Forbes’ America’s Best-in-State Employers ranks the academic health system as one of the top 25 workplaces in the state and in the top five in its category. 

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Tampa General Hospital (TGH) has again been named one of Florida’s leading workplaces in Forbes’ America’s Best-in-State Employers rankings for 2023 making its third successive appearance among the top 25 companies in Florida on the list. The academic health system ranked in the top five companies in the health care and social industry sector and placed 24th overall.

Tampa General Hospital logo. (PRNewsFoto/Tampa General Hospital)

Tampa General Hospital logo. (PRNewsFoto/Tampa General Hospital)

“As the region’s leading academic health system, we focus on our team members and their well-being first and foremost,” said John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital. “We foster a culture that sees every team member for who they are, understands what they bring to the table — be it their unique perspectives, lived experiences or individual needs — and prioritize connecting them with the support, resources and opportunities that will help them achieve their full potential.”

Forbes Magazine once again partnered with Statista, a leading research and statistics company, to identify America’s Best-in-State Employers from an independent survey of employees working for companies with more than 500 employees in the U.S. The evaluation was made on a state-by-state basis and survey respondents were asked to provide recommendations in three distinct criteria — in-state indirect, national in-industry indirect and direct recommendations. Direct recommendations are from Tampa General team members and indirect recommendations are from non-Tampa General employees both in Florida and within the health care sector nationally.

On a state-by-state basis, survey respondents were asked several questions about work-related topics regarding their current employers, such as working conditions, diversity, salary, potential for development and company image.

“Our team understands that a strong culture of belonging rooted in kindness, authenticity, transparency and vulnerability, and supported by investments in our team members’ growth and development, creates a collaborative team who provides world-class care to Tampa Bay residents and beyond,” said Qualenta Kivett, executive vice president and chief people and talent officer at Tampa General Hospital. “Tampa General’s inclusion on this list is a testament to the significant progress we’ve made in creating an environment we are not just proud to work in, but proud to recommend to others within our state and more broadly across our industry and country.”

Tampa General continues to innovate and invest in new programs that support team members’ personal and professional development, ensuring they have the resources they need to excel at work and in their personal lives. These programs and initiatives include but are not limited to:

  • Flexibility: Tampa General offers a competitive time-off policy as well as remote working options and flexibility for part-time positions and seasonal contract options to support all types of employment needs for its team members. Over the past two years, the academic health system’s team members have increasingly expressed a desire for flexible schedule options and self-scheduling opportunities. Support for these options has been provided through Tampa General’s investment in its internal staffing company which is focused on providing team members with the ability to complete short-term assignments or provide flexible work arrangements, and advanced scheduling options for team members to provide more flexibility in picking up and maintaining assignments.

  • Growth and Development: In addition to competitive tuition reimbursement, skills reimbursement and scholarships, Tampa General also offers free access to career, leadership and personal development through courses in Organizational Development, such as Crucial Conversations. Through clinical and non-clinical ladders, the academic health system also offers structured systems to advance career development while the team member remains in a current position.

  • Health, Wellness and Benefits: Along with competitive medical benefits, team members receive access to wellness activities and fitness tracking through a free app, an on-site gym and online classes through the TGH Fitness Center to focus on overall well-being as well as resiliency. The academic health system also provides free access to virtual behavioral health support that provides access to a trained mental health counselor within 72 hours. It is also available to dependents with TGH insurance. Additionally, there is a team member lounge in the hospital that includes massage chairs to allow team members to decompress.

  • Family Support: An on-site daycare center provides families with an education and development curriculum for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Understanding that family support looks different for every team member, through the TGH Foundation, the academic health system offers an annual school supply giveaway, which includes computers and an emergency fund to support team members in crisis. Other support includes gas cards for team members when gas prices skyrocketed, as well as grants to help team members rebuild their homes after sustaining hurricane damage. Tampa General offers a generous maternity leave package. All team members who give birth are guaranteed 12 weeks of job-protected leave post-delivery, regardless of whether they qualify for Family Medical Leave (FMLA) or have exhausted their FMLA entitlement for the year. In addition, Tampa General provides several options to team members needing financial assistance, including ATO leave sharing and short-term disability. TGH also provides a supportive environment to enable breastfeeding team members to express milk during work hours. Private lactation rooms or designated nursing space is available throughout the hospital and every TGH location.

  • People Development Institute: Tampa General has invested heavily in the continued education and professional development of all team members with programs such as its People Development Institute (PDI), which offers classes through a partnership with the University of South Florida (USF) Muma College of Business at no charge. Courses are created for team members across all areas to engage in areas that align with their development goals and PDI is supported through academic research to provide continuous learning pathways for all levels of team members.

  • AKTiVe Leadership Initiative: Through the PDI program, the AKTiVe Leadership Initiative involves all TGH leaders in their leadership development. The AKTiVe Leadership Model embodies four qualities of leaders: Authenticity, Kindness, Transparency and Vulnerability. When enacted through the behaviors of leaders, these qualities create a positive environment for leaders, team members and patients.

  • LEAD TGH: LEAD (Leadership, Enrichment and Development) TGH provides a platform for emerging leaders to share ideas, overcome challenges and foster personal and professional development. The free program spans 12 months and creates career pathways while identifying future leaders.

  • Modern Advances in Leadership: Facilitated through the University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business, the series provides transformative and interactive learning experiences to advance the skills of current and future leaders.

Tampa General’s inclusion on the Forbes America’s Best-in-State Employers list follows several recent national recognitions highlighting the academic health system’s commitment to fostering a supportive, compassionate and inclusive working environment, including:

This year’s Forbes America’s Best-in-State Employers list can be viewed here.

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Tampa General Hospital, a 1,040-bed, not-for-profit, academic health system, is one of the largest hospitals in America and delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News and World Report’s 2023-24 Best Hospitals, with six specialties ranking among the top 50 best hospital programs in the United States. Tampa General Hospital has been designated as a model of excellence by the 2022 Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals list. The academic health system’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious Forbes magazine rankings – in the top 100 nationally in the 2023 America’s Best Employers for Women and top 25 in Florida in the 2023 America’s Best Employers by State. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and in fiscal year 2021, provided a net community benefit worth more than $224.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education, and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With six medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center, and its 32-bed Neuroscience, Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of FloridaIt also is home to the Jennifer Leigh Muma 82-bed neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Outpatient Center, TGH Virtual Health, and 21 TGH Imaging outpatient radiology centers throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Palm Beach counties. Tampa Bay area residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics. To see a medical care professional live anytime, anywhere on a smartphone, tablet or computer, visit Virtual Health | Tampa General Hospital ( As one of the largest hospitals in the country, Tampa General Hospital is the first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that provides real-time situational awareness to improve and better coordinate patient care at a lower cost. For more information, go to

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