RIPLEY - In today’s highly competitive medical market place, successful doctor recruitment requires both a sophisticated search plan and the resources to carry it out.
Jackson General Hospital’s Physician Recruiter Brenda Green has the daunting responsibility of luring medical talent to Jackson General Hospital.
For over 10 years, Greene has played the part of researcher, educator and ultimately, host. Her job is to eloquently communicate all of the wonderful things that Jackson County has to offer to potential physicians who are looking for specific needs within a particular framework.
“Overall, I think that when presented with the option of practicing in Jackson County that physicians are impressed with the size of the community, the school system, our low crime rate and the efficiency of Jackson General Hospital.”
Greene has been employed by JGH since 1995 and became the Physician Recruiter and
Medical Staff Coordinator in October 2003.
Contrary to what we may all believe based on what our televisions have told us through the years, not all doctors seek a jet setting lifestyle that mirrors a Manhattan dream sequence from a Hollywood film. They are also real people who have families and they have real concerns and fears like the rest of us.
“While it is harder for physicians to maintain a solo practice in today’s world, many are taking a deeper look at their options. I feel that growing up in Jackson County gives me a tremendous advantage when communicating what we have to offer,” said Greene.
While the county is within a day’s drive of eight major cities and has access to an airport that is easily accessible, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t speed bumps to overcome along the way.
West Virginia doesn’t boast a single professional sports team. While Parkersburg is researching the possibility of a minor league baseball team, Charleston’s Class A West Virginia Power, a Pittsburgh Pirate affiliate, is the closest you will get to a professional baseball experience in the area.
“I had one physician who specifically wanted to be very near professional sports teams. There can be a give and take for more rural, quiet settings.”
Greene believes that making her life Jackson County has given her something unique to offer. She doesn’t have to learn the area as a transplanted resident, she has “lived” the area and can offer something personal in any presentation.
“While it is harder for physicians to maintain a solo practice in today’s world, many are taking a deeper look at their options. I feel that growing up in Jackson County gives me a tremendous advantage when communicating what we have to offer.”
Page 2 of 2 - She added, “The ease of communication within Jackson General between departments is attractive and sometimes the size of our facility is a positive.”
With Jackson County’s school system speaking for itself when researching test scores, growth and overall professionalism within the board of education, it makes a family oriented physician breathe just a little bit easier.
“The reputation of our schools and our low crime rate has been a tremendous draw for sure,” added Greene.
In 2006 she added the job of Credentialing Specialist with Partners In Health Network, Inc. With this job Greene verifies the credentials of a health practitioner prior to employment by a facility or privileging by a hospital.
Greene unselfishly credits those around her when speaking of the success she has seen as a recruiter. It is that unselfish outlook that helps Greene paint a positive picture on the canvas of Jackson County where she proudly calls home.
NOTE: The Jackson General Hospital Foundation will celebrate 50 years of service to the community on January 25. To purchase a ticket and inquire about sponsorship information, call 304-372-2731. The event will take place at the Jackson County Armed Forces Reserves Center.