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Saint Vincent Health System of Erie, Pennsylvania Named One of AARP 2007 Best Employers for Workers Over 50
Date:9/25/2007

Top Western PA Health System Creating Exemplary Policies Toward 50+ Employees

AARP The Magazine to Feature Best Employers in November-December Issue

ERIE, Pa., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A number of employers across the country, including Saint Vincent Health System are demonstrating that enlightened policies toward 50+ employees make good business sense, based on the 2007 list of AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50.

"Employers that take a world class approach in their policies toward 50 and over workers understand that the result is more productive employees," said AARP State Director Dick Chevrefils while announcing Pennsylvania's winners.

Saint Vincent Health System remains on the cutting edge in recognizing the demographic shift expected by the retirements of many in the Boomer generation. AARP believes that innovative practices to retain and recruit workers are crucial in the face of potential long-term workforce shortages. Currently, thirty-three percent of Saint Vincent employees are 50+ and the average tenure of employees age 50+ is 17.3 years. The health system has over 500 retirees and stays connected with its retirees by communicating regularly, providing retirement planning, as well as offering temporary work assignments, consulting/contract work, telecommuting, and part-time work.

"We are proud to be named as one of AARP's Best Employers for Workers Over 50. As a proven leader in the healthcare field, we have a loyal and dedicated workforce who is caring and compassionate with the patients we serve. We are committed to recruiting and retaining 50 and over staff and offering them a competitive salary and benefits programs," said C. Angela Bontempo, President and CEO of Saint Vincent Health System CEO."

Saint Vincent Health Center is a 436 bed not-for-profit tertiary care facility located in Erie, PA. Saint Vincent, founded in 1875 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania as
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