Friday, September 21, 2012

Fauquier Health Recognized for "Best Hospital IT Department"

Fauquier Hospital was recently recognized as an industry leader by Healthcare IT News, earning the title, “Where to work: Best Hospital IT Departments.” Nationwide, 272 hospitals of all sizes were nominated, and 10,683 hospital information technology employees completed surveys about their organizations. Fauquier Hospital was chosen as one of the top 25 hospitals in the country for its IT department.

Donna Staton, Chief Information Officer at Fauquier Health (shown above), says she couldn’t be more proud of her department. “Every day, quality healthcare becomes more and more dependent on secure, reliable information technology. At Fauquier Health, IT includes everything from the mandatory push toward electronic medical records, to helping hands-on physicians and nurses use technology to provide better patient care. It’s a fast-moving target that requires the smartest, most unflappable staff to keep up. Luckily, we’ve got that.”

The goal of the Best IT Department survey was to determine what characteristics distinguish the best hospital IT departments. To do that, employees graded their departments across seven categories: day-to-day work, IT team, management, hospital leadership, workplace culture, training and development and compensation.
The IT departments with the highest survey rankings will be profiled in a special report, distributed with Healthcare IT News in print and also published online. The research for this project was performed by an independent research firm.

Charlotte Robey, RN, a manager in Fauquier Health’s IT Department, has a few ideas about what makes Fauquier Health’s IT Department among the best. “Our interview process is rigorous; all members of the department have an opportunity to participate in the new hire selection process. Our motto is ‘hire for aptitude and attitude.’ We believe that skills can be taught, but a cultural fit is paramount to the success of the team. This approach has served us well and we have a strong and cohesive team as a result.”

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