Altru Health System recognized as an Employer of Choice®
Grand Forks, ND – Following a rigorous evaluation process, Altru Health System has been named an Employer of Choice®. This recognition is presented to Altru Health System because it has demonstrated dedication to a higher level of employee relationships, a level that goes beyond normal practices of human resources.
Over the last few years, Altru has initiated several best practices contributing to an environment leading to achieving the designation as Employer of Choice. These include an enhanced focus on service excellence, EPIC – a health information system improving patient access, care and safety, enhanced on-boarding, leadership development, and reward and recognition activities. Because of its employees' commitment to the mission, Altru Health System was also named the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network in 2011.
Nearly 300 organizations took the Employer of Choice survey this year, and only 16 health care organizations achieved Employer of Choice. Altru Health System was the only organization in North Dakota to receive this designation this year.
The Employer of Choice® 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 (joy-yah). The book examines how enlightened employers can differentiate themselves from others by attracting, optimizing, an holding on to their greatest assets – their employees.
"Employers of Choice® , such as Altru, who are able to attract, optimize and retain top talent, will enjoy a substantial advantage over their competitors," says Gioia, President of Employer of Choice, Inc. "They will have the knowledge, experience, resiliency, and power to respond quickly to customers' needs, delivering what customers want more efficiently than competitors plagued by employee turnover. This strength will allow them to maintain high levels of customer service and loyalty."
About Altru Health System
Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 3,800 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $400 million.