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Bon Secours Richmond Ranked Best Place To Work In Healthcare

Only Health System in Virginia Named to Prestigious, National List

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 20, 2009) – The Bon Secours Richmond Health System earned a spot on Modern Healthcare’s highly respected national listing of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2009. In beating out nearly 220 other health organizations across the country, Bon Secours Richmond also is the sole Virginia representation on Modern Healthcare’s second annual listing.

“I am extremely proud and honored for Bon Secours Richmond to be distinguished as a best place to work in healthcare by such a commendable and respected industry news source,” said Peter J. Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia, which is comprised of both Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. “During the past five years, Bon Secours Richmond has made significant, measurable improvements in its healthcare delivery, patient services and employee engagement. Every step we’ve taken has been to further live out our commitment of providing good help to everyone in our community. While awards are tangible tokens of our successes, we are not in the business of collecting honors. We are about extending compassionate care to those in need, and the honors we achieve help to reflect that we are continuing down that most-important path.”

Bon Secours Richmond was considered a leading employer by Modern Healthcare for the following programs and policies including:

  • Full benefits for employees working just 16 hours per week
  • Flexible work schedules such as job sharing, telecommuting, compressed work weeks
  • Wellness and employee assistance programs
  • Dependent care, both childcare and elder care
  • Volunteerism and outreach
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Employee recognition
  • Communication with employees
  • Professional development and education
To earn a place on Modern Healthcare’s list, Bon Secours Richmond had to complete a lengthy application of nearly 80 questions, including seven probing essay questions. In addition, Modern Healthcare conducted a random survey of employees to verify that the information from the company was indeed known and appreciated by the workforce. To qualify for the list, Bon Secours had to score well on both the application and the survey.

“Since employees provide their insights for this award application, the honor is even more special knowing that the workforce we strive so hard to support and develop indeed feels that we are being successful in those endeavors,” Bernard added.

Modern Healthcare conducts the annual program to recognize outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a national level. From economic development to employee retention, being named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare benefits individuals, organizations and the healthcare industry.

In 2009, 317 healthcare companies vied for the 100 positions on Modern Healthcare’s workplace listing – an increase of 34 percent (or 80 companies) over 2008. Modern Healthcare will reveal the specific ranking of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare, from 1 to 100, in a special supplement to be published Oct. 26. The supplement also will recognize the top places to work by industry segment (provider, payer and vendor) and by number of employees, and will profile some of the recipients.

Modern Healthcare congratulates all of the 100 organizations named to the magazine's list of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2009,” said Fawn Lopez, publisher of Modern Healthcare. “These healthcare employers demonstrate that building a culture in which employees are supported and engaged benefits not only patients and customers but the employers' financial performance as well.”

The program collected information from both the employer and employees and was open to all companies (providers, suppliers, payers, associations, etc.) with at least 25 employees. Employers completed a survey detailing company policies, practices, benefits and demographics. Employees were asked an in-depth set of questions that resulted in an analysis in eight core areas:
  • leadership and planning
  • culture and communications
  • role satisfaction
  • working environment
  • relationship with supervisor
  • training and development
  • pay and benefits
  • overall satisfaction
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. Also in 2009, Bon Secours was recognized by Working Mother as a Top Ten company in the nation for working mothers and by AARP as the No. 4 best healthcare employer in the country for older workers.

About Modern Healthcare
Modern Healthcare is the industry's most trusted, credible and relied-upon news source, Modern Healthcare examines the most pressing healthcare issues and provides executives with the information they need to make the most informed business decisions and lead their organizations to success. It's for this reason Modern Healthcare is deemed a “must-read publication” by the who's who in healthcare. Modern Healthcare partnered with Best Companies Group, a PA-based firm that administers “best places to work” programs nationwide. Best Companies Group works with partners to establish “Best Places to Work”, “Best Companies” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, state-wide and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment utilizing employer questionnaires and employee satisfaction surveys, Best Companies Group identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.

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