MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Medicine has been recognized as a Five-Diamond Employer by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. This designation recognizes outstanding companies in the areas of employee policies, continuing education, community service participation, and empowerment of employees.

”Here at WVU Medicine, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care, and that starts with taking care of our employees,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System, said. “We’ve made some incredible progress in the last year by providing the same benefits to our employees across the system. This recognition from the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce shows that our efforts are being noticed.”

In 2018, WVU Medicine improved employee benefits by integrating paid time off, disability, and leave management programs, as well as retirement programs across the system. 

“We are continuously working to make WVU Medicine a great place to work,” Leeann Cerimele, WVU Medicine chief human resources officer, said.  “We want to continue to recruit the best talent and encourage them to stay long term. We are committed to providing a market-competitive benefits and total rewards program for all of our employees.” 

This year, WVU Medicine plans to implement a system-wide career ladder for nursing and create career ladder and clinical advancement programs for other areas.

The Five Diamond Award was presented on April 10 at the Chamber’s annual Human Resources Conference in Charleston. Other awardees included Cabell Huntington Hospital, The Health Plan in Wheeling, Mon Power in Fairmont, Arnett Carbis Toothman in Charleston, Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, REO Logistics in Huntington, Service Wire in Culloden, The Thrasher Group in Bridgeport, UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia in Charleston, and West Virginia American Water in Charleston.