Health care foundation uses strong benefits package

Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality uses a strong benefits package to compete for employees in the ever-changing health care industry.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: December 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm •  Published: December 13, 2013

The Oklahoma City-based Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality faces stiff competition for employees in the ever-changing health care industry.

The health care consulting firm's strategy is to provide popular benefits to its employees.

“Our salaries, we think, are comparable to the market, and our benefits give us an advantage,” CEO Gregg Koehn said. “We want to offer a benefits package that tips the scale in our favor.”

One of the most desired benefits, Koehn said, costs the company nothing.

Most employees work extra hours Monday through Thursday, allowing them to take off every other Friday and work shorter hours the remaining Fridays.

“We try to balance family and work needs,” Koehn said. “When you do that, you get the best out of employees. When the company needs the staff, we ask the employees to step up. When they have needs, we try to step up as well.”

Some of the benefits are more expensive.

Foundation employees receive up to five weeks of paid time off, plus holidays, and can participate in both a 403(b) retirement account and a pension plan.

“Our turnover is exceptionally low,” Koehn said. “We have a lot of boomerang employees. Sometimes people leave to progress with their career path, but most of them come back when they realize how good it is here. At least 10 percent of our employees are boomerang employees. We have many who have been here 15-plus years.”

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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