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Women’s Healthcare Associates Ranks Fourth among ‘Top Workplaces’ Mid-sized Companies

Sep 17, 2012

Top Workplaces 2012On Thursday, September 13th, Women’s Healthcare Associates was named to The Oregonian’s 2012 list of Top Workplaces. Sixty Oregon and Southwest Washington companies were selected from 111 companies surveyed, including more than 16,000 individual responses. Women’s Healthcare Associates ranked 4th on the list of top mid-sized companies, defined as having 150 to 499 employees.

All employees were invited to respond to the survey, which was conducted in May by the firm WorkplaceDynamics, LLP. The survey came seven months after the merger of Women’s Clinic, PC, Women’s Health Center of Oregon, PC and Women’s Healthcare Associates, LLC. “To say that mergers can be disconcerting is an understatement,” says company President Damon Warhus, MD, “we’ve had our share of challenges. But everyone is working together to make sure that the company we’re becoming represents the strongest characteristics of the three companies we were. This honor means we’re on the right track. It’s taken the hard work of many people to get here.”

Women’s Healthcare Associates was nominated to participate in the survey by an employee, Pamela Keil, from one of the organizations who took on the Women’s Healthcare Associates name in the merger. “For me, the merger was, and still is, exciting,” says Keil, who is a manager in the Oregon City location. “Being part of a larger organization means more opportunities, both for individuals and the company overall.”

Employees measured the company on six factors ranging from pay and benefits to career opportunities, values and confidence in leadership. Women’s Healthcare Associates ranked, on average, 17% higher than the median for other physician’s practices surveyed by WorkplaceDynamics across the country.

Some of the highest scores were given in the categories of “Direction,” which measures factors related to ethics, values, leadership and responsiveness to the external environment, and “Management,” which measures the one-on-one relationships and support employees feel from their direct managers.

“It’s gratifying to see some of the things we work so hard on reflected positively in the comments of our employees,” says CEO Brian Kelly, “we also received feedback in areas we know we need to continue to work on, and that will be very helpful to us moving forward.”

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