Deborah Heart and Lung Center

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Deborah Heart and Lung Center Reviews

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
7 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A lot of people have been here for a very long time, which shows that it is a good place to work. The salary and benefits are comparable. They try to take care of their employees. It makes your proud to work here supporting their mission.

    Cons

    Lots of nepotism, politics and lack of education support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please help support educational opportunities in the form of conferences and other CEUs. It makes it a lot easier to maintain licenses and certifications and gives us more confidence in what we are doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  2.  

    Good place to start your career but not to stay for the long term.

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    Current Employee - Sterile Processing Technician  in  Browns Mills, NJ
    Current Employee - Sterile Processing Technician in Browns Mills, NJ

    Pros

    A lot of good people work here. You have your individuals in every organization but overall people are friendly. There isn't a union but you have to really, really, mess up bad in order to get fired. Tuition assistance is provided and they pay it directly to you before your classes begin...much better than a reimbursement. Just maintain a 'C' average or higher or else you'll have to repay the tuition. (you can pay back little by little each check though) Benefits used to be VERY good from free and low cost health coverage, free lunch, and many others that made up for the low pay. Every hospital/organization has cut back on benefits but Deborah hasn't caught up with them on pay. This is on almost all levels/positions. It's great to come and get great experience and work with great people but if you're looking to for more pay and or/advancement this is not the place to stay.

    Cons

    Low pay. If you live nearby it may not be too bad as the higher paying jobs are further away but all in all the pay is still low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage stellar performance by providing monetary bonuses.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to learn

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    Current Employee - Patient Care Tech  in  Browns Mills, NJ
    Current Employee - Patient Care Tech in Browns Mills, NJ

    Pros

    This is a great job for someone wanting to learn. The many different departments offer a wide variety of experiances. The staff is happy and makes for a good working enviroment.

    Cons

    The salary is terrible. All staff is paid less than many other jobs of the same nature with less specialization. The waiting period to get hired is also terrible. Sometimes the inter-departmental politics can be a bit much.

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  5.  

    Great job at a great organization

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    Former Employee - Lead Service Attendant  in  Browns Mills, NJ
    Former Employee - Lead Service Attendant in Browns Mills, NJ

    Pros

    Non profit organization, great employees, like a big family, great pay. Employee perks such as dinners and lunches. Parties, and great recognition for job done and achievements. Tenure gains even better perks. A great place to work over-all. They never charge a patient, only their insurance, and if they have no insurance, it's all free for them.

    Cons

    None really, other than the occasional pay raise freeze due to it being a non profit organization and relying on contributions, donations and payments from insurance providers.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Unit Secretary  in  Browns Mills, NJ
    Former Employee - Unit Secretary in Browns Mills, NJ

    Pros

    Efficient training, good salary , great team work,

    Cons

    Some areas had communication issues

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    DEBORAH still has it's priorities right - Top Quality Care first and foremost!

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Browns Mills, NJ
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Browns Mills, NJ

    Pros

    DEBORAH is a hospital that "gets it". The quality of patient care and satisfaction of the patient and their families are still the top priority. All outside rating firms rank DEBORAH at or among the top in the country for cardiac, pulmonary and vascular care. In spite of the financial difficulties associated with hospitals in New Jersey, DEBORAH hasn't wavered on this.
    The Mission of DEBORAH is also very unique, and gives us all a very positive feeling that what we do really matters!
    Working at DEBORAH is great. There's very much a feeling of "family". Even when difficult decisions need to be made, the Administration really seems to care about staff, and works to do what they have to do in a way that is most fair to staff. We all help each other out, and take pride in doing a great job. I would highly recommend DEBORAH as a place to work.

    Cons

    It's unique Mission makes the financial challenges difficult to deal with. We have had some cut-backs, but they were done in a fair and humane way. Staffing is still much better than most hospitals I've worked at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you.

    Recommends
  8.  

    May want to wait for conditions to improve before applying here. Hopefully the upswing will be soon.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nursing Assistant  in  Browns Mills, NJ
    Current Employee - Nursing Assistant in Browns Mills, NJ

    Pros

    The hospital is known as a charitable hospital, never billing patients and operating off donations and what insurance pays only. It is a small enough facility that you can feel as though you are really able to attend to your patients' needs. The majority of the staff is truly dedicated to their work and their patients, and much of the staff exhibit strong loyalty and have been employed by Deborah for decades. Tuition assistance and repayment are available for related fields of study, and educational advancement is encouraged. Though termination of employment "for any reason" is a reserved right by the organization, arbitrary firings do not occur. Scheduling is typically flexible for shiftworkers. 32 hours per week is considered full time and eligible for benefits. The benefits package is very good. A new wing of single patient rooms is under construction.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is poor, and apparent recent mismanagement of funds is causing massive layoffs. Wages are low in comparison to surrounding hospitals, raises are capped at a mere 30 cents per year possible - and rarely is the entire 30 cent raise awarded. This year there were no raises whatsoever. There are fears that Deborah is a "sinking ship". Billboards, other advertising, and various strategies to enhance patient census are being employed, however, and there is hope for a recovery. Many NJ hospitals are facing money issues at this time, however, due to recent funding cuts by state government. We're all facing recession, the question is who will last - hopefully DHLC will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire immediately. Firm policies and operating procedures must be set in place for everything from supply levels to billing to scope of practice of different level employees. More multiskilled technicians on all floors could offset the current very high work stress on the nurses - and more skills should be taught to these workers for their best utilization. Examples are venipuncture and IV insertion, ability to enter orders into the computer system, initial patient admission interview, etc. At the current high census requirement for nurses, safe nursing becomes difficult and customer oriented nursing is next to impossible. A "deal with it" attitude on the part of management is exactly wrong. Because of the age and length of employment of some managers and employees, change is overtly avoided - but it must come or the hospital must fail to function. Outsourcing work is backward, and much of what is outsourced can be done by trained personnel cheaply, so long as those personnel are trained properly and are up to the task. Keeping people employed who are unwilling to efficiently perform or learn to update to current methods across the country must be eliminated - not kept simply for sentiment or seniority. Major layoffs of lower-paid personnel to save the jobs of a few higher paid managers is the opposite of how to handle this situation. One unnecessary management position elimination could save several of your worker bees, who you will need desperately if and when your patient census picks up. And when you don't have them, customer satisfaction will be terribly low no matter how nice the new rooms are. In addition, eliminating inpatient pediatrics was in all likelihood a giant step backward financially. You're looking in all the wrong areas to save money. It amounts to nitpicking, you need a management amputation - all these positions created for people to sit around and look busy simply because they've been there a long time... and you're encouraging your active floor nurses to retire early? Madness.

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