New hospital hunts for employees
May 8, 2009
About 100 people were lined up at the National Ability Center Wednesday morning waiting for the doors to open for a job fair touting about 200 openings at the Park City Medical Center opening in September.
Recruiters had trouble making it on time because they couldn’t find parking, said hospital spokesperson Amy Roberts. She estimated about 1,000 people attended the fair that ended at 6 p.m.
"The biggest advantage we offer is year-round, stable employment," she said. "Intermountain Healthcare (IHC) is a very stable company."
A shorter commute for locals with jobs in Ogden and Salt Lake City is a major plus as well, she said.
Curiosity brought Stephen Miller to the fair. He said he has a stable job, but recently completed EMT training and wanted to see what was available in that field.
The majority of people interviewed mid-day Wednesday were looking for exactly what Roberts said they were: stability and a shorter commute.
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Andre Shoumatoff was laid off from a lodging reservation company in February and said he’s revised his resume about 25 times in the last six months. Gena Oliver was laid off from the same company this winter and is now looking for "anything with benefits."
She said with children at home she needs a job close to home that will be more reliable than the tourism industry.
"It’s so seasonal. I’m at the point where responsibilities outweigh pay structure. I’m not a ski bum anymore, it’s time to grow up," she said.
Midway resident Cheri Peyton said she’s tired of commuting to Salt Lake City, and with a husband in general contracting, it’s important to find stability, she said.
Kim Wheeler will graduate with a master’s degree in social work this week. She’s put in a lot of time working at The Oakley School and has wanted to work at the new hospital since it was first announced.
"I went back to school because the hospital was opening. I knew I’d need a master’s to work there," she explained.
Jo Duff had worked in event planning and came to the fair for a "new career and a new start," she said.
Duff has decided she’d like to go into nursing, but before going back to school, she was hoping to "get a foot in the door," by finding employment with IHC.
Marion resident Rachel Farrington and Heber resident Yuliya Subbotina are both already in health care, but were curious about opportunities at the hospital.
Roberts said she’s seen a lot of that as well. Not many health care professionals in Utah are out of work or underemployed right now, but a community hospital provides a type of work that is meaningful to people.
"Every patient gets some level of care regardless of ability to pay. That’s a message of hope for people in the health care industry today," she said.
Gail McGuill, chief nursing officer for Intermountain Healthcare’s Rural Region, said she’s spoken with many nurses excited to work in Summit County and at a smaller hospital than those in Ogden or the Salt Lake Valley.
It’s been an interesting process because the Park City Medical Center will need specialists in labor and delivery as well as orthopedics, but because it’s small, it will also need people with experience in multiple areas.
Event organizer and job recruiter Jon Hancock said this fair was unique. Most Intermountain fairs are more general, not specific to a single facility. But the Park City Medical Center will be unique, so it made sense to approach recruiting from a more personalized strategy, he said.
For example, one type of job needed is a customer-service expert who will act as a concierge. Park City is still a resort town even if someone is here to be, or visit someone, in the hospital.
"We wanted to be able to meet people face-to-face and have that human contact. Developing relationships leads to better end results," Hancock said.
In addition to a concierge, the hospital will hire numerous non-medical positions in areas like food service, Roberts said. She encourages anyone with an interest in working for IHC or at the medical center to check postings. Interviews will begin in June and job offers will be given in July, Roberts said.