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SAMC Receives Employee Engagement Award from The Advisory Board Company

Local institution honored as a national leader in driving organizational commitment.
Southeast Alabama Medical Center has been awarded The Advisory Board Company’s 2013 Excellence in Engagement Award. The annual award recognizes top-performing hospitals and health systems nationwide for outstanding levels of employee engagement. Winners must also sustain low levels of disengagement.

“This achievement happens when teamwork happens,” says SAMC CEO Ron Owen. “Our engagement means leaders are informing employees of news that is important, we’re creating a culture for more and better feedback from team members, and that we take time to say thank you with recognitions and celebrations.”

“The current uncertainty surrounding healthcare reform is forcing innumerable changes upon organizations, the majority of which directly affect an already overwhelmed workforce,” said Steven Berkow, Executive Director, Research and Insights at The Advisory Board Company. “Employee engagement plays a key role in how effectively each institution navigates this challenge. Our award winners have attained a remarkable achievement as the most successful hospitals in achieving the highest levels of engagement in the face of change while maintaining fewer than 6% disengaged employees.”

Engaged employees, as defined by the Advisory Board, are those who exhibit both loyalty and commitment to the organization. These employees are willing to expend discretionary effort, often going above and beyond to help the organization succeed. The award recognizes SAMC’s commitment to creating a best-in-class work environment for its employees.

SAMC is one of twenty organizations nationwide to receive the award.
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