“We have always looked toward the future, and have understood that meeting the needs of our patients requires that we tap into the skills, experience and knowledge of our 50+ workforce. We have taken great efforts to recognize, preserve and cultivate the experience and wisdom that they bring to our organization.
Kovach said further:
“We are pleased that AARP has taken notice of the relationship we have with our older workforce in years past. This year, being top rated by AARP is an even greater honor. We hope it brings a new light to the accomplishments of our 50+ workforce and the daily contributions they make to Atlantic Health, our hospitals and our patients.”
Lee Memorial Health Systems, the fifth largest public health system in the United States, includes four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals and has more than 1,600 patient beds.
Lee Memorial has an ambitious phased retirement program, flexible work hours, job sharing and compressed work schedules, and seasonal work schedules that allow employees to take as much as six months a year off from work.
Two on-site wellness centers are part of a broad wellness program that also includes regular free health checks, lectures on such health challenges as weight control and diabetes, a pilot risk assessment program aimed at encouraging a healthy lifestyle, and another pilot program – “Lighten Up Lee” – which centers on exercise and nutritional improvements to lead to weight reduction. One pharmacy exclusively serves employees, with health plan members receiving diabetic, cholesterol and cardiovascular generic drugs free of charge.
In addition, the AARP International Innovative Employer Awards, recognizing 10 organizations for their innovative workplace policies, will be announced September 21. The 2009 winners represent four countries and a wide range of industries.
Any U.S.-based employer with at least 50 employees is eligible to apply for awards with the Best Employers awards. Candidates are vetted to ensure that practices meet the needs of mature workers. Key areas of consideration include: recruiting practices; opportunities for training, education and career development; workplace accommodations; alternative work options, such as flexible scheduling, job sharing, and phased retirement; employee health and retirement benefits and retiree work opportunities.
AARP The Magazine will feature the 2009 Best Employers in its November-December issue, available in homes September 24. The article will be found online then at AARP.org/ATM.
For more information on the 2009 Best Employers, please go to www.aarp.org/bestemployers. Included is background on each employer’s workforce practices and a description of the selection process.
2009 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50
Hospitals/Health Care Organizations
- Atlantic Health, Morristown, NJ
- Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Myers, FL
- Mercy Health System, Janesville, WI
- Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Richmond, VA
- Jennings Center for Older Adults, Garfield Heights, OH
- WellStar Health System, Marietta, GA
- Scripps Health, San Diego, CA
- TriHealth, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
- University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX