Five reasons to work for a large health organization
When it comes to health care, the larger the organization, the more systems are afforded the opportunity to invest in people, patients and the community.
As the largest nonprofit health care provider in the Greater Seattle area, Swedish Health Services has 13,000+ caregivers (employees), five main hospital campuses, two ambulatory care centers and 100+ primary care and specialty clinics.
Here are five reasons to work for our large health organization:
- National reputation: The larger the health system or hospital, the more likely it is to rank nationally. In fact, Swedish is consistently named the area’s best hospital by Healthgrades and US News and World Report, with the best doctors, nurses and overall care in a variety of specialty areas. And, Swedish is nationally recognized with an A in Hospital Safety by Leapfrog. Since 1910, Swedish has been the area’s hallmark for excellence in hospitals and health care. Our guiding principle, “Being the best,” has enabled Swedish to continue to provide the highest-quality care to everyone we serve. Learn more about our pillars of excellence >
- Connected: Many large health systems have invested in more than just their hospitals and clinics, they are invested in their communities. As a not-for-profit organization, Swedish is committed to using resources to nurture and contribute to the health of our region. Our Volunteers in Partnership Program helps match caregivers with volunteer opportunities that support our communities. We attract like-minded caregivers to join our team and give back, whether that means supporting young adults or the disabled, reaching out to victims of violence or substance abuse or breaking down language barriers. Our caregivers are deeply committed to caring for our communities—that’s part of what our brand expression “Health for Good” means to us.
- Supportive: Larger health systems have more team members you can lean on to help you learn and grow, offering a variety of opinions and perspectives as you fine tune your skills. Here, supporting our caregivers is of utmost importance. Our multidisciplinary teams offer a true collaborative environment where everyone’s contributions and ideas are valued and appreciated. Caregivers are also given unparalleled opportunities for professional growth from tuition assistance and our Nurse Resident and Fellows Program to professional advancement programs that allow caregivers to reach their full potential.
- Benefits: Large health systems can offer better benefits than smaller ones. Swedish offers best-in-class medical, dental and vision benefits, wellness benefits like health assessments and personal coaching, incentives for participation in healthy activities, as well as a Caregiver Assistance Program offering work/life services, resources and expertise.
- Stability and flexibility: Rural and independent hospitals may struggle to stay afloat with consolidation creating concerns over job stability. Larger health systems not only offer greater stability, but they are more likely to offer a variety of shifts and the ability to relocate or even transition to a different specialty within the same organization. This creates opportunities for caregivers to advance their careers and find a location and role that is just right for them. And, large organizations can help caregivers move beyond clinical practice, promoting them into management and administrative positions.
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