St. Jude makes repeat appearance on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list

Memphis, Tennessee, January 19, 2012

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the second consecutive year. Last year was the hospital’s first appearance in the publication’s annual list. Employees again ranked pride in the hospital’s mission—finding cures, saving children—as one of the top reasons St. Jude is a great place to work.

“Our employees look at the work they do at St. Jude as much more than a job,” said Dr. William E. Evans, St. Jude director and CEO. “As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, we are reminded that one of the keys to our success has been attracting outstanding people and giving them a place to do their best work. Employees embrace the mission and espouse the culture of St. Jude, which is one of collaboration, compassion, innovation and quality in all we do.”

St. Jude strives to continually improve in all areas, including work environment for employees. Based on employee ideas and needs, the hospital has created initiatives that have enhanced communication between senior leadership and staff; enhanced the Wellness Program with a comprehensive approach to fitness and health; and fostered programs and policies intended to promote diversity.

To select businesses for the “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive survey of employees done in corporate America. More than 280 companies participated in this year’s survey. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the Institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees at each company. The survey asks questions that assess their attitudes about management’s credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie.

The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the institute’s culture audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communications, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts. Any company that is at least five years old with more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible.

The full FORTUNE magazine list is currently online at

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting or following us on and

St. Jude Media Relations Contacts

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