More Workplace Honors for Valley Children's


(Madera, California) – Valley Children’s work environment has again been nationally recognized as Becker’s Healthcare named it one of the country’s 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare for 2018. This is the first time Valley Children’s has received this distinction. Becker’s, which released its list this week, is the leading source of business and legal information for the healthcare industry. The list highlights organizations that promote diversity within the workforce, employee engagement and professional growth.

“When you consider that there are nearly 6,000 hospitals and health systems across the country, this recognition is significant,” says Valley Children’s Healthcare President and CEO Todd Suntrapak. “What’s more significant is that it reflects the work each of us at Valley Children’s does day in and day out to bring our very best to take care of the kids we are privileged to serve. Together, we work hard to create a place where our best is expected, appreciated and recognized.”

Valley Children’s joins the company of only seven other children’s hospitals and some of our country’s leading adult hospitals, including Dignity, Scripps, Geisinger and Mayo Clinic, in Becker’s list.

Becker’s pointed out several reasons for Valley Children’s ranking, including:


  • The Hospital scored highest in Leapfrog’s rankings for inpatient care management, medication safety and infection and injury prevention.
  • The network-wide health and wellness program, complete with fitness classes, a farmers market and employee discounts to various health- and family-related programs.
  • Valley Children’s “Our Best” initiative, which drives a culture of collaboration and stewardship to inspire high levels of employee engagement.


Becker’s Hospital Review has published a version of this list since 2011. The featured organizations offer benefits and opportunities for employees to build successful careers above and beyond the average healthcare provider or company. They also encourage professional development and promote leadership from within. Many members of the list offer unique wellness and personal benefits to ensure employees strike a positive work-life balance, as well as employee recognition programs to highlight their accomplishments.

Becker's Healthcare developed this list based on nominations and editorial research. The full list, which publishes the organizations in alphabetical order, can be read here:

This national recognition comes one week after The Advisory Board Company named Valley Children’s Healthcare a Workplace of the Year for the second consecutive year. That annual award is given to 20 organizations nationwide and recognizes hospitals and healthcare networks with outstanding levels of employee engagement. The Advisory Board defines engaged employees as exhibiting loyalty and commitment to their organization, willing to give extra effort to go above and beyond to help the organization succeed.

Valley Children’s employs more than 3,400 people, partners with more than 575 physicians and has 425 volunteers within the network, which includes a 12-county service area with more than 1.3 million children.

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