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April 14, 2017

The 30 'Best Workplaces in Health Care,' according to Fortune

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    Fortune named 15 hospitals and health systems to its 2017 list of "Best Workplaces in Health Care," which highlights companies that excel at employee engagement and satisfaction.

    Details on the rankings

    For its latest list, Fortune partnered with Great Place to Work to rank Great Places to Work-certified health care companies, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. The rankings were based on feedback from more than 87,770 employees at the organizations. Companies are included on the list only if they have published Great Place to Work review scores.


    The list follows Fortune's annual 100 Best Companies to Work for list—released earlier this year—which ranks companies across all industry sectors. Those rankings are based on feedback from more than 232,000 employees at Great Place to Work–certified companies with more than 1,000 employees.

    Best places to work in health care

    This year's health care industry-specific list included 15 hospitals and health systems, all of which are Advisory Board members. The hospitals and health systems are:

    • No. 1: Texas Health Resources (THR);
    • No. 3: Baptist Health South Florida;
    • No. 4: Miami Children's Health System;
    • No. 5: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare;
    • No. 6: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital;
    • No. 8: Atlantic Health System;
    • No. 9: Scripps Health;
    • No. 13: BayCare Health System;
    • No. 14: Yale-New Haven Hospital;
    • No. 16: Baylor Scott & White Health;
    • No. 17: Cleveland Clinic;
    • No. 19: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta;
    • No. 21: OhioHealth;
    • No. 22: Mayo Clinic; and
    • No. 23: Kettering Health Network.

    The list also included several other health organizations:

    • No. 2: Encompass Home Health and Hospice;
    • No. 7: Horizon Pharma;
    • No. 10: Novo Nordisk;
    • No. 11: Adeptus Health;
    • No. 12: Roche Diagnostics;
    • No. 15: Acorda Therapeutics;
    • No. 18: Great Lakes Caring;
    • No. 20: American Heart Association;
    • No. 24: Professional Physical Therapy;
    • No. 25: Quantum Health;
    • No. 26: Astellas;
    • No. 27: WESTMED Medical Group;
    • No 28: Genentech;  
    • No. 29: Benco Dental; and
    • No. 30: Axcella Health.  

    Top 100 companies to work for

    Several of the organizations that ranked on the health care-industry specific list also ranked in Fortunes' 100 Best Companies to Work for list. The hospitals and health systems that ranked on the overall industry list—all of which are Advisory Board members—include:

    • No. 31: THR;
    • No. 36: St. Jude Children's;
    • No. 45: Scripps Health;
    • No. 46: Atlantic Health System;
    • No. 56: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta ;
    • No. 61: Southern Ohio Medical Center;
    • No. 84: Mayo Clinic;
    • No. 86: OhioHealth;
    • No. 92: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; and
    • No. 97: Baptist Health South Florida.

    Fortune named several other health companies to the overall list as well, including two pharmaceutical companies: Genentech, ranked No. 6, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, ranked No. 85. Health care staffing firm CHG Healthcare Services also made this year's list, coming in at No. 20, as did Encompass Home Health and Hospice, ranked No. 57.

    Higher quality care

    According to a Best Places to Work release, organizations that were named to the health care industry-specific list "averaged "higher 'Overall Hospital Rating' and 'Recommended Hospital' [the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS)] scores than the national average." Moreover, organizations named to the list also offered competitive pay, an "emotionally healthy" environment, as well as opportunities for professional development.

    Kim Peters, EVP of Great Places to Work, highlighted the important work of health care providers. "Employees in health care frequently take on high-stakes responsibilities that substantially impact people's lives. By doing everything they can to support team members and ensure they create a great place to work for all," she said (Fortune, 4/12; Great Places to Work release, 4/12; Great Place to Work health care list, accessed 4/12; Best Places to Work methodology, 4/12).

    Why you're in danger of building the wrong workforce

    To succeed in the future, health care organizations will need to provide care in the lowest-cost, most appropriate setting—and to accomplish this, they’ll need a different complement of staff than in the past.

    But if today's leaders don't revise their workforce planning strategy, they're in danger of building the wrong workforce, a mistake that will be costly in the long run and could take 10 to 12 years to correct.

    Find out what you need to do to revise your approach—starting from the "outside-in."


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