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IDG’s Computerworld Names Palmetto Health to 2011 List of Best Places to Work in Information Technology for the Fifth Year in a Row
Columbia, SC–IDG's Computerworld announces Palmetto Health as a 2011 Best Places to Work in IT honoree, one of 100 top organizations that challenge their IT staffs while providing great benefits and compensation. Honorees will be included in coverage in Computerworld along with results from the 18th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey. Palmetto Health ranked 22 out of top 100 in nation which is fourth in employers from 2,500 to 9,999 and 5th in the South Atlantic region.

Senior vice president and chief information officer Michelle Edwards said, “This year’s award is particularly significant in light of economic circumstances that the healthcare industry is facing. Fortunately, consistent updates and our ongoing focus on our employees keep us grounded. Our team members are well known for living Palmetto Health’s values, from the compassion shown when coworkers experience personal challenges to the teamwork exhibited on our many important projects. Every person in our department helps make this one of the best places to work.”

Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld, added, “To be among the Best Places to Work in IT, it's not enough to seek out and hire the most talented IT professionals, offer them competitive pay and provide great benefits. Smart IT people realize that they need to get up to speed on their employer's revenue opportunities. The organizations that made this year's Best Places to Work list are creating a work environment that both trains and encourages IT personnel to pursue business-driven priorities."

Some of the unique attributes of Palmetto Health’s IT department that helped earn Computerworld’s award include:

•Palmetto Health’s commitment to leadership development (enhancing the skills of existing leaders and developing future leaders).

•Transparency (keeping employees informed and involved in decision making) via communication boards, weekly CEO updates and quarterly forums.

•Recognition of employee outstanding performance through Thank You notes, Kudos postings, letters home from CIO/CEO, Employee of the Quarter and a focus on internal promotions.

•Opportunities to implement technology that enhances our infrastructure, creates efficiencies, and reduces costs; providing a sense of purpose and value of our IT staff

•Being part of a team and a department that understands the importance of our employees, work life balance, and the support our own families give us – we have a special family feeling within our department

About the Best Places to Work in IT
Since 1994, Computerworld’s annual “Best Places to Work in IT” feature has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention.

About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health is the region’s most integrated health system in which a progressive environment, the latest technology, including research and treatment protocols, goes hand-in-hand with quality patient care. Palmetto Health is composed of four outstanding hospitals—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC—and serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of South Carolina. Palmetto Health’s hospitals are highly respected, long-time community members. Each year, they treat nearly a half million patients, welcome more than 6,000 babies into the world, treat more than 80,000 pediatric patients, 3,000 cancer patients, accommodate 160,000 Emergency department visits and make nearly 50,000 home care visits. Employing more than 8,000, Palmetto Health is one of the state’s largest non-governmental employers.

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (comScore Media Metrix, August 2010). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at

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