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Happy anniversary to the Best Places to Work in Healthcare

A decade ago, Modern Healthcare set out to recognize outstanding employers across the industry. Now in its 10th year, Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare has become the hallmark for organizations striving to be just that.

It's gratifying to see how the program has grown. Building a healthcare organization where people are eager to work and tough to lure away is no easy task. In good times, you can always expand a training budget and bump up salaries.

And if keeping the workforce happy and productive means adding a few perks, you can do it. But, in challenging times, everything changes.

Healthcare executives are forced to make tough decisions for tough times. And nurturing a productive workforce isn't easy. Employee engagement must develop into a platform for how the organization delivers positive clinical and business outcomes.

Our award winners can be proud of the role they play in elevating the standard for workplace excellence. These five-star organizations not only see higher employee retention, but also increased patient engagement and satisfaction and healthier bottom lines.

One organization deserves a special shoutout: Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., has been a Best Places to Work in Healthcare honoree for 10 years running, the only organization to achieve that feat.

Many employers launch workplace initiatives, but few can sustain business and clinical performance and innovation for a decade. Woman's Hospital and its CEO, Teri Fontenot, deserve our appreciation and respect for their many successes.

Modern Healthcare and its Best Places to Work in Healthcare award winners have accomplished much in the first 10 years, empowering the people who work for them to realize their full potential. What matters most now is what we're able to do next—for the workforce and the healthcare industry.

Through the power of people, we can move the needle on healthcare's toughest challenges—from value-based care and population health, to cost management and tech-driven transformation.

Many thanks to Studer Group for believing in our vision. We greatly appreciate the firm's unwavering commitment and support as the exclusive sponsor of this important recognition program since its inception 10 years ago.

Thank you for making your healthcare organizations great places for employees and patients. And thank you for helping make the Best Places to Work in Healthcare an exemplary awards program now and for decades to come.


Fawn Lopez

Fawn Lopez is Publisher and Vice President of Modern Healthcare, a position she has held since February 2005. As the industry's leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information, Modern Healthcare serves the needs of top healthcare executives by reporting on important healthcare events and trends, as they happen, through our website, e-newsletters, mobile app, and weekly print magazine, and by hosting a dozen annual events and conferences across the country. In her role as publisher, Ms. Lopez oversees the editorial, sales and marketing, digital, and audience development associates who together power the Modern Healthcare media brand.

Ms. Lopez came to Modern Healthcare as associate publisher in October 2001 after serving one of its sister publications, Crain's Chicago Business. She served as national advertising director for this highly respected regional business publication from May 1999 until October 2001, during which Crain's Chicago Business experienced record breaking growth. Prior to joining Crain Communications Inc., Ms. Lopez served as advertising director of the Kansas City Business Journal from 1986 until 1999.

Fawn Lopez is the first-ever recipient Gertrude Crain Award, honored by ABM, the Association of Business Information & Media Companies of SIIA. She is also recognized and honored for her contributions to leadership and diversity in healthcare by the Asian Health Care Leaders Association.

Ms. Lopez received a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Missouri and participated in graduate studies at Webster University in Kansas City. Currently, Ms. Lopez serves on the board of the American Heart Association in Chicago. She also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board at DePaul University-School of Communication. Additionally, Ms. Lopez is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Industry Foundation, Chicago United, Executives Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago. In 2007, she co-chaired the 2007 American Heart Association Heart Ball (Chicago), which raised record-breaking revenue. She also served a board member of The Asian Health Care Leaders Association (AHCLA) from 2009 to 2013. In Kansas City, she served as board President of the Kansas City Consensus, a not-for-profit think tank, from 1997 until 1999; executive committee board member of the Don Bosco Center (1995-1999); board member of the Central City School Fund(1998-1999); as a consultant for Junior Achievement from 1994-1996. Ms. Lopez also chaired the sponsorship committee for the American Cancer Association (1998) and was a chair member of the luncheon committee of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (1996-1998).

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