At Griffin Hospital a typical work day consists of greeting patients as they come in, setting up for daily testing, pulling schedules and charts as needed, checking printers for any add-on tests and prepare for each test appropriately. I set up the patients and stress lab for doctor then assist the doctors with stress tests. I also have to make sure all medications are logged, not expired and secured at all times and check defibrillator everyday to be sure it is in working order. Also have to check the temperature of the refrigerator where other medications are stored. While working at Griffin Hospital I have learned to read EKG's, scan Holter Monitors, check pace makers and Stress Testing. Co-workers are always a pleasure to be around and we all help each other if needed. The hardest part of the day I would have to say is trying to keep everyone on the same schedule when you're working with 2-3 different departments. But the most enjoyable part of any day would be when my patient is having a test and they say "thank you for taking the time for me". Most patients come in anxious about the test because the unknown can be scary, but I found if you just take a couple extra minutes to really explain the test to the patient their anxiety levels will come down from a 10 to a 1 or a 2. Knowing that I had something to do with that makes me feel like I did my job for the day. Comfort is everything and patients appreciate it.
Phlebotomist (Former Employee) – Derby, CT – February 26, 2016
In the Griffin Hospital Outpatient laboratory, they were all very friendly. They all helped in aiding me throughout my time in clinical. They answered any and every question that I had and made sure I was comfortable during my clinical stay.
Employee (Current Employee) – Derby, CT – May 20, 2015
The management is unhelpful if not nonexistent. I loved helping patients, and the interaction with guests was the best part of my job. I love putting a smile on a patient's face or doing that little extra to make them feel better. Many coworkers felt the same, however we were hindered by the administration's inability to help us help the patients. The higher ups are very against change, and anything new that would rock the boat, especially if it affects their bottom line.
Overall, Griffin Hospital was a great place to work, i really learned most of my skills working for them.
Phlebotomist (Former Employee) – Derby, CT – September 22, 2014
I worked two different positions over the years. I first worked 2nd shift .My employment was ended (laid off with severance package) while I was a 1st shift "road phleb". A typical day was obtaining specimens and entering them into the system (Meditech), then delivering them to the various departments they belonged in. My manager was a very professional gentleman. He was fair and easy to go to with any situation. And I had wonderful co-workers I still talk to til this day. The hardest part of my job was obtaining blood from newborns, not the draws, but the new parents and their anxiety. It was hard on them emotionally. I was effective in calming their worries. On the flip side, I loved working with children, even though they were coming for blood work, throat cultures, etc. I was able to engage the parents and with their cooperation, obtain the specimen, sometimes without the child even realizing it.
great benifits, great co-workers
trying to figure out a doctor handwriting to do the correct tests.
Medical Records (Former Employee) – Derby, CT – November 18, 2012
This place is a terrible place to work. Overworked underpayed. They expect more and more from employees. But employees do not see any type of increase in pay. Yet management recieves their increases. Worked there over 10 years asked for supervisor postion. No advancement..yet they still pile on the work. Even though times are tough they should really learn how to keep excellent working employees there. Revolving door there is tremendous. Very clicky place. If you are not one to be in a click they somehow push you out the door. Care in this hospital is absolutely awful. Their all involved in the Planetree philosphy yet I believe alot of the nurses and management need another leason in Planetree. Alot of the nurses are rude and condescending. Management cares about the looks of the hospital not the employees they hire. Let me repeat CLICKY CLICKY CLICKY. POOR POOR POOR!!!!
Griffin: the people are great but the system is broken
Medical Assistant and Unit Secretary (Former Employee) – Derby, CT – February 5, 2013
In general I truly enjoyed my coworkers and I loved the one on one time I got with the patients. On the down side they started me off at a very low salary and there was little to no chance to improve it (example: no performance/evaluation based raises, they didn't even give me a raise when I graduated with my associates). They also froze my cost of living raise for two years... in the end, over an almost six year period of time, i only saw a 20 cent or so increase in pay. Which honestly would have been ok with me if they hadn't almost doubled my work load in that time. I started out as a unit sec for the Critical Care Unit, something I have always been extremely proud of, and ended up their full time secretary, patient aid, phlebotomist, telemetry tech, and ekg tech for a fourteen bed unit. The job was honestly more than one person could bare but I always tried my hardest. When I left to go back to school it broke my heart but it had to be done.
the majority of the people you work with are truly wonderful.
very low pay (example ccu nurse i know made only $28 after being there almost twenty years)
A typical work day included portable x-rays in all areas of the hospital, C-arm in the operation room,, GI studies, ER x-rays, pain management fluoroscopy, venograms, and performing in-house and out-house x-rays. My co-workers were helpful. The hardest part of the job was when I would have to perform x-rays that were physically demanding and difficult to obtain quality radiographs with nobody to be there to help. The most enjoyable part of this joy was making my patients smile and having the privilege to get them to smile and brighten their day for just a while.
Administrative (Former Employee) – Derby, CT – October 20, 2012
I worked for Griffin Hospital and it used to be a wonderful place to work. Within 2 years they went downhill fast! It is now a horrible working environment! (reason I left). They treat their employees awful, are SO understaffed, overworked and underpaid. Management is terrible and not fair. The hospital is now under financial problems and it wouldn't surprise me if they closed within 5 years. They now have a company called the Huron Group within the hospital to try and save it. This is the same thing that happened to St. Raphaels Hospital in New Haven and they ended up being bought out anyway. I feel sorry for the employees and from what I hear alot of the good, trusted valued employees got sick of being treated like dirt and moved on to better positions where they are valued, compensated well, and treated with respect the way it should be.
Griffin is a slower paced place then most and takes time to adjust. The biggest thing that brings this place down is the management team that holds hours so they can get bonuses at the end of the year. I see this happen all the time and it never is good since things go untouched and get filthy for days. If they started caring more about getting more hours and people there daily this place would have no problems at all.
gym, people that you get to see everyday and meet and help
managment to busy to care and make sure things are done right the first time.
Working at Griffin Hospital started out great but over the past year it has done a 360 and now many of the employees hate working there. Huron was brought in to help the hospital due a turnaround since they are bleeding money. All that Huron accomplished in doing was wrecking the work environment and causing morale to take a big dive but they left with fat wallets. Management treats the employees very unprofessionally and in a demeaning manner. I am currently looking for work elsewhere but I regret coming to work at the place that once was one of the Best place to work.
Clerical (Current Employee) – Derby, Ct – March 2, 2013
I have been working at Griffin for over 10 years. The place was good at one time, but has taken a turn for the worst. Instead of hiring their own people for jobs posted, they will hire from the outside first. There is no PLANETREE with the way that employees treat each other. Management is a joke, the pay is terrible and the health insurance is getting to be expensive. Dont come here for work unless you dont mind collecting unemployment soon because the hospital will most likely close OR be bought out !
good healthy food in the cafe. very beautiful hospital
short staffed, overworked employees, horrible management
Multi Skilled Technician (Former Employee) – Derby, CT – June 25, 2012
The management there is amazing! There are so many oppertunities to learn, they are constantly educating thier employees and making sure that they can be the best they can be! Everyone is great. The only problem is that they are very short staffed so a lot of times ur put alone on the floor, without another MST to split the work load with. But because of this there are always great opportunities for overtime!
I worked for Planetree and quickly discovered it to be a group of unbelievably overcompensated consultants. Middle management is very cutthroat. Hiring of unqualified friends of employee lead to poor morale and blatant favoritism. They do not practice what they so greedily preach. I hope they go under.
There were a lot of double standards there. I loved me job description and the job I did. Management throughout the company was horrendous. For that reason alone I would not have wanted that place to be my retirement.
Everything about Griffin is amazing. everyone smiles and is pleasant. I left and wish I never had, but I moved. I compare every hospital to griffin and yet griffin wins hands down. im planning on moving back to CT just so I can be there again. I love it there. it's home.
A typical at work consists of assisting 10 physical therapists and 2 occupational therapists.
Physical Medicine Intake Coordinator (Former Employee) – Derby, CT – May 1, 2012
A typical day at work consists of scheduling patients and setting them up in their examining rooms or aqua therapy. Updating productivity charts, medical address lists and managing correspondence from therapists to doctors. I gained a huge education of what it is like to work in a health institution. Griffin management has a "people oriented" methodology which allows the staff to have respect of one another and work as a finely oiled team. Griffin Hospital also serves as the flagship hospital for Planetree, an international leader in patient-centered care and has received national recognition for creating a facility and approach to patient care that is responsive to the needs of patients.
The co-workers are very supportive and always pick up the slack when needed. They are a cast of colorful characters that I enjoy working with them. The hardest part of the job was understanding state insurance policies and procedures that my co-worker has helped me with on several occasions. The most enjoyable part of my job is the comradery and friendships that we have developed with one another. It makes the day go by quickly and is a nice feeling that we constantly work as a team.
Transport (Former Employee) – Derby, CT – November 15, 2014
checking special diets and patients who need transport around the facility. i learned how to multitask in a comfortable manner. the co- workers were all great people. The hardest part of the job was not knowing where to go. the most enjoyable part of the job was meeting many new people
Lead Crisis Clinician (Current Employee) – Derby, CT – August 16, 2014
A typical day is usually very busy, you need to think quick on your feet while taking peoples lives in your hands. I love what I do, and what I do is to help people when they are at their lowest and it feels good to be able to point someone in the right direction.
Every day is a new day never the same as yesterday.