SOMC ranks on best places to work list

By Wayne Allen

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On Tuesday, Fortune Magazine released the 20 best workplaces in health care, and Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) ranked fifth on the national list.

According to, “growth in health care has been constant-and that means there’s been an ever-growing number of jobs opening in the sector. Over the past 25 years, employment in the sector boomed from 8.2 million in 1990 to 14.8 million in 2014.”

Coming in at number one on the list is Texas Health Resources, of Arlington, Texas. They have 21,000 employees and annual revenue of $3.85 billion. They are ranked 69th on the 100 best companies list. Second is Springfield Nephrology Associates of Springfield, Mo. Third is Encompass Home and Hospice of Dallas, Texas. Fourth is Atlantic Health System of Morriston, N.J.

According to the listing SOMC has 2,357 employees with annual revenues of $740 million.

“Forget the bland scrubs, Southern Ohio Medical Center is all about making its environment fun and delightful for patients and employees alike. The company hosts pet picture contests, ugly tie days and Easter egg hunts to keep employees connected to the heart of its mission; serving the community,” the company profile states.

On the review, one employee of SOMC was quoted as saying, “It seems that no matter where you are in the hospital, when you see an employee of SOMC, they have a smile on their face.”

An anonymous survey of randomly selected employees to access quality of workplace challenges the company provides.

“SOMC is dedicated to providing its Ohio and Kentucky communities with high-quality health care. Current market data suggest that SOMC holds 71.1 percent of the inpatient market share and 65.9 percent of the outpatient market share in the primary service area,” the results of the employee survey indicated.

When it comes to supporting the community, SOMC provided $350,357 in philanthropic donations. Last year SOMC employees donated more than 40,000 hours to the community through volunteering.

SOMC is ranked 44th on the 100 Best Companies ranking.

Also included on the 20 best workplaces in health care list is Retrofit of Chicago, Ill, Baptist Health South Florida of Coral Gables, Fla., ContextMedia of Chicago, Ill. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Memphis, Tenn., OhioHealth of Columbus, Ohio, among many others. For more information or to see the complete list in detail visit

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT

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Submitted Photo Some of the many participants at the annual Hike For Hospice 2015. Photo Some of the many participants at the annual Hike For Hospice 2015.