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Cedar Valley Hospice wins national Gallup award second year in a row

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Staff Gallup Celebration: Photo credit: Gus Pladsen
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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - For the second year in a row, Cedar Valley Hospice has been awarded the national Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award. 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."

"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. The happiness of Cedar Valley Hospice staff is a priority and has a direct, positive impact on those we serve," said Cedar Valley Hospice Executive Director, Michaela Vandersee.

Cedar Valley Hospice prides itself on their employees being engaged in their mission. This year, 80-percent are engaged, while the winning organizations of the award have an average of 73-percent engagement. Outside of the contest, Gallup research shows only 22-percent of employees are engaged worldwide.

The pandemic brought on challenges for every non-profit, and Cedar Valley Hospice staff made the most of working remotely; May Day baskets, video messages from Vandersee, and even a photo contest, to name just a few.

According to a news release, Cedar Valley Hospice implemented the following the past year which helped them earn the award:

  • Weekly interdisciplinary team meetings
  • Bi-monthly management and weekly department meetings
  • Quarterly 1-on-1 evaluation meetings with a merit-based pay incentive
  • Weekly staff newsletter
  • Meetings with Michaela (open meetings for staff to discuss anything with the executive director)
  • Special committees for strategic planning

KWWL congratulates Cedar Valley Hospice on this great recognition for a second year in a row.

“We do a good job of taking care of each other because the work we do is difficult and emotional. During 2020, we had to pivot and found new ways to connect with staff providing daily emails on updated CDC guidelines, new processes/procedures and reminding them to take deep breath.”

Cedar Valley Hospice Human Resources Director, Katie Unland

Abby Turpin

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