Dallas, April 12, 2017 – The American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease –  has once again been selected as a top employer in the U.S. in two leading rankings. The global nonprofit was named one of Great Place to Work® and Fortune Magazine’s 2017 Best Workplaces in Health Care and was also named one of The NonProfit Times’ Best Nonprofits To Work For. This is the second year in a row Great Place to Work® and Fortune ranked the association as a top employer and the seventh time The NonProfit Times ranked the association as one of the Best Nonprofits To Work For.

The American Heart Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The organization includes 146 local offices, more than 3,600 employees and more than 30 million volunteers, with national headquarters located in Dallas.

On the Great Place to Work® and Fortune Magazine Best Workplaces in Health Care ranking, the association ranked no. 20. The list is based on surveys from nearly 88,000 employees across the industry, measuring their opinions on supportive work environment, effective communication, trust in leadership and pride in their work.

The American Heart Association was also recently named as one of the 2017 Best Nonprofits To Work For. The Nonprofit Times partnered with Best Companies Group to identify nonprofit organizations that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. This year, the association placed fourth among the “Large Nonprofits” (250 or more employees) and 23rd overall.

“These top honors showcase our continuing effort to create an environment that helps our people shine professionally, while thriving personally,” said American Heart Association  CEO Nancy Brown. The awards, she noted, are “a testament to our strong commitment to a culture of constant innovation, where employees are encouraged to openly express thoughts and ideas.”

More information on the rankings

Nonprofits from across the United States entered the two-part survey process to determine Best Nonprofits To Work For. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated organization's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top nonprofits and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the ranking.

Research by Great Place to Work® has shown that a high-trust workplace culture benefits not only individual performance but the success of the organization overall. The leading health care workplaces outperformed their peers in a number of important areas, such as training, compensation, clear expectations from management and the emotional health of their workplaces. The top-ranked workplaces are also positive, supportive places, with an average of 93 percent of their employees describing colleagues as friendly and welcoming.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world.  We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.  The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.  To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact:  

Suzanne Grant, 214-706-2948; Suzanne.Grant@heart.org