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Pinnacle Health System

Pinnacle offers short- and long-term, unpaid leave to employees who have to tend to caregiving responsibilities. Full- and part-time employees have access to the following wellness benefits: flu shots, health screenings, health-risk appraisals, smoking-cessation programs, discounts at local health clubs, physical-activity and weight-loss programs, stress-management training, and on-site seminars on exercise and nutrition. Sixty-one percent of employees used at least one of Pinnacle's wellness benefits during the past year.

The health system offers all its employees referral services for care for children, grandchildren, and elders, and backup care for children, grandchildren, and elders. 

Benefits/Alternative-Work Arrangements: The alternative-work arrangements Pinnacle offers include flextime, telecommuting, compressed-work schedules, job-sharing, and a formal phased-retirement program. Full-time employees can move to part-time work on either a temporary or permanent basis.

Opportunities for Retirees: Pinnacle Health System’s 1,398 retirees benefit from the work of an employee who is directly responsible for retiree relations and communication. Staying connected with retirees, Pinnacle invites them to company events and celebrations, formally acknowledges them on the occasion of retirement, and welcomes them during the annual Retiree Homecoming. Retirees can also take advantage of part-time work and free, on-site recertification classes in order to maintain their credentials.

Age of Workforce: Thirty-two percent of Pinnacle Health System employees are age 50+, with an average tenure of 18.2 years.

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