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Bon Secours Richmond Named A Top Ten 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Company
Date:9/22/2009

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Defying expectations in this time of economic stress, the Bon Secours Richmond Health System has been named among the Top Ten 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies for its unwavering dedication to family-friendly benefits. Bon Secours Richmond has been named to Working Mother's prestigious list consecutively since 1999, earning a spot in the coveted Top Ten in both 2006 and 2009.

"Being recognized as a Top Ten employer in the nation by Working Mother is a true honor for Bon Secours Richmond," said Peter J. Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia, which is comprised of both Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. "The concentrated effort our health system has made in recent years to transform our culture into one of a world-class status shows forth in this recognition. We are proud to be considered a leading company for such an integral part of our workforce population and to continue to live out our mission of providing good help to all."

Even in these tough economic times, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies represent organizations which utilize creative programs that adeptly help employees in all areas of their lives. Bon Secours Richmond was considered a standout in this area for bucking the trends of economic pullback with the expansion of benefits including:

  • Additional leave for new parents
  • Creation of economic and fuel assistance programs
  • Increase in health system's minimum wage
  • Enhanced workforce development opportunities
  • Stronger commitment to flexible work arrangements

"This honor rewards the efforts Bon Secours has made for working mothers through superior work-life policies," said Alisa Nadler, Midwest/Southeast/Mid-Atlantic Director of Working Mother Media. "Bon Secours is among an elite group of companies that can boast this amazing accomplishment and should be proud of its hard work and efforts in creating innovative work-life programs."

Bon Secours Richmond and the other winning companies lead the way in pioneering programs that support families, with 100 percent offering flextime, on-site lactation and telecommuting; and 98 percent offering job-sharing and wellness programs -- numbers that dwarf those seen nationwide. In addition, financial programs available to the 100 Best employees are on the rise, a much needed boost for families in today's economy. These include tuition reimbursement, retirement planning and pre-tax FSAs for childcare.

By contrast, national numbers* are dismal, with just 25 percent of companies offering on-site lactation (vs. 100 percent of the 100 Best), 11 percent with stress reduction programs (vs. 96 percent of the 100 Best), 35 percent offering health insurance for part-timers (vs. 99 percent of the 100 Best) and 16 percent offering job-sharing (vs. 98 percent of the 100 Best). See chart below and attached.

"The Working Mother 100 Best Companies stand head and shoulders above the rest," said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media. "For example, in the last year, we saw the number of companies nationwide offering flexible work arrangements diminish five percentage points, while the 100 Best Companies stayed steady at 100 percent. The 100 Best provide leadership where and when we need it most, furnishing a framework of support for working families during good times and bad. If all companies adopted these best practices, more families could weather the economic storm."

Profiles of the 100 Best Companies, as well as national comparisons, are in the October issue of Working Mother and at workingmother.com.

"Moms are increasingly becoming the sole breadwinners in many households as men lose their jobs at a higher rate than women," said Suzanne Riss, Editor in Chief, Working Mother magazine. "Now more than ever, our readers and all working mothers need the support of their employers. By offering benefits like paid maternity leave, the ability to work from home and wellness programs, as well as programs that enhance financial well-being, our 100 Best are helping to reduce stress in the busy lives of working moms. These companies epitomize family-friendly support at its best."

Now in its 24(th) year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies program draws attention to the significant contributions working mothers make to industries and the companies that recognize the importance of tapping this essential labor pool. "We have faith that someday the programs found at the 100 Best Companies will become business norms offered by all companies," Evans said. "When the economy recovers, lagging companies will lose out on a powerful group of dedicated employees -- working moms."

Methodology:

Companies were selected for the 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 500 questions on workforce, compensation, childcare, flexibility programs, leave policies and more. It also surveys the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas were measured and scored: workforce profile, benefits, women's issues and advancement, childcare, flexible work, parental leave and company culture. For this year's 100 Best, particular weight was given to benefits, flexibility and parental leave.

About Bon Secours Richmond

The Bon Secours Richmond Health System is a not-for-profit health system with four hospitals in the Richmond area: St. Mary's Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, Memorial Regional Medical Center and Richmond Community Hospital. About 85 percent of Bon Secours Richmond's more than 7,000 employees are women.

About Working Mother Media

Celebrating 30 years, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers while workingmother.com brings to the Web a broad range of insight and solutions served to working mothers every day. Working Mother's 24-year signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work-life practices in corporate America. With offices in New York and Washington, D.C., Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corp., includes the National Association for Female Executives, Diversity Best Practices, the WorkLife Congress and the Multicultural Women's Conference and Town Halls. Working Mother Media's mission is to champion cultural change.

*National statistics are taken from a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management.


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