Commonwealth Health Corporation, the parent company of The Medical Center based in Bowling Green has been named one of Gallup's 2014 Great Workplaces, and company officials say they did it by keeping employees engaged.
"We've always been careful about who we choose to work here, and once we find them, we want to keep them," said Commonwealth Health Corp. Human Resources Vice President Lynn Willliams.
Registered Nurse Jenny Goad says it's pride in her job that's kept her here for fourteen years.
"We take alot of pride in what we do. I'm always glad to see somebody say, how far was your drive? Oh, it was 45 minutes or an hour. Thank you for coming here for your care. That makes us very proud, and allowing your employees to be more involved in the decision making... voting.. attitude... team play... that helps completely. That's helps completely," said Goad.
"We know you have to have passionate and engaged employees to create and exceptional patient care experience. Keeping that connection there, and helping them stay connected to just that... what got them into health care to begin with, and making sure that stays front of mind with them, and front of mind to us, will help all of us win in this journey together," said Williams.
For Radiation Therapist Melanie Wilson, that journey began 16 years ago.
"I had an entry level position, and from there, I've held several different titles here at the medical center while they allowed me to continue and further my education. The Medical Center gives me the best equipment and the best people to allow me to do my job the best that I can," said Wilson.
Wilson says having that confidence is essential in her field.
"I work in the cancer center, so a smile is required even if you don't want to. I have to be on my best everyday because my patients don't feel very good, and I don't get to have a bad day," said Wilson.
Lucky for her patients, Wilson says here, she rarely has one! Not only is Commonwealth Health Corporation one of only 36 companies in the world to earn the honor this year, Williams says it's the first health care system based in Kentucky to ever receive the award.