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Cabell Huntington Hospital

This organization offers bridged employment to workers who reach retirement age

Winning Years: 2011, 2006, 2005
Industry: Hospitals/Healthcare
Location: Huntington, W.Va.

Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) offers its retirement eligible employees Bridged Employment. Employees in the program begin working fewer hours while starting retirement preparations and in many cases the employee decides to maintain part-time status. Retirees can receive their prescriptions at cost through the hospital pharmacy and also receive free flu shots.

See also: How the 2011 Best Employers winners were selected.

Additional Policies and Practices:

Recruiting: CHH uses senior placement agencies to target retirees.
Workplace Culture / Continued Opportunities: Employees working 16 or more hours per week are eligible for the tuition reimbursement benefit and those working 8 or more hours per week can participate in certification classes and the Leadership Academy, a leadership training program. All employees are offered in-house classroom training and online training.

Long-service anniversaries are celebrated with announcements, parties, gifts and awards.

Because of feedback from employee opinion surveys, CHH increased its contribution to the short- and long-term disability plans, and the Occupational Health Program was implemented to assist employees with getting their patients taken care of in a timely manner.

Employees have opportunities to gain new experiences by working on team projects.
Benefits/Health: Employees working 16 or more hours per week receive individual and family medical and prescription drug coverage, and individual and family vision and dental insurance. Short- and long-term disability is offered to employees working 32 or more hours per week.

Health benefits for retirees include individual and spouse medical and drug coverage, the services of an employee assistance program (EAP), and individual and spouse life insurance or other death benefit coverage. All of the above benefits are available to new hires upon retirement.

Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are available to assist in covering out-of-pocket health care costs. In addition, the hospital will continue to pay an employee's health insurance premium for up to six months during medical leave.

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