St. Elizabeth Hospital recognized as top employer

Staff reports

St. Elizabeth Hospital was awarded the “Employer of Choice” recognition Feb. 5 by Joyce Gioia, president and CEO of the Herman Group and Employer of Choice Awards, Inc.

Following an evaluation process, the award was presented to St. Elizabeth Hospital President and CEO Dee LeJeune in recognition of the hospital’s dedication to a higher level of employee relationships, a level that goes above and beyond normal practices of human resources.

The designation was created as a commitment to the philosophies and testimonials laid out in the book “How to Become an Employer of Choice,” written by Roger Herman and Joyce Gioia. The book examines how enlightened employers differentiate themselves from others by attracting, optimizing, and holding on to employees.

“Employers of Choice, such as St. Elizabeth Hospital, who are able to attract, optimize, and retain top talent, will enjoy a substantial advantage over their competitors,” said Gioia. “They will have the knowledge, experience, resiliency, and power to respond quickly to their customers’ needs, delivering what customers want more efficiently and effectively than competitors plagued by employee turnover. This strength will allow them to maintain high levels of customer service and loyalty.”

St. Elizabeth Hospital has been nationally ranked among hospitals in the top five percent for team member satisfaction for the past six years as measured by Press Ganey and Morehead Associates.

In addition, the hospital has been ranked in the top one percent nationally for physician satisfaction for the past five years.

Currently, St. Elizabeth Hospital is nationally ranked in the top ten percent for patient satisfaction. St. Elizabeth was the recipient of the 2007 Louisiana Performance Excellence Award by the Louisiana Quality Foundation and was awarded the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana’s Torch Award for ethics in business in 2008.