Report: Northwell among nation’s top STEM firms

Science fact: Northwell Health is among the country's most progressive employers when it comes to the STEM fields, according to a national study.

New York State’s largest private employer is doing everything it can to make sure it keeps that title.

Northwell Health has been designated a 2017-18 STEM Jobs Approved Employer by STEM Jobs, a national brand focused on helping educators in more than 20,000 schools across the country obtain tools and resources needed to implement cutting-edge science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs and promote high-growth STEM jobs.

The New Hyde Park-based health system earned high marks for its “emphasis” on STEM fields, according to STEM Jobs. Of 216 companies, systems and organizations ranked nationally, Northwell Health was slotted at No. 76.

Comcast NBCUniversal, the New York City-based subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp., was ranked No. 1. The other 215 companies represent a healthy cross-section of American industry, with hospitality conglomerates, national retailers, energy companies, railroads, insurers, automakers and nonprofits all making the cut.

Joseph Mascola: STEM enthusiasm.

Understandably, science, technology and engineering firms are all over STEM Jobs’ list, with major names including Northrop Grumman (No. 15), Honeywell (No. 80) and SpaceX (No. 161) all honored.

Megabrands including Starbucks (No. 27), Amazon (No. 65) and 7-Eleven (No. 165) were also ranked.

Northwell Health is the only Long Island-based company among the 216 honorees. CA Technologies, which was formerly headquartered in Islandia and still maintains a large presence there, was ranked No. 195.

Among the qualities displayed by the honorees: providing STEM career opportunities for existing employees, actively engaging underrepresented student populations, promoting the importance of STEM literacy and engaging in partnerships with colleges and universities that “connect classrooms to careers,” according to STEM Jobs.

Northwell Health Senior Vice President Joseph Mascola, the health system’s chief people officer, said New York’s largest healthcare provider (by employees and patients) was “incredibly proud” to make the STEM Jobs list.

“Our leadership across the organization continues to look at ways in which we can build enthusiasm in STEM careers by creating career pathways working with the schools in the communities we serve, sparking innovation and hope,” Mascola said in a statement.