By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The Dallas-based American Heart Association has been named one of the nation’s top workplaces and nonprofit employers.

For the second consecutive year, the AHA is among the 2017 Best Workplaces in Health Care, announced Wednesday by Fortune magazine and consulting firm Great Place to Work. The AHA also made the list of Best Nonprofits To Work For by The NonProfit Times.

“These top honors showcase our continuing effort to create an environment that helps our people shine professionally, while thriving personally,” wrote AHA CEO Nancy Brown in an email to employees. The awards, she said, are a testament to the AHA’s strong commitment to a culture of constant innovation, where employees are encouraged to openly express thoughts and ideas.

The AHA ranked No. 20 in Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Healthcare, based on data analyzed by Great Place to Work that included an evaluation of the AHA’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy systems and demographics, and a survey of AHA employees published in September.

The top honor went to Arlington, Texas-based Texas Health Resources, which employs more 18,000 people.

Great Place to Work puts together the list based on input from 88,000 employees across the healthcare industry, measuring their opinions on supportive work environment, effective communication, trust in leadership and pride in their work.

In the final survey:

–97 percent of AHA employees said, “I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.”

–96 percent said, “I’m proud to tell others I work here.”

–94 percent said, “When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.”

–93 percent said, “People here are given a lot of responsibility.”

–92 percent said, “I am able to take time off from work when I think it’s necessary.”

In addition, the AHA ranked No. 4 on The NonProfit Times’ best places to work among large nonprofits, and No. 23 overall. Large nonprofits have 250 or more employees.

To develop the list, The NonProfit Times works with The Best Companies Group, which uses questionnaires and a confidential survey of employees. The AHA has been included each year in the rankings since the report was first published seven years ago.

The AHA has 157 offices nationwide and more than 3,600 employees.