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The hospital system also offers a number of wellness benefits, including flu shots, health screenings, weight-loss programs, health-risk appraisals, smoking-cessation programs, physical-activity programs, and stress-management training. Over the past 12 months, 71 percent of employees took part in one of these wellness activities.

Benefits/Alternative-Work Arrangements: West Virginia University Hospitals offers all its employees a number of alternative-work arrangements, including flextime, job sharing, telecommuting, compressed work schedules, and a formal phased-retirement program. Full-time employees can move to part-time hours on a temporary or permanent basis.

Opportunities for Retirees: The hospital system stays in contact with its retirees through the efforts of a full-time staff member with primary responsibility for managing retiree relations. The hospital also maintains connections with retirees by inviting them to events, by recognizing employees on the anniversaries of their retirement, and through continued access to wellness benefits, retirement-planning information, and classroom training and workshops. Retirees are also eligible for full- and part-time work, telecommuting, temporary assignments, and contract work.

Age of Workforce: Twenty-three percent of West Virginia University Hospitals employees are age 50+, with an average tenure of 12.5 years.

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