I have been working at DCH Health System full-time (More than 5 years)
The general belief that patient care is above all things is real and the Administration really tries to keep this mindset in the front of all things. The location is FANTASTIC! Everything you could want... but you can get across town in less than 35 minutes.
The only hospital in town and there is virtually no comprehension outside of the organization as to what industry standards are. While good people, the Administration has failed to keep up in many areas. The pay scales are a very long way from typical for many employees, infrastructure is literally like stepping into 1990, staffing levels are less than "thin", and the documentation system has been customized to "work" when it should not. Some of the mid level management needs to go head and retire or catch up to the 21st century. Providers are allowed to have crap attitudes, in public view, and are treated as if there are not other providers that could be brought on board that do not act like jackasses in the hall. Other hospitals I have been with would have walked some of these people right out the door! Much of the staff and management have literally never been at another facility or area and have not clue one as to how things can be done to create a better environment for employees and patient alike. Nor are they very willing to accept what they see - or even look - at other facilities of equal size.
Advice to Management
Get off the unicorn ride and look at what other health systems are doing. DCH is not "special" in the way that many here would like to think it is. Hire some people!!! Other systems of comparable size are not more specialized and staffed because those hospitals like to write paychecks to people that are not needed... if you are waiting to retire before a big change... then you might consider it sooner than later. Time caught up and needs are real. You cannot expect to not fail goals by talking about what is needed... go get it! DCH falls just short of a good/great place. Literally just short... it could be so much if eyes would open.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at DCH Health System (Tuscaloosa, AL) in May 2016.
Very upfront about the requirements of the job and its requirements. Interview involved a peer group style with questions. Interviewers made eye contact and did not just read from a piece of paper.
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