Senior Star earned the top spot among senior living-dominant operators ranked in the first-ever “Best Workplaces for Aging Services” list published by Fortune magazine this morning.

The Tulsa, OK-based operator, with 1,280 employees, placed No. 3 overall, behind Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center & Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner Residences of Commack, NY, and Hawthorne, NJ-based Van Dyk Healthcare, which were identified as predominantly skilled nursing operators by Fortune.

Other “stars” in the top 10 of the list and described as predominantly senior living include Seattle-based Merrill Gardens, with 1,892 employees, in the No. 6 spot; McLean, VA-based Sunrise Senior Living, with more than 25,000 employees, at No. 7; and Raya’s Paradise, West Hollywood, CA, with 65 employees, at No. 8.

Continuing care retirement community operators in the top 10 included Seabrook Retirement Community, Baltimore, at No. 4; Pomperaug Woods, Southbury, CT, in the No. 9 spot; and Vi, Chicago, in the No. 10 spot.

See the entire list here.

The new list had created a buzz among eldercare service providers since last fall, when sister publication McKnight’s Long-Term Care News first announced that senior living, skilled nursing and other eldercare providers 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.)

Watch and for more news on the senior living and skilled nursing-dominant winners on the inaugural Aging Services Great Places to Work lists.