Health Management Associates Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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Health Management Associates President, CEO, and Director Gary D. Newsome
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Pros
  • a lot of hard working staff and leadership team members (in 4 reviews)

  • Local regular lower ranking folks (including most managers) are "good-people" just trying to work and make a living (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Yet no pay raise for the last 2 or 3 years due to company wide policy of no raises due to budget concerns (in 4 reviews)

  • Very high turnover of personal, due to lack of vision and stability in management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Fellow employees are great, middle management tries hard, upper management only cares about their bonuses

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winder, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winder, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are wonderful and most truly care about taking good care of the patients. Variety of a la carte benefits are offered.

    Cons

    Corporate is cheap Too many silly little rules that make patient care impossible Always short staffed because people get frustrated with policies and quit Ugly surroundings Cater to doctors but don't care about the staff Old equipment, have to make due

    Advice to Management

    Instead of giving management bonuses, spend the money on really fixing problems at the patient care level. Stop making us cater to the frequent flyers and drug seekers, they won't pay their bill anyway!


  2. Helpful (4)

    This company has no appreciation or respect for their employees, management is terrible.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naples, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naples, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I like my coworkers, we have a great group of hardworking, conscientious people who really care about doing a good job. Most of the doctors are pretty great as well.

    Cons

    The directors and upper management staff demonstrate no concern or appreciation for their employees. They constantly push for more and more profit and seem to only care about making money for themselves and getting big bonuses. Patients are basically a commodity to the nonclinical managers at HMA to be used as a source of revenue. The only priority at this "health management" company is money! There is a high turnover of employees for good reason.

    Advice to Management

    I would ask for management to take a good look at their priorities and stop to consider the employees who work very hard but get treated so badly! Stop touting that "Getting 2 Great" slogan and actually do right by your employees for a change! Stop giving huge bonuses to managers who only look good because of someone else's work.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Do not work here if you can help it

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Health Management Associates full-time

    Pros

    Will take new grads 70 hospitals nationwide and opportunities to transfer

    Cons

    Unloyal to employees Poor patient care/reputation Dangerously low staffing levels High turnover Do not incentivize education opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the associates and the future. No quarter to quarter numbers and promotions for upper management. Practice what you preach


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Poor Management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registration in Amory, MS
    Current Employee - Registration in Amory, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Health Management Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I work with some really great people in some of the departments. I love working with patients and taking care of their needs.

    Cons

    This hospital is run by management who care about the all mighty dollar. My job title is one title description, however I work 4 different jobs for the price of one. I am doing jobs that nurses should be doing and not registration. Upper management does not care about their employees-we work with poor equipment that only works half the time, one raise in the 4 years I have been here, and the employees who do hard a job do not get recognized. They changed our ins plan from cigna, which was decent, to humana where premiums went up, then they tell us to take the lesser plan because we will save money, but if you look at it, by doing so, you will benefiting them because HMA is out less money on deductibles and oop expense. Hours are constantly being cut, but they expect you to do a 40-50 hour week job in 32 hours or so which leave employees disgruntled ergo effects patient care. We have lost many good and valuable employees because of policy changes, poor management, and no offering of competitive wages. I was so proud when I first started to work for a HMA hospital, but when I here patients complain of the care and the quality of our hospital, I just hang my head.

    Advice to Management

    The programs upper management creates like getting to great, actually follow that slogan. Hire management that cares and listens to employee input. Invest in some new equipment and tell your employees what a good job they are doing. I know if I was told every now and then what a great job I was doing or I meant something to this company, doing 4 jobs for the price of one and the lack of a raise wouldn't hurt so bad. Invest, invest, invest....Invest in your employees and hospital to give the best service possibe then you would see more productivity out of your employees and happier patients. Give us an incentive to want to come to work and actually happy to be here....


  6. Helpful (3)

    Once proud Employee.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naples, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naples, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Health Management Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful building on exterior. Most co-workers hard working.

    Cons

    Ugly, ruthless management only concerned with how well they look. The little guy has no importance. No loyalty to staff. Frequent turnover. Little direction, high expectations. They ask the impossible of employees. The almighty dollar is more important than quality care. Quantity versus quality. $$$$$$

    Advice to Management

    Recognize quality workers who want nothing but to do a good job.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Broken promises

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Health Management Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of good people work there

    Cons

    They make a lot of promises they don't keep. Employees can work there for years without getting a raise. No one takes ownership. The employees and doctors aren't important to the company. They make promises to doctors to get them to sign contracts and then do not follow through.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up a realize that your employees are your business. If you treat employees good, they'll treat your patients good. You'll never get better patient or employee satisfaction scores until you learn to care about the people.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Poor experience in every way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Health Management Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Besides the fact that I am resigning? Generally, the worker bee level employees are very good to work with and care about each other. Because there are a lot of hospitals run by them, you can transfer - IF they feel like letting you.

    Cons

    Not enough room or time to give a complete report, but the biggest con is that the sole purpose for this company's existence is to make money, hand over fist. Fortune 500 Company where money matters, and corners are cut at the patient level so the stock stays profitable and the executives look good on paper. Having also been a patient, care was frequently non-existent and/or unsafe due to extremely poor staffing. Department directors found out they were being fired by finding an advertisement online for their position. This company has absolutely NO morals or ethics. Insurance is expensive and horrible. Retirement plan is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Take a college level ethics course, pay attention in class and learn a few new things, and quit bullying and abusing your employees. Hopefully Community Health Systems will come in and clean house. Maybe the takeover will be a positive thing for employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Poorly managed at every level.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    None. Don't waste your skills with them.

    Cons

    Terrible planning and budgeting. Ridiculous information systems. They cannot access the data needed to make straightforward business decisions. When they fail to meet their ludicrous budgets they "solve" the problem by laying off staff-- but they never seem to lay off the bozos that budgeted badly in the first place.


  10. Helpful (4)

    A ship without a rudder.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Health Management Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's like living with abusive parents. One minute they are loving you, the next beating you to a pulp.

    Cons

    This company was akin to 1980s Russia, the tanks are rusting in the street.

    Advice to Management

    Orange is the new black.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Stay far, far away!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chester, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Health Management Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Local employees are wonderful, was just bought out by CHS, community health systems. Managers are pretty good. The nurse managers need to retire, been doing it too long. The other managers are still pretty good.

    Cons

    Cutting hours, not enough staff in any department. CEO is very strange and negative. CFO not in touch with needs. Pay is not great either. Don't value employees.



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