As the largest employer in Morgan County, Passavant works diligently to be a great place to work.
“Our role as an employer is to enhance the lives of the people who work with us. We serve our staff, so they can serve our patients,” said Angelia Foster, affiliate Vice President of Human Resources and Support Services. “With a desire to offer an attractive employment package we are constantly asking, what else can we do for our employees? We currently offer a very competitive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, short and long term disability, retirement and paid time off. Another unique benefit we offer is Wee Care, which is a program that allows parents to bring their children to the hospital pediatrics unit on days when they are too ill to attend day care or school. This allows our employees to care for our patients while we take care of their little ones. Additionally, we realize our employees want to continue to grow and develop in their career over the past year, in collaboration with our Foundation and Auxiliary, we have provided over $100,000 in educational assistance.”
This week, Passavant celebrates employees who have reached service milestones from five years of service to 40. This includes 114 employees with combined years of service of 1,464 combined years of service at Passavant. With the average tenure of an employee being over 10 years and turnover below the national average, Passavant is proud of the commitment employees have to the organization. The 2015 employee engagement survey ranked Passavant at the 93rd percentile, compared to more than 400 hospitals across the country.
“We are always looking for talented individuals who want to provide compassionate care to our patients, “said Adrianna Pence, Human Resources Generalist. “From nurses to housekeeping, everyone at Passavant has a chance to help our patients. We currently are recruiting for nurses, medical technologists, housekeepers, dietary, clerical and a variety of other positions. We have added over 50 new employees in the last two years to meet the growing needs of our services and want to find the best fit for the organization.”
The demand for nurses in the region continues to grow. To help the community understand the career opportunities nursing can provide, Passavant is hosting the “Time to Be a Nurse” Camp, which allows high school students a week-long experience to explore nursing, including clinical simulation time at MacMurray College. Job shadowing is encouraged to provide high school and college students with a one-on-one opportunity to observe professionals in their daily activities. And the hospital has a strong partnership with the MacMurray College nursing program, serving as a clinical site for its nursing students.
At Passavant Area Hospital, every employee has the opportunity to positively affect our patients and visitors, regardless of role.
“I love that when I am doing my job cleaning the room of a patient, I can talk with them and care for their families,” said Eva Barnd, a five-year employee at Passavant who works in Environmental Services. “Whether it is getting the nurse for them or offering a blanket, I have a chance to help when they are scared or nervous by simply being a friendly face.”
This desire to provide exceptional customer service is one of the key traits held by all Passavant employees. The hospital’s physicians, nurses, ancillary and support staff all work together to maintain its culture of being a great place to give and receive care.