The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

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What they do: The Center’s nine centers in Fort Worth, Arlington, Weatherford, Burleson, Cleburne, Granbury, Mineral Wells and Stephenville treat more than 12,000 cancer patients annually.

Employees: 196

What employees love: Holiday party; Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas luncheons; annual Blessing of the Hands; other celebrations like Pancake Day put on by service committee.

Cool benefits: It’s a health care provider, and they provide health care benefits. On-site nurse practitioners and physicians assistants see employees, the on-site pharmacy is available to employees, and tests like imaging that can be done on-site carry a small co-pay. “We really make it convenient,” the Center’s Valerie Bryan says. “It was fun to design it; we are a clinic, and there’s so much we can do here.” The company substantially subsidizes health insurance premiums, and coverage includes long- and short-term disability. Other related benefits: Health screenings and discounted membership to fitness center.

Bonuses include nurse retention payouts after two years of employment, annual profit-sharing (usually about 3 percent, assuming profitability), and Caring Coins rewards that make employees eligible for prizes like GoPro cameras in periodic drawings. “It’s a very special thank you for a very difficult job,” Bryan says.

“The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is a large, close-knit family. From the first day that I stepped into The Center’s doors, I felt at home. There is a warmth that exudes from the pores of the building and every member of our staff. The Center is a comprehensive cancer center that enables us to streamline health care so that every patient receives the best medical treatment available, while providing the compassion of a trusted friend or family member. I truly enjoy coming to work every day, and this allows me to provide care that is second to none.”

- Albert Parra, M.D., Physician