10 healthcare companies that score high on gender equality

Linda Le Phan

The healthcare industry is known for a lot of things, but gender equality isn’t one of them. Though it’s not as bad as other mostly-male industries like software engineering and construction – where roughly 25% and 9% of workers are female, while women make up about 80% of all healthcare and social assistance workers – there is still a very real gender imbalance especially in leadership and pay.

The leadership roles in the healthcare industry like CEO, department chair, division chief and chief medical officer, are all mainly occupied by men with division chief having the highest percentage of women at 9% (the others are 3%, 6% and 3% respectively).

And as for the gender pay gap, on average, male doctors earn 25% more, male dentists earn 40% more and male nurses earn 19% more than their female counterparts.

Gender inequality in the healthcare industry isn’t something that can be fixed overnight, but there are certain healthcare companies out there that prioritize gender equality and take the fair treatment of their female and male employees seriously.

Here are 10 of such healthcare companies that score high on gender equality on kununu, along with what their employee reviews had to say about them! 

Good Samaritan Society

Good Samaritan Society is the largest not-for-profit provider of senior care and services in America. Founded in 1922, the company is headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but operates many centers throughout the United States. Good Samaritan Society has a high overall company score on kununu of 4 stars, which is in large part because of their very strong Gender Equality score of 4.75 stars. One reviewer shares: “I have worked elsewhere where I as a RN was not appreciated. This place has my back and I appreciate that“. You can find more of this same positive sentiment in Good Samaritan Society’s other online employee reviews, which helps support the notion that they treat all of their employees – men and women – fairly. 

Parkview Health 

Parkview Health is a not-for-profit community-based health system that includes a network of primary care, specialty physicians and nine hospitals. With more than 10,000 jobs, Parkview Health is the largest employer in its region of northern Indiana and northwest Ohio. That makes it even more impressive that the company boasts a 4.74 out of 5 average score for Gender Equality. Employees here have said that the company helped them “realize their dream” and that it “gives them a lot of pride to be a Parkview employee“, which even further supports the positive environment that a company needs to do well with Gender Equality.

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) is a private, independent not-for-profit pediatric medical center in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a hospital that focuses on caring for children, it’s refreshing to know that it does well across the especially tougher dimensions of employee work life such as Work Environment, Diversity, and of course Gender Equality where it scores a 4.69. One employee says that “Working for ETCH has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. They truly value their employees” – something that surely every hospital would love to hear from their current and former employees. 

Munson Healthcare

Munson Healthcare is northern Michigan’s largest health care system with nine award-winning community hospitals. Even as its first hospitals were founded more than 100 years ago, the company has grown itself into a modern healthcare company complete with a strong online presence and respectable overall scores across many areas of employee work life, including Environmental Friendliness, Diversity, and notably, Gender Equality with a score of 4.67 stars. One employee states that what they like about working at the Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital is the “kind, warm hearted people throughout the building” and the fact that “there is also room for advancement and growth“, which all bodes well for a work environment that supports both men and women. 

ScribeAmerica

ScribeAmerica is a provider of medical scribes to hospitals and medical practices. That means that unlike how many of the care provider networks and hospitals on this list help patients, ScribeAmerica helps those care providers and hospitals. Differences aside, though, ScribeAmerica scores 4.65 out of 5 for Gender Equality from over 60 employee reviews, which is higher than it scores in any other category of work life. What might that mean? Well, probably that the company offers opportunities fairly to everyone: one employee gushes in their review that “It was an amazing stepping stone and learning experience. There was always someone willing to teach me and guide me.” – with such a high score for Gender Equality, both their female and male employees could potentially agree with this statement!

Pima Medical Institute

The Pima Medical Institute (PMI) is a private for-profit medical career college that trains students for careers as allied health care professionals across dozens of specialty roles including nursing assistant, dentist assistant, dental hygiene, occupational therapy assistant, radiography, paramedic, veterinary technician, and more. PMI today is the largest independently owned, private allied health school in the U.S with 17 campuses across the country. Being an academic institution, it’s especially important for PMI to do well with Gender Equality because the employees at PMI are teaching and shaping the next generation of healthcare workers. Fortunately it does, with a Gender Equality score of 4.33 out of 5. This employee review shares some helpful insight about the amazing environment PMI has created for its employees, which they can likely credit their high score to: “From the top of the Organization to an entry level position, everyone is treated with dignity and respect and that makes for an awesome work environment.”

Atrium Health

Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System, is a not for profit hospital network which operates hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, urgent care centers, and medical practices in the American states of North Carolina and South Carolina. With a Gender Equality score of 4.53 out of 5, Atrium Health is one healthcare company doing something right as well when it comes to fair treatment of all of their employees. One employee states that they’ve “Been with the company for 5 years and have watched it succeed in a struggling industry when other healthcare companies didn’t offer raises and laid off.” – a great testament to the company’s resilience and how that translates into employees who feel supported. 

Bryan Health

Bryan Health is a non-profit, locally owned & governed healthcare organization in Lincoln, NE with an award-winning network of doctors & hospitals, health college & more. The company’s work involves caring for patients, educating tomorrow’s health care providers and motivating their community with fitness and health programs. For a company that contributes so much to its surrounding community, it’s a huge plus that Bryan Health scores high with Gender Equality, with 4.48 out of 5 stars. Its employees confirm that the company does well for its employees too; one states that “Bryan is a great place to work. They legitimately care about their employees” and another is proud to share that “this is the best job that I have ever had.”

Florida Medical Clinic 

Florida Medical Clinic is a comprehensive medical care provider for the whole family, from primary care to specialists and surgeons. With over 50 locations across Florida, the company is a leader in comprehensive care in the state and employs thousands of healthcare workers in a variety of specialities such as opticians, registered nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and more (see their open jobs here). Any company with such an important role in its community ought to do well with Gender Equality and Florida Medical Clinic truly does, with a 4.25 out of 5 stars according to their employees. Here’s what one employee shares, which helps speak to this high equality score and how they value their employees: “I like how they treat everyone equally. I like seeing the length of time employees stay, to me-this shows a person that this company is worth my time working for.

Mount Sinai Health System 

Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated healthcare system in New York City that provides medical care to its community through eight hospitals and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. While the company has been acclaimed for its exceptional care for patients, it also does quite well for itself as an employer and especially when it comes to Gender Equality with an average score of 4.05 out of 5 stars according to over 100 employees. Employees have given their own personal insight about Mount Sinai Health System‘s environment which likely makes this possible, saying that the company has a “very supportive environment” that is also “respectful“. One even shares insight about how they felt supported as an employee just starting out: “My inexperience was handled with compassion and it has allowed me to meet and bond with incredible people, and that makes my job all that much easier to do.

CHRISTUS Health 

CHRISTUS Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system headquartered in Irving, Texas comprising almost 350 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. It is listed among the top ten Catholic health systems in the U.S., which isn’t surprising given it’s above average scores for most of factors of work life that healthcare employees truly care about, such as Teamwork, Work environment, Challenging work, and yes, Gender Equality, where it scores a strong 3.99 out of 5.  A reviewer shares that “Everyone works together as a team, it is a Christian oriented facility that promotes the health of their patients“, which certainly supports the company’s ability to be a healthy environment for both men and women to be treated fairly.

 

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Sources:

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osha.gov

hbr.org

chicagotribune.com