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Bon Secours Richmond Named A Best Company for Working Mothers

Health System Ranked in Top 20 on Prestigious National List

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 14, 2010) — Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies initiative selected Bon Secours Richmond Health System again as one of the nation’s top companies for family-friendly benefits. With 70 percent of mothers working — and women outnumbering men in the workplace for the first time in U.S. history — companies like Bon Secours Richmond have been instrumental in supporting their advancement.

“We are excited to announce Bon Secours Richmond Health System’s selection as one of the Working Mother 100 Best Companies for 2010,” said Jennifer Owens, Senior Director, Editorial Research & Initiatives. “With a workforce that’s 82 percent female, this company helps moms find work-life balance through a range of initiatives — including making new parents eligible for at least 26 job-guaranteed weeks off and offering three on-site family centers with extended hours and subsidies for employees.”

Bon Secours Richmond has been named a Best Company for Working Mothers every year since 1998 (when it earned an honorable mention for its first application) and was ranked in the Top 20 for 2010.

“With about 5,800 female Bon Secours Richmond employees, it is extremely important that we are a leading employer for working mothers,” said Bonnie Shelor, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “Being recognized as a Best Company for 12 straight years shows that we are continually responding to the needs of our employees’ families and are being as good of a help to them as we strive to be for our patients and community.”

Bon Secours Richmond was honored by Working Mother for:

  • increasing its minimum wage
  • expanding parental leave
  • creating financial assistance programs to provide economic relief for employees and their families
  • offering on-site and emergency childcare
  • providing professional development opportunities
  • encouraging the use of flexible work schedules

Bon Secours Richmond’s work/life programs and company culture especially earned high marks when compared to other companies surveyed.

Mariah Jensen, Chief Nurse Executive of Bon Secours’ Richmond Community Hospital, is the mother of three young children and has used all three on-site Bon Secours Family Centers. “Having daycare right on site has been a tremendous help to me,” Jensen said. “Bon Secours is constantly looking at new opportunities to improve our staff work/life balance. I give a lot of credit to my boss, who I've worked with for eight years. She’s also a mother ... Understanding the needs around work/life balance has always been supported.”

While the Working Mother 100 Best Companies continue expanding their benefits, those at other American companies lag.° Just 44 percent of American companies offer telecommuting (vs. 100 percent of the 100 Best), 17 percent offer formal mentoring (vs. 95 percent), and 37 percent offer health insurance for part-timers (vs. 100 percent). In contrast, all of the 100 Best Companies offer paid maternity leave, lactation rooms, flextime, mental health consultations and elder-care resources; and 98 percent offer health screening and wellness programs — particularly significant in a stress-inducing, poor economy.

“Twenty-five years ago, we made a bold decision to launch our Best Companies initiative and challenge businesses to address the unique needs of working mothers,” said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media. “The immense influx of women into the workforce demanded changes in workplace culture as companies strove to keep working moms’ talent and loyalty. Today, we celebrate our winners’ untiring commitment to their employees through an impressive array of programs.”

The 100 Best Companies’ family programs adeptly help employees in all areas of their lives. Profiles of these 100 Best Companies, as well as national comparisons, are in the October issue of Working Mother and at

Companies were selected for the 2010 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 600 questions on workforce, compensation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more. It also surveys the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas were measured and scored: workforce profile, benefits, women’s issues and advancement, child care, flexible work, parental leave and company culture. For this year’s 100 Best, particular weight was given to benefits, flexibility and parental leave.

For more information on applying for the 2011 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, visit The 2011 online application will be available in mid-December and due by early March 2011. All companies that apply, including those that don’t make the 100 Best list, receive feedback showing how they compare with all other applicants.

About Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia (BSV), the fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, which is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. BSV 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 nearly 11,000 people, about 7,000 in Richmond and nearly 4,000 in Hampton Roads. About 85 percent of Bon Secours Richmond’s employees are women. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full-range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences, surgery.

About Working Mother Media
Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; brings to the Web home and career information, advice and a broad range of solutions daily. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Working Mother’s signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, the most important benchmark for work-life practices in corporate America. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corp. (, includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE,, Diversity Best Practices (, the WorkLife Congress and the Multicultural Women’s Conference and Leadership Summits. Working Mother Media’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change.

National statistics are taken from a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management.

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