Best Places spotlight: Miami Children's Hospital workers help kids, grow careers

Tech workers at the No. 63 organization on our 2012 Best Places to Work in IT list appreciate the opportunities to grow into new roles.

The IT staff at Miami Children's Hospital plays a vital role in ensuring that the Florida subspecialty hospital is equipped to do its important work. Tech employees tackle key projects, such as the hospital's recent transition from paper to electronic health records.

IT employees at MCH
IT executives David Bratt, Cathy Benway, CIO Ed Martinez and Pascale Prepetit. Credit: Miami Children's Hospital.

"I couldn't be prouder of the team," says CIO Ed Martinez. "It was phenomenal. After 41 years of paper processing, within a couple of days, the entire organization is paperless."

Other ambitious tasks on IT's slate include implementing a clinical genomic demographic and operational database for personalized medicine, and enhancing the hospital's telehealth capabilities so that the wider community can benefit from the unique specialists MCH has on staff.

Miami Children's offers solid benefits that include up to $4,000 in tuition reimbursement per year -- a perk that Pascale Prepetit, director of finance and business systems, used to obtain a master's degree in health administration.

Prepetit says she appreciates the career development opportunities the hospital affords its staff. In fact, one-third of the IT department at MCH has been promoted during the past three years. "They assess your strengths and place you into an area where you can grow," she says.

Whatever their challenges, the IT staffers never lose sight of their true goal. Says CIO Ed Martinez, "We're here to help the kids."

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