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Essentia Health makes Forbes list of best employers by state

Underscoring its commitment to providing engaging and rewarding career opportunities for its nearly 16,000 colleagues, Essentia Health has been recognized on Forbes’ fifth annual list of America’s Best Employers By State, for Minnesota.

Headquartered in Duluth, Essentia is one of 1,391 organizations — across all industries — to make the list in at least one state, though the only health system from Northeastern Minnesota. “One of our aspirational aims at Essentia Health is to develop engaged and inspired people,” said John Higgins, vice president of talent management for Essentia. “By doing so, we are able to cultivate a culture of camaraderie and respect, which fosters high-quality care for our patients and the communities we’re privileged to serve.”

To compile the list, Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to survey 70,000 workers at companies nationwide that have more than 500 employees. Participants were asked if they would recommend their employer to others. They also were asked to evaluate their employer in categories such as working conditions, diversity, compensation, potential for development and advancement, and company image.

Essentia employs close to 16,000 people in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. It's goal is to create a sense of belonging and an inclusive environment in which the contributions of all are welcomed, and Essentia is regarded as the best place to work and receive care. “We are honored to be recognized by Forbes as one of Minnesota’s best employers,” Higgins said. “This ranking shows that our efforts to provide a wonderful work experience are being noticed.”

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