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Mercy named to Forbes list

Published June 18, 2021

Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith and Rogers were named to Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for New Graduates 2021. They are ranked in the top 150, outranking companies like IKEA, Facebook and Johns Hopkins Medicine. The independent survey centered on work-related issues and workplace experiences. 

“We work very hard to make sure our benefits and compensation packages draw new hires, but more than that, Mercy provides an almost 200-year heritage of meaningful work,” said Scott Sell, vice president of Mercy’s talent selection and recruitment. “Our goal is to serve people and make this world a better place. During the pandemic, our more than 40,000 co-workers across several states made a critical difference in our communities every single day. More than 70 percent of millennials and Generation Z employees value purpose as the most important aspect of their careers. There is nothing more fulfilling than being part of a team providing quality, compassionate health care.”  

New hires complete an onboarding class that introduces and welcomes them to the Mercy organizational culture. 

“Each Mercy hospital is like a small city, meaning that we are constantly recruiting new employees to a varied list of roles, from nursing to food service to administrative help,” said Eric Pianalto, president of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers. “We love to hire recent graduates, who bring the latest in technological skills, new ideas and energy to our organization.” 

Ryan Gehrig, Mercy Hospital Fort Smith president, stated, "Our Mercy co-workers and leaders are to be commended for their dedication to not only the quality health care they provide to our patients but for creating a workplace environment that is second to none. These co-workers ensure that Mercy's mission is at the forefront of everything we do, and every day we see that mission carried out in the compassionate care we provide to the community. Being named to Forbes' list is an honor that truly reflects our co-workers' dedication to our mission.”