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Working Mother Names Bon Secours Richmond to its 100 Best Companies

Health system honored for 15th consecutive year for support of work-life balance

Sept. 18, 2012

Bon Secours Richmond Health System has been named to the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list for the 15th consecutive year. The Working Mother 100 Best Companies list promotes the interests of working mothers by honoring companies that successfully help employees integrate home and work. Bon Secours Richmond was recognized for its commitment to work-life balance and leadership opportunities for working mothers within the health system.

“Working mothers are a vital part of the world-class workforce we are privileged to offer our patients at Bon Secours,” said Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “As a mission-driven health system, we see it as our obligation to provide flexibility and resources to help our working mothers excel as executives, nurses, doctors—and as mothers.”

Bon Secours Richmond offers a comprehensive suite of family-friendly employee benefits, including flexible scheduling, three on-site child care centers and an award-winning wellness program. The child care centers offer flexible hours and a warm, educational environment for children of Bon Secours employees. Bon Secours has been widely recognized for its commitment to employee wellness, offering a wide range of opportunities for employees to take a leadership role in their own health. Offerings include an on-site employee health clinic and pharmacy, health coaching, an employee assistance program and incentives for making healthy choices. Within the past year, the health system has eliminated sugar-laden beverages with more than 100 calories per item from its on-site cafeterias and initiated a nicotine-free hiring policy.

“My husband and I are both full-time working parents with four active children. Work-life balance is challenging,” said TuLinh Le, director of pharmacy services at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center. “Bon Secours has helped me be a better mother by allowing me flexible work hours when I need them and giving me opportunities to learn and grow.”

In addition, Bon Secours is committed to the growth of female employees at all levels of the health system and offers extensive professional development and continuing education opportunities. Bon Secours’ GreatSTART leader development program provides mentoring, coaching and courses in foundational leadership skills and the future of health care. GoodHelpU is a continuing education system available to all Bon Secours Richmond employees, and tuition reimbursement is available for study outside of Bon Secours.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Working Mother for the 15th consecutive year. We support our working moms not only by helping them find balance between work and home, but also by providing them with the resources to grow and achieve professional success,” said Jim Godwin, vice president of human resources for Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “Many leaders throughout the health system are working mothers, including all of our chief nurse executives. We believe this is possible because of the special combination of their extraordinary talent and work ethic and our supportive environment.”

This 15th honor from Working Mother complements a long list of industry achievements for Bon Secours’ support of workplace flexibility and overall employee wellness. Bon Secours Richmond has been recognized as a great place to work by AARP, the American Heart Association, the Catholic Health Association, the Families & Work Institute, Gallup, Modern Healthcare, Metro Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the National Association for Female Executives, the Virginia Business Coalition on Health and the Virginia General Assembly.

About Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Bon Secours Virginia provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs about 12,000 people—7,500 in Richmond and 4,500 in Hampton Roads—including more than 450 physicians as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.

The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services, including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at seven award-winning hospitals.
• Bon Secours Richmond is comprised of St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.
• Bon Secours Hampton Roads is comprised of Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.

About Bon Secours Richmond Foundation
Bon Secours’ ministry of providing good help to those in need is supported by the Bon Secours Richmond Foundation, which raises funds to create healthy communities, advance clinical innovation and provide an extraordinary experience of care.

About Working Mother Media
Working Mother magazine reaches 2.2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; gives working mothers @home and @work advice, solutions and ideas. This year marks the 26th anniversary of Working Mother’s signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, and the ninth year of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation, includes the National Association for Female Executives, Diversity Best Practices and the Working Mother Research Institute. Working Mother Media’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change.

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