September 28, 2008
Pomerene Employees Rank Hospital Among Top 99 Places to Work
By CHRIS LEONARD
By CHRIS LEONARDStaff Writer
MILLERSBURG -- Out of 99 of the best organizations to work for in Northeast Ohio -- such as Kent State University, The Cleveland Clinic and its hospitals or the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland -- Pomerene Hospital for the fourth year in a row ranked as one of them.
At its Thursday board meeting, Connie Poulton, vice president of human resources and support services, said the hospital accepted the NorthCoast 99 award from the Employers Resource Council on Sept. 17 at LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility in Westlake.
"I think it just validates the fact that we know we are on the right track," Poulton said.
ERC is Northeast Ohio's largest professional organization dedicated to HR practices, programs and services. Since 1999, hundreds of organizations have been nominated and applied for the award. Winners are recognized for their ability to maintain great workplaces that support the attraction, retention and motivation of top performers, according to the organization's Web site.
As part of the application process, several Pomerene employees had to complete an online survey, Poulton said, and rate various characteristics of the job and what motivates them at work.
The hospital was evaluated in six other categories: compensation and benefits; communications; community service; recruitment and selection; training and development; and workplace health and safety.
Being ranked as one of the top 99 places to work shows the hospital is doing its job in employee satisfaction, Poulton said.
"We know we're retaining people, which is definitely what we want to do," she said.
She estimated company turnover at 6 percent, which she said was below state and industry averages.
In other business, vice president of patient services Nicole Gemma said the hospital will hold an eight-hour community-based program for its nurses and physicians aimed at stabilizing infants less than a month old before transfer to other hospitals.
CEO Tony Snyder said most cases at the hospital are taken to Aultman Hospital in Canton.
Reporter Chris Leonard can be reached at 330-674-1811 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published by By CHRIS LEONARD Staff Writer.
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