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Despite economic hardship, MGH fills over 60 positions

March 30, 2009
Mining Journal

MARQUETTE -Despite a challenging economic climate, Marquette General Health System has recently filled more than 60 open positions, and 55 new employees attended orientation in January. Seven people were hired for new positions, while 48 were replacements.

Although the number of employees at MGHS has fluctuated slightly, the complement of 2,573 employees in January was virtually the same as in May 2008 when there were 2,571. MGHS currently has 61 open positions, with 22 of those full-time positions.

"People from throughout the region continue to choose Marquette General and the physicians on our medical staff for their care," said David S. Smith, senior director of Human Resources at MGHS. "The hospital is bustling, and as employees have opportunities to move into other positions within the organization, new opportunities are available for positions that can't be filled from within. Our health system continues to attract people who want to work here, and we're very pleased to have highly qualified applicants from all over the country. We're very careful about how we evaluate each position before it's filled."

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An exterior shot of Marquette General Hospital is shown in this photo. (Journal file photo by Julia Woehrer)

Also, successful recruiting and retention of registered nurses has resulted in a two percent RN vacancy rate compared to the national average RN vacancy rate of 15 percent.

MGHS also has a low turnover rate for both full and part-time employees. For the first quarter of the 2008 fiscal year, MGHS's turnover rate was 0.671 percent, compared to about 2.4 percent nationwide.

"With the changes we've made in the past year, not only are our employees benefiting, but our patients are receiving enhanced, quality healthcare, and we're providing them with more options," said A. Gary Muller, FACHE, MGHS president and CEO.

The operating room, U.P. Surgery Center at the Upper Peninsula Medical Center, rehab services and radiology are the main areas where MGHS has increased the complement of employees to facilitate scheduling improvements and reduce waiting time.

Also, with new FastCare clinics in Escanaba and Marquette, MGHS is able to offer patients convenient, low-cost options for urgent care.

"It's exciting to continue offering employment opportunities and excellent benefits to those in the community, knowing that many are struggling in the current state of the economy," said Smith. "Both full-time and part-time employees are eligible to receive a benefits package, and the various shifts we offer allow employees to have more flexibility and maintain a better work-life balance."

Those interested in learning more about employment opportunities at MGHS can go to, or call 225-4933.

Editor's note: Information for this article was provided by Marquette General Health Systems communications office.



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