Deborah Heart and Lung Center

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Updated Jul 24, 2014

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA 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.

    ConsLots of nepotism, politics and lack of education support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Sterile Processing Technician (Current Employee) Browns Mills, NJ

    ProsA 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.

    ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementEncourage stellar performance by providing monetary bonuses.

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    Great place to learn

    Patient Care Tech (Current Employee) Browns Mills, NJ

    ProsThis 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.

    ConsThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great job at a great organization

    Lead Service Attendant (Former Employee) Browns Mills, NJ

    ProsNon 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.

    ConsNone 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Great place to work

    Unit Secretary (Former Employee) Browns Mills, NJ

    ProsEfficient training, good salary , great team work,

    ConsSome areas had communication issues

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Registered Nurse (Current Employee) Browns Mills, NJ

    ProsDEBORAH 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.

    ConsIt'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 Senior ManagementThank you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Nursing Assistant (Current Employee) Browns Mills, NJ

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementRetire 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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