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VA General Assembly Recognizes Bon Secours

Sen. Walter Stosch Presents Resolution on Behalf of Health System

Richmond, Va. (February 1, 2007) Bon Secours Richmond Health System received recognition today by the Virginia General Assembly for Bon Secours continued commitment and dedication to employees, particularly recognizing Bon Secours recent placement in the Top 10 of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine.

Bon Secours has been on the Working Mother list for eight years and in 2006 the health system was named in the Top 10 for its women and family-friendly benefits and policies.

The resolution, Senate Joint Resolution No. 412 (SJR412), was sponsored by Sen. Walter A. Stosch, (

“We are honored that Senator Stosch and his colleague senators have recognized Bon Secours Richmond Health System with this distinguished honor,” said Peter Bernard, chief executive officer of Bon Secours Richmond Health System. “Providing an environment in which working mothers and all employees are assisted in their personal and professional development is crucial to the mission of Bon Secours.”

Bon Secours employees benefit from flexible scheduling and leave time, primary and secondary child care, job-sharing and flextime plans. There also are programs for new mothers, paternity leave, paid leave for parents who adopt and elder care.

“To be recognized by Virginia’s legislature is a tremendous honor,” said Bonnie Shelor, senior vice president for human resources at Bon Secours Richmond. “It is the ultimate reward to be recognized for proving a good work environment for the very people who make Bon Secours the excellent health system that it is.”

Also in 2006, Bon Secours was recognized as one of AARP’s “Best Employers for Workers Over 50,” for the fourth consecutive year. And for the second year, the organization placed Bon Secours in the top three companies in the country. Bon Secours Richmond System is a not-for-profit Catholic health system with four hospitals in the greater Richmond metropolitan area: St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, Memorial Regional Medical Center and Richmond Community Hospital.

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