Scripps Health has been named one of the nation’s 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work. In addition, Scripps has been named one of the 10 Best Workplaces for Hispanics and Latinos by Fortune and People en Español.
Scripps was the only San Diego-based organization selected to these lists. Scripps ranked No. 29 among the Best Workplaces for Diversity and No. 7 among the Best Workplaces for Hispanics and Latinos.
“We are honored to be recognized as one of the Top 50 Workplaces for Diversity and Top 10 Workplaces for Hispanics,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps president and CEO.
“At Scripps, we know it is incredibly important that our workforce represent a cross-section of our community,” Van Gorder said. “That, in turn, means Scripps can provide better care because our employees understand the cultures of the patients we serve.”
The rankings for the two inaugural lists were based on employees’ assessments of the quality and inclusiveness of their workplace and were announced today at the annual Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference in Miami presented by Time Inc., the parent company of Fortune.
The winning companies were selected based on a survey of more than 128,000 women and 69,000 racial and ethnic minorities from 630 companies by Great Place to Work, a global human resources consulting, research and training firm that works closely with Fortune on its best companies to work for lists. Employees considered everything from how comfortable they feel being themselves in their workplace to the degree of honest connection with co-workers and access to senior leadership and professional development.
Scores also took into account how well represented women and minorities are within the workforce, management and executive positions.
“The companies on this list are leaders who recognize the strategic importance of creating workplaces that attract and support the best talent in their industries,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work United States. “Ranking on this list a great indicator that these companies’ efforts to create great workplaces are resonating throughout their teams.”
At Scripps, racial and ethnic minorities make up 50 percent of employees and hold 38 percent of management positions. In addition, women make up more than two-thirds of the workforce and hold 60 percent of executive and senior management positions.
“We place great importance on patient experience, so it’s important that our employees understand the dynamics and cultural differences of our patients,” says Veronica Zaman, corporate vice president of human resources and learning at Scripps.
For the 10 Best Workplaces for Hispanics and Latinos, Great Place to Work and Fortune partnered with People en Español to make the selections.
Hispanics make up one-fifth of the workforce at Scripps and include employees with uplifting stories like Ana Calderon, 28, a food service partner who caters events at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. The Mexico native earned her college degree in business management with financial help from Scripps. She also participated in a job referral program and won a bonus, which she used to help pay for her U.S. citizenship application.
“Before coming to Scripps I had never thought of pursuing a career. I was just working for a paycheck. I worked at a fast food restaurant and there were no opportunities for the employees,” Calderon said. “With the great support of my supervisors and directors at Scripps as well as tuition reimbursement and scholarships, I was able to attend school and make time for homework as well. I am really looking forward to moving up in the organization now that I have graduated.”
The Fortune rankings are the latest in a series of workforce accolades for Scripps in 2015. In September, Scripps was named as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women by the national magazine. In July, Scripps was selected as one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Health Care, also by Fortune. In March, Scripps was identified as one of the Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women by the National Association of Female Executives and one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Fortune.
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