Legacy Health System

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professionally fulfilling

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Legacy Health System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional relationships, recognition of nursing's contribution is improving, opportunity to work with different disciplines, helping to make positive changes in patient's recovery from illness,

    Cons

    Unit budgets do not allow for real continuing education in nursing, just education to support hospital or system initiatives so leadership will meet quality goals and qualitfy for "merit" bonus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No medical insurance , no PTO for 3 months, must work 7 hrs/day to qualify when they don't give you the hours

    Former Employee - COTA/L in Roxboro, NC
    Former Employee - COTA/L in Roxboro, NC

    I worked at Legacy Health System part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay. I had to travel for 30 miles to a po-dunk town for work

    Cons

    Very religious- Played Christian music during work day- Quoted the "verse of the day " from the Bible in the am- Too far to travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin PTO and medical insurance on day 1

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Legacy is a top down managed health facility with little involvement from front line workers.

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    Current Employee - Staff Nurse (RN) in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse (RN) in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Legacy Health System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great location, nice facilities, great physicians

    Cons

    lack of collaboration, top down management style, little room for front line workers to make a difference, knee jerk responses to changes in healthcare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include front line workers in your decision making. Handing information down from the top to a lackluster middle management is not effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Uneven Leadership Maintains Organizational Norms that are Unsustainable in an Era of Healthcare Transformation

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    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Legacy Health System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1.) George Brown is a great leader, probably the best among the major systems in our region.
    2.) As an employee, you can be proud of the quality of care provided at Legacy sites, which is as high or higher than the other systems in our region.
    3.) More than the other healthcare systems, Legacy promotes an ethos of "doing the right thing" and does as good a job as any large organization can do to abide by it. Their commitment to diversity is exemplified in many ways, most notably through the presence of an African American man in the CEO position. There is also a strong commitment to healthcare literacy.
    4.) Pay, at least for certain classes of administrative functions, is highly competitive. (but see "con" #4, below)
    5.) Legacy is the largest provider of unreimbursed care in our region--evidence of a genuine commitment to the underserved. Hence, they deserve the classification of "non-profit" that many other health systems in our country don't.

    Cons

    1.) Weak links among the senior and executive leadership teams, and too much internal bickering within their ranks.
    2. ) Initially, the presence of so many longterm employees at Legacy may seem a good sign--however, it is both a cause of inertia and an outcome of tolerance for mediocrity.
    3.) When faced with organizational issues, Legacy too often takes a "try to make everybody happy" approach, rather than making smart business decisions.
    4.) Poor HR policies that, again, strive to be "fair," rather than rewarding excellence. So Instead of "pay for performance, Legacy claims to extend "the same" percentage pay raise to all employees, except this is not true: everybody gets the same percentage raise, based on the midpoint of their position''s pay range. This means if you were hired near the top of your pay range (due to good qualifications), you actually receive a lesser raise than those whose pay is at the lower end. Frustration with lack of reward leads to Legacy losing talented employees while retaining mediocre ones.
    5. ) Benefits not on par with other health systems. Most notably, there is no paid holiday. Instead, holidays are deducted from employees' bank of earned vacation days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1.) Stop trying to rule by committee. Instead, make tough management decisions that are based on financial acumen.
    2.) Invest in outside consultants to come in and take a hard look at reforming outdated systems, policies and procedures. (Hunter Group is legendary for this within healthcare. I understand they have been bought out by Navigant, which may still provide that same service.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointment

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    Former Employee - Safety Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Safety Analyst in Portland, OR

    I worked at Legacy Health System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful "family" of co-workers. Great health care system.

    Cons

    Known for mass layoffs. Budgeting strategy to maintain competition is harmful to current employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Legacy Health System

    Pros

    they are devoted to excellence. They deliver outstanding services. They are committed to the local community. They believe in what they do

    Cons

    West coast is not optimal as location for researchers do to the bad connectivity of the region. Average salaries are just in the normal range.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing to advice to them, they perform excellent work in the way they are doing now. Any employe at Legacy is satisfied of our managment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Legacy is filled with some truly wonderful professionals, but it is struggling for footing in today's health care world.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Legacy Health System

    Pros

    Legacy Health has a laudable mission, many dedicated and highly skilled professionals, and a desire to do the right thing in the community. Amazing work happens within the hospital walls every day. The quality of medical care and human caring is high.

    Cons

    Something is off balance about the system's culture. Perhaps it is the result of trying to knit together six hospitals that, in some senses, compete against each other for limited resources. Yet all the hospitals and system office staff are supposed to work together as one unified family. The organization has not yet found a way to make it work. The culture and leadership can be excellent at the hospital level, however, so your job satisfaction can really depend on the site you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more nimble. Be better at recognizing your talent and giving talented employees new opportunities and appropriate pay. Take at look at your executives: Do they have the leadership skills the system needs? Seek ideas and input from your front-line workers. Take a voluntary pay cut when you are involved in a RIF.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Legacy Health System

    Pros

    diverse working environment and medical experience

    Cons

    administrative bureaucracy , lots of new construction

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a job. Salary is competitive, work is interesting, but not a place for professional growth.

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    Current Employee - IT Professional in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Legacy Health System

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, interesting projects, friendly work atmosphere. Legacy really does care about the community and provides more than it's share of uninsured/charity care.

    Cons

    Support for career development is non-existent. Little opportunity for advancement. Training of IT personnel and users of the system is done at initial implementation, but little if any training in subsequent years or after system upgrades.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people instead of consultants. Training is woefully inadequate, is mostly on-the-job or by the person leaving the position. Workflows and business processes are inefficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a job

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Legacy Health System

    Pros

    Provide a good service to community.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement .
    No funds avaialble for training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make funds available for training on something other than Epic.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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