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Cheery work environment shapes busy healthcare center

A summer employee cookout with giveaways and drawings are among the perks at Gateway Ambulatory Surgery Center in Concord.
A summer employee cookout with giveaways and drawings are among the perks at Gateway Ambulatory Surgery Center in Concord.

Gateway Ambulatory Surgery Center in Concord stays busy. Local surgeons perform more than 10,000 outpatient procedures a year there, according to the healthcare organization.

Still, employees there make time to maintain an upbeat atmosphere at the workplace. They celebrate holidays, hold baking contests and put their own spin on the bring-your-child-to-work theme.

“We have an open house one night a year so staff and physicians can bring their kids and put on gloves and surgeon masks and see where their mommy and daddy works,” says center administrator Robert Bashore, via email.

Gateway was recognized last year as one of the Charlotte region’s Top Workplaces. Nominations to be a part of the Charlotte Observer’s 2016 program are now open. Any organization in the Charlotte metro area with 35 or more employees can become a Top Workplace.

The Observer is looking for the region’s best employers to feature in our special report, which will publish Sept. 25.

Nominations can come from workplaces in this eight-county region: Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union in North Carolina, and Lancaster and York in South Carolina. Workplaces can be in the public, private, nonprofit or government sectors.

To conduct the survey, we’re teaming with WorkplaceDynamics, a research firm that conducts surveys for more than 40 newspapers, and surveyed nearly 2.5 million employees at more than 6,000 organizations last year.

WorkplaceDynamics will contact nominated businesses and ask to reach out to employees with a short, 22-question survey. Companies will be surveyed during March through May.

The nomination deadline for our 2016 report is April 15.

You can nominate your workplace at http://www.charlotteobserver.com/nominate or by calling 704-954-8760.

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