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Bon Secours Richmond to Receive Prestigious International Award for 'One of the Most Productive and Engaged Workforces in the World

Richmond health system is the only Virginia organization and one of 25 worldwide to receive the Gallup Great Workplace Award at the 2010 Gallup Summit

RICHMOND, Va. — Building on its strong reputation as an employer of choice, Bon Secours Richmond Health System today announced it will receive the prestigious Gallup Great Workplace Award for 2010 at a special event in April.

Bon Secours Richmond is the only Virginia organization and one of only 25 organizations world-wide to receive the Gallup Great Workplace Award for 2010. This international award is the latest in a series of recognitions to honor Bon Secours Richmond as a top place to work and receive health care.

Ranked alongside Campbell Soup Company and Transitions Optical Inc., Gallup recognizes Bon Secours Richmond as having "one of the most productive and engaged workforces in the world."

"The winners of this award have established a new global standard for engaging people," said Tom Rath, who leads Gallup's Workplace and Leadership Consulting practice. "When compared to the millions of workgroups we have studied around the world, the awardees have worked tirelessly to create an environment that values people. They go far beyond trivial perks to ensure that each employee has an emotional connection to the company's mission and growth."

The Gallup Great Workplace Award is based on the most rigorous workplace research ever conducted. Just to apply, organizations had to survey more than 1,000 employees, garner 80 percent participation, and score at the highest levels among participating organizations.

"I am so proud of our employees and the work they do each day. At Bon Secours, when we talk about being engaged, we're talking about how our employees are invested in our mission — to give good help to those in need. That is their calling. This award just affirms how deeply our employees care about giving good help to our patients, their families and our communities," said Sister Anne Marie Mack, senior vice president of sponsorship for Bon Secours Richmond.

Bon Secours Richmond will receive the Gallup Great Workplace Award during a gala on April 28, 2010, in Omaha, Neb., as part of the Gallup Summit. During the Summit, Great Workplace Award winners will present the best practices they applied to their workplace and the improved business results they achieved through building an engaged workforce.

"When people hear about this award, I hope that they will understand that this is not just another award. It is a promise that when you come to a Bon Secours facility, the people who serve you are passionate about their work. They want to be the very best at what they do, and they want you to be the recipient of extraordinary care," said Peter J. Bernard, Chief Executive Officer for Bon Secours Virginia. Bon Secours Virginia is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health Systems.

Dr. Larry Mallory, a principal and senior consultant for Gallup, said, "This award is the highest recognition that we give. This is a group that you want to be a part of, and what Bon Secours Richmond has achieved is very impressive."

Mallory, who has been working with Bon Secours Richmond since 2002 on its annual employee engagement survey, said, "Where you find organizations that are very much focused on the human aspects or human spirit of their business and the work is genuine, meaning that it occurs in both good and bad economic times, you find that these are the resilient organizations that communities can depend on over the long term. This award is the culmination of very focused and meaningful work by Bon Secours Richmond's employees and leaders."

Other awards
Bon Secours Richmond already holds a number of national accolades as a leading employer. In the last year, the health system has been recognized with the following honors:

  • Working Mother magazine's 100 Best Companies (Top 10 ranking)
  • AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 (No. 4 out of the Top 15 in the category of Hospitals/Healthcare Organizations)
  • Modern Healthcare's 100 Best Places to Work
  • Companies that Care Honor Roll
  • National Association for Female Executives (Top 10 Nonprofit Companies)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility
  • Wellness Councils of America Gold Award for Well Workplace


About Bon Secours Virginia in Richmond
Bon Secours Richmond is a part of Bon Secours Virginia (BSV), the fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, which is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. Bon Secours Virginia includes seven award-winning hospitals: four in Richmond (St. Mary's Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center) and three in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours brings together a network of hospitals, primary care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities to provide quality health care services to thousands of Virginians. The not-for-profit Catholic health system employs nearly 11,000 people, 7,000 in Richmond and 4,000 in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full-range of services including cardiac, women's, children's, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery.

About the Gallup Great Workplace Award
The Gallup Great Workplace Award recognizes the best-performing workforces in the world. Applicants' results are compared across a workplace research database composed of millions of work teams in more than 100 countries. A panel of workplace experts assesses the applicants' results to select the winners. The award's weight and design equal the merit of the winners' accomplishments. To create the award, Gallup designers collaborated with R.S. Owens & Company, the company that produces many of the world's most prestigious awards, including the Academy Award. The award consists of two components: The top design features 12 etched crystal planes, layered to convey the kinetic energy of an engaged workforce. The crystal sits atop a concave-shaped pedestal base composed of polished silver-plated legs and a satin-finish front display. The combination of these parts results in a piece that evokes the nature of engagement.

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