Cox Monett earned the number 39 spot on Modern Healthcare's 2018 list of "Best Places to Work in Healthcare" -- the first time the hospital has earned this recognition from the national publication. Cox Monett was specifically mentioned for "changing the culture" of health care in Monett.

Modern Healthcare divided its Top 150 List into two categories: Providers/Insurers and Suppliers/Vendors. In the Providers/Insurers category, Cox Monett earned the number 39 ranking out of 75.

"To have Cox Monett recognized in such company is humbling and inspiring, to say the least," said Darren Bass, president of Cox Monett and system vice-president of Community Hospital Group. "We were on our heels all night waiting for our name to be called. Our number 39 ranking is phenomenal -- we owe it all to the great employees, physicians and volunteers who continue to strive to be the best for those who need us each and every day."

Modern Healthcare and its Best Places to Work in Healthcare award winners have accomplished much over the years, empowering healthcare organizations, and the people who work for them, to realize their full potential. Modern Healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

“Our award winners can be proud of the role they played in elevating the standard for workplace excellence. They have the judgment, drive and resilience to solve healthcare’s most significant challenges through our most important resource: people. They are pushing the envelope and creating a more engaged and productive workforce, all while tackling the ever-present challenges of cost, safety, quality and access,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare.

The announcement was made at the 2018 Best Places to Work Gala on Thursday, September 27, at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. Eight employees and two hospital leaders had the honor of representing Cox Monett at the prestigious event.

Modern Healthcare will publish a special supplement featuring ranked lists of all the winners along with the October 1 issue. For a complete list of this year's winner rankings, please visit