Methodist earns national recognition

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The Texans and Methodist have partnered on many of the team's community outreach endeavors.

The Methodist Hospital System has made national headlines, ranking No. 8 among *Fortune *magazine's 2009 list of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Methodist is ranked in the top 10 for the third year in a row and remains the highest ranked company in Texas.

In addition, Methodist came in as the highest ranked health care organization in the country and was the only health care system in Texas to receive the prestigious distinction this year.

"To be recognized by Fortune for four consecutive years is an extraordinary accomplishment," said Ron Girotto, president and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System. "This honor is a tribute to our employees and physicians who come to work every day, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. We are wholly committed to our patients, each other and our values, and that's what sets us apart."

{QUOTE}Among the other U.S. companies listed, Methodist ranked No. 2 for the hiring of minorities, No. 15 for the hiring of women and No. 6 in the category of large companies.

A Championship Partner of the Texans since 2002, Methodist holds the current naming rights for the Texans' practice facility across the street from Reliant Stadium. The Texans and Methodist have partnered on many of the team's community outreach endeavors, including the annual Texans Blood Drive.

"We are proud to be associated with a great organization like the Methodist Hospital System and we are thrilled that Methodist has once again been recognized by Fortune as one of the top-10 places to work in America," said Texans president Jamey Rootes. "The work environment at Methodist sets the standard for other healthcare providers to follow and their talented team of professionals has helped them to become widely recognized as one of the finest healthcare systems in the world.

"In both sports and medicine, the team with the best players usually wins, and we applaud Ron Girotto and his staff for creating a culture at Methodist that attracts and retains the very best and brightest medical talent in the world. We also want to thank Ron and his team for their hard work and their dedication to the patients, physicians, staff and community that they serve so well."

The Methodist Hospital System, which includes a flagship teaching hospital, three community hospitals and a research institute, was awarded the high ranking for providing an exemplary workplace for employees.

The hospital was rated through a confidential survey sent to randomly selected employees, who were asked questions on the level of trust, pride and camaraderie within their workplace.

The list and related stories appear in the Feb. 4 issue of Fortune, available on newsstands Jan. 28 and at www.fortune.com today.

The Methodist Hospital System, with nearly 10,000 employees, is made up of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown. Methodist is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

For more information regarding the Methodist Hospital System, please visit www.methodisthealth.com.

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