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Bon Secours Virginia Health System Honored for Support of Military Employees, Veterans and their Families
Health system recognized with the Work Life Legacy Military Award for helping ease transition to civilian workforce
July 30, 2012
Bon Secours Virginia Health System has been recognized with the Work Life Legacy Military Award from the Families and Work Institute for support of active duty military and veterans’ transition into the civilian workforce. The health system will be honored, along with other winners, at a gala in New York in September.
Two million veterans are estimated to enter the civilian workforce by 2016. Home to the U.S. Army’s Fort Lee and multiple military installations in Hampton Roads, Virginia is the number one state for returning veterans with families. Bon Secours Virginia operates seven hospitals and employs more than 12,000 people in an around Fort Lee and Hampton Roads and makes it a priority to recruit, retain and support active duty military, veterans and their families. The health system employs veterans, reservists, guardsmen and many military spouses in various capacities throughout the health system, including as nurses, techs, administrative staff, financial analysts and at the executive level.
“We are pleased to be recognized for welcoming and providing opportunities to those who have selflessly served our country,” said Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health System.
“Bon Secours has a longstanding mission of providing good help, and it is an incredible honor to extend that mission to our nation’s service men and women, those who work here with us, and those in our community.”
Comprehensive benefits include supplemental pay, counseling and coaching, job training, flexible work schedules and family services. Bon Secours offers an affinity group for military employees and partners with the Department of Defense to offer specialized employee assistance programming. Training is provided to managers of service members on how to effectively and compassionately assist during the transition from military to civilian work.
“The stress of deployment can really weigh on a service member, and knowing that Bon Secours is there to support me and my family is a blessing,” said Patrick Thornton, a surgical assistant who served with the U.S. Navy Reserves in Iraq. “My transition was almost seamless. My supervisor even gave me back the exact same shift that I had when I left.”
For the duration of a deployment, Bon Secours maintains full employee medical benefits, waiving employee contributions. Bon Secours extends time off for service members, and children of deployed military are welcome to continue in Bon Secours employee childcare services. “Our supportive culture and comprehensive benefits program meet the work and family needs of transitioning military employees and their families,” said Jim Godwin, vice president of human resources for Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “Employees with military experience represent the best of Bon Secours, and it is our honor to support them as they transition back to civilian life.”
Bon Secours has become an employer of choice for the armed forces. In 2010, the health system was recognized with the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Bon Secours was also recognized by the Naval School of Health Sciences for their model training program of 1,500 military radiology students. The health system also proactively recruits veterans at military-only career fairs and job websites. Bon Secours recently announced a partnership with Hero Health Hire, a coalition of health care companies dedicated to helping our nation’s disabled veterans secure and retain meaningful employment.
About Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Bon Secours Virginia provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs about 12,000 people, including more than 400 physicians as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.
The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at seven award-winning hospitals.
• Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.
• Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.
About the Families and Work Institute
The Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, family and community. As a preeminent think tank, FWI is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues, and then conducting rigorous research that often challenges common wisdom and provides insight and knowledge. As an action tank, FWI conducts numerous studies that put its research into action and then evaluates the results. Its purpose is to create research to live by.