By Wayne Allen
November 9, 2013
Common Staff Writer
Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) has again been named one of the nation’s best places to work by Modern Healthcare Magazine.
On the 2013 list SOMC is ranked 17th of 100, in 2012 SOMC ranked 10th, 2011 they ranked 32nd and in 2010 SOMC was ranked sixth.
To get on the list, Modern Healthcare Magazine gathers information from both the employer and employees. Employees are asked to provide feedback when it comes to working environment, relationship with supervisor, training and development, pay and benefits, overall satisfaction and other categories.
“Being named to this list is a tremendous accomplishment and says a lot about both the quality of people and the quality of care you can expect to find at SOMC,” said Randy Arnett, SOMC President and CEO in a released statement. “We are honored to be recognized as one of the best healthcare facilities to work for in America by Modern Healthcare.”
Arnett attributed SOMC’s success to its employees.
“It’s all about our employees. Our employees love what they do, and sustaining a great place to work ultimately allows them to continue providing exceptional care to our patients and their families,” Arnett said.
According to, a profile of SOMC that appears on the Modern Healthcare website (www.modernhealthcare.com) through questions the profile states, SOMC does not offer profit-sharing to its employees. They do offer domestic partner benefits, employees are not given paid time off for community service of volunteer work.
SOMC does not offer telecommuting options to its employees. SOMC does provide formal employee recognition and appreciation programs.
The survey indicated that SOMC employees are not unionized or is an employees performance tied to compensation.
According to the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce the top five employers of the area are, SOMC with 2,258 employees, USEC with 1,100 employees, Shawnee State University with 877 employees, the Scioto County School System with 800 employees and Southern Ohio Correctional Facility with 750 employees.
For more information about SOMC and their many activities and services visit www.somc.org.
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