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Bon Secours Named a 2008 Best Employer for Workers Over 50

AARP recognizes Bon Secours for sixth consecutive year

Bon Secours Richmond Health System today announced it is ranked in the top 10 for the 2008 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50. AARP is the nation’s advocate for people aged 50 and older and honors 50 employers each year.

“It is an honor to be nationally recognized by AARP once again this year,” said Bonnie Shelor, senior vice president of human resources for Bon Secours Richmond Health System and Bon Secours Virginia. “Our employees bring valuable knowledge and experience to the Bon Secours family and we want to ensure we meet their needs so that they can continue to share their experience and knowledge in the workplace.”

AARP recognized Bon Secours in several specific areas, including:

  • Recruiting: Bon Secours uses senior placement agencies to recruit applicants for available positions.
  • Worksplace Culture/Continued Opportunities:Bon Secours offers tuition assistance to its full-time and part-time employees and supports continuing education, joining professional organizations, obtaining advanced degrees, classroom training, educational resources support and competency-based development programs. The health system offers approximately 50 different classes at varying times and locations to accommodate the needs of all levels of clinical and non-clinical employees.
    As a result of employee opinion surveys, Bon Secours has added additional health benefits to persons with diabetes, a $300 wellness allowance and greater savings on vision and dental coverage.
  • Benefits/Health: Full-time employees pay 11 percent of the health insurance premium and prescription drug coverage and 100 percent of their short-term disability, while long-term disability is covered at 100 percent. Full-time employees pay 14 percent of the family health insurance premium and family prescription drug coverage.

    Part-time employees (must work a minimum of 16 hours per week) pay 20 percent of the health insurance premium and prescription drug coverage and 100 percent of the premium for their short-term disability coverage. Long-term disability is not offered to part-time employees. Part-time employees pay 25 percent of the family health insurance premium and family prescription drug coverage.
  • Benefits/Financial: Bon Secours offers a defined benefit and defined contribution plan to its full- and part-time employees. The health system offers a 403(b) pension with an approximate 3 percent contribution and a tax-deferred annuity for employees to contribute to on a pre-tax basis.


Thirty percent of Bon Secours’ work force is over the age of 50. Bon Secours created programs like the Retiree Work Opportunities Program to better understand and address the needs of older employees.

The program offers:
  • A comprehensive eldercare benefit program with in-home nurses to assist employees caring for elderly parents and respite care to give employees a break without worry.
  • Flexible work schedules, job sharing, compressed work weeks and options for employees who are juggling work and life issues.
  • Relationships with Senior Connections, Richmond’s area department on aging, to offer programs and provide resources on caring for the caregiver and planning for retirement.
  • Employee benefits fairs targeted at retirees and volunteers.
  • Professional development courses aimed at employees age 50 and older who are ready to transition from one career to another.


Being ranked in AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 is just one of the many awards Bon Secours has won that shows their dedication to providing employees with a work/life balance. Bon Secours has just had one of its physicians named 2008 Virginia Older Worker, which recognizes remarkable individuals 65 and older for their continuing contribution in the workplace. Also, Working Mother magazine named Bon Secours as one of the 100 best companies for working mothers for the 10th year in a row.

About Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Bon Secours Richmond Health System is made up of four hospitals including St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center, as well as Bon Secours HealthSource, composed of more than 20 physician practice groups.

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