The Forbes rankings are the latest in a series of state and national recognitions for the university and UF Health. In July, U.S. News & World Report named UF Health Shands Hospital one of the nation’s elite. The publication placed nine UF Health adult medical specialties among the top 50 in the nation — more than any other hospital in Florida. UF Health Shands Childrens Hospital has three medical specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s national rankings. The pediatric cardiology, pulmonology and endocrinology specialties have been among the nation’s premier programs for at least a decade.
UF is also the nation’s No. 6 public university and has 44 graduate programs ranked in the top 20 among public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. The UF College of Pharmacy is ranked No. 5 in the country, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked No. 9, and the UF College of Medicine is No. 18 among public medical schools for medical research.
UF Health Shands CEO Ed Jimenez said the Forbes rankings as a top employer is especially satisfying because the results were driven by UF and UF Health Shands employees’ responses.
“I have the privilege of seeing our dedicated care teams and hospital staff in action every day,” he said. “Today, everyone continues to meet the challenges that are unprecedented in modern-day health care, even before the outbreak of COVID-19. Our achievements as a top workplace are very much a reflection of the many dedicated people in UF Health’s hospitals, outpatient practices, research laboratories and medical classrooms.”
The statewide Forbes list is based on surveys of more than 80,000 people who worked for companies with at least 500 employees. The surveys were conducted between October 2019 and May 2020. The Forbes list of best workplaces for women surveyed 75,000 people, including 45,000 women, at companies with more than 1,000 workers. They were queried in March and April.
UF Health Shands is constantly working on employee-focused initiatives to keep its workers happy and productive, said Janet Christie, senior vice president for human resources at UF Health Shands. Workers are able to cultivate career paths and gain expertise through programs such as tuition reimbursement.