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Bon Secours Richmond Health System

employees, including flu shots, health screenings, health-risk appraisals, smoking-cessation programs, health-club discounts, physical activity and exercise programs, weight-loss programs, stress-management training, and the “Nutrition Across the Lifespan” program. Sixty-one percent of individuals participated in at least one wellness benefit during the past year.

One of the most popular wellness activities was the “Fit Over Fifty” program, during which free health screenings were conducted on nearly half of the more than 7,000 employees. Bon Secours offers on-site care for children, grandchildren, and elders. The health system also offers backup care and referral services for day care for children, grandchildren, and elders. 

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements:  Alternative-work arrangements offered to both full- and part-time employees include flextime, compressed-work schedules, job-sharing, telecommuting, and a formal phased-retirement program. The phased-retirement option gives employees three distinct retirement options:

(1) An employee can retire from the organization completely and be rehired later without jeopardizing retirement checks

(2) An employee can “retire” at age 65 but continue working part-time while collecting a pension

(3) An employee can work past age 70½ and begin receiving a pension check regardless of status. 

Opportunities for Retirees:  Bon Secours currently has 1,087 retirees. The health system has an employee who is directly responsible for retiree relations, and that person maintains connections between the health system and retirees.  Bon Secours also communicates with retirees through ongoing retirement workshops, the retiree-volunteer fair, the annual Senior Expo, ArtRageous for 50+, mailings, and yearly recognition of retirement anniversaries. Retirees are also have opportunities for temporary-work assignments, consulting and contract work, and part-time and full-time opportunities.

Age of Workforce: Thirty-one percent of Bon Secours Richmond Health System employees are age 50 +, with an average tenure of 12 years.

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