Van Gorder issued a public call to action in the letter, saying more must be done to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to help avoid an overwhelming surge of patients on the health care system. He urged people to take social distancing more seriously, called for a reevaluation of which companies are essential, and said the shelter in place mandate must be stricter.
Putting people first
Van Gorder said he realizes stricter guidelines may mean a more significant effect on the economy, but as a health care provider, his concerns are about the health and well-being of doctors, nurses and support staff, as well as the community at large.
According to a recent survey by people analytics firm Great Place to Work, Fortune’s partner, 94% of Scripps employees say they are proud to tell others where they work. And 93% of Scripps employees say they feel good about the way they contribute to the community.
To determine this year’s 40 Best Workplaces in Health Care list, Fortune and Great Place to Work analyzed anonymous survey feedback representing nearly 800,000 employees working in the health care and biopharma industries in the United States. The evaluation is based primarily on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, regardless of their role. Other factors that are weighed include employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values and the effectiveness of their leaders.
Earlier this year, Scripps was named to Fortune's annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, which includes U.S. companies across all industries. Last year, Scripps Health received national workforce honors when it was named among 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker's Healthcare magazine.
ABOUT SCRIPPS HEALTH
Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a nonprofit integrated health care delivery system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats more than 600,000 patients annually through the dedication of 3,000 affiliated physicians and more than 15,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, 28 outpatient centers and clinics, and hundreds of affiliated physician offices throughout the region.
Recognized as a leader in disease and injury prevention, diagnosis and treatment, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research. With three highly respected graduate medical education programs, Scripps is a longstanding member of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Scripps has been ranked five times as one of the nation’s best health care systems by Truven Health Analytics. Its hospitals are ranked No. 1 in San Diego County and among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Scripps also is recognized by Advisory Board, Fortune and Working Mother magazine as one of the best places in the nation to work. More information can be found at www.scripps.org