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Takoma Wins Great Gallup Workplace Award

Adventist Health System, which is comprised of 43 hospital campuses including Takoma Regional Hospital, has received the 2011 Gallup Great Workplace Award.

“This award recognizes AHS  as having one of the best-performing workplaces in the world, and we at Takoma are happy to share in this award,” Daniel Wolcott, the hospital’s president and CEO, said. “Takoma’s nearly 500 associates are dedicated to restoring and promoting wellness in our community. As part of nearly 55,000 other AHS employees across the country, they work each day to offer health, hope and healing to our patients.”

AHS received the award at the 2011 Gallup Summit in Omaha, Nebraska, in mid-May. Takoma recently was presented with a framed lithograph of the award, which is being placed on a wall near the hospital’s elevators on the first floor.

The Gallup Great Workplace Award is based on the most rigorous workplace research ever conducted, according to Jack Lister, Takoma’s director of human resources.

“A panel of workplace experts evaluated the award-winning organizations,” Lister said. “AHS is one of only 29 companies worldwide, who won the award. We were selected because our employee engagement results demonstrate that we have one of the most productive and engaged workforces in the world.”

Added Donald L. Jernigan, president and CEO of Adventist Health System: “We place a tremendous value on our employees; they are our most important asset. We will continue to focus on creating and maintaining an environment where employees are engaged, fulfilled and focused on the mission of ‘extending the healing ministry of Christ.’ As a result, our patients and communities benefit from their dedication and commitment to excellence.”

Lister agreed that happy and engaged employees are the foundation of great patient care.

“Takoma’s vision to be the best place to work, practice medicine and receive care is becoming a reality,” he said. “This Gallup award -- coupled with being voted the ‘best place to work,’ ‘best hospital’ and  ‘most community-involved business’ for the past three years in the Greeneville Sun’s ‘People’s Choice’ contest – is confirmation of the progress we have made toward our vision.”