|SMALL COMPANIES||Companies with fewer than 50 employees worldwide|
|RANK '10||RANK '09||COMPANY||CITY
|OREGON SENIOR EXEC / TITLE
OR / TOTAL
|2||7||NW Newborn Specialists PC||Portland
|Physicians group specializing in newborn needs with state-of-the-art neonatal intens. care units||444.5
Dr. Patrick Lewallen (top and above), Northwest Newborn’s medical director, tends to babies in the neonatal ward of Legacy Emanuel Hospital.
PHOTOS BY LEAH NASH
Northwest Newborn Specialists // No. 2 Small Company
The employees of Portland’s Northwest Newborn Specialists all admit that providing medical care to ill and premature babies can be stressful and have an emotional toll. Part of what diffuses that stress, say employees, is a culture of learning and respect fostered by administrative staff and co-workers.
Being encouraged to pursue individual growth and professionalism — such as attending conferences or authoring research papers — also buoys employees. “It’s a supportive environment,” says physician Valerie Newman. “In medicine, it really can be the opposite.” Practical rewards are also reaped: health insurance was increased by 10% last year when administration began receiving employee feedback that benefits needed improvement.
Physicians also don’t have to work the usual 9 to 5, five days a week (or more). “We individualize the amount of work,” says chief financial and administrative officer Cheryl Hughes Gaulke. “You can be less than fulltime, or you can even be more than fulltime.”
The flexibility allows employees to balance work with private life. One employee recently took a three-and-a-half-week vacation to visit a family member outside the country. “The whole team pitched in to make that happen,” Hughes Gaulke says.
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