Swedish Medical Center - Laboratory staffing dangerously low....Admin. aware with NO CHANGES to address this.... | Glassdoor
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    "Laboratory staffing dangerously low....Admin. aware with NO CHANGES to address this...."

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    Always quite busy, shift goes fast. The transition to being managed by Quest Laboratory is seemingly accomplished after several years.. Long term laboratory employees really help stabilize the team with expertise and now have wildly fluctuating start times to compensate for reduced staff/increased workload at all benches; a situation that corporate number crunching has produced. Butterfly usage is not limited. HCA...

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    Cons

    Meditech is wasteful of our time. Time where every move is being monitored, productivity demands are unrealistic, ever-increasing, and ever stressful to many. Staffing is ridiculously low...and you are making huge profits on the backs of your people. Literally. Phlebs are being worked to death, several are out with serious medical issues and you provide NO real solutions. Turnover at all time high, with management...

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    Advice to Management

    Remember what it's like to be in the trenches, on the benches!! Have some backbone when it comes to staffing needs for your people. Show us with your patterns of behavior that you understand our concerns and needs and will actively advocate for Real solutions. Hang out on the bench sometime if you forgot what it's like...and...workload is even heavier than what it used to be....day after day...with little hope of change...

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    Swedish Medical Center2019-01-02

    Swedish Medical Center Response

    January 14, 2019VP, Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. Employee voice and patient safety are of the utmost importance to us at Swedish Medical Center. We have shared your concerns with department and executive leadership to review and address the needs of the department.

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "assistant director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    great mission, people, transparency, family, visibility

    Cons

    navigating the campus and parking is not the best

    Advice to Management

    continue visibility and communication and great leadership

    Swedish Medical Center2018-12-10

    Swedish Medical Center Response

    January 14, 2019VP, Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. Employee voice is of the utmost importance to us at Swedish Medical Center. We thank you for your support of the hospital and the patients we serve.

  2. "Overworked, stressed-out lab"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, stock options, and 401k matching. There are some long term employees in the lab with a lot of valuable experience and knowledge. Phlebotomy supplies are well stocked. Employees are welcome to share their thoughts during meetings and on surveys. Management tries to fix issues that they can (their hands are tied though). Tyler H (corporate) has pushed for real changes to help us.

    Cons

    The productivity standards (which the lab doesn't control) are unrealistic and often dangerous. We're told the lab is "fully staffed" but routinely only have two phlebotomists/lab assistants per shift on evenings and nights. This is half of what is truly needed (they have other duties on top of drawing!) and causes the nurses and doctors to become angry with the lab, which increases already sky high stress levels....

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    Advice to Management

    Understand the importance of the lab in patient care. We are the phlebotomists drawing good patient samples to eliminate preanalytical errors. We are the technologists and scientists who run and interpret complex tests (none of us has a license in 'button-pushing'). Our results are almost always necessary for caregivers to diagnose and treat patients. There is a shortage in this field and you are losing good employees...

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    Swedish Medical Center2019-05-05

    Swedish Medical Center Response

    May 13, 2019VP, Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. Employee voice and patient safety are of the utmost importance to us at Swedish Medical Center. We have shared your concerns with department and executive leadership to review and address the needs of the department. You will hear feedback from your department ...

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