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.
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.
September 30, 2012 | Take a look at the 10 successful IT teams behind our Medium Hospital category winners.
September 25, 2012 | Use this interactive map to see where the 2012 BEST Hospital IT Departments are located.
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."
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.
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.
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 creativeRebecca 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.
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.