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Bon Secours Ranks in Top 10 among U.S. Companies for Working Mothers

Health System Cited for Excellent Employee Benefits

Richmond, Va. (September 25, 2006)There’s a new milestone for Bon Secours Richmond Health System this year as it is named in the Top 10 of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers,” published annually by Working Mother magazine.

It’s the eighth year on the list for Bon Secours who is among those recognized for women and family friendly benefits and policies. Copies are available on newsstands today.

“This recognition is something that makes all of us proud,” said Peter J. Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Richmond Health System. “Bon Secours works hard to carry out our mission of good help to those in need and that extends to our Bon Secours family. We value our employees and when they are well served; our patients are better served as well.”

According to Working Mother, this year’s survey placed particular weight in two areas: flexible scheduling, the most critical benefit for working mothers; and leave time, because it is essential for parents to be able to take time off from work, whether it is several months to bond with newborns or several years to be at home with children during their most formative years.

The Working Mother award examines organizations’ attention to other areas as well including: profile of women in management, total compensation, child care-primary, child care-secondary, flexibility, family friendly resources, work/life culture, time off for caring and parenting and advancing women. Bon Secours fared well in all, with “well above average” performance as “family friendly.”

Bon Secours programs to help working mothers develop a healthy balance between professional and familial responsibilities helped the company reach its Top 10 status.

Bon Secours scored highly in all criteria, including:

  • Flextime plans to employees
  • Telecommuting on a part-time basis
  • Job sharing
  • Elder-care referral services
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Childcare referral services
  • Adoption assistance services
  • Lactation program or designated lactation area for new moms
  • Paid leave for parents who adopt a child
  • Paid paternity leave

“It is important to realize that it is not enough for companies to have work/life programs; we measure the success of these programs as well,” said Suzanne Riss, editor-in-chief of Working Mother magazine. “We track whether employees use them, and whether the programs are getting better each year. Bon Secours has risen to our challenge.”

“Bon Secours has scored high in all categories of the survey,” said Bonnie Shelor, vice president of human resources for Bon Secours Richmond. “The recognition and the feedback we receive from our employees is confirmation that we are making a difference in the lives of our employees. We will continue to be innovative with our programs for women and all employees.”

Bon Secours Richmond Health System is a not-for-profit Catholic health system with four hospitals in the Richmond area; St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center and Richmond Community Hospital.

The complete list of the 2006 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found at

Methodology: To apply for the Working Mother 100 Best, Bon Secours Richmond Health System provided Working Mother magazine with detailed information on seven areas of work/life balance - workforce profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off/leave, family friendly programs and company culture. Bon Secours completed a 500 plus question application, which checked the availability, tracking and usage of programs to support working mothers, accountability of managers to implement programs and the successful advancement of women into top paying jobs, board position and management ranks. Bon Secours also was required to submit benefits handbooks and supporting documentation.

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