What a decade of recognition means to us

e’ve been pretty happy at Houston Methodist the past few days, ever since we learned our company has been ranked – for the 10th year in a row – by FORTUNE magazine among its “100 Best Companies To Work For.”

At the moment it’s just a big deal inside our own company, and in the three other Houston companies that also earned the distinction for 2015. But in coming weeks and months you’ll likely hear more about this distinguished list because ultimately, this is also a big deal for everyone.

It’s a pretty serious process to get on the FORTUNE list. The company polls employees about their opinions on a number of workplace issues like compensation, fairness, opportunities for advancement, and if they like their boss and their jobs. Once they get an idea how employees feel about working at a company, the auditors look at a company’s culture: the workplace atmosphere created by the people working there.

As a company, we have agreed to live and work by a set of values we call I CARE. Click To Tweet

Houston Methodist has always worked hard to create an environment that brings out the best in our employees. We want Houston Methodist to be a place that supports our employees both on and off the job by encouraging healthy behaviors and striving to balance work and life.

As a company, we have agreed to live and work by a set of values we call I CARE – an acronym for integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence. We pack our I CARE values like our lunch kits, and we share them with our patients and visitors every chance we get.

We believe that’s a key to making our hospitals and care centers great workplaces. In other words, we believe very deeply in what we do and that’s why we like working at Houston Methodist.

We live by our I CARE values – an acronym for integrity, compassion, accountability, respect & excellence. Click To Tweet

As I said, it’s a big deal to all of us who work here. But what does it have to do with you?

In fact, it’s all about you – our patients. When you come to one of our hospitals for medical treatment, we know you want the best care possible. And you will get that, as long we have employees who enjoy their work and are willing to give their best effort.

One person who’s seen it in action is Peggy Obert-Voitik, worked as a long-term care nurse and nursing home administrator in Illinois before she relocated to Texas last summer.

Shortly after moving here, she required medical treatment and hospitalization at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital. “I’ve been a nurse for a while … I’ve seen a lot,” she says, “so I kind of had my guard up.”

But instead she encountered friendly, always pleasant caregivers. “People were tending to me every hour … I never once had to wait for anything I needed. Everyone was always pleasant, always willing to make sure I had the answers to all my questions,” Peggy recalls.

“I was extremely, pleasantly surprised,” she adds. “It was certainly not my typical hospital experience.”

After her discharge, Peggy went home and logged on to the internet to look for an open position for a skilled, long-term care nurse at Houston Methodist San Jacinto as a result of the great care she received.

Now Peggy Obert-Voitik, RN, is MDS coordinator for the Skilled Nursing Facility at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, a job she’s had since September of last year. She says she’s happy to be here.

Like Peggy, everyone at Houston Methodist is inspired and energized by our work at one of the “100 Best Companies To Work For.” For the past 10 years, we’ve been happy to be there.