SOMC Named to FORTUNE’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List­

Southern Ohio Medical Center has once again been recognized as one of the”100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE Magazine, placing 29th on the magazine’s prestigious list for 2016.

“To be included on a list like this is an incredible accomplishment,” SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett said. “As a hospital, we’re known for the outstanding care we provide to our patients—but we also care deeply about our employees. We work hard to be the best employer for our community, and this achievement is the culmination of those efforts.”

SOMC was selected among hundreds of companies vying for a spot on the list, now it its 19th year. SOMC was ranked the second-highest hospital overall, the highest organization in Ohio, and one of only four companies located in Ohio, Kentucky, or West Virginia.

“Our culture at SOMC is built around mutual trust and employee engagement,” Vicki Noel, vice president of SOMC Human Resources and Organizational Development, said. “Our commitment to upholding these values, encouraging our employees to feel comfortable sharing their opinions, and creating a fun place to work establishes the foundation for our best-company work culture.”

To identify the 100 Best Companies, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company’s survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index Employee Survey, which is taken by a random sample of employees. The other third is based on responses to the Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, and recognition programs.

“We put our employees and patients first in all decision making, and work to ensure that our staff members are actively involved in that decision-making process,” Noel said. “We have a dedicated staff who are focused on what is best for our patients and one another, and we treat each other like family. You just can’t match what we have anywhere else in the region.”

SOMC has now been featured on FORTUNE’s list nine years in a row, adding to one of many honors that have been bestowed upon the hospital. SOMC has also been recognized as one of the best healthcare facilities to work for by Modern Healthcare Magazine, as an OSHA VPP Star organization, and as an ANCC Magnet facility, which is one of the country’s highest nursing honors.

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