A Lubbock hospital system has been ranked as the best place to work in Texas.

University Medical Center Health System has been named as the 2012 Best Place to Work in Texas among large companies, according to the Best Companies Group.

UMC has been ranked in the top three companies for five of the past six years, but this is the first time the group has received the No. 1 spot.

“Service is our passion, and when you walk through the halls of our hospital, you will see a smile on every face,” said Adrienne Cozart, UMC vice president for human resources.

“The joy our employees have for working here translates into excellent service for our patients as well, which is why UMC has also been ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for patient satisfaction by HealthGrades,” Cozart continued.

The companies were ranked by the Texas Association of Business, the Texas State Council for the Society for Human Resource Management, and Best Companies Group.

UMC Physician Network Services also ranked 22nd among medium-sized companies, the third consecutive year PNS has been recognized.