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2011 Best Employers

Monongalia General Hospital

Older workers receive higher employer contributions to their savings plans

Winning Years: 2011, 2007
Industry: Hospitals/Health care
Location: Morgantown, W.Va.

Monongalia General Hospital (MGH) designed and implemented an in-service retirement program that gives employees age 60 and over with three or more years of service great flexibility as they prepare for retirement. In this retirement program, employees can transfer to another position requiring less hours and greater flexibility. In addition, employees are able to withdraw money from their retirement account while they are employed and may also begin to receive their pension benefit.

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

Additional Policies and Practices:

Recruiting: MGH recruits mature candidates by advertising on
Workplace Culture / Continued Opportunities: Employees working 20 or more hours per week are offered tuition reimbursement and certification classes while all employees are offered in-house classroom training and online training. The hospital offers a monetary incentive to employees who continue their education and receive advanced certifications in their field.

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

Because of feedback from employee opinion surveys, MGH assessed pay scales by reviewing all jobs annually, as well as longevity increases and rewards for performance. In addition, a new performance appraisal system was implemented and a paid days-off policy was enhanced so employees can cash in up to 80 hours per year.

Employees have opportunities to gain new experiences by working on team projects, on temporary assignments in other departments and by participating in a formal job rotation program.

Monongalia Transitional Work Program was established to provide employees recovering from an illness or injury with a productive work opportunity (within their functional level) until they can resume their full job responsibilities.
Benefits/Health: Employees working 20 or more hours per week receive individual and family medical and prescription drug coverage, individual and family vision and dental insurance, individual and family long-term care insurance, as well as short- and long-term disability. Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are available to assist in covering out-of-pocket health care costs.

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