
September 21, 2012  | "Hire good people and get out of their way." George Reynolds, MD, and CIO/CMIO of Children's Hospital & Medical Center said that last year when his department placed fifth in the "Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments" program. This year he's got more good people than ever to dodge.