This year marks the 15th consecutive year Working Mother has honored Bon Secours, pushing the health system into Working Mother’s Hall of Fame. Staring in 1999, Bon Secours Richmond has been on Working Mother’s list every year.
In 2008, Bon Secours Richmond integrated with Bon Secours Hampton Roads to form Bon Secours Virginia Health System. Since that time, benefits and programs have been aligning across the markets. In 2013, Bon Secours Virginia decided to pursue Working Mother for the first time as a fully integrated health system.
“I am incredibly proud of this distinction by Working Mother and consider it to be well deserved,” said Bon Secours Hampton Roads CEO Michael K. Kerner. “Our leadership and our employees work together in our ministry to ensure our environment is both supportive and compassionate, while challenging us to advance our skills, education and innovation to bring our communities world-class patient care.”
With a predominantly female workforce, about 80 percent, Bon Secours Virginia is highly 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 leave, which was expanded in 2013
- paid adoption assistance
- college scholarships for employees children
- ongoing job development and advancement opportunities
Delores Greene-Price, Bon Secours Family Focus program manager, agrees that these policies have helped her family.
“Bon Secours has allowed me time to further my education, chaperone field trips, attend teacher meetings and cheer my boys on in their games,” she said. “And now that I’m a grandmother, I look for benefits that will help my granddaughter, maybe the Nursing Explorers Camp or a college scholarship one day.”
Greene-Price is the mother of four adult sons, grandmother of one granddaughter and wife of Dewyain, retired after 22 years with the U.S. Air Force. Bon Secours hired her 13 years ago when her youngest son was 10.
On Oct. 23 in New York City, Working Mother will honor Bon Secours and all other winning companies at a special awards gala.
The 100 Best Companies are featured in the October/November issue of Working Mother and on workingmother.com.
Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, says, “Now in its 28th year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies are leaders in building initiatives that truly support all employees. They are the vanguard of successful companies, with modern policies for American families.”