9 top places to work in healthcare prioritizing mental health

Becker's Healthcare named 150 companies to its 2023 list of the top places to work in healthcare, and the following nine have placed particular emphasis on their employees' mental health.

BlueCross BlueShield Association (Chicago). Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which consists of 34 affiliated companies, has a longstanding history of innovation and adaptation. The company hires forward-thinking employees who are constantly looking for ways to improve their work. The system considers diversity a cornerstone of their success, and established their diversity council in 1999 to promote an inclusive company culture in which employees can show up as their truest selves. In keeping with its mission of improving health across the nation, the system provides employees with an extensive benefits program that enhances their physical, financial and mental health both inside and outside of work. Employees can also choose to participate in virtual and classroom learning, tuition reimbursement programs, mentoring or external development. In addition, the company offers several award and recognition programs that aim to reward employees for their contributions. 

Children's Mercy Kansas City (Mo.). Children's Mercy Kansas City dedicates itself to the wellness of its community, beginning with the caretakers it employs. Leadership aims to diversify, educate and support its workforce – a mission the organization deems critical to the continuation of the workforce in the face of social, technological and practice challenges in the healthcare environment. The organization offers employees benefits including in-network preventive care, maternity management, retirement programs, behavioral health programs, income protection and security plans, training programs, adoption assistance, childcare and pet care options. In 2022, the organization was named one of Ingram's "Best Companies to Work For" and one of Forbes' "America's Best Employers by State."

Hackensack Meridian Health (Edison, N.J.). Hackensack Meridian Health has been Great Places to Work certified for six consecutive years. From recruitment to retirement, the system aims to transform team members via coaching and mentorship; to date, 71 percent of system leaders have completed a peer-to-peer mentoring workshop. The system provides a holistic benefits package, developed with social determinants of health in mind, that offers competitive compensation, health coverage, time off and additional well-being programs. For instance, the health system's all-hours team member support and navigation line provides team members with constant access to licensed behavioral health providers.

Inova Health System (Falls Church, Va.). Inova's more than 20,000 team members are bonded by their mutual goal of providing quality care to each person in each community they serve. In alignment with this mission, the health system firmly denounces racism and discrimination, working to examine and address inequities. Team members are encouraged to show up to work as their whole selves, exactly as they are. To further promote employee wellness, the system offers a benefits program that supports emotional, psychological, social, physical, financial and professional wellbeing. Inova has earned a plethora of awards and recognitions, including Newsweek’s “America's Greatest Workplaces for Women” list for 2023. 

Keck Medicine of USC (Los Angeles). One of only two university-based medical systems in the area, Keck Medicine of USC prides itself on providing the best and most equitable experience possible for every colleague, patient and loved one. In that vein, the health system hired its first ever chief diversity inclusion officer, Shannon Bradley, in 2022. The role was created to help recruit and retain an equitable and diverse workforce and ensure culturally sensitive care for patients. Keck Medicine also demonstrates its commitment to employee health and wellness via its Care for the Caregiver program, which offers employees a breadth of resources designed to positively impact mental health.

North American Partners in Anesthesia (Melville, N.Y.). North American Partners in Anesthesia is the largest anesthesia management company in the U.S., partnering with 500 hospitals, ASCs and physician offices. The company is focused on caring for patients and was able to redirect resources to keep clinicians working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic instead of furloughing or laying off staff. NAPA has an employee assistance program to ensure a great work-life balance and promote physical and mental wellness. Employees receive competitive compensation packages with a Total Rewards approach. The company also promotes a culture of professional development and diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2021, NAPA embarked on a 5-year roadmap for equity and impact to institutionalize and operationalize objectives for talent development, corporate culture and social responsibility. For the last six years, NAPA has earned a No. 1 ranking for anesthesia management services by Black Book Market Research.

NYU Langone (New York City).  NYU Langone offers a comprehensive and competitive range of benefits and perks that invite comparison with the best employers in the New York area and with academic institutions nationwide. Professional development is also front and center at the health system, which has a leadership academy for aspiring leaders and a variety of courses for professionals to maintain their skills It also offers worker's compensation, special discounts and a commuter benefit program to its employees. NYU Langone earned a spot on Forbes' best employers in New York list last year. The system also received Mental Health America's Bell Seal for workplace mental health.

Texas Health Resources (Arlington, Texas). Texas Health Resources has more than 26,000 employees at 29 hospital locations. The nonprofit health system offers employees several health and wellness programs addressing such concerns as healthy pregnancy, behavioral health visits, and tuition reimbursement. THR also offers time off for community service, on top of regular paid time off, so employees can volunteer with local nonprofit groups. Forbes recognised THR as one of the best places to work in the nation earlier this year. People magazine honored THR as one of the 2022 companies that care, and the health system is a certified Great Place to Work.

Wellstar Health System (Marietta, Ga.). Wellstar is committed to developing people-centric programs, benefits and workforce culture for its 24,000 team members. In 2022, 81 percent of surveyed team members said Wellstar was a great place to work. The health system has historically provided resources for employees, and greatly expanded offerings to support increasing mental health and wellness needs since the pandemic. The system also has instituted a Team Member Emergency Assistance Fund that offers support to employees that have experienced an unforeseen crisis. Wellstar was recognized as one of Newsweek's "Best Workplaces for Diversity" in 2023.



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