At SOMC, our mission is to make a difference.
We strive to live out that mission by providing our region with the highest quality of care, delivered by professionals who are among the best in their fields. We extend that care and passion to make a difference into the community by being a very good neighbor, employer, and community supporter.
SOMC and the Community
It is the vision of SOMC to be the region’s leading medical center – but that’s only the beginning of our community involvement.
SOMC makes sixth straight appearance on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list
For the sixth year in a row, Southern Ohio Medical Center has been named to Fortune’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. SOMC moved up from last year’s ranking and is now listed at number 29.
SOMC is the only hospital in the area to earn a spot on the list.
“Being honored as one of FORTUNE’s best places to work means a lot to us at SOMC,” Randy Arnett, President and CEO of SOMC said. “Our community is more than a place of business for us; it’s our home. It’s important to us that our area has a hospital that can offer cutting-edge healthcare with proven results, while also offering rewarding and meaningful employment opportunities.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the 2,300 employees and physicians who helped make it happen,” Arnett added.
In addition to being recognized as one of the country’s best places to work by FORTUNE Magazine six years in a row, SOMC’s workforce has also earned and maintained a number of other distinctions, including:
- Magnet designation, which is one of the country’s highest nursing honors
- Being ranked as the 10th best place to work by Modern Healthcare
- Receiving an “A” for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group
- VPP Star Status from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for excellent workplace safety and health
“The satisfaction and engagement of our workforce directly impacts the experience of our patients,” Vicki Noel, Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development, said. “Without a workforce that is committed and caring, we would not have been able to achieve the level of quality, safety and service that make our recognitions possible.”
To pick the 100 Best Companies, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the Institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management’s credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication and diversity.
SOMC named 10th best place to work by Modern Healthcare, first among large employers
Southern Ohio Medical Center today announced it has placed 10th overall in Modern Healthcare’s 2012 Best Places to Work in Healthcare awards. Among large employers, SOMC placed first. This is the third year in a row that SOMC has been featured on this list.
The magazine’s annual Best Places to Work in Healthcare program recognizes employers for creating workplaces in healthcare that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible patient care and services.
“We are honored to be recognized as one of the best healthcare facilities to work for in America by Modern Healthcare,” SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett said. “To finish 10th overall, and first among large employers, is a tremendous accomplishment and says a lot about both the quality of people and the quality of care you can expect to find at SOMC.”
“Being named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2012 demonstrates that SOMC has built a culture where employees are supported and engaged, which benefits not only patients and customers but the employer’s overall performance as well, ” said Fawn Lopez, vice president and publisher of Modern Healthcare. “These healthcare employers are models for others who are seeking to build a successful culture, resulting in optimum performance levels and benefits for their organization.”
SOMC awarded VPP Star Designation, among nation’s top 1 percent for safety
Southern Ohio Medical Center has once again been awarded with Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star Designation, an honor that places SOMC among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in safety excellence leadership.
VPP is a cooperative program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“To be among the top one percent of hospitals in the nation for safety is a tremendous honor. Earning VPP Star Designation is not only great news for SOMC, but it’s great news for our employees,” Christy Aeh, director of Safety Services at SOMC, said.
Meeting VPP criteria required SOMC to exceed, and sustain, requirements in leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control and safety and health training.
VPP have been shown to have more than 50 percent fewer injuries and lost worker days than the national average.
“All of us at SOMC have high expectations for ourselves, and this distinction is a direct result of that,” Aeh said. “We want our employees to know that they’re working in a safe environment.”
SOMC Named Best Employer in Ohio
The Society for Human Resource Management, Ohio State Council and Best Companies Group recently announced that Southern Ohio Medical Center has once again been ranked first among the Best Employers in Ohio.
“This is quite an honor for our organization and further proves that SOMC houses some of the best employees in the nation,” SOMC CEO Randy Arnett said. “The selection is based largely on the survey of our own employees and their view of our organization and says a lot about us as a quality employer and a great place to work.”
The survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the Best Employers in Ohio, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The distinction is given based on an evaluation of various attributes including hiring processes, celebration in the workplace, caring among team members and communication.
“We are very proud of the family atmosphere here at SOMC, which resonates in our relationships with one another and with our patients,” Vicki Noel, vice president of SOMC Human Resources, said. “This recognition, along with our Magnet Designation, VPP Star Status and FORTUNE Best Places to Work distinction, not only emanates pride to our community through employees, but also strengthens our recruitment and retention efforts.”
The 2010 Best Employers list is made up of companies split into three categories: small sized (15-24 employees), medium-sized (25-249 employees) and large-sized (250 employees or more). SOMC has been named among other large companies and is on the list for the fifth consecutive year.
To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill eligibility requirements which include being a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity; being a publicly or privately held business; having a facility in Ohio; having at least 15 employees in Ohio; and being in business for a minimum of one year.
Companies are then required to enter a two-part survey process to determine the Best Employers list.
The first section of the survey evaluates each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics; the second measures employee experience and satisfaction. The combined scores determine the top companies and the final ranking, managed by the Best Companies Group.
For more information on the Best Employers in Ohio program, please visit www.bestemployersoh.com.