Virginia Health Services celebrates its human resources department for Healthcare Human Resource Week (March 14-18).
The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration uses the week to highlight the behind-the-scenes department, which manages the individuals who work for VHS and its HR processes.
The two-person team at Virginia Health Services help manage onboarding new employees, benefits, employee relationships and more. Meet our team:
Shaleena Brown, Human Resources Manager
Time with Virginia Health Services: 1 year.
What drew you to a position in healthcare human resources? HR is my passion. Coming in to ensure the company gets to the place they desire to be is a challenge that I am always up for!
How do you support team members at VHS? Listening. I help us work together to improve processes and promote empowerment, while staying compliant.
What aspect(s) of the job would surprise others? Being a counselor.
What is something you like to do outside of the facility that is unexpected? Karaoke.
Personal tidbits: I am a homebody.
Michael Smith, HR Associate
Time with Virginia Health Services: 6 months.
What drew you to a position in healthcare human resources? To be a part of an ever-growing industry and make a difference in the employee experience.
How do you support team members at VHS? We help our team members in multiple areas such as administering health benefits and affirmative action reporting. We also work closely with other departments to ensure the onboarding process for newly hired employees flows smoothly and that they are accurately entered into the system.
What aspect(s) of the job would surprise others? I think what is surprising about HR is how many functions we are responsible for. The few I mentioned above are just a small fraction of the overall responsibility of an HR department.
What is something you like to do outside of the facility that is unexpected? I was a Security Forces K9 Handler for the U.S. Air Force and I love spending time with my German Sheppard, Piper.
Personal tidbits: Playing golf and spending time with family.