Elisabeth Cox, Vice President of Human Resources, Avaneer Health
I am honored to announce that Avaneer Health recently earned a place on Built In’s 2023 Best Places to Work in Chicago on the 50 Best Startups to Work for in Chicago list. The annual award is presented to companies of all sizes, from startups to large enterprises. It honors both remote-first employers as well as companies in large tech markets across the country.
Built In determines the winners of the award based on several factors, including compensation and benefits, criteria like remote and flexible work opportunities, programs for DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion), and other people-first offerings—all elements we believe are essential to building a great team.
It’s all about the team
This award is a testament to our team members’ passion, determination, and shared vision. We are fortunate that people with such exceptional skill sets and a passion for solving our industry’s biggest problems have come to join us at Avaneer Health. I hear all the time about how excited people are to be a part of such an innovative company.
2022 has been a time of exponential growth for Avaneer Health, especially in our engineering team. We’ve more than quadrupled our company’s size, going from 12 employees in 2021 to 66 now. Our ability to achieve what we have is phenomenal, especially when you consider that we’re trying to do something that’s never been done before: Building a digital ecosystem that reinvents the back office of healthcare.
In the fourth quarter of 2022, Avaneer Health successfully completed a rigorous System and Organization Control (SOC 2) Type 1 examination, achieving an unqualified (clean) opinion from WithumSmith+Brown, PC (Withum).
Celebrating our achievements
One of the things we strongly believe at Avaneer Health is the need to celebrate our achievements, no matter how big or how small. We work hard but we know the importance of being intentional, staying in the moment, and really enjoying and acknowledging what we’re accomplishing. We have weekly “Fri-YAY” calls to recognize individuals who have achieved remarkable things that week. We also have monthly town hall meetings where we promote open, honest conversations. Many of our team members are remote so these calls help create authentic connections across the company and to promote a culture of collaboration and camaraderie.
Work-life balance is another essential part of the Avaneer Health culture. It’s important to disconnect with time away, and to put our families first. That’s how we stay balanced and give our best when at work. We offer childcare benefits, family medical leave, flexible work schedules, parental leave, and a generous vacation/time off policy from day one. We also provide time off for civic engagement and have created many partnerships with nonprofits to help give back to our communities.
Because our reason for being is to fix healthcare’s administrative woes, we believe we need to set an example by offering outstanding healthcare benefits to our team members. And we do it with low or no payroll deductions for medical insurance premiums.
Making it real
This past November, our network went live, our initial clients are beginning to exchange data, and now we’re testing a client’s solution on the Avaneer Network™. It’s accomplishments like this that keep us stoked and moving forward.
We’re living in unexplored territory at Avaneer Health, creating pathways where none existed before. And it’s all due to our amazing team and their passion for taking our vision and making it real.