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Forbes recognizes OSF HealthCare, Blain’s Farm & Fleet for second year in a row among best employers

For the second year in a row, OSF HealthCare has again been named one of the best employers in the country for 2019 by Forbes magazine, and the highest ranked Illinois-based health care system earning the distinction.

OSF HealthCare is ranked 118 out of companies nationwide with 1,000-plus employees. The Peoria-based integrated health system is owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. OSF HealthCare employs nearly 21,000 Mission Partners (employees) in 126 locations, including 13 hospitals throughout Illinois and Michigan.

To come up with the list, Forbes partners with market research company Statista to identify the companies liked best by employees. Statista surveys more than 50,000 U.S. employees in 25 different industries. The surveys are anonymous and ask respondents to rank how likely they would be to recommend their employer to others. Employees were also asked 35 questions about work-related topics such as working conditions, salary and company image. The final list ranks the 500 companies with 1,000-plus employees that receive the most recommendations with each employer grouped by industry.

OSF was the top Illinois health care system and the third highest employer out of the 34 Illinois employers that made the list. OSF HealthCare was the eighth-highest ranked health care provider nationwide out of 25 that made the list.

Blain’s Farm & Fleet announced that it has been recognized on Forbes magazine’s 2019 list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers. The list, released annually, is based on extensive research in which Forbes seeks to discover which U.S. companies are the most successful at making their employees “feel happy, inspired, and well-compensated.” 

The list represents the top 500 mid-size companies – those with between 1,000 and 5,000 employees. Blain’s Farm & Fleet was ranked No. 293 in America and No. 13 in Wisconsin. 

Blain’s Farm & Fleet employs more than 4,000 associates in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. Blain’s Farm & Fleet also has an ecommerce business at

The complete Forbes list can be seen at