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St. David's HealthCare Named #1 Best Place to Work Among Large Central Texas Employers for Third Consecutive Year
Date:5/21/2009

AUSTIN, Texas, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- St. David's HealthCare was named the number one Best Place to Work among large employers for the third consecutive year at the Austin Business Journal's annual "Best Places to Work" event held Thursday, May 21, 2009.

"Being named a 'Best Place to Work' is a tribute to the staff, nurses, physicians, volunteers and hospital administrators at St. David's HealthCare; our business is a team effort, and this honor reflects that," Jon M. Foster, Chief Executive Officer, St. David's HealthCare, said. "The collaborative environment at St. David's HealthCare defines our culture and enables us to provide excellent patient care."

Winners of the "Best Places to Work" awards were selected based on anonymous surveys completed by employees. Out of the more than 150 nominees, 50 winners were selected in three categories -- small, medium and large employers. In the large employer category, 10 winners were named in rank order, with St. David's HealthCare earning the number one spot.

In its description of St. David's HealthCare, the Austin Business Journal noted: "For St. David's, making sure employees can communicate easily with management is key to retention and maintaining a nurturing company culture." A program that helps new nurses advance into specialty care -- one of the numerous education opportunities offered at the St. David's Institute for Learning -- was just one of the initiatives that set St. David's HealthCare apart from other employers.

The "Best Places to Work" honor is among many awards earned by St. David's HealthCare for creating an optimum work environment. All five St. David's facilities are recipients of the prestigious Texas Hospital Association Nurse-Friendly(TM) hospital designation. In 2008, St. David's HealthCare was named one of the "100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare. That same year, St. David's HealthCare received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based on world-class quality measures.

St. David's HealthCare

Ranked in 2007 and 2008 as the top Austin-area employer among large companies at the Austin Business Journal's annual "Best Places to Work" event, St. David's HealthCare is the fifth-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 6,200 employees and $3.1 billion in annual gross revenues. In 2008, St. David's HealthCare provided more than $271.6 million in free care to people who could not otherwise afford to pay.

With a total of 24 sites across Central Texas, St. David's HealthCare includes five of the area's leading hospitals: St. David's North Austin Medical Center, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, St. David's South Austin Hospital, St. David's Medical Center and St. David's Georgetown Hospital. In addition to its full-service rehabilitation hospital, St. David's provides rehabilitation services at its acute-care facilities and at numerous outpatient rehabilitation clinics across the region. For more information, please visit www.StDavids.com.

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