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

University of Pennsylvania Hospitals – Philadelphia, PA

Employees at any one of the three hospitals at the University of Pennsylvania are offered a wealth of benefits and extras as a result of the organization’s commitment to improvement and growth. Aside from a robust benefits package, employees also have professional development opportunities including tuition assistance and forgiveness, no-cost professional development courses, and dependent tuition at the University of Pennsylvania. One staff nurse explained the value of these benefits: “Penn Medicine offered to pay for me to get a Masters Degree (in Nursing). This was an opportunity I could not turn away from.” Employees are also offered flexibility and variety in their careers through the “Encore Careers” program, where they have the opportunity to move to another discipline or career area.

More reasons to work at the University of Pennsylvania Hospitals:

  • The Healthy Workforce Initiative gives employees free access to tools and resources they need to be more aware of their current health status and steps needed to improve their health
  • “Encore Careers” program allows employees to change their area of focus or discipline while remaining a part of the organization, and
  • Penn Medicine runs workshops for Penn Medicine staff members that aren’t ready to retire and want to continue to work, but are considering alternative work roles and hours.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Nashville, TN

The team at Vanderbilt Medical Center believes that “building a great place to work is the most important step in making our patients and customers happy and satisfied with their experience,” and they’re committed to building a positive working environment. Leadership at the medical center encourages learning, celebrates diversity, and offers a range of benefits to the staff. In addition to three different health plans, retirement packages, childcare centers, free fitness and wellness programs, there are many perks to being an employee at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Employees attribute their satisfaction to “talented and knowledgeable staff,” “opportunity to work in many facets of healthcare” and “good benefits.”

More reasons to work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

  • Discounts are available for employees at area apartments, automotive service stations and retailers
  • Pets are considered part of the family; insurance is offered for them too, and
  • “The Buddy System” teams up newly hired RNs with members of the leadership team and experienced nurses to help develop increased confidence, comfort and knowledge about the patient population, unit staff and specific unit routines and practices.

Winchester Hospital – Winchester, MA

This hospital is committed to providing an excellent work environment for its employees and has received recognition for this high standard. One honor is the Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work — an award they have won seven years in a row. One employee says that, “There is a great sense of team at this hospital and what I do to contribute is valued,” and others recognize that their input and opinions are valued by top management. All employees are given access to an individual, secure webpage where they can log in to view their schedules, certification/license requirements and their options for ongoing training and education classes.

More reasons to work at Winchester Hospital:

  • Holds Magnet status, the gold standard for nursing excellence (held by only 3% of hospitals nationwide)
  • The Winchester Hospital Community Health Institute gives employees the chance to lead health classes for members of its community, and
  • Through partnerships with area schools and the Winchester Multicultural Network, Winchester Hospital promotes wellness in various community populations.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – Yakima, WA

The core values of respect, compassion, accountability, safety, teamwork and excellence, along with commitment to a “constructive culture” are integrated into the overall framework at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, and are a major factor in employee satisfaction. The Organizational & Leadership Development department provides ongoing staff development courses and activities that help its team members build on their skills and potential while learning to work collaboratively with their colleagues. One current employee says, “I always feel appreciated and they are quick to reward excellence. I love it here!” Another employee attributes her success so far to the support she has received from the executive level: “Management is very positive, and encourages you to be the best employee you can be.”

More reasons to work at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital:

  • “Into the Blue” course helps employees learn how they formed habits, attitudes, beliefs and expectations that may stand in the way of releasing their vast inner potential
  • Employees can take part in “YouthWorks,”  a youth empowerment and community service initiative that engages civic and service-minded young people in a variety of mentoring, volunteering and philanthropic opportunities, and
  • Yakima’s central location is close to cities (Seattle, Spokane, Portland), the mountains, the ocean, the rain forests and the Columbia River, which makes it a great place to live.

Yale-New Haven Hospital – New Haven, CT

This hospital has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals: Honor Roll” for its great benefits plan, development resources, dedication to providing employees with a great working environment, and for enriching employees’ lives even outside of the hospital. The organization is focused on encouraging “uniqueness” among its staff and values cooperation on all levels through its Mutual Respect Committee, which encourages open conversations between staff and top-level management. Employees of Yale-New Haven Hospital also value the organization’s commitment to corporate social responsibility — spending over $9 million per year on public health programs, investing in youth development programs, participating in community advisory committees, supporting special care for families, and more. Employees call this hospital “a great place for growth in character and professional skill.”

More reasons to work at Yale-New Haven Hospital:

  • The Performance Initiative Program annually rewards employees for their contributions to the ongoing success of the hospital
  • Deduct-a-Ride gives employees a tax break through a pre-tax paycheck deduction of up to $230 per month to apply toward mass transportation expenses, and
  • Employees can earn up to $3,000 for referring a new hire.





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