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TOP WORKPLACES No. 1 Small Company: South Valley Care Center

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — South Valley Care Center has landed the No. 1 spot for small organizations on the 2018 list of New Mexico’s Top Workplaces.

The long-term care facility describes its mission as “promoting quality medical care to the elders of the South Valley who cannot care for themselves.”

The center is also the recipient of the Top Workplaces “Meaningfulness” special award, which recognizes an organization where employees report feeling like they are “part of something meaningful.”

Dee Gipson, the center’s business office manager, says creating that culture means paying special attention to the needs of their 58 employees.

“We’re very caring-oriented, not just for our residents, but also for the people who work here,” says Gipson.

Gipson says the center has an on-site food bank for any employee or employee family member who needs it and also offers employee meals at a reduced cost. A clothing outlet within the center is supplied with donated items and is available to employees and residents alike.

An employee of the month program provides winners with a $100 gift card.

Employees can also donate paid time off to each other. Other benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage for full-time positions.

In response to a survey about what they like most about their job, several South Valley Care Center employees describe “a positive work environment.” Others say they value:

“That my boss and the owner of this company appreciate me, my work, and the commitment I have for this company.”

“Flexibility with days off.”

“(That) I get to make a difference in our residents’ lives, and it feels like a family atmosphere all around.”

“I feel like I am making a difference.”

“(That) I can be creative and learn as I am being supportive and helpful.”

“(The) relaxed atmosphere, and the employees here are very courteous, polite and friendly.”

“Every day there is always a challenge, and with our awesome team, we always prevail. If I can have one resident to smile or laugh, then I know I have done my job.”

“Everyone here seems to love the work they do.”

South Valley Care Center was founded in 2006 by Hunter Greene, the former University of New Mexico basketball player who still ranks in the top 10 for career scoring there. The center is housed in a building that is more than 70 years old; Gipson says some employees remember getting immunizations there as children when the building housed a hospital.

She also says some employees have been there for years, which she attributes in part to the community they’ve created within the organization.

“We like to think of it as a culture of care,” she says.

The center has hired 10 employees over the past year and is likely to hire about the same number over the next year, according to information supplied by the company.

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