What does it take to create a world-class health care system? More than 68,000 employees, a third of whom are doctors and nurses. On average, they have worked for Partners, or one of our institutions, for 9 years and are in their early 40’s, although the full workforce is evenly divided between Baby Boomers, mid-career Generation X’ers, and young Millennials. Only 7% of our workforce is management. Most employees work full-time. And almost three-quarters of Partners’ workers are female. Our staff also reflects the patients we serve. Thirty percent of the Partners team is ethnically diverse – according to the US Census Bureau, the Commonwealth’s non-white population totaled 17.4% when last measured in 2014[1]. And the health care employment ladder is more upwardly mobile than it is for many industries. This will accelerate the diversity of our workforce.

68,000 employees work in two of the nation’s best academic medical centers, 6 community hospitals, a physician network, rehabilitation services, post-acute care, and mental health programs.

Those 68,000 employees work in two of the nation’s best academic medical centers, 6 community hospitals, a physician network, rehabilitation services, post-acute care, and mental health programs. They are focused on the 1.5 million patients our system cares for each year, the $1.4 billion in research we conduct, our 200 physician residency and fellowship programs, the 1,200 students in nursing and other allied-health professions we are educating, and in the community.

Yes, Partners HealthCare is a large enterprise. We’re also committed to making a difference. And at our core, we are about the people – 66% of our operating budget goes to salaries and benefits for our employees. They’re worth every penny.

This article is a part of a series on Partners HealthCare facts. Read our first article in the series, Why Is Partners HealthCare So Expensive?, for an in-depth, point-by-point discussion on costs and affordability in the Massachusetts health care market. Then sign up so you never miss a post from Connect with Partners.

[1] http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/25