Everyone at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota (Fla.) will agree that the organization's top goal is taking care of patients. But without a healthy staff, that can be harder to accomplish.
With that in mind, officials at the 155-bed acute-care facility in the retirement and vacation haven on Florida's Gulf Coast say management emphasizes the physical and mental well-being of employees as well.
“Healthcare workers are always taking care of others, and it's sometimes hard for them to remember to take care of themselves,” said Theresa Levering, the hospital's vice president of human resources.
Doctors Hospital is No. 2 among medium-size providers, No. 2 among providers of all sizes and No. 5 overall in Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2015.
The hospital tries to help by giving its 443 employees access to two fitness centers that are open around the clock, and free laboratory work once a year, who can then share the results with their own doctor. Managers try not to schedule employees to work overtime.
But the most popular wellness perk for employees is probably the free massages. Every month, the hospital brings in massage therapists and pays for short massages for any employee who wants one. It's been so popular on the day shift, it will be soon start on the night shifts.