Sarasota Memorial Named Among World’s Best Workplaces

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Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is one of just 39 organizations to win Gallup’s global Great Workplace Award, honoring the world’s best workplaces for creating an environment and culture that inspires employee commitment and engagement. “The world’s best organizations don’t simply promise a great employee experience; they create a culture of engagement in which employees can continuously develop and thrive” – Gallup

“There is a true sense of ownership here… You see it in the organization as a whole, where everyone, from the Hospital Board to bedside staff, believe in and support our public mission.” – Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is one of just 39 organizations to win Gallup’s global Great Workplace Award.

The award honors the world’s best workplaces for creating an environment and culture that inspires employee commitment and engagement.

“When employees are engaged, they are passionate and creative, and their commitment accelerates growth and innovation,” said Gallup in today's awards announcement. “These employees are invested in their jobs and workplaces — they care about their company’s future. As a result, they help lead the way to outstanding performance — across industries, company sizes and nationalities, and in good economic times and bad.”

To qualify for the award, organizations must meet a rigorous criteria, which includes a high, qualifying response rate on Gallup’s 2017 employee engagement survey and a score that places them in the “upper echelon” of organizations in Gallup's global database. They also must demonstrate how their engagement approach improves performance outcomes.

Gallup said its workplace award winners excel in areas where many other organizations struggle. Worldwide, just 15 percent of employees are engaged, while the engagement level among its award recipients is 70 percent or more. On average, Gallup’s top performers have 14 engaged employees to just one disengaged – nearly seven times the U.S. rate and more than 15 times the rate for workforces globally.

Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder credits the workplace recognition to the organization’s longstanding commitment to community and dedication to provide the best possible patient experience and care. Founded in 1925, Sarasota Memorial has grown from a modest 32-bed hospital to one of the largest public health systems in Florida, with more than 900,000 patient visits a year. It is Sarasota County’s largest employer with about 5,700 employees.

“There is a true sense of ownership here… You see it in the organization as a whole, where everyone, from the Hospital Board to bedside staff, believe in and support our public mission,” Verinder said. “As a leader, my goal is to make sure everyone has the tools and support they need to do what they do best, so they can leave each day feeling that they’ve made a difference.”

For more information on Gallup’s Great Workplace Awards, visit: news.gallup.com.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 829-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid's Services highest five-star quality award since the rating system launched in 2016. For information, visit: http://www.smh.com.

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