Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center was named last week among 65 companies chosen as the best places to work in Kentucky.

It is the second year the hospital has been chosen for the list. Pattie A. Clay also applied and was accepted in 2010, according to CEO Todd Jones.

The winners of the 8th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky awards were announced Thursday by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM), in conjunction with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Winners were selected in two categories: small/medium-sized employer (companies of 25 to 249 employees); and large-sized employer (with 250 ore more employees).

The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence, according to a press release from KYSHRM.

The application process “involves a questionnaire that is completed by Human Resources that asks various questions such as ‘things that we do that our employees love that we do for them’ to our ‘employment policies,’” Jones said. “There is then a confidential questionnaire of approximately 76 questions sent to random employees. The results of the survey are then combined with the responses to the application and an independent third party chooses the winners.”

Jones said he thinks Pattie A. Clay was chosen because its employees are “invested in the hospital mission to provide quality individualized care to our patients.”

Pattie A. Clay’s 649 employees find their work to be full of purpose, Jones said.

“When you ask the employees, they tell you that it is the little things … ice cream socials, goody carts, employee picnic, etc., but on a bigger scale, according to Ranay Chula, financial counselor, it is about ‘knowing that we make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families,’” Jones said.

The winners will be announced at an April 19 awards dinner at the Galt House in Louisville.

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