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Best places to work - Wamego named best small hospital

When it comes to being engaged in their work, Via Christi Health employees score in the top 25 percentile of health care employees nationwide. Gallup and other organizations have found that engaged employees are more productive and more customer-focused.

Just ask the employees at Wamego City Hospital - the top small hospital on Modern Healthcare's list of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. The hospital ranked 24th overall on the Top 100 list.

"Being named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare in the nation was an incredible honor, but to be named the Best Small Hospital is a real indication that our employees are among the most passionate providers of excellent, high quality health care in the country," says Shannan Flach, hospital CEO.

The 24-page application for the honor included a 72-question Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey and two open-ended essay questions asking employees why Wamego City Hospital is a great place to work. It also covered incentives and bonuses, community service initiatives and how the hospital promotes exercise and fitness.

In an essay answer Angie Barber, the hospital's performance improvement manager, wrote, "We very much have a family feel where there is a sense of responsibility and we each play a role in the hospital's success. We are the face and voice of Wamego City Hospital and we are proud to be in that role."

Modern Healthcare is a highly recognized magazine in the health care industry, with a circulation of more than 70,000. The Best Places to Work in Healthcare program is sponsored by The Studer Group and the What's Right in Health Care Conference.

2010 Highlights

:: For the fourth year running, Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis and Via Christi Hospital on Harry are among only 269 hospitals nationwide to receive HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence AwardTM. Via Christi's are the only Wichita hospitals - and among only 120 in the United States - to be recognized as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 for overall outcomes that rank in the top 5 percent in the nation. The hospitals were cited among the top 5 percent of hospitals specifically in stroke, pulmonary, critical care and gastrointestinal medical treatment.

:: For the fourth straight year, Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan received HealthGrades' Joint Replacement Excellence AwardTM. The award places Mercy's orthopaedic services among the top 10 percent in the nation for superior outcomes.

:: The Chest Pain Center at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis received full Cycle III Chest Pain Center accreditation - making it the first hospital in Kansas to successfully undergo review under the newest and most stringent standards.

:: The Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging honored Via Christi Villages with three Quality First Awards. Tom Church, CEO at Catholic Care Center in Wichita, received the 2010 Excellence in Leadership Award. Linda Barton, restorative aide at Via Christi Village on McLean in Wichita, received the 2010 Caregiver of the Year Award. Villa Maria in Mulvane received the 2010 Excellence in Person-Centered Care Award.

;; For the second consecutive year, Via Christi Home Health in Pittsburg was named to the HomeCare EliteTM, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. The honor is based on quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.

:: Via Christi Village in Ponca City employee Jim White was named Employee of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. A co-worker noted in his nomination, "One of his greatest strengths lies in his ability to make others feel important and valued."

:: The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer awarded Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis a three-year accreditation with commendations in four areas, recognizing Via Christi's commitment to the community and quality
patient care.

:: The kidney transplant program of Via Christi Transplant Institute was recognized in the top tier of such programs with a Bronze Level award from the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice (DTCP). 


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