Texas Health Named Among Best Places to Work in IT for Third Straight Year

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources has been selected for the third straight year by Computerworld magazine as one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals. Texas Health placed No. 34 on the 2010 list, up from 48 last year.

The honor is part of the weekly IT publication’s 17th annual Best Places to Work in IT survey, which was published in the magazine's June 21 issue and online at Computerworld.com.

ComputerWorld's 100 Best Places to Work in IT, 2010Since 1994, Computerworld’s annual “Best Places to Work in IT” feature has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. Texas Health is one of only eight health systems or hospitals recognized.

“Our skilled information technology professionals are absolutely critical in helping our health system serve North Texans’ health care needs,” said Stephen C. Hanson, Texas Health senior executive vice president for system growth and integration. “Finding and taking care of our dedicated workers is a top priority at Texas Health.”

Texas Health information technology professionals, like all system employees, are encouraged to take care of themselves to be more productive for work, family and personal responsibilities. Programs at Texas Health that help employees with this include:

  • Tuition reimbursement is available not just for employees, but for spouses and dependents as well if the family members are pursuing clinical degrees.
  • The Employee Assistance Program provides free or low cost tools and resources that assist employees with coping with life issues. 
  • Employees can receive up to eight hours annual paid time off for performing community service. Texas Health recently received the 2010 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award from the National Business Group on Health for its Total Health program. The program provides awareness, education and intervention opportunities so members can make informed lifestyle decisions.

In addition to benefits enjoyed by all Texas Health employees, IT professionals benefit from programs such as Connections, in which they spend at least a half day with a clinician annually. The program reinforces the impact that staffers’ jobs have on patient care.

Additionally, many project teams work from home, taking advantage of social networking to build productivity. Employee development is pervasive and includes mentoring programs.

“Having personal time to refresh our spirit and encouraging others to do so is essential to our work philosophy at Texas Health,” said Edward Marx, Texas Health chief information officer. “We believe in working hard, working smart and celebrating together. Knowing that we care for our co-workers and they want the best for us helps build the spirit of compassion that is essential in the health care profession.”

“To be among the Best Places to Work in IT, it’s not enough just to seek out and hire the most talented IT people, offer them competitive pay and provide great benefits,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “The organizations that made this year’s Best Places to Work list sustain a dynamic work environment in which IT professionals keep their hands on the latest technologies and work on projects that are business critical.”

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

About Computerworld Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (www.computerworld.com), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ editions) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including 13 American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2009, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,059,000 readers each issue (IntelliQuest CIMS Fall 2009). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.