RN Staff Nurse in Afton, WY
SVH is a great place to work overall. I truly believe most of the management and administration try hard to improve the patient experience and employee morale. A lot of the staff have never worked elsewhere, or have forgotten what it is like in the “real world” and bring down the culture with their negativity. I feel like some are given an inch and then ask for a mile and nothing is ever good enough. For example, we get a Christmas bonus or a raise and some will complain, even during Covid. Some managers of the ancillary staff need additional training outside Star Valley to see how they can improve in their areas, but they mean well.
Physical Therapist in Afton, WY
Overall it is a great place to work. Management needs some serious work, but the people itself are great. Pay is not overly amazing, but it is okay given the location.
Employee help, training, education experience.
Typical day starts at 530 am in the OR supply rooms. Checking supplies, counting and making sure they are in no expired date ranges.
Getting in the supply trucks, making sure all packing slips and.product are in an accounted for properly
Having recently worked for this organization for the past 7 years.... here are my thoughts....
The majority of the leadership/administration are locals with ZERO real life experience. Received their positions solely based on the fact of 1) being from Star Valley; 2) lots of fluff speech; 3) a pulse.
Take for instance the VP of IT and the VP of Outpatient Services. Neither have any healthcare related education, and most importantly, neither have any real world experience in healthcare and yet they are in administrative roles - making clinical decisions for which they have no understanding/clue. Over recent years they and many of the administrators have made some very poor choices with classic knee jerk reactions. This includes over hiring, hiring incompetent staff, and making continued promises and commitments to the community without funding in place.
Everyone in administration, minus the CEO, has the title of Vice President. Need to ensure we all receive a trophy right? It would appear that the latest CEO has good intentions and some real life experiences - however, he is surrounded by several incompetent "leaders" who say what they need to at any given moment to make themselves appear competent.
Overall staff at the facility are generally kind and caring. However, if you are an "outsider" you will find difficulty in finding acceptance or meaningful relationships.
In regards to compensation... don't expect to be paid similar to what you would find in a larger region. They base their pay upon other surrounding critical access hospitals - which historically don't pay as much - which is to be expected. However, the nearest competitor is in Jackson, WY. Their benefits and pay are astronomically superior to that of Star Valley Health. There is good reason why so many individuals from the Star Valley area commute there every day. Administration acknowledges that Jackson pays significantly better and provides excellent benefits but do little to nothing to prevent hospital staff from leaving to take employment there.
Long and short of it....if you are okay with generally inferior pay/benefits, mediocre leadership at best, generally poor acceptance by the community/staff, and being limited to one potential place of employment (if you are wanting to stay in healthcare), then you may enjoy Star Valley and its hospital.
Enviromental Services in Afton, WY
a very great place, helpful people and a beautiful clean and well cared for facility. The staff are very helpful and get the work done very precisely.