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AARP Names Bon Secours Richmond a Top 10 Employer for Workers Over 50

The Bon Secours Richmond Health System today announced it is ranked in the Top 10 on the 2011 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 list.

RICHMOND, Va. (September 7, 2011) — The Bon Secours Richmond Health System today announced it is ranked in the Top 10 on the 2011 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 list. For this year’s list, AARP honored 50 employers from across the country. The health system has been recognized by AARP yearly since 2003. 

“Bon Secours Richmond Health System and other selected employers have demonstrated exemplary practices with regard to recruitment, retention and promotion of older workers,” said A. Barry Rand, Chief Executive Officer, AARP, in a congratulatory letter to the health system. “Moreover, you have created and fostered a workplace that is supportive of the contributions older workers offer to the business community. We commend your company for creating an age-diverse workplace and proudly add Bon Secours Richmond Health System to the list of this year’s honorees.”

Bon Secours Richmond has created an award-winning workplace culture for older workers and has become a noted authority on the topic. Health system leaders – on the subject of working past retirement – have spoken before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee; contributed to reports by AARP, Forbes and Catholic Health World; and shared best practices with The Age and Employment Network in the United Kingdom, the National Governors Association, and others. 

“Recognition as a leading employer for older workers from AARP, which knows this segment of the workforce better than anyone else, is a true honor,” said Peter J. Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia. “As a faith-based health care system, we respect the life and contributions of each individual.” 

Among its popular benefits and support for older workers, Bon Secours Richmond offers phased retirement, lifestyle/retirement planning seminars, college scholarships for employees’ grandchildren, luncheon meetings with the CEO, special recognition for long-serving employees, and eldercare benefits and resources.  

“Our older employees offer wisdom, experience and perspectives that have strengthened and transformed our culture into a world-class environment,” Bernard said. “We have a responsibility to create an environment that supports our older workers and encourages them to stay and share their talents with us and the Richmond community.”

About Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, the fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, which is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. Bon Secours Virginia includes seven award-winning hospitals: four in Richmond (St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center) and three in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours brings together a network of hospitals, primary care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities to provide quality health care services to thousands of Virginians. The not-for-profit Catholic health system employs about 12,000 people, 7,300 in Richmond and 4,700 in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full-range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery.

About AARP’s Best Employers Program

The AARP “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” is a recognition program that awards companies and organizations whose best practices and policies for addressing the issues affecting our aging labor force create roadmaps for the workplaces of tomorrow. The program launched in 2001 with the name “AARP Best Companies for Workers Over 50.” In 2002, the name changed to AARP’s “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” to reflect AARP’s interest in encouraging applications from a variety of employers from the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Moreover, in order to recognize the important role that government employers play in the U.S. workforce, AARP also opened the program to public employers at the local, state, and federal levels.

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