DALLAS, April 10, 2018 — 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 2018 Best Workplaces™ in Health Care and Biopharma and was also named one of The NonProfit Times’ 2018 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 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 Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma ranking, the Association ranked no. 26. This is the third consecutive year the Association has achieved a ranking on this list. The list is based on surveys from nearly 95,000 employees across the Health Care and Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical sectors, measuring employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning.

The American Heart Association was also named recently as one of the 2018 Best Nonprofits To Work For by The Nonprofit Times, identifying nonprofit organizations that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. This year, the association placed fifth among the “Large Nonprofits” (250 or more employees) and 44th overall. This is the eighth consecutive year the AHA has been honored with this national recognition.

“Our guiding values foster a positive, productive, inclusive and diverse culture that embodies trust, care, continuous learning and empowerment,” said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.  “Both these honors bring to life our unique ability to bring together many voices to save lives and strengthen the health of our communities.”

More information on the rankings

Best Nonprofits To Work For utilizes an Employer Benefits & Policies Questionnaire and an Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey of approximately 78 statements that employees respond to on a five point agreement scale. The results are analyzed and categorized according to 8 Core Focus Areas: 1. Leadership and Planning, 2. Corporate Culture and Communications, 3. Role Satisfaction, 4. Work Environment, 5. Relationship with Supervisor, 6. Training, Development and Resources, 7. Pay and Benefits; 8. Overall Engagement. 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 providing a consistently positive work experience and sustaining agile, innovative cultures, which helps them foster innovation. Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations.

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.


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