Fairview earns three state awards for 'health care career promotion' and ‘best workplace’

College students have been able to
shadow physicians and learn about
health care careers through our
J-Term program.
May 29, 2013
Fairview recently was recognized for creating opportunities for college students to explore health care careers. In addition, two of our hospitals were named “Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace” by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) at its annual awards program.

The 2013 MHA Awards were presented May 17 to:
  • Fairview for “Health Care Career Promotion”
  • Fairview Northland Medical Center for “Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace” (small hospital category)
  • Fairview Southdale Hospital for “Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace” (large hospital category)

Health Care Career Promotion award
Fairview’s St. Olaf College J-Term program received the Health Care Career Promotion award, which honors hospitals that are exemplary in their promotion of health care careers to students and to those interested in changing careers.

This St. Olaf interim course, “Interdisciplinary 255: The Physician in Clinical and Hospital Health Care,” provides exposure to the field of medicine for St. Olaf students considering a career in health care.

Students observe a surgery at University of Minnesota Medical Center, shadow physicians several days a week, attend lectures, research and present a health care topic of interest, keep a journal of their experiences and write a reflection paper, says Laura Beeth, Fairview system director, talent acquisition.

A majority of students who participate in the J-Term program apply and are accepted into medical school, she adds.

“Preparing our next generation of health care workers is vitally important,” says MHA President and CEO Lawrence Massa. “The partnerships that Fairview Health Services has formed with St. Olaf expose students to the realities of a career in health care and spark a passion for medicine that will have a lasting impact in Minnesota.”

One student who took part in the program said: “I learned of the joys which come with having a trusting relationship with your patients. With that strong relationship and good communication between all caregivers on a health care team, people can get healthier. I really want to be a primary care doctor now who develops solid, trusting, long-term relationships with my patients.”

In 2012, Fairview also received MHA’s Health Care Career Promotion Award for its work on the Cedar Riverside Partnership/Urban Scrubs Camp.
Fairview Northland Medical Center has
focused on maintaining a great work
environment. Team members know they're
appreciated and fun events, such as the
recent Hospital Week barbecue (above),
reinforce that message.

Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace (small hospital category)
This award honors hospitals that “go the extra mile” in enhancing employee satisfaction and engagement.

Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton, Minn., received the award for its focus on employee and provider engagement and achieving best-in-class status for employee engagement, as measured on a recent employee survey. This is the second year Fairview Northland has won this award.

Cory Jendro, clinical quality specialist, is one of several people who nominated the hospital for the award. He describes working for Fairview Northland as extremely rewarding.

“Our work at Fairview Northland helps members of our community through the most difficult and joyous times in their lives,” he wrote in his nomination.

“Not only have we built a culture focused on patients so that ‘our everyday is a patient’s once in a lifetime,’ but Fairview Northland also cares deeply about its employees. Leaders support staff beyond the walls of the facility and understand the importance and value of a well-rounded work-life balance.”

Fairview Northland President John Herman says the medical center has worked hard to develop a culture of “achieving excellence" to provide the best care and service possible to the patients and the communities they serve.

“To accomplish this, we strive to provide the best work setting and environment to allow employees to achieve career satisfaction, work-life balance and personal enrichment,” he says. “Everyone is a part of the team, and everyone’s role is important to achieving this goal.”

Massa says Fairview Northland stood out with the MHA judges as a best workplace for its comprehensive efforts to create an environment that promotes employee and patient satisfaction.

“Judges were especially impressed by their efforts to improve physician engagement,” he adds.

Fairview Southdale Hospital was
recognized for its work to improve
employee engagement and recognition
through programs such as its GEM
Awards, which rewards employees
with a public ceremony, certificate, pin
and display board.

Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace (large hospital category)
Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minn., took home the best hospital workplace award in the large hospital category for its efforts aimed at improving employee engagement, including the Healthy Environment Initiative (HEI) and various recognition programs.

“Research tells us that recognition for a job well- done motivates employees even more than money,” says Cathy Utne, director of patient and guest services at Fairview Southdale Hospital. “Very often, all it takes to inspire and encourage our colleagues to higher levels of excellence is a thoughtful, personal word of thanks.”

Massa was particularly impressed with the work the hospital has done to transform workplace culture through its use of HEI.

About 1,500 employees at the hospital have participated in an HEI project, which represents nearly 20 units or departments, says Bradley Beard, Fairview Southdale president. The hospital has seen a decrease in employee injuries and behavioral reports, in part, through its HEI work.

“The Healthy Environment Initiative has created a platform for all employees to work together and effectively resolve issues by creating agreed upon standards of behavior in each department,” says Beard. “We have seen it change and improve our culture, and it’s great to be recognized for this work.”

Fairview Southdale Hospital received an MHA award in 2011 for patient safety leadership.

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