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The 25 best hospitals to work for in the U.S.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL

Attracting, building and maintaining top talent is a major priority at this organization, and its leaders are committed to providing all of its staff with personal and professional benefits that allow them to find balance in life. In fact, NMH has had a spot on Working Mother magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” for nine straight years. Great benefits like retirement plans, health insurance coverage, tuition reimbursement, shuttle bus services to and from train stations downtown, and a commitment to supporting diversity, make this a great working environment for employees. One employee describes this hospital as a “Great place to work [with] great benefits and [the hospital] treats employees with respect,” and another says it’s a “wonderful, inspiring experience.”

More reasons to work at Northwestern Memorial Hospital:

  • Staff can attend NM Academy, an internal education center with a variety of clinical and non-clinical learning activities and resources like training sessions, conferences and professional development programs
  • Youth Programs give staff the opportunity to share their healthcare experiences with diverse students from elementary school to post-graduate levels, and
  • Diversity Awareness Training is integral to new employee orientation and incorporated into required training for managers.

Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Palo Alto, CA

This organization placed first as the Top Non-Profit Workplace and sixth in the Top 10 Large Companies to Work for in a 2010 employee-based survey conducted by the Bay Area News Group. The survey polled its employee participants on a number of workplace factors, including the direction of its leaders and company values, execution of communication and efficiency, opportunities for career advancement and professional development, the conditions and environment, quality of managers and their skills, and the pay and benefits offered. One area where employees feel empowered is in their opportunity to give back to the community by being a member of the PAMF staff to care for the uninsured, improving health care facilities, and adding availability of vital programs and services.

More reasons to work at Palo Alto Medical Foundation:

  • Work from home options are available for some positions
  • A “family-like” atmosphere keeps retention and satisfaction rates high, and
  • Each year, Sutter Health (parent company of PAMF) invests millions of dollars back into its communities.


Rhode Island Hospital – Providence, RI

Employees at Rhode Island Hospital have access to a wide range of “traditional” benefits and unique perks, like reduced memberships to its on-site YMCA, “Lunch and Learn” sessions on topics covering everything from gardening to college planning and an education assistance program. Also, the hospital’s commitment to health and wellness has earned it numerous awards and recognition from organizations like the Wellness Council of America and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Employees rate the “excellent benefits” and “motivating workplace and atmosphere” as some of the attributes that make Rhode Island Hospital a great place to work.

More reasons to work at Rhode Island Hospital:

  • Department managers can offer staff members flexible work arrangements
  • The “Employee Fund” provides financial assistance to employees when an unexpected catastrophic event (like a fire or life-threatening child illness) has left them with nowhere else to turn, and
  • Free, confidential services available to all employees and their family members who need information, assessment or referrals, to counseling or other wellness resources.


Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA

This hospital is known worldwide for its research projects and expertise in surgical procedures, so its reputation is certainly strong and one that that brings the most driven and passionate employees to its doors. With a full package of benefits ranging from tuition reimbursement to retirement plans and medical insurance, employees of this hospital also have access to a credit union, on-site childcare, free counseling for employees and their families, and a convenient transportation system for employees in five surrounding counties. For those outside of the reach of their independent transport service, local public transportation provides free passes for employees of the University. Employees call their jobs and work environment “stimulating” and many cite that the positive relationship between physicians and nurses contributes to their overall satisfaction.

More reasons to work at Ronald Regan UCLA Memorial Hospital:

  • Los Angeles averages 329 sunny days per year, making it a great place to call home
  • Relocation assistance is available for those coming from more than 250 miles away and UCLA Health Systems is their first LA-based employer, and
  • New Grad Nursing and Residency programs offer young professionals a strong start to a healthcare career.

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