Winning designation as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work has never been harder.
We live in an age when skepticism about the efficacy of organizations—especially large ones—is rampant. Government, we're told almost every day, is a total failure. And it's true in part. Who doesn't have their own examples of failed government programs close to home?
But the reality is that government, whether at the federal, state or local level, is the one institution that we share in common with our neighbors, friends and fellow citizens. Thinking that shared enterprise is a failure sets the tone for every other institution in society.
For employers, creating a workplace oasis in the middle of that rhetorical desert is no easy task. This is especially true for healthcare institutions, whether provider, payer or supplier, since their business is intimately intertwined with government programs. Each day they are battered by another news account or investigative report alleging the system is plagued by overpriced services, unnecessary and uncoordinated care, poor outcomes, diagnostic mistakes, incompatible medical records, burned-out doctors, overworked nurses and overpaid executives.