PUBLISHED: 8:07 AM on Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Bartlett celebrates 'National Hospital Week' from May 11-17
America's hospitals are positive, vital places that promote health and well being. That's the message health care facilities across the country are voicing as they celebrate National Hospital Week.

"We want people to understand hospitals are all about healing," says Shawn Morrow, Chief Executive Officer at Bartlett Regional Hospital. "Our focus is very positive. Doctors, nurses and staff have one mission and that's to help people get well."

photo courtesy of Bartlett Regional Hospital
  From left: Kyla Allred, HR Director; Patricia Wherry, HR Assistant; Brooke Scott and Shelly Austin, HR Generalists; and Eric Hotchkiss, HR Recruiter.
Bartlett currently employs approximately 450 active staff in 35 different areas of the facility. Hospitals are often the largest employer in rural communities.

National Hospital Week gives healthcare facilities an opportunity to recognize staff accomplishments and dedication.

Change of perception

Keeping health care in a positive light is part of the tradition of National Hospital Week, a celebration of care that dates back to 1921. That year, a magazine editor in Chicago suggested an annual "open house" for health care where a skeptical public could see firsthand the important work performed inside hospitals. The idea spread across the country and helped change the perception about hospitals from places of illness to places of healing. Today, National Hospital Week is the nation's largest health care celebration.

This year's event is planned for May 11-17. Public activities include an Open House in Human Resources on May 13 from 4-6pm and the debut of the "Emergency Portable Hospital Facility" that same day from 12-6pm. The portable hospital facility allows the organization the flexibility of establishing an ER-protection gateway right on the hospital grounds to triage, process, and treat patients, while also being able to take their response to the scene of the incident, if need be.

Please help us recognize the staff at Bartlett Regional Hospital, your friends and neighbors, for their work and dedication in making Juneau a healthier community.

The hub of recruitment

Bartlett's Human Resources (HR) department is the hub of all recruitment, retention and recognition activities for the hospital.

Kyla Allred, HR Director, is fairly new to Bartlett but she is experienced when it comes to Human Resource activities in the healthcare arena. Prior to coming to Bartlett she worked in a similar position with Wildflower Court here in Juneau and as the director of human resources and public relations at a facility in Utah.

Allred recognizes recruitment as one of the key functions of the human resources department.

Eric Hotchkiss, the HR recruiter now celebrating his fifth year at Bartlett, sees his role as a consultant to the managers, working with them on staffing needs. He observes that "success in recruiting is more apt to be affected by people integrating into our community." It is important that potential employees understand what it means to work and live in Alaska.

Retention of long-term employees is equally important. Allred is hoping to institute programs that will improve working conditions and make it easier for people to work at Bartlett. She is assisted in these efforts by Brooke Scott and Shelly Austin, HR Generalists.

Scott and Austin both share the sentiment that they enjoy their work because they know that what they do has an impact on the patient down the line.

The person you are most likely to visit with first, whether by phone or in person, is Patricia Wherry. Wherry is the HR Assistant and cheerfully greets and assists people seeking information via the HR department. Wherry says that the best part of her job is "being able to help people." She is able find just about anything you may need regarding employment opportunities or general employment information.

The Human Resource department has a wide variety of duties and responsibilities. From recruitment of qualified staff for all areas of the facility, managing the compensation and benefit process to supporting individual staff members, HR does it all.

The hospital offers a strong benefits package that includes good medical, dental and vision insurance, and participation in the PERS retirement system. Other benefits include an employee assistance program, a generous paid time off plan, and flexible hours, among others.

For more information about Hospital Week Activities or to learn more about employment opportunities at Bartlett Regional Hospital, please contact Bartlett Human Resources at 796-8418.