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Lucky No. 7: Hospital earns honor


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For the seventh time in nine years, Columbus Regional Health has been recognized as one of the best places to work in the state by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Columbus Regional joined 16 others in the category for companies with 1,000 or more employees and is one of just four hospitals on the list of 100 top companies. The hospital, which is a member of the state chamber, also was named one of the state’s top places to work from 2006 to 2011.

The top companies in the state were determined through employer reports and employee surveys, according to the state chamber. The Best Companies Group, which handled the selection process, oversees similar programs in 21 other states.

This year saw the largest number of applicants ever for the program, said Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO of the state chamber.

“We have a lot of great employers in Indiana that are providing a productive, employee-friendly work environment that also leads to success for the organization,” Brinegar said.

Jim Bickel, Columbus Regional Hospital’s president and CEO, said there’s a pretty simple reason the hospital has been consistently recognized through the program.

“We have a set of core values at Columbus Regional Health as an organization,” Bickel said. “We really value our workforce. We work hard every day and are always striving to create a best-place-to-work type of environment.”

Bickel said the 97-year-old hospital’s 1,600-plus employees are an engaged and satisfied workforce, which is vital to providing the best possible patient care.

“The two work hand-in-hand,” he said.

Columbus Regional, at 2400 17th St., also earned Hall of Fame designation from the state chamber because of its seven years of recognition. The honor is reserved for companies recognized at least six times since the program began in 2006. Twenty-three companies have earned Hall of Fame designation.

Other hospitals earning recognition among Indiana’s best places to work were Hancock Regional in Greenfield, Hendricks Regional Health in Danville and Union Hospital in Terre Haute.

All companies that participated in the 2014 Best Places to Work program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees. In turn, this report can be used in developing or enhancing employee retention and recruitment programs.

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