PRESS RELEASE — For Second Consecutive Year, Lakeland Regional Health Named to ‘150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare’

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health was recently named for the second consecutive year to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” for 2016.

The list honors workplace excellence, including benefits offerings, wellness initiatives, efforts to improve professional development, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance and a sense of community among team members.

“We are thrilled to receive this honor from Becker’s Hospital Review,” said Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “We are passionate about creating a compassionate and engaged patient care environment and forging a workplace of excellence. This recognition is a meaningful validation for our team, our leadership, our patients and our community.”

With this honor, Lakeland Regional Health joins a prestigious group of healthcare systems, among them Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital.

This is the fifth esteemed workplace honor Lakeland Regional Health has received in recent years. In 2015, Forbes named Lakeland Regional Health number 28 on its list of America’s Best Employers. Lakeland Regional Health also was one of 40 or less organizations throughout the world to earn Gallup Great Workplace awards in 2014 and 2015.

“We believe in strengthening and nurturing our team members through financial and personal health, wellness and safety programs; continuing professional education; and individual discovery,” said Jonn Hoppe, General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer and Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are proud to be part of this distinguished list of exceptional workplaces.”

To view the complete list of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare 2016,” visit


About Lakeland Regional Health

As a catalyst for community health, not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health is reaching beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. LRH holds Most Wired Advanced status from American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. Its 849-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine and the state’s busiest single site Emergency Department. For more information about Lakeland Regional Health, visit