LVH and Health Network Named to '100 Best Companies to Work For'

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Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (LVHHN) is named among the nation's "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE magazine for 2007. LVHHN is the first ever Pennsylvania hospital recognized and the first ever Pennsylvania non-profit organization selected to the list since the national ranking began in 1998. LVHHN is number 80 on the 2007 list and one of only ten Pennsylvania-based employers ever to make the list.

"This honor reflects our organization's culture and the outstanding care delivered to our community everyday by the people who make up that culture," said Elliot J. Sussman, M.D., LVHHN's president and CEO. "The dedication, creativity, knowledge and experience of our physicians, nurses, administrators and staff help to create a culture of caring that strives for excellence, and we are grateful to them for achieving this honor."

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"The 100 Best Companies to Work For" list is compiled for FORTUNE by the Great Place to Work Institute headquartered in San Francisco. The rankings are based on an evaluation of the policies and culture of each company, and the opinions of the company's employees. The employee opinion score, which makes up two-thirds of the total score, comes from at least 400 randomly selected employees who respond to a 57-question survey. The remaining one-third of the score is based on an evaluation of company and employee demographics, pay and benefits programs, and culture.

Among the items measured leading to LVHHN's selection to the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list are:

  • Keeps employees informed about important issues and changes
  • Does a good job of assigning and coordinating people
  • Genuinely seeks and responds to suggestions and ideas
  • Involves people in decisions that affect their jobs or work environment
  • Makes opportunities available for training or development to improve professionally
  • Feel you make a difference here
  • Proud to tell others you work here
  • Feel good about the ways the company/organization contributes to the community

Mary Kay Grim, LVH's senior vice president for human resources, told employees gathered for the announcement that they help LVH excel in areas that FORTUNE considers important. Those include the employee newsletter and interactive forums conducted by senior managers for employees to attend, a shared governance model to provide a say in decision making, tuition reimbursement programs and initiatives, a free health care plan, shared success bonuses, and rewards and recognition for significant accomplishments and going above and beyond to come up with quality-improvements and patient safety ideas. "While all of these programs and initiatives are important components of our culture, your skills and attitude are what make LVHHN a great place to work," Grim told the employees. "By attracting and keeping the best people, we can provide the kind of quality care the members of our community deserve."

The ranked list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" will be published on both FORTUNE magazine's website--www.fortune.com--and the Great Place to Work

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