You’ve decided to pursue a career in health information management (HIM) or health information technology (HIT). Now, onto the next big decision. Have you thought about exactly where you want to work? This is important, because your work environment—the physical space in which you work, your boss and coworkers, and your salary and benefits—can have a profound effect on your overall happiness.
Ask yourself this question: What are you looking for in an employer? What would bring you happiness? Seventy-two percent of respondents said employee respect is the top contributor to overall job satisfaction, according to a recent study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management. Sixty-four percent said trust between employees and senior management is the second most important contributor. Overall benefits came in a close third at 63 percent.
If you’re seeking an HIM- or HIT-related job, what are the best healthcare companies to pursue? Here’s our top ten list for 2016, selected based on rankings of healthcare organizations in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”.
The 5 Best Healthcare Companies for HIM Professionals
About: Founded in 1960, Baptist Health is a faith-based organization in southern Florida that encompasses seven hospitals, 15,000 employees, and 2,200 physicians in virtually all specialties.
Why it deserves a spot on the list: Baptist Health offers impressive perks such as onsite wellness services, a no-interest loan of up to $10,000 for employees who are first-time home buyers, and financial assistance for the legal adoption of children. The health system also allows employees with at least 20 years of service to accrue a maximum balance of 1,500 hours in their PTO bank, cashing it all out upon retirement at their current rate of pay.
About: Founded in 1954, Southern Ohio Medical Center is a 222-bed, not-for-profit hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Why it deserves a spot on the list: Southern Ohio Medical Center offers employees the ability to payroll deduct a variety of items, including vehicle and house payments, uniforms, hospital bills, prescription drugs, deductions to local charities, and more. Its bonus and pay program includes an 8 percent shift differential, weekend differential, certification bonuses, and on-call pay. It also offers a $1 differential per hour for nurses who have achieved advanced nursing degrees.
About: Founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital focuses on childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases. It’s located in Memphis.
Why it deserves a spot on the list: In addition to being able to take advantage of an 8,000-square-foot on-campus gym, employees also enjoy monthly outdoor concerts and a kickball league. They can also take advantage of up to 12 free daily on-campus lectures, seminars, workshops and discussion groups as well as various on-campus amenities such as a community garden, farmers’ markets, and massages.
About: Scripps Health is a private, nonprofit, integrated health system in San Diego that includes five acute-care hospitals, home health care, an ambulatory care network with 26 outpatient centers and clinics, and hundreds of physician offices.
Why it deserves a spot on the list: Scripps Health offers a leadership mentor program, free 15-minute chair massages, movie nights, and a staged retirement program. In addition, individuals can participate in a gain-sharing program that financially rewards non-management employees for achieving patient satisfaction, productivity, and financial performance goals.
About: Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The 24-hospital system services 16 counties in north central Texas.
Why it deserves a spot on the list: Texas Health Resources provides employee referral bonuses of up to $3,000, a discount program for cell phone bills and other purchases, and low medical premiums. In addition, employees with ten years of service receive a $1.25 401K match per $1 contributed on up to six percent of their pay.
The 5 Best Companies for HIT Professionals
About: SAS creates analytics software for a variety of industries, including health care. Through big data analytics, SAS helps providers improve outcomes, enhance patient safety, and reduce readmissions.
Why it deserves a spot on the list: SAS offers an onsite healthcare center and pharmacy at which employees pay no co-pays, co-insurance, or other out-of-pocket costs. Additionally, there’s an onsite work-life center staffed by full-time social workers, a free recreation and fitness center, and free nutritional counseling. SAS’s own culinary farm grows vegetables for all four kitchens on campus.
About: Salesforce creates technology for customer relationship management in a variety of industries, including health care. It provides patient-centric engagement powered by social, mobile, and cloud technology.
Why it deserves a spot on the list: At Salesforce, social commitment is an important part of the culture—in fact, all employees receive seven days of paid time off annually to volunteer, and the company matches any donations made by staff. Also, employees receive subsidies for public transportation, massage therapy, and $100 every month for health and fitness programs.
About: World Wide Technology is a global systems integrator that caters to many industries, including health care. It provides enterprise infrastructure solutions, consumer engagement tools, and consulting around HIPAA as well as big data analytics.
Why it deserves a spot on the list: At World Wide Technology, employees have access to two onsite health centers, tread-desk work stations, telecommuting options, and an extra paid day off to spend time at a favorite charitable organization.
4. VM Ware
About: VM Ware creates technology for customer relationship management in a variety of industries, including health care. It’s a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility.
Why it deserves a spot on the list: First off, all employees receive unlimited and untracked time off from the first day of employment. In addition, employees receive 40 paid hours to volunteer their time and talents to the community. In this dog-friendly work environment, employees can also participate in a variety of learning and growth programs.
About: OnBase is a single enterprise information platform that helps businesses, including healthcare providers, manage content more effectively.
Why it deserves a spot on the list: Hyland offers an onsite child enrichment center, an onsite wellness center that includes minute-clinic services five days a week, a four-week paid sabbatical program, and an innovation portal that fosters employee collaboration.
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