Awards & Recognition - System Office

St. Joseph Health: One of Orange County’s Best Places to Work

OCBJ Best Places to Work 2016St. Joseph Health’s system office is proud to be named one of Orange County’s Best Places to Work in 2016. This honor from the Orange County Business Journal places us among a select group of employers recognized for their treatment of their employees as well as their retention and recruitment efforts.

We have long known SJH employees have a deep connection to their workplace. This recognition is a reflection on the dedication, compassion and heart of our employees, who come to St. Joseph Health every day to serve our patients, our communities and one another.

More than 400 system office employees voluntarily answered questions about our leadership, culture, communication, work environment, training and benefits. They spoke highly of our work environment, which feeds the needs of the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Here's what some of our employees had to say:

Christine B. – Clinical Research

When I think of working at St. Joseph Health, the first thing I see is home. SJH is a place where the focus is not only on the patient, but everyone here who provides the assistance to those on the front lines, and we all play an important role.

The leadership at SJH is open, respectful, and makes SJH a fun place to be. My manager has my back, and I know she wants me to be successful in all I do. My colleagues are supportive and we are family. Sure it’s not perfect, but when things do happen, the goal is how to fix it, not to place blame.

Anza V., Wellness & Health Improvement
Working at St. Joseph Health is incredibly satisfying, rich and rewarding.

You become a part of this amazing and wonderful endeavor – and you grow tremendously in the process. Each day I am presented with new challenges and situations. My manager allows me to be as creative as I can, encourages me to grow, and welcomes my feedback and ideas—which helps me to stay interested. I know when I go home that I did something meaningful and important.

Ryan G., IT Engineer

I love SJH because our culture and legacy bring people together to do amazing things. Our leadership values progress and continuous improvement over perfection. Because of this, my teammates and I feel safe to innovate and challenge norms; we’re given the creative latitude and freedom to solve problems that affect healthcare. We are a cohesive team that works and plays together – I wouldn’t doubt some of our best ideas were hatched off-campus over dinner.

Casey S., Application Services

I have worked at St. Joseph Health for over 20 years, and the devotion to living our mission and values, as aligned with the Sisters of St. Joseph or Orange, is why I love working here. Our purpose is to meet the health care needs of our community, especially the most vulnerable, even during challenging economic times.

Elizabeth B., HR Benefits

I love working on the benefits team at SJH. Our director, Susie Thompson, is an outstanding leader. Regardless of how busy she is, she will drop everything to listen to a team member’s problem or idea, or answer a question. She truly empowers, inspires and supports us.

As a result, our team is excellent and we have a great time working together – we have fun even when the hours are long or when things get a little stressful. There is a distinct feeling of camaraderie on our team because we’re working together to provide an essential service to our fellow employees. Plus, I’m never bored. We are always busy, and constantly learning something new. This environment engages me and inspires me to do my best work.

In addition, working on the benefits team allows me to feel like I’m making a difference to our organization in a way that aligns with our values. Benefits are incredibly important to our employees, but understanding the options can feel overwhelming. I enjoy being able to assist employees navigate the choices and make selections that best fit their needs.

Heather P., IT Administration

Becoming part of this organization is like being with family every day. Working here means it is my responsibility to be an example of our values, through Sacred Encounters with everyone I meet, through the excellence of my work, through justice by dedicating every resource I have in taking care of our dear neighbor. Through dignity, by sharing needed information and encouraging decision making responsibility and accountability at all levels. And lastly, through service by bringing together others who recognize that every interaction is a unique opportunity to serve one another.

You see, I know every day the people who walk into our hospitals are immediately impacted by what I do here at St. Joseph. I am part of their care; I am part of making a difference in their lives. And while what I do here at St. Joseph Health does not touch the patient directly, everything I do every day helps to make their lives better.

Each morning I start with a deep breath, reflection, and remember: I am here to make a difference in the lives of those we serve, our patients.

Matt B., Strategic Services

I chose St. Joseph Health because of a personal alignment with the mission, vision and values of the organization. I love working at St. Joseph Health because of the people, the culture and the opportunities to make a positive contribution. The people that work at St. Joseph Health are unique, some would endeavor to say that it is a family, and everyone’s family. Treating each other with respect, compassion and dignity is embedded in the heart of the St. Joseph culture. Finally, the opportunity to make a positive contribution to something much bigger than myself is extremely rewarding; knowing that my everyday work is ultimately helping to further the Mission of St. Joseph Health.

Christine B., Finance

I love St. Joseph Health because SJH cares for me as a person. In the past 16 years, I have an opportunity to learn and grow professionally.

I love what we stand for. I feel that I am able to contribute to our organization’s mission - continuing the healing ministry of Jesus. I love seeing the sisters’ presence and getting involved in our operations. I love that our core values of Dignity, Justice, Excellence and Service are not just a poster on the wall. We live our Service values by providing patients with perfect care and sacred encounters, regardless of their ability to pay. We demonstrate Justice values by improving the health and the quality of life in the communities that we serve. I love that our organization lives our Excellence values by providing a continuum of care, from health coaching to preventive care, from hospital care to home care (i.e. home health, hospice and personal care services). Our employees demonstrate Dignity values in their work and in interactions with others – treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Sean L., Application Development

I love St Joseph because it is my HOME away from home!!!

Having come from sales industry and after years with other health organizations, I absolutely love SJH’s culture. I particularly enjoy people and the diversity of it all. The environment is incredibly empowering and the core values of the Health System align perfectly with mine.

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