Kootenai | Kootenai Health | Issue 3, 2022

KH . ORG 19 By Caiti Bobbitt When you think of the word health, the first thing that comes to mind is often the body’s overall well-being. At Kootenai Health, it is the organization’s mission to expand upon that to include a healthy body, mind and work environment. Coming off of a difficult couple of years that proved to be especially challenging for health care workers, Kootenai Health is honored to have been recognized for its focus on and dedication to employee well-being. GallupExceptional WorkplaceAward For the fifth time, Kootenai Health has been recognized as one of the most engaged workplace cultures in the world with the 2022 Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award (GEWA). Gallup’s survey results showed that Kootenai Health was successful in continuing to engage and develop its people, in spite of the significant challenges presented by the pandemic. “At Kootenai Health, we recognize our employees are our greatest asset,” said Jon Ness, Kootenai Health’s chief executive officer. Top honors for dedication to employee well-being “When leadership creates an environment in which all employees have the opportunity to do their best work every day, everyone wins. Employees have the satisfaction of utilizing their greatest strengths, leaders benefit from having an engaged and productive team and, most importantly, our community benefits by receiving the best care possible.” HealthyWork EnvironmentAward Additionally, Kootenai Health has been recognized by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) as the clinical honoree for the 2022 Healthy Work Environment Award. Only two organizations are recognized annually for this award; one clinical setting and one academic setting. “The importance of receiving this award cannot be overstated,” said Roxanne Gadberry, Kootenai Health’s nursing education manager. “This is one of the most prestigious awards in nursing!” Roxanne credits this recognition to Kootenai Health’s careful attention to prioritizing the needs of patients and staff. Joy inMedicine The Gallup Exceptional Workplace and Healthy Work Environment Awards complement Kootenai Health’s ongoing efforts to also support physician and advanced practice provider well-being—an effort for which the organization was honored with the American Medical Association (AMA) 2021 Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program late last year. The AMA distinction recognizes health systems with a demonstrated commitment to preserving the wellbeing of health care team members by engaging in proven efforts to combat work-related stress and burnout. The awards are also validation of the hospital’s work and commitment to its employees and community. Join our dream team Looking for a fulfilling career? See current job openings and learn about working at Kootenai Health at KH.org/careers. Keeping the ‘HEALTH’ KOOTENAI in