Two ABQ hospitals make list of top 100 best places to work in health care

Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First

Two Lovelace Health System hospitals have been named to Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of the top 100 best place to work in health care in 2014.

Lovelace Women’s Hospital made the list for the sixth consecutive year, and Lovelace Westside Hospital made the list for the third time, Lovelace said.

The winners’ ranks on the list will be revealed at an Oct. 23 reception in Chicago.

They were the only New Mexico health care companies to be named to the list, according to Modern Healthcare’s website.

For Women’s Hospital CEO Sheri Milone, the recognition helps the hospital recruit and retain staff.

“This is really helpful for us in recruitment of employees. When we ask applicants why they chose us, they will say, ‘I saw on your website that you were named one of the best places to work,’” Milone told Albuquerque Business First. “For hospitals, our biggest expense are our employees, so it is very important for us to keep those employees.”

And it is getting harder to recruit health care workers, said Women’s Hospital Human Resources Director Carol Shelton.

“Health care is generally stressed with a lot of baby boomers exiting and not as many people graduating. So the pool from which we can recruit is smaller,” Shelton said. “The ‘Best Places’ designation helps us with recruitment.”

The turnover rate in the health care field ranges from 20 percent to 30 percent, Shelton explained. At Women’s Hospital it’s generally under 15 percent, she added.

Westside Hospital CEO Farron Sneed said the hospital’s culture was most responsible for the facility being named to the magazine’s list.

“It basically has to do with employee engagement at the hospital, the communication, leadership and the working and training environment,” Sneed said. “I attribute it to the employees, the providers and the working conditions here.”

Modern Healthcare based its ranking on several factors, including company policies and practices, benefits and company culture, its website said. It also relies on questionnaires filled out by company employees.

Two Lovelace Health System hospitals have been named to Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of the top 100 best place to work in health care in 2014. For Women’s Hospital CEO Sheri Milone, the recognition helps the hospital recruit and retain staff.

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