WellStar among 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies
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Two employees of WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine, registered nurse Tracie Sessoms and Narendra Kanuru, a board certified doctor in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. <br> Courtesy of WellStar Health Systems
Two employees of WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine, registered nurse Tracie Sessoms and Narendra Kanuru, a board certified doctor in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.
Courtesy of WellStar Health Systems
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From left, WellStar Acworth Health Park guest relations team members Sylvia Wilson, Richie Ernst and Zora Bax display their WellStar employee badges.
From left, WellStar Acworth Health Park guest relations team members Sylvia Wilson, Richie Ernst and Zora Bax display their WellStar employee badges.
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MARIETTA — WellStar has been named one of the 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For, which recognizes companies across the country that have exceptional workplace cultures. WellStar is the state’s largest nonprofit health system and this award recognizes the system’s commitment to taking care of the people who take care of others.

WellStar was selected among hundreds of companies vying for a place on the list this year. Applicant companies opt to participate in the selection process, which includes an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about their programs and company practices. Great Place to Work then evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

“WellStar strives to cultivate a trusting and caring work atmosphere where our more than 13,000 team members feel pride in our system and their work,” said David Anderson, executive vice president of human resources, organizational learning and chief compliance officer. “As a system, we have always put our people first, and we will continue to look for ways to foster a healthy work-life balance. Being named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For List is validation that our efforts have not gone unnoticed by our team members or our community.”

Ranked 39th on the list, which is now in its 17th year, WellStar has been recognized numerous times over the past decade by organizations like Working Mother Magazine and AARP for its commitment to people. This success is a result of WellStar’s commitment to regularly evaluating its workforce culture to ensure the best things are happening to benefit both team members and the system, officials said.

“The FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list grows more competitive every year and this list represents the best of the best,” said China Gorman, Global Chief Executive Officer of Great Place to Work. “While each company is unique, what they have in common are strong cultures that support positive workplaces.”

Organizations named on the list see many benefits that include better financial performance, less employee turnover, higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, more innovative and creative thinking, higher productivity and enhanced public perception.

To see the complete 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list, visit www.fortune.com. A feature profile on WellStar is also available at http://us.greatrated.com/wellstar-health-system.

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DeathStar Survivor
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January 20, 2014
Things must have changed drastically over the last few years. I truly hope it has, because it was the absolute worst place I have ever worked, employees were treated extremely poorly and underpaid. I now work for a company that values its associates and it is like night and day, with Wellstar being the darkest night. Sorry to be so negative, but it was such a dreadful, hateful workplace. It makes me wonder if it really is a great place to work now or if there was an exchange of money somewhere along the way to the publication of this survey. Things have really changed in the way the MDJ covers WellStar stories these days. You used to tell the whole story, but in the last five years there seem to have been major stories that were covered up.
Wellstar Hateraid
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January 20, 2014
Wellstar is full of politics, pettiness, clicks, childish games and Haitian care givers ready to put a curse on your elderly Mother if she doesn't stop pressing that call button. The CNAs are over worked and some are not professional enough to be working there, in fact some are on work Visas and can't speak clear and correct English. If you work your three night shift they expect you to come in during the day for educational purposes and meetings. I slept a full 6-8 hours after my shift, but had to come to all the meetings and still almost ran off the road due to being tired. They need to get their crap together. The Nurses are treated unfair, over worked and allowed to be treated like crap by the Doctors. Oh and who puts a 29 year old Nurse that has only been a RN for two years, fresh out of school I'd say as a Unit Manager??? And she has ZERO experience as a Manager of any industry and ZERO experience as an assistant Nurse Manger. Seems like you would want to recruit a RN that has been on the floor and managing for atleast 5-10 years. Your life lies in the hands of an inexperienced young person on that unit. Oh and let us not forget that most of the patients come in there thinking that "H" on the outside stands for "Hilton", not "Hospital". Many of them come in chatting away happily on their cells phones, but then say they are in pain wanting pills, pills, pills. But we are supposed to treat them with kindness and dignity. Sorry, but the people who come in truly in pain and show their humbleness are the ones I will run to and bend over backwards for. Not the pill divas. Horrible place to work for. I've met RNs that have been there for over 20 years and are quitting on the spot. CNAs invested in stock and retirement that has stone cold walked out. Wellstar is only being glorified by the CEO and many greedy hands that are at the top of the HR list. Maybe if these jokers came to the floor once in a while they would see the misery in their employee's eyes.
DeathStar Survivor
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January 20, 2014
So sorry to hear that it's still like that there. Even though I live in Cobb county I go elsewhere for all my healthcare.
JohnnyReno
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January 20, 2014
So a company that cares nothing about their patients and treats them like cattle is one of the best companies to work for?

No. I disagree.
Guinea pig
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January 20, 2014
The wellstar butchers!
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