Skilled nursing providers earned the top two positions in the first-ever “Best Workplaces” for Aging Services list published by Fortune magazine early Thursday morning.

Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center & Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner Residences, Inc. of Commack, NY, and Hawthorne, NJ-based Van Dyk Healthcare were ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

Gurwin, which has 936 employees, had 93% of its respondents call their workplace “great,” with “atmosphere,” “pride” and “bosses” registering the highest at 98% each.

At Van Dyk, 91% of responding employees ranked their workplace “great.” The “pride” category led at 97%, with “communication,” “atmosphere” and “bosses” ranking next at 96%.

Overall, skilled nursing majority-providers occupied six of the top 40 spots recognized by Fortune in the “senior housing” division. Another 10 were honored on the “at-home” side.

Other “stars” on a list described as predominantly-skilled nursing include: No. 12, Generations Healthcare of Santa Ana, CA; 17, Vetter Senior Living of Elkhorn, NE; 24, American Medical Facilities Management of Charleston, WV; and 25, Chaparral House of Berkeley, CA.

The new list had created a buzz among eldercare service providers since fall of 2017, when McKnight’s first announced that long-term care, along with other eldercare providers such as senior living and home care, would be included in the consumer-media giant’s array of “Best Workplaces” lists.

Fortune’s research partner Great Places to Work analyzed results from more than 162,000 employees in creating its first Aging Services certification and recognition lists. Dozens of other companies were notified over the summer that they had attained “certified” status. To qualify, organizations had to apply and pay a fee to have their employees submit to extensive questioning about engagement, company culture and more. (A McKnight’s Guest Column  fully explaining the Great Places to Work process appeared last week.)

Keep an eye on mcknights.com and mcknightsseniorliving.com for more on the skilled nursing- and senior care-dominant winners on the first-ever Aging Services Great Places to Work lists.