Northwell Health's Michael Dowling has been named one of the Highest Rated CEOs of 2017 by the job site Glassdoor, which compiled employee feedback from thousands of companies on the job site to rank the top 100 CEOs.
Dowling earned a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award and debuted at number 67 overall, fourth among healthcare executives nationally, and was deemed the top Long Island business leader.
The list highlights top leaders who employees love working for in countries throughout North America and parts of Europe. Among U.S. chief executives recognized by employees, Dowling received a 91 percent approval rating based on the anonymous and voluntary reviews shared by Northwell Health employees on Glassdoor's website throughout the past year. That's compared with an average CEO approval rating of 67 percent among the 700,000 companies reviewed on the site.
When employees submit reviews about their company on Glassdoor, they are asked to rate various factors about their employment experience, including their overall satisfaction and other workplace attributes like senior management. As part of these ratings, employees are also asked to rate whether they approve, disapprove or are neutral about the job their CEO is doing.
Dowling joined Northwell Health in 1995 as executive vice president and chief operating officer after 12 years in New York State government, including serving as commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services. He was tapped to lead the health system as president and CEO in 2002 and has since grown Northwell to 22 hospitals, more than 550 outpatient facilities and over 62,000 employees.
During his tenure as CEO, Dowling has been credited with building the largest integrated health system in New York, developing the country's largest corporate university in the healthcare industry, the Center for Learning and Innovation, and helping to create an approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, founded in 2008, New York State's first new allopathic medical school in 40 years.
Dowling said in a statement that he was honored, adding that Northwell's employees "are truly the lifeblood of our health system."