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Bon Secours Named a 2008 Best Company for Working Mothers Nationally

Bon Secours only health system in Central Virginia for 10th consecutive year

Bon Secours Richmond Health System ( has been named one of Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers ( for the 10th year – the only health system in Central Virginia to make the list for 10 consecutive years.

This national recognition represents Bon Secours’ programs and company-wide benefits to ensure the retention and advancement of working mothers.

“It is an honor to be placed in the Top 100 list for our 10th year in a row,” said Peter J. Bernard, senior vice president and chief executive officer of Bon Secours Virginia and chief executive officer of Bon Secours Richmond. “We are very passionate about the importance of providing our employees with an environment that enables them to balance their work life with their personal life.”

According to Working Mother, this year Bon Secours was ranked in the second quintile of the Top 100, ranking above average or higher in workforce profile, benefits policies, child care services, procedures for flexible work arrangements, family friendly programs and company culture.

In today’s economy, many employees are controlling costs by cutting back on family-friendly policies, but not the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, said Carol Evans, chief executive officer of Working Mother Media. From flextime and telecommuting to backup child care and parental leave, this year’s 100 Best are expanding the concept of family-friendly benefits to ensure they cover adoptive parents, fathers and grandparents as well working mothers, Evans said.

Editors selected Bon Secours Richmond Health System for the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application process, which included questions regarding all areas of the organization relative to flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs, childcare, company culture, advancement of women and compensation.

The application process also evaluated the organization’s process for tracking the use of its programs, the number of employees who utilize the benefits and the accountability of managers who oversee the programs.

“I meet twice a year with our working mothers and parents,” Bernard said. “Through our ‘lunch bunch’, as we like to call it, I learn what concerns parents have and what works best for them in terms of family/work life. The process helps us determine what programs we provide and where we can make improvements.”

Bonnie Shelor, senior vice president for human resources at Bon Secours Richmond Health System and Bon Secours Virginia, said, “Not only do we want to make our programs available to our employees, but we also want to make certain they are utilizing them. We are constantly making changes to our current programs and adding new ones that meet the needs of our employees.”

Seven specific areas were measured and scored:

  • Workforce profile
  • Compensation
  • Child Care
  • Flexibility
  • Time-off and leave policies
  • Family-friendly programs
  • Company culture

One standout feature of Bon Secours Richmond Health System’s employee benefits is its Family Care Centers, child care centers located on-site at three of its hospitals and off-site at the fourth.

“Bon Secours is dedicated to the continuing effort to come up with better work and life solutions for our working parents and caregivers,” Shelor said.

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.

The complete list of the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found at

In addition, Bon Secours is also named one of five Outstanding Employers by Experience Works, and the Virginia Older Worker of the Year hails from Bon Secours as well. Bon Secours also was recognized by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) and Companies that Care, as well as winning the Alfred P. Sloan award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

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