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 21, 2012 | Ephraim McDowell Health prides itself on being a family-oriented organization that goes above and beyond to make sure employees remain happy.
September 21, 2012 | When IT analysts and technicians at Union Hospital were asked to write-up procedure guides on what they do and to job shadow their department co-workers, the result was dramatic.
September 21, 2012 | At St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, day in and day out the IT department strives to ensure that their co-workers have minimal problems with their technological devices.
September 21, 2012 | A few years ago, five or so IT employees at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System approached Mike DeLuca, CIO and vice president of information systems, with an idea: They wanted to do "rounding."
September 21, 2012 | Recently, just two days after Diane Smith, director of information systems at Saint Francis Medical Center, sent out an email to enlist staff to cover for an absent employee, she had enough volunteers to get the job done.
September 21, 2012 | J.D. Jackson, Highlands Regional Medical Center's CIO, recently asked his staff what they thought made the hospital IT department a great employer.
September 21, 2012 | Mark Kilborn acknowledges the unavoidable truth of most professional jobs: Office workers typically spend more time with their colleagues than they do with their families.
September 21, 2012 | They may be repeat winners, but earning a Healthcare IT News "Where to Work: BEST Hospital IT Departments" award never gets old for the IT staff at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.
September 20, 2012 | Apart from departmental policies, procedures and protocols, a successful work team needs a crucial ingredient to operate effectively: chemistry. It may be intangible, invisible and elusive, but chemistry serves as a bonding agent that drives people to want to work together.
September 14, 2012 | Mike Taylor, vice president and CIO at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, recognizes that stress often goes hand-in-hand with working in IT. That's why he's dedicated to making his department a laid-back, fun environment that promotes open communication.