Summit Health Earns Ranking of 33 on Forbes America’s Best Employers for Women 2018 List
They have built their careers in a variety of ways; some started as bedside nurses, others as accountants, some managed medical offices. They’ve balanced the demands of their careers with raising children, and through the years have learned the importance of competence, intelligence, and innovation when it comes to leading their organization. They represent three quarters of Summit Health’s Senior Management team, and not only have they successfully helped position the health-care provider as the largest employer in Franklin County and the leader for health care in the area, the group of eight women was recently recognized as their contributions earned Summit Health a national ranking by Forbes.
Summit Health ranks 33 on the list of America’s Best Employers for Women 2018, beating out household names such as Levi Straus and Co, 37, YouTube, 43, IKEA, 56, Gap, 66, Aflac, 70, Mayo Clinic, 72, Johnson & Johnson, 105. The list, put out by Forbes last week, was developed with research company, Statista by surveying more than 40,000 Americans, including 25,000 women, working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. The final list ranks the top 300 employers that received the most recommendations and boast the most gender diverse boards and executive ranks.
“I am very proud that Summit has been recognized in this manner. As a business person, I am aware of the prestige the Forbes organization holds. To be recognized by this national organization is stunning and to be in mentioned in the same breath as Estee Lauder and Google, and other similar organizations is a bit awe inspiring,” explained Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Rzomp, who has worked for Summit Health for 35 years. Originally hired to manage the accounting office, Rzomp progressed through responsibilities as a staff accountant, Controller, Vice President for Finance, and in 2013 was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. While Rzomp says she has observed a transition in society when it comes to women and the roles they have played in the workforce, she feels grateful that Summit Health has always welcomed an individual point of view, rather than polarizing staff by gender.
“I have never been treated differently because I am a woman. Summit has always rewarded competence, innovative thought, and teamwork.,” she explained. “From the time I started to work in the accounting office at Chambersburg Hospital, if I showed initiative and competence, I was recognized and offered additional responsibilities. I also was given projects that perhaps were beyond my immediate capabilities to see how I could fly. These opportunities were keys to my future growth.”
Other female leaders at Summit share similar sentiments and gratitude for the honor.
“I think it’s exciting and speaks to the leaders before me, both male and female. Summit does a nice job of supporting women having successful careers and families,” explained Senior Vice President for Physician Services Niki Hinckle, who has developed her career at Summit Health over the past 19 years. “I started work at Summit when my children were three years-old and just nine-months-old. Shortly after arriving, my youngest son was hospitalized. Summit leaders at the time were very supportive of me needing to be there and understood that family came first. As the boys grew, those same leaders encouraged me to find ways to balance my career without having to sacrifice attendance at ball games and school events.”
Barbara Rossini, vice president of planning and community relations said she sought out a career path at Summit Health to help her achieve a better work-home balance while her three sons were still school-aged, but quickly came to realize additional fulfillment from her work with the organization. “My original plan was to work at Summit Health for a few years while my children were in high school then move back into consulting. However, after coming to Summit Health I quickly realized the organization’s culture was nurturing and open to new ideas and change. The leadership team cared about doing the right thing and putting the patients first. My ability to work with the leadership of the health system to create a better patient experience instead of feeling like the system was working against you was why I stayed. At Summit you know your work is making a difference in patients’ lives,” Rossini explained.
Carolyn George, vice president of corporate finance has held at least five different accounting/finance positions with increasing levels of responsibility since 1986. She says this honor speaks to the culture of Summit Health. “Summit does many things well that go unrecognized. It is very nice to be acknowledged as an organization that values women in the workplace,” she explained. “I have always felt supported, whether it was to further my education, to find a work-life balance or to explore new projects.”
And beyond their integral duties for the organization, these female leaders also wear perhaps their most significant hat, as role models for other women and men both within the walls of Summit Health and beyond in the Franklin County Community. Their advice to others looking to achieve success and fulfillment in their careers is that of hard work, persistence, and seeking opportunity. “Have a plan for your business life, but make it flexible. Gain as much education as you can. Continually work your plan for where you want to go,” explained Rzomp. “Don’t assume that career growth is happenstance or will happen because someone takes you by the hand. Make good relationships, but stay relevant in your education and knowledge and have a plan for your career and work it.”
“Achieving this recognition signals to others that it’s not impossible to have the best of both worlds. It may not be easy, but it can happen when you work with a group of like-minded people who appreciate that everyone has their own set of priorities,” Hinckle said.
(FROM L TO R SEATED) – Niki Hinckle, Senior Vice President of Physician Services, Barbara Rossini, Vice President for Planning and Community Relations, Sherri Stahl, Senior Vice President of Hospital Services, (FROM L TO R STANDING) Michele Zeigler, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Melissa Dubrow, Chief Operating Officer, Waynesboro Hospital, Carolyn George, Vice President of Corporate Finance, Kimberly Rzomp, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.