Forbes Ranks ChristianaCare Among the Best Large Health Systems to Work for in the U.S.

Neil Jasani, M.D.

For the second consecutive year, Forbes magazine has ranked ChristianaCare as one of the best large health systems to work for in the United States.

ChristianaCare ranked as the 29th best health system overall, within Forbes’ list of the 500 best large employers in the United States.

ChristianaCare was the only health system in Delaware to make Forbes’ list.

“At ChristianaCare, we anticipate the needs of others, help with compassion and generosity, and show respect to everyone,” said Neil Jasani, M.D., MBA, FACEP, chief people officer at ChristianaCare.

ChristianaCare preserves the well-being of health care professionals with proven approaches to combat stress and burnout. Here caregivers enjoy pet therapy at a Rejuvenation Station at Christiana Hospital.

“These values and behaviors start with our workforce, as we create a supportive environment that enables our caregivers to find joy in their work and provide consistently excellent care to everyone we serve.”

While the pandemic has taken a significant toll on the health care workforce nationally, ChristianaCare has been recognized for its success in supporting its caregivers.

All ChristianaCare employees are known as “caregivers.” Above, Robert Torres, above, is a receiver in Food and Nutrition Services at ChristianaCare’s Union Hospital. 

The American Medical Association recently recognized ChristianaCare with the highest honor in its Joy in Medicine program, which recognizes health systems that demonstrate a commitment to preserving the wellbeing of health care team members by engaging in proven efforts to combat work-related stress and burnout.

This work has been largely driven by ChristianaCare’s innovative Center for WorkLife Wellbeing, which was founded in 2016 to tackle the growing national problem of burnout in health care and help caregivers to reconnect with joy and meaning in their work.

All employees at ChristianaCare are referred to as “caregivers.”

Lindsay Hootsy, BSN, RN, and Rachel Fett, Pharm.D., serve together on the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Christiana Hospital.

Other highlights of how ChristianaCare creates a great place to work include:

  • Benefits that include medical, dental and vision coverage, as well as a wellness incentive program and free healthy lifestyle coaching and care management, as well as access to ChristianaCare’s innovative and always-on virtual primary care, which makes health care options for busy caregivers more convenient than ever.
  • Twelve weeks of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child.
  • An organizational commitment to anti-racism and a robust Inclusion and Diversity program that includes 10 employee resource groups (ERGs). Forbes ranks ChristianaCare as the No. 1 overall employer for diversity and inclusion in Delaware and No. 14 among U.S. health systems nationwide.
  • A caregiver recognition program that supports a culture of gratitude and rewards caregivers who exemplify the core values of ChristianaCare.
  • Care@Work, which provides backup care services when working families are faced with a disruption in regular childcare or other dependent care coverage.
  • Free medical plan option for caregivers under certain income thresholds.
  • Competitive pay at all levels. ChristianaCare was the first health system in Delaware to adopt a $15 minimum wage, in 2018.
Forbes ranks ChristianaCare as the No. 1 overall employer for diversity and inclusion in Delaware and No. 14 among U.S. health systems nationwide. Above, employees participate in a Pride month event, hosted by the Pride Employee Resource Group, one of 10 employee resource groups celebrating caregivers’ individuality at ChristianaCare.

To create the list of America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes partnered with the market research firm Statista, which surveyed 60,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. All responses were anonymous.

Using a scale of zero to 10, the respondents rated how likely they were to recommend their employer to others. The participants also nominated organizations other than their own. The final ranking features companies with the most recommendations.

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