Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices Health System

Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System has been honored with the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. This prestigious award recognizes employers and worksites of all sizes and types across the country for using flexibility as a strategy to increase workplace effectiveness, and enhance business and employee success.

“We are honored to receive recognition for our workplace flexibility from the well-respected Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,” said Michael K. Kerner, CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System. “Bon Secours exists to provide an exceptional care experience for our patients, and we know that it is best accomplished by a workforce that feels supported in both their professional and personal lives.”

Workplace flexibility — which includes such programs as flex time, part-time work and compressed workweeks — helps businesses remain competitive while providing an important benefit to their employees.

“Our research consistently finds that employees in effective and flexible workplaces have greater engagement on the job and greater desire to stay with their organization. In addition, they report lower stress levels and better overall health,” states Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute (FWI), a research think tank on workforce and workplace trends that administers the awards.

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey. All applicants are measured against national norms from FWI’s National Study of Employers.

“As a recipient of the 2011 Sloan Award, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System ranks in the top 20 percent of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace,” states Galinsky. “In addition, what makes this honor so special is that their employees have corroborated this, affirming that it is indeed an effective and flexible workplace.”

When Work Works is a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace flexibility by sharing research and promising practices, and conducting the annual Sloan Awards. It is an ongoing initiative of the Families and Work Institute and was first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management and FWI formed a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership to grow When Work Works and help businesses become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.

For more information about the When Work Works project and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, visit

About Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Bon Secours Virginia Health System (BSV) is the fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, and is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. BSV includes seven award-winning hospitals — four in Richmond 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. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery. Bon Secours Virginia is the only system of hospitals in Virginia that guarantees patients No Wait Emergency Care.

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