(From PRNewswire) -- Vericare won the Grand Prize and was named overall winner in the prestigious 2010 Workplace Excellence Awards, which recognize innovative and exceptional human resources practices. The awards are sponsored by the San Diego Society for Human Resource Management. Vericare's win was the first time in the 11-year history of the awards that a small company took the Grand Prize and won by unanimous vote.
Vericare was selected from 87 employee-nominated companies, honored at the recent awards ceremony. San Diego-based Vericare is the nation's leading provider of integrated behavioral healthcare services in skilled nursing facilities.
"Vericare has earned this top Workplace Excellence recognition thanks to our clinicians' single-minded focus on quality, appropriate treatment and responsiveness to patient needs. I am proud of every member of the Vericare team across the country and their unwavering commitment to clinical excellence, integrity and compassionate care," says David C. Flaugh, President and CEO. "Our employees make our success possible and we are extremely grateful to their contributions in making Vericare one of San Diego's most respected employers and the leader in our industry."
"Vericare's success is based in a large part on our ability to execute a focused recruitment, hiring and onboarding strategy. Our Advanced Clinical Excellence (ACE) Initiative, which led to our Workplace Excellence win, quickly and effectively integrates new practitioners in the clinical setting, providing them with the flexibility, autonomy, and opportunity to successfully practice clinical excellence and patient- focused care with integrity," says Human Resources Director Molly Chase. The ACE initiative was developed with the assistance of the Alliance for Organizational Excellence consultant Sandy Asch.
Vericare employs more than 500 licensed behavioral healthcare professionals, including psychologists, advanced practice nurses, clinical social workers and psychiatrists, serving patients at thousands of skilled care facilities across the U.S. The company provides behavioral healthcare services to elderly patients in California, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, Indiana and Delaware, Tennessee and North Carolina.