We received the initial results of the Great Place to Work survey that most of you completed recently. Since 1,320 Allen Health System associates completed the survey, the results can be considered valid and a solid base for exploring ways we can improve. Comparable results of the 100 Best places to work were provided for each question. In looking at how we did compared to the 100 Best, it is encouraging to see that Allen associates scored high and very close to the benchmark for questions related to pride. Clearly people feel good about working at Allen and are proud to tell others they work at Allen. Questions related to fairness also scored relatively high next to the benchmark.
More of an opportunity for improvement was the area of respect. Questions in this section related to management genuinely seeking and responding to ideas and suggestions from you related to your work environment. These scored considerably lower than the benchmark, and results also indicate we could do more to show appreciation for employees who put in extra work and effort.
We will be providing greater detail of the results at Open Forum meetings and will be focusing on development of an action plan to address those areas where we scored lower than benchmark facilities. Your feedback and participation in this survey is much appreciated, and the information is helpful in telling us where to focus our attention.
On a separate note, I want to congratulate Allen College on their recent successful accreditation. They received accreditation for 10 years for both the BSN and MSN degree programs. Allen College was also named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Great work!
Winter Hall Groundbreaking on the Allen College Campus
Carlton and Thelma Winter owned and operated six Ben Franklin stores in Waterloo. They loved their business and their customers, and were quietly charitable throughout their lives. Carlton passed away in 2000 and Thelma in 2008. That might have been the end of the story, but the couple obviously had other plans. In their estate, they left $13 million to area organizations, including a $2 million bequest to Allen College. Their gift, along with more than 600 gifts from other donors and Allen associates has made it possible for us to break ground on the project.
Please join us for the Winter Hall Groundbreaking
Thursday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m.
Allen College Campus
RSVP to Angie Fuller at email@example.com or 319-235-3930 by May 23
||Open House Will Honor Dr. Horrigan
Dr. Tim Horrigan will be honored at an open house on Wednesday, May 25, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Barrett Forum on the Allen College campus. Dr. Horrigan has been in private practice at the Evansdale Family Practice and is moving into his new role as chief medical officer for Allen Hospital. Light refreshments will be served.
||May 16th - 20th was National Ride Your Bike to Work Week. A new bike rack was recently installed under the canopy at Entrance 3. Feel free to lock your bikes up at this location.
Important Information for Second Quarter Associate Forum Schedule
JP Morgan's May Newsletter: The Way Forward
Click here to read how to get financially fit and other important information.
Get Your Money in Order Presentation
Join J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services for a financial education, interactive presentation. Discover steps to take now to help you manage personal finances; attain financial goals and acheive a comfortable retirement: Learn how to:
- Spend less than you earn
- Create a spending plan
- Build an emergency fun
- Pay down your debt
- Set long-term goals
Location is in Meeting Room 5 at 9:00 am and 10:30 am on June 16 and 23.
Retirement Open House
Viv Chestnut will retire after 39 years at Allen Hospital.
Open House - Thursday, June 9
Meeting Room 5
7:30 am - 10:00 am
Inspirational Pause by Chaplain Butch Lewellin
For you and your spirituality, consider this: Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Allen Gift Shop News
Thanks to all Associates who helped to make our Associate Appreciation Days a success!! Congrats to Dora Roeding who was the winner of our Door Prize!
Additional Upcoming Events
May 26 and 27
Scrubs and Beyond
ADDED! June 28
Masquerade $5.00 Jewelry Sale
Click here for Q2 Open Forums June 1-15 schedule. Review the schedule and work with your supervisor to attend in June.