Stryker Named Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For: The Kalamazoo medical device maker Stryker Corp. (NYSE: SYK) announced today that it has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune in the magazine’s 14th annual survey of top-rated workplaces in the United States. This is Stryker’s first time to be named to the list, and the company was ranked 68th out of 100; 9th for the employee benefit of telecommuting. The full list and related stories will appear in the February 7 issue of Fortune, and are available now at www.fortune.com/bestcompanies. To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Three hundred eleven companies participated in this year’s survey. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the Institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communications, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts. Any company that is at least seven years old with more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. More at www.stryker.com.
SRT’s Wagner, Hawley and Steele Named Microsoft MVPs: Ann Arbor-based SRT Solutions’ co-founder Bill Wagner and senior consultants Darrell Hawley and Patrick Steele were recently awarded Most Valuable Professional by Microsoft. Wagner, Hawley and Steele’s MVP designation from Microsoft recognizes their leadership in the technical community. According to Microsoft, MVPs are a “select group of experts that represent the technical community’s best and brightest, and share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.” Wagner has earned MVP status four times, Hawley has two other times, and Steele has been named an MVP eight times previously. In addition to Wagner, Hawley and Steele, SRT Solutions’ Jay Wren and Chris Marinos are also Microsoft MVPs. There are only 4,000 Microsoft MVPs worldwide. More at www.SRTSolutions.com.
Karmanos Cancer Center Gets Breast Imaging Center Accreditation: The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center has received the designation of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and the renewal of a three-year term of accreditation for mammography, breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsy for its breast cancer services in Detroit and at the Karmanos Cancer Center in Farmington Hills. This designation is the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that Karmanos has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. Karmanos performed almost 25,000 mammograms and breast ultrasounds in 2009 and more than 21,000 in 2008. Statistics for 2010 have not been finalized. The center also performed more than 840 stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies in 2010; 850 in 2009; and more than 730 in 2008.
Hundreds of UMHS physicians named to Best Doctors in America list: Every year, more and more patients seek care from the University of Michigan Health System because its doctors are among the nation’s best — a point proven by the hundreds of UM physicians named to the 2011-12 Best Doctors in America list. The new national list includes 433 UM physicians — up from 396 who were honored in the last listing two years ago – and places them among the top 5 percent of doctors in their specialties. UM has more physicians recognized than any other health system in Michigan. The list will be included in the upcoming issue of StyleLine Magazine. The “Best Doctors” from UM do not include about a dozen other physicians who have adjunct faculty positions because of their work with U-M residents at other hospitals in the area. The list is compiled every two years by Boston-based Best Doctors Inc., and based on an in-depth survey of more than 46,000 physicians in 43 specialties and more than 400 subspecialties of medicine. Each nominated physician was screened and asked to provide information about his or her practice. More at www.med.umich.edu.