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Cedar Valley Hospice wins national award


WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - Cedar Valley Hospice has been awarded the national 2020 Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award. The award honors organizations that invest in their employees and put people development at the center of its strategy.

Selected by a panel of Gallup workplace experts, applicants are "compared to Gallup’s extensive database and must measure up to the most productive and successful organizations in the world."

“Cedar Valley Hospice is a special place to work and we have a very unique culture that sets us apart from other employers,” said Cedar Valley Hospice Human Resources Director, Katie Unland. “We are in the business of caring for people with terminal illness, and our leadership team understands that how we treat our employees will directly impact the way our staff provide end-of-life care to others.”

With the idea that no one is left behind, Cedar Valley Hospice prides itself on their employees being engaged in their mission. In fact, 73-percent are engaged, while the winning organizations have an average of 70-percent engagement. Outside of the contest, Gallup research shows only 15-percent of employees are engaged worldwide.

According to a news release, Cedar Valley Hospice implemented the following to achieve this level of success:

  • quarterly 1-on-1 evaluation meetings
  • performance-based pay
  • creation of special committees
  • communication and transparency
  • weekly Executive Team meetings
  • bi-monthly management meetings
  • weekly staff newsletter
  • staff meetings every other month
  • Executive Director Michaela Vandersee holds monthly “Meetings with Michaela” at each site location
  • Private staff Facebook page for further engagement

“Every day we make a conscious effort to put our mission first - to enrich lives with knowledge, respect and compassionate care - for our patients, clients, families and staff,” said Executive Director, Michaela Vandersee. “The happiness of Cedar Valley Hospice staff is a priority and has a direct, positive impact on those we serve.”

KWWL congratulates Cedar Valley Hospice on this great recognition.

Abby Turpin

Evening Anchor

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