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AARP Names Bon Secours Virginia No. 8 Employer for Workers Over 50

Richmond, Va. – (June 17, 2013) -- Bon Secours Virginia Heath System today announced it is ranked No. 8 on the 2013 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 list. For this year’s awards, AARP recognized 50 employers from across the country. The health system, for the first time in 2013, was honored by AARP as Bon Secours Virginia, including both Bon Secours markets in Richmond and Hampton Roads. Previously, Bon Secours Richmond was named to the list every award year since 2003. (In 2009, AARP changed the award from annual to every-other-year, in odd-numbered years.)

Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia, said recognition from AARP is a true honor. “Our older employees, who make up a third of our workforce, offer our health system unmatched experience and perspectives but also embrace and help drive the clinical advancements of today,” he said. “We celebrate and support their wisdom, vision and contributions.” 

Bon Secours Virginia 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, the World Aging Conference, and others.

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

“Bon Secours Virginia has demonstrated exemplary practices with regard to recruitment, retention and promotion of older workers,” wrote A. Barry Rand, CEO, 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. We commend your organization for creating an age-diverse workplace and proudly include Bon Secours Virginia on the list of this year’s honorees.” 

For more information, and for a listing of 2013 award winners, please visit


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 nearly 300 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 comprised of St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.


·         Bon Secours Hampton Roads is comprised of Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.

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. In 2009, AARP changed the award from annual to biennial, in odd-numbered years.

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