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Bon Secours Richmond Named to National Honor Roll as Company that Cares

Only company in the Richmond Metropolitan area to receive recognition

RICHMOND, Va. (March 19, 2009) – Bon Secours Richmond Health System today announced it was named for the third consecutive year to the national Companies That Care Honor Roll. Bon Secours Richmond is the only company based in the Richmond Metropolitan area to receive this recognition. Bon Secours Hampton Roads -- part of Bon Secours Virginia – also was named to the list.

Bon Secours Richmond applied for the Honor Roll, which is selected by an independent panel of veteran professionals in a variety of industries. The Center for Companies That Care, based in Chicago, developed the list as a way of recognizing companies that excel in safeguarding and promoting the well-being of their employees and their communities.

“Bon Secours Richmond is pleased to be recognized by this prestigious organization for our dedication to providing the best workplace culture for our employees and for our commitment to community outreach,” said Bonnie Shelor, senior vice president of human resources. “Our employees are our most valuable asset and to receive an achievement that acknowledges that is especially rewarding.”

To be named to the list, organizations must exhibit the 10 characteristics of a company that cares, as deemed by research conducted by the center. Naming just a few, the center found the following Bon Secours Richmond programs to be noteworthy of this honor: financial assistance for employees, volunteerism, community outreach, education and development, and work/life benefits.

The 2009 Honor Roll lists 37 companies representing 15 states and a variety of industries. About 210,000 employees work for these Companies That Care, 38 percent of which are not-for-profits. A full list of recognized companies appears at

“We are extremely pleased that a growing number of organizations – such as Bon Secours Richmond – are focusing on their social responsibility, a focus that sustains individuals, families and communities and can give them an advantage with customers, employees and investors,” said Marci Koblenz, co-founder and president of the Center for Companies That Care.

About the Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Bon Secours Richmond employs more than 7,000 people in Richmond who provide care at four award-winning hospitals, numerous outpatient facilities, and schools of nursing and medical imaging. Bon Secours Richmond is part of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., founded in 1824 by a group of Catholic Sisters to care for the sick and dying. Since 2003, local, regional and national organizations including Greater Richmond Chamber, AARP, Working Mother magazine, Alfred P. Sloan, Companies That Care, the National Association for Female Executives and the Wellness Councils of America have recognized Bon Secours Richmond as a choice employer.

About the Center for Companies That Care
The Center for Companies That Care is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the well-being of employees and communities by encouraging employers to integrate the 10 Characteristics of Companies That Care into their daily business practices. For more about the Center for Companies That Care, the Honor Roll process, or 2009 Honor Roll recipients, visit or call (312) 661-1010.

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