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IDG’s Computerworld Names Palmetto Health to 2012 List of 100 Best Places to Work in Information Technology
06/18/2012
Hospital System Ranked 19th in the Nation

Columbia, S.C. – IDG's Computerworld has announced that Palmetto Health is one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in IT. The healthcare system was recognized as one of the 100 top organizations providing an engaging work environment, challenging and meaningful work for their IT staffs, and great benefits and compensation. Honorees will be included in coverage in Computerworld magazine along with results from the 19th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey. Palmetto Health ranked 19th in the nation, up from 22nd in 2011, and second in the South Atlantic region.

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Michelle Edwards is honored that Palmetto Health is listed once again, especially since her team is extremely busy. “Our team is involved in so many important system-wide initiatives, including meeting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Meaningful Use requirements for electronic health records, implementing ICD-10 coding of medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, designing the IT systems for the new Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital, and supporting critical patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. With so many priorities, it’s important for us to remain focused on the value IT brings to our organization, our care providers, and, ultimately, our patients.”

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

•Each team member feels he or she is vital to achieving the organization’s vision: “To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves.”

•Palmetto Health is focused on developing its team members, as evidenced by more than 10 internal promotions last year.

•IT leaders welcome team members’ opinions, because they believe diversity in careers, education and experience brings forth the best decisions.

•Palmetto Health’s One Palmetto initiative, focused on improving the patient experience while eliminating waste throughout the hospital system and standardizing best practices, as a proactive response to national health care reform and ongoing Medicaid cuts.

•The distribution of Palmetto Shares in 2011, allowing all Palmetto Health employees to share in the organization’s strong financial performance.

•Recognition of outstanding employee performance through team meetings and messages on internal electronic bulletin boards, in announcements in employee forums, and in thank-you notes leaders send to team members.

Edwards adds, “Receiving the award again this year showcases the compassion, strength and team work of our IT team. No one fails or succeeds alone -- we together must meet the ongoing changes in healthcare. I am privileged to work with a great team that is committed to delivering the highest quality care to our patients and their families.”

“The organizations on this year’s Best Places to Work in IT list consistently seek out and hire the most talented IT people, offer them competitive pay and provide great benefits,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Many of these organizations have spent years building top-notch IT
workplaces, and we applaud the amazing work they've done to sustain dynamic environments where IT professionals can work with the latest technologies and play a key role in business-critical projects.”


About the Best Places to Work in IT
The Best Places to Work in Information Technology (IT) list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals by IDG’s Computerworld. The list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health is the region’s most integrated healthcare system in which a progressive environment and the latest technology, including clinical research and treatment protocols, go hand-in-hand with high-quality patient care. Palmetto Health is composed of four hospitals in Columbia, SC—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Palmetto Health Richland. The system is closely aligned with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, with Palmetto Health Richland serving as its primary teaching hospital. Palmetto Health’s hospitals each year treat nearly a half-million patients, welcome more than 6,000 babies into the world, treat more than 80,000 pediatric patients and accommodate 160,000 Emergency Department visits. The system also has a strong network of physicians through its employed physician practice network and the more than 1,000 physicians on its medical staffs. Employing more than 8,000 team members, Palmetto Health is one of South Carolina’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 website (www.computerworld.com), 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 (Omniture, September 2011). 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 www.idgenterprise.com.

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