The 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 yearly since 2003.
“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.”
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, college scholarships for employees’ grandchildren, special recognition for long-serving employees, and eldercare benefits and resources.
Michael K. Kerner, CEO, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, 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.”