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Six reasons the staff members at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City LOVE their jobs

For four years running, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City has been voted as a Salt Lake Tribune Top Workplace. This data was collected anonymously from the staff. We decided to sit down with many of our staff members and ask them to share with us why they love coming to work and see what is behind this recurring award.

1. The mission

Providing the highest quality care to children would not be possible without the human resources to make it happen. The No. 1 factor that drives our staff members is their alignment with the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children, which is to provide specialty care to kids regardless of their families' ability to pay.

Authorizations coordinator Jake Coleman finds the mission especially poignant. Jake’s first experience at the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital was as a patient. “To me, the mission means everything. I truly benefited from it. And now I get to be on this side of things, helping patients and their families navigate the Shriners Hospital experience.”

Employees feel they contribute to the transformation of children’s lives that takes place every day, and this is no small matter for them. Elva Havili from environmental services said, “I so love working here. I love the people, I love the children, I’m grateful to work in this place because of the service it offers the children. I really love working here!”

2. Staff

Nonprofit organizations tend to attract some of the most passionate people within the community, people who want to rally around a cause they feel strongly about. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City is no different. Staff members connect with the compassion required to properly care for patients and the family-centered approach the hospital is known for.

“What I love most about working here is the staff that I work with," said Cathy Clayton, respiratory therapist. "They are fantastic people! They are people who really care about the patients and just do everything to make sure the kids get fantastic care.” Beyond respecting her colleagues' work, she calls them great friends and says that sometimes when she comes to work it feels like she is coming home.

3. Pride in work

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City is made up of many different departments that all play a significant role in bringing the best care to patients and their families. The department staff members take pride in the collaboration and hard work they put in to accomplish this.

“We’re just a team,” said physical therapist Matt Lowell. “Everyone has their own role to fill, but everybody crosses over and helps each other, and if anyone gets behind we have someone to support us and keep us going. And I think that’s the true gift of Shriners Hospital.”

4. Patient care

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City is home to unique children with amazing stories of hope and healing. Many of the hospital’s direct patient care staff members treasure the opportunity of getting to know some of these courageous children and to be a part of their stories. The relationship that is developed between a Shriners kid and the staff members who they know for their entire childhood is incredibly important. The staff does not take the responsibility lightly.

“The best thing is the kids,” said Aubrie Nutter, movement analysis center coordinator. “It’s so great that we get to know them and they can come in and get the care that they need regardless of what they can pay for.”

5. Culture

Staff members at the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital describe the culture as collaborative, team-driven and excellent, with a priority on keeping up with new technology and services to best serve the children in their care.

“As we navigate being a nonprofit organization while staying true to our mission in this climate, it can be difficult,” said Chase Brauchie, supply chain supervisor. “I feel like we all band together to make that happen.”

6. Yoga and meditation

Beyond caring for the child, the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital leadership knows the health of the employees is incredibly important. Two days a week, volunteer yoga instructors are on-site to offer a free thirty-minute yoga session, and a once-a-week guided meditation is also offered. This is available to patients, families, staff and visitors, and it has become a popular way to balance work and life. Donations assistant Tyree Bee appreciates the break from her desk, and being able to physically move and refocus her mind in the middle of the day, saying, “I love it!”