AAPA Recognizes MidMichigan with Employer of Excellence Award
MidMichigan Health was named one of the eight inaugural Employer of Excellence Award winners by The American Academy of PAs’ (AAPA) Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM). The award program is designed to showcase hospitals and health systems that have implemented practices that create positive work environments for physician assistants (PAs) and encourage collaborative provider teams. The program is the first and only PA-specific award program available to hospitals and health systems.
“To be recognized with this first-of-its-kind recognition is a testament to the hard work of our physician assistants, health care provider teams and leadership,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., president and CEO, MidMichigan Health. “One element that has been crucial to our success has been the institution of our dyad leadership model. The dyad is essentially a partnership where an administrative leader is paired with a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant leader bringing together the best of both worlds of skills and expertise. This, along with ongoing dialogue in a variety of forums has helped strengthen a positive and supportive work environment.”
Joining MidMichigan Health in receiving the first-time award were Brigham Health – Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.; The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio; El Centro Family Health – Taos in New Mexico, N.M.; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, N.Y.; NYU Langone Health, New York, N.Y.; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, Wash., and Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, N.C.
“These eight hospitals and health systems have unlocked some important secrets to maximize the value of PAs to their organizations and their patients,” said Jenna Dorn, CEO, AAPA. “PA-positive environments create a win-win situation for PAs and for employers.”
To determine the criteria for recognition, CHLM partnered with HealthStream, a leading provider of workforce, patient experience, and provider solutions for the healthcare industry, to gain an understanding of what PAs value in their place of employment. Based on the survey findings, criteria for the Employer of Excellence Awards focused on five key drivers:
- Establishing a positive and supportive PA work environment.
- Providing opportunities for PAs to provide meaningful input that leads to positive organizational change.
- Keeping PAs informed about organizational activity and decisions.
- Involving PAs in leadership efforts to improve the quality of patient care.
- Creating processes for effective conflict management.
“These hospitals and health systems have earned designation as Employers of Excellence by taking specific steps to empower their PAs and promote mutual respect and effective communication among all of their healthcare providers,” said Jennifer Broderick, managing director, CHLM. “We’re thrilled to be able to recognize organizations that are going the extra mile to ensure their PAs get the opportunity to work in engaging environments and achieve the best patient outcomes.”
About AAPA’s Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM)
CHLM works directly with hospitals and health systems to maximize team-based utilization and optimize PA practice settings. CHLM provides expertise, analytics, and industry best practices to help their clients evaluate organizational alternatives designed to improve the effectiveness of their provider workforce. www.chlm.org
About the American Academy of PAs
AAPA is the national organization that advocates for all PAs and provides tools to improve PA practice and patient care. Founded in 1968, AAPA represents a profession of more than 123,000 PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories and the uniformed services. www.aapa.org