Honors and Awards

Gillette is recognized worldwide for excellence in patient care, advocacy, employment, research and education. Our accomplishments have garnered accolades from numerous organizations and news outlets across the nation. Gillette also  maintains accreditation and certification through a number of organizations. Below are some of our most recent honors.


Top Workplace

Star Tribune Top Workplaces

Star Tribune has named Gillette one of Minnesota’s Top Workplaces every year since 2010. Employees of nominated companies complete a survey, ranking their workplaces based on leadership, benefits and the company’s strategic direction. Organizations that come out on top do so because their own employees hold them in high esteem.

Becker’s Hospital Review Great Place to Work in Healthcare

In 2016, Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Gillette at one of 150 great places to work in healthcare. The list features U.S. health care provider organizations, such as hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgical centers and home health agencies, as well as other types of health care-specific companies, like consulting firms, health IT vendors, medical societies and more. Becker’s Hospital Review recognizes Gillette for workplace excellence, benefit offerings, wellness initiatives, efforts to improve professional development, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance and a sense of community among employees.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 65 Best Places to Work

In 2015, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored Gillette as one of the 65 Best Places to Work in Minnesota. The weekly newspaper surveyed Gillette employees who gave high scores for Gillette’s family-friendly atmosphere, competitive pay and benefits packages, flexible schedules and employee engagement. 

Advisory Board Survey Solutions Workplace of the Year

Advisory Board Survey Solutions named Gillette as their 2016 Workplace of the Year. Gillette was recognized for exemplary engagement among the nation’s leading hospitals and health systems. Surveyed in 2015, Gillette exhibited the highest percentage of engaged employees.

Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Best Hospital Workplace

In 2016, the MHA named Gillette “Best Hospital Workplace." Gillette was recognized for being a great place to work—where employees are committed to serving patients, feel supported, and where professional development is encouraged.

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Top Doctors

Many of Gillette’s physicians are recognized each year as Top Doctors by Mpls.St.Paul magazine. The publication honors physicians whose skills and expertise place them in high esteem among their peers.

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Top Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The PICU at Gillette is the only children’s hospital in the region to receive the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Associate of Critical-Care Nurses. The Beacon Award is given to units that successfully improve patient outcomes and align with the group’s six “Healthy Work Environment Standards.” Gillette’s PICU won the highest award—the gold level.

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Top Patient Safety Hospital

Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety (CHSPS)—a nationwide collaborative health organization focused on reducing hospital acquired conditions, readmissions and adverse health events--named Gillette as its March 2016 hospital of the month.

In 2016, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) honored Gillette for "Patient Safety Improvement." Gillette was recognized for its leadership in patient safety because of our ongoing commitment to partnering with patients and families, collaborating with each other and other organizations, and infusing continual improvement into our culture.

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Gillette Not Participating in 2016 U.S. News "Best Children's Hospitals" Survey

February 17, 2016

This decision was based on two core factors: 

First, Gillette's mission and care model is different from nearly all other children's hospitals. We are an acute specialty health system that is focused on uncommon and complex medical conditions impacting the performance of a child's muscular, skeletal and/or neurological system. Our expertise in specialty care is consistently recognized nationally and internationally, and is often incomparable to general acute care hospitals. Simply, the survey focused more on full service acute care hospitals.  

Second, at the time of the survey Gillette was focused on two major initiatives. One initiative spans relocations and renovations at three of our St. Paul sites, with over 30 percent of our workforce being transitioned to new space. Another is a complete transition to a new electronic medical record system and financial system—we are transitioning from seven disparate systems to one system. 

For these reasons we have chosen not to participate in the US News Best Children’s Hospitals survey this year. While we are proud to have been consistently ranked in the past, the changing nature of the survey and the resources required for participation have increased substantially. Like all important decisions, we will revisit the rankings survey each year and determine our participation. 

We remain proud of the quality care we provide and the recognition we receive from many organizations—including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, who awarded us the Gold Beacon Award for sustained excellent performance over multiple years in outcomes and patient satisfaction. We are equally proud of our employees and physicians, whose engagement in our mission consistently place us on the StarTribune’s Best Places to Work list.

While rankings and awards are much appreciated acknowledgements of our work to the general public, the team at Gillette remains focused on earning our most important award: quality outcomes for our patients and their ongoing trust in us for their care.

Why Gillette?

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