Great Place to Work, which partnered with Fortune magazine, has released its Best Workplaces in Health Care 2017 rankings after tallying employee-generated points.
Employees of qualifying companies – those that self-identified as being in the healthcare industry ― answered 58 questions about how often they experience the behaviors that make a workplace great, such as whether they feel physically safe, whether they are proud to work there, and whether employees care about each other.
The Top Five
Topping the list of 30 again this year was Texas Health Resources, headquartered in Arlington, with 18,815 employees. Of 1256 employees surveyed, 94% said their workplace was great. It was also ranked 31 this year in Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
The company cited programs and policies that showcase what makes it unique. Among them are low medical premiums with low deductibles and 90% coinsurance and a 401k matching program in which, after 1 year, the company matches every dollar an employee contributes, up to certain limits. Also, Texas Health pays for tuition and some fees for approved degree plans that benefit the employee or the company.
Second was Encompass Home Health and Hospice, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with 8232 US employees, of whom 843 were surveyed. It also had a workplace-is-great rating of 94%. It was ranked number 2 on the 2016 list as well.
Among the perks the company listed were that field employees can set their own daily schedules. Also, full-time employees can accrue 30 paid days off per year for personal needs, and that accrual starts on the first day of employment. Employees are also eligible to qualify for a company car, which they can take home and use for some personal needs.
Employees can be reimbursed if they pursue certain advanced certifications or degrees.
Ranked third was Baptist Health South Florida, headquartered in Coral Gables, with 15,073 employees, where 85% of 559 employees surveyed said their workplace was great.
The company offers large discounts on public transportation “which have saved employees upwards of $1,000/year,” the company says. Baptist Health also offers up to $10,000 to help employees who are adopting a child and offers a no-copay benefit to staff who use primary care physicians in the Baptist Health Quality Network or Baptist Health Medical Group.
Miami Children’s Health System in Florida came in fourth. The company has 3785 employees, and 88% of 832 employees surveyed said their workplace was great.
Employees at Miami Children’s can earn up to $1200 a year each when the organization hits its budget, patient satisfaction, and clinical index goals.
Employees who meet minimum body mass index requirements can take part in a free, 6-month weight management program with personal trainers, meal plans, and clinical supervision to help them meet their goals.
At number five was Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, with 11,203 US employees. Of 464 employees surveyed, 92% said their company was great.
The company allows employees to apply for tuition for continuing education ahead of time so that they can be reimbursed when they register ― a policy that reduces up-front out-of-pocket costs.
The Best of the Rest
Here, by rank, are the remaining 25 standouts:
6. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee
7. Horizon Pharma, plc, Lake Forest, Illinois
26. Astellas, Northbrook, Illinois
27. WESTMED Medical Group, Purchase, New York
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