Children's Hospital Association

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Children's Hospital Association Reviews

Updated March 26, 2014
Updated March 26, 2014
9 Reviews

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Children's Hospital Association President & CEO Mark Wietecha
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  1.  

    High performance, training and development, great environment, collaborative, strategic inclusion.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital Association full-time

    Pros

    Career development. Culture and Values.

    Cons

    Sometimes experiences an overuse of collaboration, which muddles action plans and decision making.

    Recommends
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    Before the Merger

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Association full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The site office staff in DC are great colleagues

    Cons

    Transparency, communication gap, lack of departmental orientation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things done not the dark will eventually see the light.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Association to Continues to Thrive Despite Growing Pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Association full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The Mission of the organization, "The Children’s Hospital Association advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care," is a great one. People can take comfort with the knowledge that they are making an impact on children's health care. The Association is taking great lengths to address the negative feelings of staff by working on a common culture. Senior leadership should be commended for supporting this effort.

    Cons

    While senior leadership embraces culture work for staff, it's not as evident whether they are living the culture work itself. There is still a lack of transparency and communication from CEO is still spotty at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Hopeful

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    Current Employee - Program
    Current Employee - Program

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Association full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Having the mission of assisting and supporting Children's Hospital worldwide of providing quality health care to their patients.

    Cons

    Growing pains of recent merger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay committed to bring the entire staff together as one company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Average Company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital Association full-time

    Pros

    the department I worked for was pretty relaxed
    Great sense of trust from Directors
    Flexible with time off requests
    Healthcare coverage is great

    Cons

    401K is not great
    Low pay
    Company is going through a merger so there are lot of changes happening some good and some not so great.
    It is really hard to move up ladder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop paying thousands of dollars to consultants that have no idea about what really goes on in each department. Better communication with staff. Increase salary and promote within the organization versus hiring external candidate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    How a merger ruined one of the best organizations in healthcare

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital Association full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The mission of the legacy organizations, CHCA and NACHRI, were clear and staff worked toward their goals every day. The combined organization should have made a significant difference by now, but has done little to publicly advance children's health issues.

    Cons

    The organization is being led by a consultant (Mark Wietecha) who acts solely at the whim of the CEOs of the largest children's hospitals. He has demonstrated no ability to collaborate with those on his 'senior team', except for the COO he brought with him from consulting. The culture of both organizations is very defeatist; people who had a passion for the mission now have a job working for leaders with no direction. A former Sr VP from the CHCA organization, who should've retired a few years ago, continues to draw a significant salary while being the lapdog of the CEO. And with at least a half-dozen children's hospital CEOs making over $2 million per year, I'm baffled that more of an uprising has not occurred.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide leadership to your team and be willing to take on the CEOs to do the right thing, rather than doing their bidding. The ruination of two great organizations might've been worth it if something positive came from the merger - sadly, nothing positive has happened and the true workers, at both of the organizations and within the member hospitals, are the ones who have lost the most.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital Association full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great culture
    Opportunity to learn
    Has a wonderful mission
    Great office space
    Employees want to do their best and excel

    Cons

    Many goals, not focused enough at times
    No clear path for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    mid-merger & needs direction, but a wonderful company, fantastic mission, killer benefits

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Director in Overland Park, KS

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Association

    Pros

    - outstanding mission that is obviously very important to everyone who works here
    - opportunities to contribute to work that really matters in the lives of sick children and their families and the people who take care of them at the nation's most prominent children's hospitals
    - benefits package that can't be beat
    - 2 weeks paid vacation plus holidays and 3 personal days a year from the start, can roll over
    - 10 paid sick days annually, can roll over
    - comfortable office environment, ample free parking, central location
    - management cares about employees
    - formal annual review process and opportunities to earn annual performance-based bonus
    - strong mid-level leadership

    Cons

    - currently in the middle of a merger/name change with a new CEO who has yet to really LEAD
    - pains of combining two campuses in cities hundreds of miles from one another
    - drawn out merger process that seems like a gauntlet at times
    - tendency to allow ineffective employees to languish because the culture is too nice to show them the door
    - great benefits package: yes, it can be a con when it is good enough to make the bad apples stick around when we all wish they'd just leave already
    - often slow to innovate or embrace change, though it's getting better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set some expectations, put out a directive with regard to the merged entity, put an end to the painful "work streams" and get back to the business of being a fantastic resource for our members. Don't settle for appeasing to the lowest common denominator mentality that I fear may be coming with an association-based model.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Shawnee, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Association

    Pros

    Strong work and life balance
    Opportunity to learn and expand knowledge
    Good culture
    Strong benefit package
    Great office space and parking

    Cons

    Child Health Corporation of America has many different directions and missions to accomplish. At times, it was difficult to know which priorities should be tackled first.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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