Working Mother Names Bon Secours Virginia to List of "Working Mother 100 Best Companies"

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Health system recognized 18th year in a row for its work-life culture

Working Mother logoSUFFOLK, Va., (Sept. 27, 2016)—Working Mother magazine today recognized Bon Secours Virginia as one of the 2016 “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” for its outstanding leadership in creating progressive programs for its workforce, in the areas of advancement of women, flexibility, child care and paid parental leave. The 100 Best Companies are featured in the October/November issue of Working Mother and on

“I am very proud that we are receiving this distinction once again by Working Mother,” said Michael K. Kerner, CEO, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System.  “This recognition is an affirmation of the hard work that our leadership and employees do together to ensure that we have the supportive work environment to help further our health care ministry.”   

Jennifer Owens, Editorial Director of Working Mother Media, says, “For 31 years, Working Mother has tracked the progress of companies that lead in creating a supportive workplace for America’s families. Now more than ever, with changing family dynamics, parental benefits are a key weapon in the war for talent. These companies aim to create the culture that attract the best talent.”

With a female workforce of about 82 percent, Bon Secours Virginia is committed to progressive workplace programs that support working mothers. Some of these programs include:

  • job flexibility – phasing back in after maternity leave, compressed work weeks, job sharing, telecommuting, shifting schedules;
  • paid maternity and adoption leave;
  • college scholarships for children and grandchildren of employees; and,
  • ongoing job development and advancement opportunities.

The completed list of the 2016 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found here.

About Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Bon Secours Virginia, the fourth-largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. Bon Secours Virginia includes eight award-winning hospitals: five in the Richmond system (St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center and Rappahannock General Hospital) and three in Hampton Roads (DePaul Medical Center, Mary Immaculate Hospital and Maryview Medical Center). 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 12,500 people. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full-range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery.

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