Scripps Health has been named one of America’s top employers by People magazine and Great Place to Work, earning the No. 8 ranking in the sixth annual People Companies that Care list for 2022.
Scripps is the first and only San Diego company to be included in this listing of the country’s top 100 workplaces.
Collectively, the 2022 Companies that Care awards are based on more than 1 million employee survey responses and data from companies that represent more than 6.1 million employees in the United States. In that survey, 83% of Scripps’ employees said it is a great place to work. Recognition is also based on an organization’s charitable giving, employee benefits and programs that go above and beyond to take care of employees and the community.
“Scripps Health is an organization with compassion built into our DNA, so naturally we’re committed to taking care of our people and community in every way possible,” said Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. “While our employees are focused on providing excellent health care to our community, it’s vital that we stay focused on our employees, especially in light of the extraordinary challenges they’ve faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Scripps was recognized for a variety of initiatives that reflect its culture of caring. For example, Scripps administers a unique program called the Helping Our Peers in Emergency Fund (or HOPE Fund), in which employees donate money and accrued paid time off (PTO) to help fellow employees in crisis. From June 2020 through June 2022, 57 Scripps employees received donations of more than $102,000 and 48 received 2,726 hours of donated PTO.
Also, a food drive that started at Scripps Green Hospital to help co-workers struggling financially because of the pandemic grew into a donation program supported by departments throughout Scripps Health. Scripps employees donated food and gift cards, as well as money through payroll deductions, while the culinary services team secured donations from food vendors and prepared hot meals. After five food drives, the program had dispensed 41,391 pounds of groceries, 280 prepared meals, 390 gift cards ranging from $10 to $50, and payroll deductions from almost 596 employees and physicians totaling $40,681. These efforts helped 502 employees in need, serving 2,709 total family members.
Additionally, Scripps implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination program for its employees and community at large. Scripps leaders decided that first to receive the vaccine would be staff most at risk for contracting the virus, including those working with and around patients being treated for COVID-19. Next, the focus turned to serving patients by establishing vaccine clinics at all five Scripps hospital campuses and eight clinics across the county. Scripps also led a super station at the Del Mar Fairgrounds that allowed people to walk up or drive up for vaccination. By June 2021, the station had administered shots to 131,103 people.
Throughout the pandemic, Scripps has continued to provide a wide range of benefits and services that have enabled employees to perform effectively at work while managing the challenges of home life. Family-friendly programs include child care, flexible work arrangements and paid paternal leave, and the ability to adjust job responsibilities as family needs change.
Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture, selected this year’s list using rigorous analytics and confidential employee feedback, derived from 60 employee experience survey questions. Rankings also reflect the generosity of each organization’s benefits and community support, with particular focus on activities occurring in the last year. To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place to Work certified and have at least 10 U.S. employees.
“Caring is about understanding the real needs of your people, of your community and of the world – and showing up in ways that make a meaningful impact. These companies make that kind of caring for people part of their daily fabric,” said Sarah Lewis-Kulin, vice president of global recognition at Great Place to Work.
Earlier this year, Fortune magazine named Scripps to its 100 Best Companies to Work For list, marking the 14th time it has received the honor. Also in 2022, Forbes magazine selected Scripps to its annual America’s Best Employers for Women list.
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