One of the largest employers in Virginia has been named one of the best employers in the country

Sentara has been named one of America’s best employers by Forbes.

Sentara, the third largest employer in Virginia, was ranked No. 177 out of 500 by Forbes.

Forbes chose the America’s Best Employers based on an independent survey from a sample of more than 30,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in their U.S. operations, according to a news release from Sentara.

The employees were anonymously consulted through several online panels, not conducted by their employers.

Sentara operates numerous health care facilities including ones in Williamsburg, Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton and Virginia Beach.

For the full rankings, visit here.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.