Massachusetts Medical Society is Named as One of the Best Places to Work in Bay State

Contact:  Richard P. Gulla
rgulla@mms.org 
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Boston, Mass. -- May 28, 2004  -- The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), the statewide nonprofit association of physicians, has been named by the Boston Business Journal  (BBJ)  as one of the Top 50 Best Places to Work in Massachusetts in the newspaper’s second annual statewide awards program. The award recognizes the company’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions, and company culture.

The Massachusetts Medical Society, headquartered in Waltham, Mass. with regional offices in Boston, Lakeville and Holyoke, was one of 140 companies to qualify for consideration. It made the list based on the strength of its benefits and programs and employee evaluations. The organization has approximately 400 employees working in membership services, professional development, medical education, advocacy, publishing, and related services.

The Society, in fact, was ranked among the top 10 companies, at number six, and was the highest-rated health care organization among seven that were honored. The other Massachusetts health care organizations making the list: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Hallmark Health, Winchester Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Private Healthcare Systems, Inc. 

MMS Executive Vice President Corinne Broderick, a 20-year veteran with the organization who served the Society in several capacities prior to becoming its executive vice president in 2001, said “Our physician leaders and employees have always known that the Medical Society is a special place to work. To be recognized for that by a publication of the stature of the Boston Business Journal is very gratifying and a wonderful honor.” 

 “We’re proud to be in such elite company with other major employers in the region, especially with other leaders in the health care industry.” Broderick paid special recognition to the Society’s Human Resources Department, led by Theresa Sciarappa, for its efforts that culminated in this award. 

The Massachusetts Medical Society, founded in 1781, is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country and has a mission of educating and advocating for physicians and patients throughout the state. Best known as the publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the world’s leading medical journals, the Society also publishes the Journal Watch  publications, a family of 10 newsletters focusing on individual medical specialties. It also conducts a wide variety of Continuing Medical Education programs and other professional development services its 18,000 physician members and other health care professionals throughout the state.

The Boston Business Journal launched its Best Places to Work survey project in February in a direct mailing to over 3,000 human resource managers across the state, along with e-mail and fax announcements, phone calls and advertisements in the paper and on the web site.

“For the second year in a row, our results validate how the creation of the right work environment can create powerful business advantages,” said George Donnelly, Boston Business Journal editor. “Employees are proud to work for companies that are about more than just business.”

Companies were evaluated on two kinds of information collected. Each completed a questionnaire about retirement plans, health insurance, profit sharing or stock options, performance-based reviews, employee training, paternity leave, and perks such as parking, child care, subsidized transportation or tuition reimbursement.

Ten or more employees then answered questionnaires that addressed such factors as their pride in the company, company encouragement, support and recognition of achievement, and relationships with coworkers and supervisors. Other questions asked about favorite and least favorite things about the company. The results were analyzed and scored by assigning points to each question.

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with 18,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the physicians and patients of Massachusetts. Founded in 1781, the MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country. The Society owns and publishes The New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal Watch family of professional newsletters, AIDS Clinical Care, and produces HealthNews, a consumer health publication.


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