Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Earns 2024 Military Friendly® Employer Designation

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2024 Military Friendly ® Employer Designation Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced today that it has earned the 2024 Military Friendly ® Employer designation. This is the fourth year in a row that CHOP has received this designation, and this year CHOP also ranked in the top 10 in the NonProfit/Government category. The designation will be featured in the December 2023 issue of G.I. Jobs® magazine and on

CHOP was awarded the Military Friendly® Employer designation for its ability to attract, retain promote and advance veterans and military employees. Institutions earning the designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey in which more than 1,200 companies participated.

“We are proud and humbled that we have been recognized once again for creating an environment that is valued by our military employees,” said Calvin U. Allen, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “We continue to be grateful for their service and for their ongoing dedication to improving children’s health.”

“It is wonderful to see CHOP recognized again as a military-friendly workplace. As a veteran, I am grateful to work for an organization that recognizes the value of diverse recruitment and hiring and the unique skills that our employees who are military trained bring to the organization,” said Denise Pavan, Director, Practice Administration for CHOP’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a Community Outreach Officer on CHOP’s US Military Employee Resource Group (ERG). “CHOP has provided so many great opportunities for advancement throughout my career, and I appreciate being able to grow both clinically and as a leader in an organization that values me as a veteran.”

The U.S. Military Employee Resource Group at CHOP focuses on developing the careers of veteran and active-duty employees and supporting military patient families and employees, as well as engaging in community philanthropy. The group is open to all CHOP employees, regardless of veteran status or current active-duty status, as well as employees with family members who are active duty, guard, reserve, or veterans.

“Organizations earning the Military Friendly Employers designation have wholeheartedly invested in comprehensive and impactful initiatives that bring about positive, life-changing results for our valued service members, dedicated military spouses and esteemed veterans within their ranks,” said Kayla Lopez, Senior Director of Military Partnerships at Military Friendly®.  “We salute these exemplary employers who raise the bar and understand that hiring military personnel is not merely an act of goodwill but a testament to a standard that truly embodies sound business wisdom. Their steadfast commitment to integrating military personnel into their workforce not only reflects their compassion but also underscores their business acumen."

Military Friendly® is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefits for the military community. Over 1,200 organizations competed for Military Friendly® designation this year.

A non-profit, charitable organization, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, the 595-bed hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. The institution has a well-established history of providing advanced pediatric care close to home through its CHOP Care Network, which includes more than 50 primary care practices, specialty care and surgical centers, urgent care centers, and community hospital alliances throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the Middleman Family Pavilion and its dedicated pediatric emergency department in King of Prussia. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit

Contact: Joey McCool Ryan, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, (267) 258-6735 or