Northwest Community Hospital News

1/22/2009 4:00:00 PM CENTRAL
Updated: 1/23/2009 12:17:22 PM CENTRAL
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For third time in four years, NCH makes national list of "Best Companies to Work For"
Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights again has been selected as one of the best employers in the nation. The Feb. 2 issue of FORTUNE magazine, available on newsstands Jan. 26, lists Northwest Community at No. 77 among the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America.

The 488-bed hospital, which has nearly 3,400 full- and part-time employees, is the only Illinois-based company to make the 2009 ranking. It joins many nationally recognized companies on this year’s list, including Google, Starbucks, Microsoft, Dreamworks Animation SKG, Ernst & Young, Nordstrom, FedEx and General Mills. In 2007, Northwest Community ranked No. 37 on the prestigious list, and debuted at No. 50 in 2006.

“Three years of receiving this distinction is a tribute to the dedication and enthusiasm of our great employees,” said Bruce Crowther, president and CEO of Northwest Community Hospital. “It means so much to me when people say they enjoy working here. Our culture is truly the cornerstone of everything we achieve.”

Crowther gets high marks from employees, according to the FORTUNE website. What helps make Northwest Community Hospital so great, it says, is how Crowther meets every new employee and holds town hall meetings twice a year to keep employees informed and to gather feedback.

“As we orient new employees, I personally convey to each of them that it is my hope we have created an environment in which they can actively contribute and grow,” Crowther said.

In picking the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” FORTUNE works with the Great Place to Work Institute – a global research and consulting firm – to conduct the most extensive survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on a 57-question survey sent to 400 randomly selected employees. The remaining one-third is based on the company’s responses to a culture audit questionnaire, which asks about demographics, pay and benefits, and open-ended questions on philosophy, communication and more.

Northwest Community Hospital, celebrating its 50th year in 2009, provides employees with a wide range of benefits, from tuition reimbursement and service awards to enhanced paid-time plans and continuing education programs. Employees are offered fitness center discounts and flexible scheduling to help balance their lives. Hospital workers also get free emergency care if they become sick at work.