Christmas comes early for hospital employees

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 27, 2005

DEMOPOLIS – It was Christmas in October for BWWMH employees when Santa exited an ambulance in front of the emergency room entrance with a sack full of surprises.

Hospital employees were enjoying a picnic in the hospital courtyard when the sirens blared and caused concerned with employees.

They thought someone was injured until the vehicle’s doors opened and Santa hopped out.

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Mike Marshall, BWWMH CEO administrator, was the man in the red suit.

After he handed twigs and coal to the hospital’s board of directors and auxiliary members respect, he announced a $1,500 bonus for full-time employees and a $750 bonus for part-time employees.

“The input each person has is very important to the success of the hospital and the success of the community,” board member A. J. McCampbell told employees. “And all of us appreciate you.”

Although employees received raises a few weeks ago, Marshall said it’s a big thing to share gains with the people who are responsible for them.

“Not only is it a reward for the good year we’ve had, but this is incentive for them to do better next year,” Marshall said.

According to Marshall, full-time employees received a $1,000 and part-time employees received $500 last year.

“Last year the bonuses were based strictly on the financial success of the hospital,” Marshall said. “This year they were based on the financial success and 92 percent patient satisfaction.”

Marshall said the turnover rate at BWWMH is less than three percent.

“It’s hard enough to find good employees,” Marshall said.

“And retention is an issue for me.”

Marshall advised employees to take the money and do something for themselves and their families. He also praised them for their good work and hopes they keep it up.

“If we have a good year next year, then we’ll be here again.”