Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:00 AM

Community Medical makes top 150 places to work list

Becker's Healthcare listed Community Medical Centers in its 2015 edition of "150 great places to work in healthcare."

Hear what Community employees said about their workplace shortly after winning a 2013 award from the Advisory Board for employee engagement. It was the first of two recognitions from the Advisory Board for employee engagement.

Community, the largest private employer in Fresno County, with 7,600 employees, was recognized for being among the top 10% for employee engagement in 2014 among 300 hospitals surveyed by the Advisory Board. Becker’s noted that besides offering comprehensive benefits, including retirement planning classes and wellness events, Community encouraged employees to grow their careers within the hospital system. Community invested $18.5 million last fiscal year to provide access to in-house leadership training, outside seminars, free professional certifications, online continuing education, scholarships, tuition reimbursements, and tuition discounts at University of Phoenix for bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Community’s largest hospital campus in downtown Fresno houses a 6,000-square-foot fitness center equipped with various weightlifting equipment and exercise machines that’s free to all employees and hospital volunteers. The system also offers employees numerous retail discounts made available through its group purchasing organization and provides a concierge service to run errands and provide convenience for clinical staff working 12-hour shifts.

 “Becker’s recognition validates our efforts to be the employer of first choice,” said Peg Breen, senior vice president of Human Resources. “We are continually listening to our employees and responding to their feedback on how we can improve Community to make it a great place to work and provide care for the region’s families. I’m proud of the HR team and the leaders who helped us achieve this honor.”

Becker's Healthcare is the leading source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders through its five trade publications. The just-released 2015 Becker’s list includes healthcare providers, along with healthcare technology companies, consulting firms and professional organizations. Employers were chosen for their benefits offerings, wellness programs, commitment to diversity and inclusion, professional development opportunities and environments that promote employee satisfaction and work-life balance. Many of these organizations have been recognized by national, state or local organizations for their workplace culture or employee satisfaction scores.

 Erin Kennedy reported this story. Reach her at MedWatchToday@communitymedical.org