20 best workplaces in health care

July 28, 2015, 1:54 PM UTC
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Growth in health care has been constant—and that means there’s been an ever-growing number of jobs opening up in the industry. Over the past 25 years, employment in health care boomed from 8.2 million jobs in 1990 to 14.8 million in 2014. Not only have the number of positions grown massively, but wages have also grown faster in health care compared to most other sectors of the economy.

As the industry continues to notch strong growth, we turned to the experts at Great Place to Work to find the companies that rate highest for employee satisfaction. Here are the 20 companies that are attracting and retaining today’s top talent in health care.

*Revenue figures are from the most recent fiscal year and headcount figures are the latest supplied by the company.

1. Texas Health Resources

Headquarters: Arlington, TX
U.S. employees: 21,100
U.S. revenues: $3.85 billion
100 Best Companies rank: 69

It’s about more than clocking in and out at this faith-based health care organization. Employees at Texas Health Resources appreciate that the company values their well-being beyond the workplace, encouraging workers to take care of themselves in mind, body and spirit. “People live the values, creating a unique and family-oriented culture,” said one employee. “Visibility and transparency by senior leadership is evident. From executive lunches during new employee orientation to town halls, information is shared in various settings, offering fun and relaxed dialogue with staff.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

2. Springfield Nephrology Associates

Headquarters: Springfield, Mo.
U.S. employees: 27
U.S. revenues: $4.53 million

A full 100% of Springfield Nephrology Associates reported that they look forward to coming to work. The upbeat, supportive atmosphere makes the practice an enjoyable work environment, while the fair wages, bonuses and generous benefits add to the positive vibes. “Our office is unique because our physicians and staff care about what they do,” said one employee. “I cannot pinpoint any one specific thing that makes this job worthwhile. As a whole we are a team, we work to create the best outcome for all.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

3. Encompass Home Health and Hospice

Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
U.S. employees: 5,005
U.S. revenues: $369 million

Encompass Home Health and Hospice is spread across 140 locations of varying size, and in spite of the decentralized nature of the company, employees say executives communicate effectively and encourage ongoing education to promote career advancement. Employees also have the added perks of setting their own daily schedules and six weeks of paid time off per year for full-time workers. “A positive, dynamic culture truly is the top priority,” said one employee. “There clearly are no hidden agendas, honesty and hard work are consistently rewarded.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

4. Atlantic Health System

Headquarters: Morristown, N.J.
U.S. employees: 10,312
U.S. revenues: $1.62 billion
100 Best Companies rank: 39

Employees at Atlantic Health System enjoy little added perks like discounted gym memberships and chair massages. It’s an environment that encourages loyalty with many workers staying at the health care company their entire careers. It’s not surprising, then, that 95% of workers say it’s a friendly place to work and that they plan to stay for a long time. “The organization does a great job in making all employees feel important and that their actions make a big difference to delivering the best health care possible,” said one worker. “Top management makes themselves available. Feedback can and is given in multiple ways, and it’s always acted upon.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

5. Southern Ohio Medical Center

Headquarters: Portsmouth, OH
U.S. employees: 2,357
U.S. revenues: $740 million
100 Best Companies rank: 44

Forget the bland scrubs. Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is all about making its environment fun and delightful for patients and employees alike. The company hosts pet picture contests, ugly tie days and Easter egg hunts to keep employees connected to the heart of its mission: serving the community. The leadership takes the time to know every employee by name and staffers say they feel like part of the family. “It seems that no matter where you are in the hospital, when you seen an employee of SOMC, they have a smile on their face,” said one employee. Read the Great Place to Work review here.

6. Retrofit

Headquarters: Chicago, Ill.
U.S. employees: 43
U.S. revenues: N.A.

At Retrofit, 100% of employees say their workplace is great, pointing to the flexible work environment and supportive atmosphere. The company, which sells a personalized, holistic weight management solution, provides unlimited paid time off as well as the ability to work from anywhere. Workers also have the flexibility to choose their own work hours. Retrofit is all about building a healthy environment and lifestyle for their employees so they can pass along those same values to their customers. Read the Great Place to Work review here.

7. Baptist Health South Florida

Headquarters: Coral Gables, FL.
U.S. employees: 15,330
U.S. revenues: $2.17 billion
100 Best Companies rank: 23

Baptist Health South Florida has a reputation of committed care, and its employees are proud of what they accomplish while at the office each day. Workers appreciate the caring, supportive environment, which includes employee development programs, health care coverage and no-interest loans if they need help in times of crisis. “This is a company that cares about their employees,” said one worker. “The benefits are excellent; they encourage work and life balance. I am here to stay -- I would not work anywhere else.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

8. ContextMedia

Headquarters: Chicago, Ill.
U.S. employees: 180
U.S. revenues: $30 million

ContextMedia, a digital health care network, believes that healthy people are happy people. That’s why it provides perks like daily catered meals, gym memberships and fitness classes to ensure that its own people are well-cared for and motivated. Workers also like that managers are approachable and provide regular feedback and praise for a job well done. “We’ve built a family in the workplace where everyone is looking out for one another,” said one employee. “It is very rare that employees will not have support of their managers or the leadership team. We all help one another to succeed.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

9. Licking Memorial Health Systems

Headquarters: Newark, Ohio
U.S. employees: 1,790
U.S. revenues: N.A.

Even when the workload gets demanding, Licking Memorial Health Systems employees can handle it. That’s because of the small perks that the company gives employees that make a big difference, like concierge services to cut down on personal errands and frequent bonuses. Employees describe the working environment at Licking Memorial as friendly, welcoming and open. “The support that we receive from our leadership team is liberating,” said one employee. “We are empowered to take ownership of the care we provide. We are encouraged to think outside of the box and truly do what is best for our patients and their families.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

10. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Headquarters: Memphis, Tenn.
U.S. employees: 3,951
U.S. revenues: $696 million
100 Best Companies rank: 32

Employees at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are passionate about the company’s mission: to cure and treat pediatric cancer and other diseases. It’s no surprise that 98% of workers say they take great pride in the company. St. Jude also goes out of its way to make sure employees are well cared for so they can provide the best service possible. That includes perks like dinner-to-go services, fitness classes and tuition reimbursement. “We are leading the world in finding better cures for childhood cancers and are sharing our advances globally,” said one employee. “It has special meaning to be a part of a place that wants to be the very best at doing something enormously important!” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

11. ZocDoc

ZocDoc CEO Cyrus Massoumi shows off his pearly whites at a cleaning with the first dentist in Alaska to join the online doctor booking service, marking the digital health company's presence in all 50 states. Already serving millions of patients each month, ZocDoc is nationwide just in time for New Year's resolution check-ups.

Headquarters: New York, NY
U.S. Employees: 600
U.S. Revenues: N.A.

Combine an inspiring mission with excellent perks and you have the equation for what makes employees happy at ZocDoc. The company’s work hard, play hard mentality is supported by such perks like unlimited paid time off, free lunches every day and surprise birthday parties. Workers can also take advantage of a dedicated fun room anytime with arcade games, Ping Pong tables are more. “The level of autonomy is incredible. You have so much responsibility from day one,” said one employee. “Also, the people that I work with are phenomenal. they are some of the most brilliant minds, but also people with whom I’d be happy to grab a beer.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

12. OhioHealth

Headquarters: Columbus, OH
U.S. Employees: 16,385
U.S. Revenues: $2.5 billion
100 Best Companies rank: 45

OhioHealth has grown rapidly, acquiring local hospitals and expanding its reach across the state. While that change can seem “overwhelming” at times, the organization goes out of its way to acknowledge employees with forward-thinking rewards like an OhioHealth Scholars Program, onsite fitness classes and an all-out shopping trip on major work anniversaries. “Working for this company, even though large, gives one a feeling of family in the way you are treated,” said one employee. “I have always been impressed with how my co-workers rally around another in need, and how my management team has always been responsive to my personal needs when a crisis has arisen.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

13. Beach Cities Health District

Headquarters: Redondo Beach, Calif.
U.S. Employees: 73
U.S. Revenues: $11.7 million

At Beach Cities Health District, 94% of employees say their workplace is great. The preventive health agency serves Southern California communities and strives to provide its employees with the same level of care as it does its clients. Beach Cities Health District is child- and pet-friendly to help employees balance work and life demands, while also offering employees access to its 17,000-square-foot fitness facility any day of the week. The result is that 99% of workers say they take great pride in their workplace. Read the Great Place to Work review here.

14. Carolinas HealthCare System

Headquarters: Charlotte, N.C.
U.S. Employees: 32,000
U.S. Revenues: $4.4 billion

Carolinas HealthCare System employees work across the health care spectrum, from hospitals to nursing homes. They are proud of their work but also appreciate giving back in other ways. Some 57,000 hours were volunteered by CHS employees. CHS also gets high marks for its wellness programs, featuring fitness classes, walking trails and even employee-run vegetable gardens. “Our organization is very focused on work-life balance,” said one employee. “They are dedicated to providing incentives to improving the overall health and wellness of their employees.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

15. Meridian Health

Headquarters: Wall, N.J.
U.S. Employees: 10,154
U.S. Revenues: $1.5 billion
100 Best Companies rank: 84

Meridian Health’s caring focus extends to patients and employees alike. It offers perks like on-site child care, employee health initiatives and at least four weeks of paid time off for full-time workers. Meridian Health also believes in giving back to the community, allotting each employee 8 hours of paid to time volunteer and donating $63 million to philanthropic causes in the last year. “To work for an organization that is so broad in scope yet so thoughtfully structures its culture and teams is a pleasure,” said one employee. “I feel supported and like we are all driving toward a noble goal.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

16. Houston Methodist

Headquarters: Houston, Tex.
U.S. Employees: 15,592
U.S. Revenues: $2.6 billion
100 Best Companies rank: 57

Houston Methodist’s “I CARE” motto is central to how it treats employees. It encourages a family-friendly workplace and acknowledges staff successes with special contests and bonuses including trips, cash, sports tickets and iPads. The CEO makes a concerted effort to stay connected with employees across the system, hosting a breakfast each month for 30 randomly selected employees. “There aren’t many companies that I have worked for that actually care about their employees outside of work,” said one staff member. “This is a company that really cares and will help the employee as a whole.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

17. Roche Diagnostics

Headquarters: Indianapolis, Ind.
U.S. Employees: 4,380
U.S. Revenues: $2.5 billion
100 Best Companies rank: 77

Scientific rigor, unassailable ethics and innovation are at the core of Roche’s values, and 97% of employees at take great pride in those values and the work they do everyday. Employees value management’s open communication as well as on-site amenities like a fitness center, free health clinic and a 45-acre park that hosts a summer camp for children. “There are vast opportunities within different business areas,” said one employee. “At Roche, you could have a dozen different roles in a handful of departments and never leave the Indianapolis campus.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

18. Viverae

Headquarters: Dallas, Tex.
U.S. Employees: 315
U.S. Revenues: $26.7 million

Viverae sells a platform that helps employers better manage their workers’ health costs by promoting healthier lifestyles, so it comes as no surprise that it sets a tone of wellness for its own workers. It’s a mentality that starts at the top with the CEO and trickles down and includes perks like on-site fitness facilities, a health clinic and company-wide fitness drills twice each day. “Managers trust that you will get your work done without having to do any micromanaging,” said one employee. “Everyone works together as a big team, and it is a very health-focused company.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

19. Vera Whole Health

Headquarters: Seattle, Wash.
U.S. Employees: 65
U.S. Revenues: N.A.

Vera Whole Health has wellness baked into its core, which is fitting for a business that builds on-site and near-site health clinics for employers. Employees often take a mid-day break to go for a run or take a yoga class. They take pride in what they do and management gets high marks for honesty and ethics. “I love working here, feeling surrounded by people with integrity,” said one employee. “They practice what they preach, deliver what they promise, encourage and esteem everyone to do their best and be their best.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.

20. Scripps Health

Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California

Headquarters: San Diego, Calif.
U.S. Employees: 12,796
U.S. Revenues: $2.6 billion
100 Best Companies rank: 60

Scripps Health workers credit the staff for making the health care system great. Ninety percent of workers say it’s a great atmosphere and a large majority praise Scripps’ community contributions around San Diego. Workers also appreciate the wellness perks like 100 fitness classes across 12 locations daily, health screenings and free on-site chair massages annually. “Scripps is unique in how the leadership is transparent with their employees about their circumstances, financial status and goals and overall strategic plans,” said one employee. “There is such an effort to educate, share knowledge and empower employees to work together.” Read the Great Place to Work review here.