Photo Caption: For the fifth consecutive time in 2020, LVHN’s Lehigh Valley-based hospitals and services achieved Magnet® designation, the highest honor for nursing excellence. Worldwide, only 23 hospital have earned this distinction five times.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful on everyone, especially health care professionals. For more than one year, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and others have been heroically providing patient care on the front lines while selflessly putting themselves in harm’s way.
Amid the challenges and struggles of a global health crisis, the health care professionals at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) have been doing more than providing the care our community needs. They also have been strengthening a work culture in which colleagues trust in and care for one another during these most demanding times. As a result, LVHN has been named a 2021 Best Workplace in Health Care and Biopharma by Fortune.
“Our colleagues are dedicated to providing amazing care every day, even during the most challenging circumstances,” says Lynn Turner, LVHN Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “This inspires us to continue building a culture that truly cares for them so they can have the best possible work experience from hire to retire.”
Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, polled more than 825,000 employees in the health care and biopharma industry to learn exactly what makes certain health care organizations the best places to work and deserving of being on Fortune’s list. LVHN’s culture of trust – and the positive things colleagues said about working at the health network when surveyed – align perfectly with what makes a great workplace.
During the pandemic, LVHN provided support to colleagues in a variety of ways. Child and elder care resources, flexible scheduling, additional “wellness time” off, and the ability to rollover extra paid time off (PTO) or donate PTO to colleagues in need helped LVHN’s health care professionals cope with the stresses of a pandemic.
LVHN also provides numerous other benefits and opportunities that contributed to its position on the Fortune list. These include:
- LVHN’s Action Against Racism and Advancing Equity Council, which offers forums for colleagues to share experiences and thoughts on diversity and inclusion.
- My Total Health, LVHN’s comprehensive health and wellness program for colleagues, features health coaching sessions, action plans to tackle wellness goals, online classes in mindfulness, incentives to participate in wellness activities, free membership to LVHN Fitness centers and more.
“Facing the daunting challenges of a pandemic, our colleagues stabilized our health network and furthered our mission to heal, comfort, and care for the people of our community,” says Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, LVHN. “Their perseverance will allow LVHN to continue to grow and add new members to our team, giving the people of our community even more convenient access to the quality care they need, expect and deserve. I truly believe our colleagues are heroes. They saved the day.”
Learn more about LVHN’s culture and career opportunities at LVHN.org/careers.