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


Rose Medical Center – Denver, CO

This hospital has a unique approach to its employee engagement and development strategy: a newly developed collaboration between its Organizational Development, Education and Human Resources departments called “Rose University”  to foster its employees professional skills. Three schools (Workforce Development, Leadership and Personal Development and Professional Development) each have their own courses and structure, and are offered to all staff members, including non-clinical workers. The organization has been described by its employees as “forward thinking” and focused on the community. One employee says, “I feel humble to be a part of this great organization that has served the Denver community for the past 60 years.” Another employee says,  “Rose and all our staff bring so much to our community. We have so many long-term employees, physicians, volunteers and return patients — that alone speaks for itself.”

More reasons to work at Rose Medical Center:

  • “The Rose Code” highlights main areas of focus called “four cornerstones” and six other values as part of a solid foundation for their incoming and current employees
  • Rose’s founders built the hospital to “serve the need of every creed” and it has become a community landmark, and
  • Rose’s leadership team spends a collective 4,500 hours per year to collaborate on ideas that allow them to focus on improving their commitments.

Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Boise, ID

In addition to a great compilation of benefits like health insurance, medical reimbursement funds, access to a credit union, adoption benefits, childcare discounts and more, Saint Alphonsus also has a “Career Mobility Program” designed to empower employees to develop their careers at the medical center. With one-on-one career coaching sessions, annual internal career fair, educational scholarships, tuition reimbursement and special training sessions, this organization is dedicated to making employees the best they can be. In addition, Saint Alphonsus is proud of their “spirit of service” that fosters a values-driven career for its staff members.

More reasons to work at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center:

  • Boise offers a reasonable cost of living, a low crime rate and many cultural programs
  • The faith-based culture at SAMC respects the dignity of the individual and fosters a values-driven employment experience, and
  • An on-site, Early Learning Center is part of employees’ Child Care benefits.

Schneck Medical Center – Seymour, IN

SMC has been named as one of the best places to work in the state of Indiana, and was recently named the recipient of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2011 — for which one of its contributing factors was its “empowered and involved workforce.” Right from the start, this organization makes sure that its employees are the right fit for the position and culture at Schneck Medical Center. Several of their programs dedicated to workplace improvement, like the “Hiring for Excellence Program”, involving peer interviewing and employee input for the selection of new staff members, and the “Grow Our Own” program, which offers high school and college students a chance to shadow healthcare professionals and work at the medical center during college, has led to high staff satisfaction levels and reduced turnover rates.

More reasons to work at Schneck Medical Center:

  • Schneck employees advise middle and high school students on healthcare careers through their Health Career Discovery Program
  • Satisfaction levels reported by Schneck’s RNs for the organization’s leadership development programs have exceeded the benchmark of the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators for the past three years, and
  • 90% of SMC’s physicians report they’re engaged and aligned with the organization.


Sentara Norfolk General Hospital – Norfolk, VA

This hospital system has been a past recipient of the “Employer of Choice” Award and is committed to providing employees with a “vibrant, creative and highly productive workplace.” They have a generous benefits program and encourage employees to take part in their Community Involvement initiatives in which the hospital employees volunteer and give back to local and national charities. Employees are also offered the opportunity to take part in personal and professional development programs through tuition assistance, seminars, workshops and exercise programs that are built into their work schedules.

More reasons to work at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital:

  • Sentara provides a 100% employer paid pension plan for eligible employees in addition to 3 types of retirement savings plans
  • Commitment to competitive pay — research is conducted on base pay, as well as other types of pay, such as shift differentials, call pay, charge pay and more, and
  • Sentara rewards employees who have continuous service of three-, five- and 10-year increments.

St. Luke’s Hospital – St. Louis, MO

St. Luke’s was a finalist in the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2012 “Best Places to Work” list and was named a “Best in Class Employer” by HR Solutions, Inc., among other top awards. Described by its employees as “a great place to work” where collaboration and teamwork is valued, workers feel they’re “a part of something great — the people, the work, the compassion that goes on here is indescribable.” Benefits at St. Luke’s help to balance work and personal life, and include health and life insurance, group banking services, access to a fitness center and track, tuition reimbursement and discounts at area attractions, to name a few.

More reasons to work at St. Luke’s Hospital:

  • The hospital holds strong to its core values and “FACES” culture, which promotes a Friendly, Available, Caring, Efficient and Safe place to work
  • Staff has the opportunity to facilitate the Job Shadowing program for high school and college students, and
  • The hospital has been recognized as a past Employer of the Year for effective communication, employee input, employee development, work/life balance and culture.

University of Colorado Hospital – Aurora, CO

Sitting in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, The University of Colorado Hospital has been recognized for its advancements in medicine and is considered to be one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country. Aside from this accolade, The Denver Business Journal named it first in its category on its 2011 Denver Metro Healthiest Employers list for its wellness initiatives, health risk assessments and screenings, and tobacco-free workplace policy, among other “health first” factors. Benefits at UCH are one of the top perks of working there. In addition to wellness benefits, employees are offered medical and health insurance, pensions and retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, access to a credit union and more. Leadership also puts value on the idea of working as a team and that’s one of the reasons employees call it “a great place to work,” where “peers and subordinates [are] high quality with a great work ethic.”

More reasons to work at University of Colorado Hospital:

  • The “clinical ladder” program rewards RNs for continuing growth, and offers exceptional educational opportunities to help ensure their professional development
  • The Continuing Education and Professional Membership reimbursement program allows employees to learn on the job and enhance their skills, and
  • UCH Insider, the hospital’s “unusually candid e-newsletter,” is published every other week to provide colleagues with the inside information, news and breakthroughs.

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