Denver Health vs. Centura Health vs. HealthONE

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    Hey nurses,

    I'm an ER nurse new to Denver and I was offered a job with St. Anthony's. I also have two pending interviews with DH and Swedish coming up. I'm not too excited about what I'm being offered for compensation with St. Anthony's- but I hear that it is a great place to work.

    Also, I've always heard to stay away from HCA- and they recently bought out HealthONE. Is this the common thought here? What are your opinions on the three health systems, pay grades and management for the three companies? What is your favorite, and why? Your input will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    I hope someone answers this.
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    Stay far, far away from HCA/HealthOne. Two words: FOR PROFIT. Lowest pay, worst benefits, most expensive health insurance (especially if you have a family), and notorious for the bait-and-switch recruitment tactic - they bait you with a good schedule or singing bonus, lock you in with a work contract, and change the rules of the game. Of note, some of the nicest and best nurses I have ever worked with. Management varies but their hands are often tied by the corporate entity and they flounder to provide "service excellence" in a "do more with less" culture. There is a reason for the break-neck pace of RN turnover and high dollar signing bonuses. Do your homework on HCA and decide for yourself.

    I have heard great things about DH. They have a fantastic reputation in the Denver nursing community and reportedly some of the best benefits and pay. The ER is a true level I trauma center ER. I don't know much about St. Anthony/Centura right now - they faced some hard times when the economy dropped and went through some management changes.

    Hope this helps.

    P.S. avoid HCA like the plague and c-diff combined.
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    Been in Colorado for 2.5 years now and have heard nothing but bad news about HealthOne. I have worked for two Centura facilities including St. Anthony's. Porter Adventist is my current hospital and in the OR we have gotten 3 different Swedish employees jump ship and come here. They all say it was horrible over at HealthOne, but they were in the OR not the ED. There are two other Swedish employees that I know of that went to St. A's. I have a friend who worked at DH and she left there for Centura but has very little bad to say about DH.

    Overall, Colorado pays less than one would like but HealthOne has been know to pay less by rumor. Good Luck and welcome to Colorado!!
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    I currently work for a HealthOne Hospital and have for multiple years. I've worked in several units throughout the hospital including ED, ICU, NICU, OR, and BMT. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! I HAVE LOVED IT FROM DAY ONE. I was born and raised in Vail, CO and worked at VVMC right after finishing nursing school. The only positive thing I have to say about VVMC is that The Steadman Clinic physicians/surgeons, fellows, athletic trainers, and other misc. staff are PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!! The Steadman Philippon Research Institute is state of the art and truly incredible. VVMC is very very small and if you have no previous OR nursing, don't set your hopes high to get an offer from them.
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    Quote from stacy.horning
    I currently work for a HealthOne Hospital and have for multiple years. I've worked in several units throughout the hospital including ED, ICU, NICU, OR, and BMT. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! I HAVE LOVED IT FROM DAY ONE. I was born and raised in Vail, CO and worked at VVMC right after finishing nursing school. The only positive thing I have to say about VVMC is that The Steadman Clinic physicians/surgeons, fellows, athletic trainers, and other misc. staff are PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!! The Steadman Philippon Research Institute is state of the art and truly incredible. VVMC is very very small and if you have no previous OR nursing, don't set your hopes high to get an offer from them.
    Wow, really!?
    It's good to hear opinions from both sides. I, too am currently an ER nurse looking to go with either Denver Health or a HealthOne facility.
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    I have a friend who works at Swedish and hates it. Benefits, supplies/equipment, etc are terrible per her--salaries are also low. She has taken on a second job to supplement income because she signed with them and would have to repay her sign on bonus, plus any education costs if she were to leave. I also have a friend that is a pharmacist there. He has pretty much the same sentiment.
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    Could you tell me a little bit more about the OR? I have an interview for a preoperative training program and am trying to get some perspective on the facilities.
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    Don't lump all of HCA into one cubby! I love the HCA facility I am at, but I have heard horror stories about 2 of the others in the area. The people are fantastic, the training is even better than the staff, they seem to care about their nurses and they epitomize the meanng of teamwork! The pay is lower than DH (not sure about Centura or Exempla), but it is a lot less than I expected to make as a new grad. My offer letter was precise, and I got exactly what I was told I would get in terms of shift and compensation, no "bait and switch". The benefits are pretty much exactly what my classmates at DH, Exemplan and Centura are getting.

    Overall, get a feel for the facility when you interview, and then decide. If you are looking for better pay, DH, University, and the VA (if you can get in-it isn't easy) are where you want to focus. If pay is not your first concern, then don't let what you hear sway you away from all HCA hospitals.
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    Trying not to, I am just not sure if at the end of training I could end up at any of the facilities.i won't know until I can ask more questions at the interview


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