Yesterday morning I attended our all employee meeting and found out once again why Columbus Regional Hospital was recently named #4 in the "Best Places to work in Indiana." The auditorium at Columbus North high-school was packed with CRH employees and everyone was so excited to see each other. Our CEO stated his name at the beginning of the presentation and applause broke out for several minutes as he received a standing ovation. It was a very emotional presentation as he showed us photos of what CRH looked like during and after the flood.
The highlight of the day was when our CEO, Jim Bickel, announced that CRH was dedicated to it's employees and that they were committing to paying their employees salaries plus benefits for 3 months!!!!!! Applause broke out again as you can imagine... He made a statement saying "At CRH our employees come first, bricks and mortar come second!" Now we know why CRH was voted in the top 5 as one of the "Best Places to Work in Indiana..."
Now...just so you know, we aren't on a 3 month vacation! We are to report for duty beginning the week of June 23rd and are required to fulfill our regularly scheduled hours to work. We may be helping with clean up at the hospital, helping with clean up in the community, working on lean sigma projects or working in surrounding hospitals. Everyone was just so relieved that we aren't getting laid off, don't have to draw unemployment, etc.
Congressmen, Mike Pence, came to our meeting to address the CRH employees. It was neat to hear him speak to us and talk about when he lived in this same town. He shook hands with employees as he walked down the aisle and then back up after speaking to us.
So...our fears were laid to rest yesterday and we can truly say that we work for one of the best hospitals in America!! Now...lets put on our gloves and boots and get to work everyone!!!!!!!