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Lee Memorial Health System

retains the full-time services of an on-site, licensed, independent financial consultant.

Employees at Lee receive paid time off for caregiving, and employees may take either short- or long-term unpaid leave to attend to caregiving duties. LMHS also offers caregiving classes and training and discounted rates for adult day-care services.

Full- and part-time staff members are eligible for the following wellness benefits: flu shots, health screenings, health-risk appraisals, smoking-cessation programs, discounts to health clubs, physical-activity programs, weight-loss programs, and stress-management training. In the past 12 months, 80 percent of LMHS employees have used at least one of these wellness benefits.

The following dependent-care benefits are open to all employees: on-site care for children and grandchildren, backup care for children and grandchildren, and referral services for care for children, grandchildren, and elders.

Benefits/Alternative-Work Arrangements:  Full- and part-time employees at Lee Memorial Health System can take advantage of such alternative-work arrangements as flextime, compressed-work schedules, job-sharing, telecommuting, and a formal phased-retirement program. Workers can develop a job-sharing plan that they can use as a form of phased retirement. Additionally, full-time employees can move to part-time work on a temporary or permanent basis.

Opportunities for Retirees:  Lee Memorial Health System currently has 1,250 retirees and a dedicated staff member to direct activities and communications with them. In order to stay connected to retirees, Lee communicates with them on a regular basis, invites them to  events, provides them ongoing access to retirement planning, and continuously offers lectures targeted to older persons.

The Share Club also provides benefits, including discounts on prescriptions, lectures on Alzheimer’s disease, exercise classes, caregiver education, Parkinson’s care, and geriatric consultations.

The health system offers retirees the opportunity to remain professionally connected via temporary work assignments, consulting and contract work, telecommuting, and full- and part-time work.

Age of Workforce: Forty percent of Lee Memorial Health System employees are age 50+. The average tenure for workers.

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