Shady Grove Fertility Named “Best Places to Work 2015” by Baltimore Magazine

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"We realize that people have a choice in where they seek care and we never take that for granted. Our continued growth reinforces our core values, which is to deliver truly personalized care," remarks Eugene Katz, M.D.

Shady Grove Fertility, the leading provider of fertility and IVF services in the United States, was recognized by Baltimore Magazine in its “Best Places to Work 2015” feature appearing in the February issue. What stood out most to the editors is that Shady Grove Fertility is growing—having filled 150 positions last year—and, in spite of the stock-market crash in 2008, it kept up its biannual bonuses, in which employees can earn up to 10 percent of their regular salary upon meeting certain benchmarks. Further, the magazine editors were sure to recognize Shady Grove Fertility for its generosity in giving back to families struggling to pay for fertility treatment through its alliance with the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation.

Upon receiving notification of the award, Marianne Kreiner, director of human resources at Shady Grove Fertility, commented, “We do something that’s easy to believe in. Our organization has always been dedicated to providing the best possible work environment, and not just in our Baltimore region, but throughout our entire practice, which is 22 locations strong and counting.” Kreiner adds, “One way we do this is through recognizing the value of employee feedback in making decisions, addressing challenges, and improving patient care. We give employees a voice within the organization, regardless of level of title, to make suggestions about how the practice can continue to advance and improve.”

Over the years, Shady Grove Fertility has instituted a number of programs to make working at the practice more than just a job for its employees. The most notable benefits, according to the magazine’s editors, include generous paid vacation and sick leave, $5,000 per year tuition reimbursement for both hourly and salaried employees, 401k with a match, and quarterly “town hall” webinars with the CEO and a founding physician, which keeps disparate offices connected to its headquarters in Rockville, MD. “For medical types seeking a more 9-to-5 lifestyle, this could be it,” add the magazine’s editors.

The honor, bestowed upon Shady Grove Fertility along with 29 other companies in the region, is based on a combination of factors, according to the magazine’s editors. To determine the best workplaces, the Best Places to Work 2015 committee looks beyond just great compensation plans, benefits, and perks and utilizes feedback from top national and local recruiters to learn what employees want most from an employer. This often includes an intellectually stimulating environment, social benefits, and upward mobility.

"We realize that people have a choice in where they seek care and we never take that for granted. Our continued growth reinforces our core values, which is to deliver truly personalized care. In spite of our size and geographic spread, we are humbled to hear patients say over and again, they never felt lost or devalued or like a number. They always felt respected,” remarks Eugene Katz, M.D., who sees patients in the Towson and Bel Air, MD locations.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of working for Shady Grove Fertility is the number of employees who are former patients. Of the close to 600 employees currently on staff, many once came through its doors seeking compassionate, medical expertise to build their own families. “This unique perspective and connection gives a large number of our employees a deeply personal commitment to their work, to their patients, and to each other. Many on our staff are intimately familiar with the trials and triumphs our patients go through every day, and their level of compassion as a result is unmatched,” says Kathy Bugge, RNC, clinical education supervisor, who has been with the practice for 23 years.

“While our practice has grown more than 30 percent in the last 3 years, we have never lost sight of why we are all here,” adds Mark Segal, chief executive officer of Shady Grove Fertility. “Our patients depend on us. They trust us. Patients in our care can be reassured that we have some of the best minds in reproductive medicine working collaboratively to help them realize their dreams of a family,” adds Segal.

Shady Grove Fertility continually invests in the success of its employees with unique awards and recognition programs, including the annual Pinnacle Award, which carries with it an all-expense week-long trip to a Mexican resort. The Pinnacle Award winner is announced at one of the company’s most treasured events, its annual retreat. “The theme that embodied this year’s annual retreat, and really the sentiment of our staff well beyond the event, was ‘One team, one dream.’ This signifies the importance we place on refreshing the team’s spirit and uniting under one mission. In return, our staff work tirelessly to deliver exceptional care to our patients,” adds Segal.

About Shady Grove Fertility

Shady Grove Fertility is America’s leading fertility practice, offering patients access to state-of-the-art technology, individualized care, and innovative financial programs. We believe in fostering a culture of excellence through investment in the latest technologies to improve clinical outcomes; devoting extensive resources to our progressive research program; and making the commitment to hire and train staff who are highly experienced, passionate, loyal, and deeply committed to patient care. With 22 offices in the Mid-Atlantic region and 32 reproductive endocrinologists, our fertility patients have greater access to treatment than ever before. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit ShadyGroveFertility.com.

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