Columbia St. Mary's

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Columbia St. Mary's Reviews

Updated July 6, 2014
Updated July 6, 2014
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Columbia St. Mary's President & CEO Mark R. Taylor
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  1.  

    Long employment, Many opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinic Staff  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Clinic Staff in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Columbia St. Mary's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Significant opportunity for advancement if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Budget cuts leave sense of unease.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with all levels not just upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Diagnostic Radiology  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Diagnostic Radiology in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Columbia St. Mary's part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The compassionate care givers who continue to stay despite their poor treatment

    Cons

    Poor treatment of employees, incompetent management, low morale, corporate profits above all else, all under the guise of 'catholic' caring. And though they are a completely corporate entity, they jam their catholic morals down employee's throats by not covering birth control and other female related procedures
    Shop around for costs on studies and one will find that Columbia St Mary's is always more expensive and sometimes even up to 100% more expensive on identical procedures performed at many of their competitor's facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the "Passion for Patient Care" tagline and do one that is more truthful like" Bottom Line - All We Care About"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Not dead yet" -- but soon

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    Current Employee - Medical Practitioner  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Medical Practitioner in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Columbia St. Mary's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This was a good but financially struggling hospital twenty years ago. Some of the same people
    work there still.

    Cons

    The modest but honest administration has refashioned itself to be a smaller but equally grubby version of the competition. Their biggest selling point is that they're not the big, bad hospital group, which is true; they're the smaller, disorganized version.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your resignation package and let people who care about medicine run the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid

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    Current Employee - Clinic Staff  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Clinic Staff in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Columbia St. Mary's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Historically a good hospital with a talented staff. Good if not ideal facility. Poor choice of hospital sites.

    Cons

    Shrinking market share. Loss of autonomy to Ascension. Indecisive and disloyal management. Dispirited staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good at the begining then bad after the 3 years.

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    Former Employee - Radiology Technologist  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Radiology Technologist in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Columbia St. Mary's

    Pros

    Some of my co-workers were wonderful. It had that family atmosphere and closness you just can't get at bigger hospitals.

    Cons

    Working at the Milwaukee hopsital campus was tough after they cut staffing to a minimum due to budget cuts. Working with the underinsured and indigent population can be quite trying at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Positive reinforcement is a wonderful thing. Sadly we didn't have much of that. And please keep in mind those surveys that are filled out randomly by patients are more often filled out by people who have had a bad experience at the hopsital.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Healthcare in turmoil challenges career and advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Columbia St. Mary's

    Pros

    Columbia St Mary's is a true leader in local healthcare providing the finest care for the whole patient, both through its clinics and state of the art hospital.

    Cons

    Recent developments in the the healthcare industry have made employment in any healthcare institution risky and a challenge for the career minded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your line employees, those involved in care delivery and solicit thier input.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    You may not have a job soon!

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Columbia St. Mary's

    Pros

    Depends on the unit and shift. I like my co-workers (Night Shift). My unit is special and has a great RN:Pt ratio. Other units scare me (1:9 CVA's at Night!).

    Cons

    Horrible benefits! Won't pay for Birth Control but for Viagra or 15 children I chose to have them! Giving people 48/hr to accept or decline a position to avoid lay offs. Your not given a choice, jobs are not equal. I fear for my future position. Very outdated-equipment, rooms not clean (really scares me).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have I ever met you? Safety, ratios, standards between campuses!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Columbia St Mary's "Core Values" - Fact or Fiction?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Columbia St. Mary's

    Pros

    I you need a job and happen to be employed with one of the few good managers there. The organization is trying to improve communications, quality of care, morale, all within budget and confines of leadership currently in place.

    Cons

    Executive and senior leaderships inability to address the moral, ethical, hierarchical culture keeping the organization from achieving true collaborative success. The outcome of this lack of insight is a frustrated management and staff struggling with the dichotomy of constantly choosing between "doing the right thing - doing the less controversial thing", "provide solutions, ideas, out of the box thinking - be literally told to get back in your box, that's not your job, find zipping your lip and keeping your head down much easier".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive and senior management are very bright and very blind. Seek input those of us who have been in your service, served faithfully this community and organization, and are willing to speak candidly with you. Those who no longer work there may have insights to offer your current employees do not.

    Communication, quality of care, employee moral and respect are not what you want them to be nor where they should be. Not all is being reported; patients don't bother, clinical staff aren't doing it (4 incidences in 3 months told to me, encouraged them to report) and employees don't bother anymore. Consultants don't have the insight, they are outsiders looking in.

    Try contacting some of your past employees, invite them in. Talk to those that have been terminated, had their positions eliminated over the last year or so. These individuals do not have a "contract of employment" at risk when they talk with you and may provide you with some valuable feedback. Albeit you will have to hear the pain of your actions in some of this feedback no doubt, attentive listening may provide current leadership with value information to move forward with.

    The above is a daunting challenge, uncomfortable yet valuable for the organization. If we do not fully understand the outcomes of our actions, we have learned nothing at all. Leadership can only understand the outcomes of their actions (did we really improve morale, communication) if they have well rounded feedback from varied sources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I have had a great time working in the lab.

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Assistant
    Current Employee - Laboratory Assistant

    I have been working at Columbia St. Mary's full-time

    Pros

    Work atmosphere is great, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Poor management skills especially in the lab leadership team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more respectful towards linestaff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not what it was

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia St. Mary's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great history, good quality of care for patients, wonderful facilities, solid payor mix, OB/GYN and Oncology programs are very strong coupled with Regional Burn Unit.

    Cons

    Senior Management Change has led to significant restructuring changes, losses of 2 hospital presidents, 2 EVPs, and many others. Used to offer more opportunities to individuals and the "core value of 'respect for the individual'" seems to have gone out the window. CSM has become more and more "corporate" with Ascension driving much of that change and individuals are not valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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