Accolades: Forbes Lists University, UVA Health Among Virginia’s Top Employers

Aerial view of the UVA Health system with the Rotunda and the rest of Grounds visible in the distance

UVA Health and the University were each listed among the state’s best large employers, according to Forbes magazine and Statista. (Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications)

September 7, 2022

UVA Health and the University of Virginia both rank among the top 13 large employers in Virginia, according to a new ranking compiled by Forbes magazine and Statista, a marketing research company.

At No. 8 overall in Virginia, UVA Health was the state’s top-rated health system. The University ranked No. 13 overall, second among colleges and universities, just behind the College of William & Mary.

The list was compiled by surveying 70,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. The anonymous ratings were then compiled to rank up to 101 employers in each state, depending on the size of its workforce.

The survey incorporates traditional measures of employee satisfaction like fair pay, safe working conditions and an inclusive culture with more contemporary factors.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and heightened awareness of racial injustice have shifted expectations of employers,” Forbes wrote in introducing the fourth annual rankings. “For that reason, the survey included more questions about remote-work benefits, the wage gap for women and initiatives around diversity, equity and inclusion.”

U.S. News Honors UVA Children’s as Virginia’s No. 1 Children’s Hospital

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U.S. News & World Report magazine named UVA’s Children’s as the state’s top children’s hospital for the second consecutive year. (Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications)

UVA Children’s, part of UVA Health, has been named the No. 1 children’s hospital in Virginia for the second consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report.

The publication’s 2022-23 “Best Children’s Hospitals” guide also ranked six UVA Children’s specialties among the top 50 nationally in their fields. The six ranked specialties:

  • Pediatric cardiology and heart surgery: 20th.
  • Neonatology: 32nd.
  • Pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery: 39th.
  • Pediatric pulmonology and lung surgery: 44th.
  • Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery: 45th.
  • Pediatric diabetes and endocrinology: 49th.

“Our team at UVA Children’s provides incredible, lifesaving care for patients and families across Virginia and beyond,” said Dr. K. Craig Kent, CEO of UVA Health and UVA’s executive vice president for health affairs. “This honor from U.S. News highlights our team’s excellent care for our youngest patients.” 

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals guide identifies hospitals providing the highest-quality care for children with the most serious or complicated health care needs. The rankings are based on several factors, including patient outcomes, the availability of specialized clinics and programs, patient safety measures and a national survey of pediatric specialists.

Professor Named Nursing School’s 52nd National Academies Fellow

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Nursing professor Jessica Keim-Malpass studies the health care applications of predictive analytics. (Contributed photo)

School of Nursing associate professor Jessica Keim-Malpass – a nursing researcher, pediatric nurse practitioner and translational nurse scientist – will be inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at a Washington, D.C., ceremony in October.

Keim-Malpass is the school’s 35th Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and the Nursing School’s 52nd national academies fellow.

“We are proud to welcome Dr. Keim-Malpass as an AAN Fellow,” said Pam Cipriano, president of the International Council of Nurses and a former Nursing School dean who also has the “F.A.A.N.” designation attached to her name. “She has pioneered family-centered and clinician-engaged predictive model development and implementation to help clinicians identify events of clinical deterioration by integrating her deep knowledge of bedside critical care. As a translational nurse scientist, she has also helped advance health policy for children with serious and life-limiting illnesses. Her research and work with big data are creating new directions in nursing science.”

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Keim-Malpass – who has earned research funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, among other organizations – studies the use and deployment of predictive analytics in acutely ill and vulnerable patient populations, health care economics and health policy. A pediatric nurse practitioner and a professor of pediatrics in UVA’s School of Medicine, she is currently at work with UVA Health cardiologist Dr. Randall Moorman to study the use and impact of CoMET, which uses continuous monitoring to assess COVID patients’ trajectories.

Induction into the academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career and an acknowledgement of their contributions to and impact on advancing the public’s health. Keim-Malpass was one of 250 individuals chosen for induction this year and joins nearly 3,000 fellows from nearly 40 countries around the world.

UVA Law No. 2 in Employment Outcomes

The UVA School of Law was ranked No. 2 in Above the Law’s annual law school rankings, which focus on employment outcomes and draw from American Bar Association employment data for the Class of 2021. The online blog also factored in law school debt and costs, and regional cost of living adjustments.

At nine months after graduation, when the ABA collects its data, 98.1% of UVA Law’s 2021 graduates were employed, earning a median salary of $210,000.

Rhodes Trust Recognizes Howard

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Law professor A.E. Dick Howard was a Rhodes Scholar as a University of Richmond graduate, and has since played an active role within the Rhodes Trust. (UVA School of Law photo)

The Rhodes Trust, which bestows the Rhodes Scholarships, in June presented law professor A.E. Dick Howard with the George Parkin Service Award for outstanding contributions by members of the Rhodes Scholar community. In conferring the award, the trust noted that Howard served as Virginia secretary of the Rhodes Trust for 29 years and has been a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Rhodes Scholars for 40 years.

Howard is widely acknowledged as an expert in the fields of constitutional law, comparative constitutionalism and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law.

He was a Rhodes Scholar out of the University of Richmond. During his Rhodes time at Oxford University, he studied philosophy, politics and economics.

Paper by Gilbert, Alums Honored

The International Society of Public Law recognized a paper co-written by School of Law Vice Dean Michael Gilbert and alumni Mauricio Guim and Michael Weisbuch. “Constitutional Locks,” which analyzes forced waiting periods for constitutional amendments worldwide, received a special mention prize.

Gilbert is a co-author of the forthcoming book “Public Law and Economics” and a member of the Democracy Initiative’s Corruption Lab for Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law. He is the Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law.

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