Valir Health and Rehabilitation Hospital Valentines Day on Feb. 14, 2022 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney

By Theresa Green

Care — The word is at the very heart of health care. Most attribute it to the care provided to patients, which is a primary goal in the field of course. However, companies are realizing quality care begins with those tasked with providing it.
Valir Health is one of those companies that understands nurses and fellow health care providers need care too.
“Part of the culture here at Valir Health is that we take care of our team members,” said Valir Health’s Chief People and Culture Officer Kelli Adams. “There are lots of big health care companies in our market, but at Valir Health, you are not just a number. You are a person, and it is important that we take care of each person so that they are best equipped to take care of our patients.”
It may sound like just a sales pitch, but employees at Valir say it is not. At Valir, caring for the team is a core mission and a daily focus. Company support extends far beyond the benefits, which include a generous array of signing bonuses (up to $30,000), medical and dental insurance, a 401k plan too. It also includes amenities aimed at bolstering employee health and wellness – an onsite gym, a wellness room where employees can escape to relax and rejuvenate, gifts throughout the year, and special events like ice cream socials, holiday meals and more.
“It is important that they know we love and care for them. It’s a community,” Adams said.
It is an approach that has created a community where employees feel more like family than coworkers.
“We are all a big family,” said Brittany Quick, LPN. “We all strive to help each other. We look after one another.”
“It is not a top-down environment here,” said Ashley Henson, NP, who is part of Valir’s Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly. “We all matter. We all have a voice.”
With healthcare provider burnout rates soaring, Valir Health is fighting the trend with a culture of care for its employees. In the end, it is an approach that is having an impact. Valir reports its employees are happier and more fulfilled, and as a result, patients benefit too.
“We are a very tight-knit community – like a family,” said Susan Laney, DON. “We care about each other as much as we do about our patients. It doesn’t matter if you are an RN or a CNA, we just do what needs to be done for the patients.”
The Valir culture of care has created an environment that fuels a tremendous sense of camaraderie, pride, and employee satisfaction.
“I feel so confident that I’m doing work that matters every day,” Henson added. “And there is no better way to hit your head on the pillow than to feel that way.”
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