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Bon Secours Virginia Recognized for Its Support of Female Workforce

National Association for Female Executives names health system as a top 10 company for women executives

Feb. 4, 2014 – The National Association for Female Executives has named Bon Secours Virginia Health System as one of the best not-for-profit organizations in the country for supporting female employees and promoting gender diversity in its leadership positions. This year’s recognition marks the 10th time the health system, which includes operations in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas, has been named to the annual Top Companies for Executive Women list.

“This is another proud moment for Bon Secours and its employees. The successes we achieve as a business is a result of having a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization,” said Peter J. Bernard, chief executive officer, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “Creating an environment where women and men can succeed equally is important to employee satisfaction and retention, which in turn enables us to provide the very best care for our community.”

Each year, the National Association for Female Executives, which is one of the largest women’s professional associations in the United States, and Working Mother magazine recognize the top 10 not-for-profit companies and the top 50 for-profit companies that “create a culture that identifies, promotes and nurtures successful women.” Companies that make the list are identified as outstanding organizations that are committed to advancing the careers of their female employees.

Bon Secours has a number of programs to support workforce development and that promotes a healthy work-life balance, including a talent acquisition diversity committee that focuses on ways to create a rich and diverse workforce; a leader pathway program that includes mentoring and one-on-one leadership coaching; flexible work schedules to accommodate professional and personal demands; tuition assistance; and various dependant care options such as on-site child care.

“Creating opportunities for excellent people to move into leadership – women and men – makes our entire organization stronger,” said Jim Godwin, vice president, human resources, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “We are committed to being intentional to support personal and professional growth for all of our people.”

Currently, women make up 44 percent of Bon Secours’ executives as well as 73 percent of senior managers. Also, 50 percent of Bon Secours’ board of directors are women.

The Top Companies for Executive Women survey includes more than 200 questions. Companies must meet certain criteria before being eligible to take the survey, including having more than 1,000 employees and having at least two women on its board of directors. A company is assessed on its workforce profile, including the diversity of its leadership and female hires and attrition; female employees’ access to and usage of programs that support their career advancement; and, company culture and work-life programs.

Bon Secours’ dedication to employee programs has been recognized by a number of other leading publications and workplace surveys, including Working Mother magazine’s “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” since 1998, the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility since 2006, and Modern Healthcare’s “100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.”

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