Wednesday, June 19, 2024

BP2W 2022: Willis-Knighton Health System

by BIZ Magazine

Willis-Knighton Health System is a local not-for-profit community healthcare organization with deep ties in this area, tracing its roots to Tri-State Sanitarium founded in 1924. Shreveport locations include Willis-Knighton Medical Center on Greenwood Road, Willis-Knighton South & the Center for Women’s Health on Bert Kouns near Mansfield Road (Louisiana’s first satellite clinic), WK Pierremont Health Center on Youree Drive, the James K. Elrod WK Rehabilitation Institute on Line Avenue and WK Bossier Health Center located off I-220 in Bossier City. The James K. Elrod WK Innovation Center in Bossier City is the health system’s training site and includes a virtual hospital. It is also home to the Talbot Medical Museum. The Oaks of Louisiana, the health system’s senior residential community, offers independent and assisted living options as well as skilled nursing care. 

With a focus on providing care throughout the community, the Willis-Knighton Physician Network offers clinics throughout Shreveport-Bossier. These are supplemented by seven WK Quick Care locations that serve patients from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. A focus on innovation and leading edge care throughout the health system has brought many firsts in healthcare to the region, from innovative heart and eye surgery techniques to Louisiana’s only site for proton therapy for cancer patients. 

With 7,200 employees, Willis-Knighton is the largest nongovernmental employer in our region. Employees at Willis-Knighton enjoy a rich array of benefits including a defined benefit retirement plan paid for entirely by the health system. The dedication of employees reflects the health system’s mission of caring for the health and well-being not only of patients at Willis-Knighton hospitals but of the entire community. 

In 1979 the board of trustees of Willis-Knighton established a tithe the bottom line philosophy of philanthropy, reserving a minimum of 10% of the health system’s revenues to support worthy projects and programs. These target healthcare, humanitarian services, education and quality of life issues in our community.

What the employees have to say:

“I’ve been at Willis Knighton for almost 30 years and it’s had a big impact on my life. It’s given me an opportunity for growth and a chance to meet new people, patients, families and visitors. I’ve also had an impact on them. Whenever a patient comes to me and says I’ve done something positive for them or made them feel a certain way, it brings a smile to my face and also brings a smile to them.” – Anthony Williams – Admitting/ access manager

“I love being a nurse at Willis-Knighton because it’s a great place to learn nursing core concepts and to put those into practice using state of the art equipment.” – Ashwin Anderson, RN (WKMC)

“Willis-Knighton administration provides us with the latest cutting-edge technology and we can provide services for the community that you can’t find anywhere else in this area.” -Mitch Buckley, RN (WKMC)

“I enjoy working for Willis-Knighton because of the warm, welcoming healthcare environment, as well as the innovative ways we care for the community. Our managers value what we give to the community and our patients. I love working with the staff at Willis-Knighton; they’re like a second family.” – Lance Grider, RN (WKB)

“I love being a nurse at Willis-Knighton because it’s family-oriented, and we have great benefits. I appreciate Willis-Knighton for giving me the opportunity to advance my education. Another thing I love about Willis-Knighton is our awesome facilities.” – Ashleigh Holomon, RN (WKB)

“I love being a nurse at Willis-Knighton because of the teamwork between the nurses and physicians. I’ve been working at Willis-Knighton for more than fifteen years because of the supportive environment and teamwork I find here.” -Tiffany Williamson, RN (South)  

“I love working at Willis-Knighton because the day I started working here, everybody was friendly. There was a warmth the day I walked in. I met one of the best supervisors you could ever ask for. Anything I’ve ever needed or wanted, Willis-Knighton has been able to help me with it. I‘ve enjoyed working with each and every person here within the system. We learn from each other and we grow with each other, and this is coming from my heart. I’ve always felt that I’ve had a place here. I have a few more years and I’ll continue to stay here and do my job.” -Doyle Moody maintenance Technician/ Willis-Knighton Medical Center

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