January 2020 Employer Spotlight

The UIS Career Development Center offers our Employer Spotlight to employers who recruit UIS students. This Employer Spotlight serves to better educate and prepare students for future career opportunities. Students will be able to learn about a featured employer and the internship/career opportunities they offer. Students will also be able to engage with some of the featured employers at our career fairs/expos.

What kind of positions are available within this company?

Our affiliates, which include five hospitals in central Illinois, work together to fulfill our mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. We have positions available in nursing, nursing support, medical imaging, laboratory, pharmacy, rehabilitation, therapies, behavioral health, information services, and support services.

What are the most important skills or characteristics needed to succeed in this company?

MHS colleagues must have a passion for excellence and a dedication to providing a great patient experience. Our health system values of safety, quality, integrity, and stewardship drive our daily actions. Successful colleagues are eager to learn, reliable, and energetic. They excel in a fast-paced environment that utilizes state-of-the-art technology.

What are some benefits available to employees who are continuing their education?

Memorial Health System is an approved provider of continuing education for nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work, licensed professional counseling, and public accounting. We also provide employees unlimited access to our clinical CE library. Tuition reimbursement and education grants are available to help colleagues elevate their career goals. Grants are awarded to qualified individuals who are pursuing healthcare careers that are deemed critical to Memorial Health System’s present or projected staffing needs.

What efforts are the company making to support a diverse and inclusive environment?

Equal Opportunity Employer is more than a statement. That statement doesn’t take pulses, bring new lives into the world, patch up broken hearts and minds, mend fragile psyches, fill prescriptions, cheer up families, or build the powerful support systems essential to effective healthcare. People do. And we’re proud to say that we have all sorts of amazing individuals working within our system. After all, that’s where different ideas come from: a full array of insights, backgrounds, cultures, and human perspectives. Of course, our amazing team members do share one thing in common, and that’s top talent.

What are some challenges the company expects within the next 5 years and how might new employees assist with these challenges?

Like many healthcare organizations nationwide, Memorial Health System is striving to improve quality and results within the next five years. As a winner of the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, we will be challenged to continuously develop and promote project-based quality improvements that make big impacts on patient care. In recent years we have reduced hip fracture readmissions by 92%, stroke complications by 68%, sepsis mortality rate by 14.6%, and falls by 55% by uncovering small details in our care processes that made a big difference. New colleagues have the opportunity to work on projects and participate in committees dedicated to continually improving patient care.

Tell us a unique fact about the company.

Memorial’s Festival of Trees is an annual event that raises money for health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community. Since 1989, the Festival has raised more than $5.3 million and with annual attendance of nearly 35,000 people, has become one of the most popular family-oriented holiday traditions in central Illinois.