Northwell’s Dowling ranked among top CEOs in nation

Northwell’s Dowling ranked among top CEOs in nation
Michael Dowling, Northwell CEO, is a top CEO in Glassdoor's 2019 rankings. (Photo courtesy of Northwell Health)

The man at the top of New York’s largest health network is one of the best chief executives to work for in the country, according to Glassdoor.

The website, which aggregates employee commentary on workplaces, ranked Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling 44th on its list of top CEOs managing large companies, with Dowling earning a 95 percent employee approval rating.

Dowling was also the top CEO in the health care and hospital category and ranked fifth for New York.

“While I’m gratified to receive such overwhelming praise, the truth is that strong leadership is a reflection of the whole organization, not just one individual,” Dowling said in a news release. “The ranks of this health system are filled with dedicated and passionate leaders at every level. For that, I’m most proud.”

Glassdoor created the ranking using employee submitted reviews on its website over the past year.

In the review, employees say whether they approve, disapprove or have no opinion of the CEO, and then offer pros and cons, according to Glassdoor. Glassdoor generates an approval rating of the CEO based on the “quantity, quality and consistency of reviews,” according to its website.

Dowling became Northwell’s CEO in 2002 after being the executive vice president and chief operating officer for seven years.

As CEO, he created the Center for Learning and Innovation, which offers programs and courses for Northwell employees.

Dowling was previously commissioner of the state Department of Social Services under Gov. Mario Cuomo.

One nurse who reviewed Northwell on Glassdoor and marked approval of the CEO said, “Northwell is a wonderful company and they really understand the way patient care is supposed to be delivered. Being able to be part of that experience is one of the best feelings.”

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