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Scripps Health

Employees in the Scripps Wellness Program can earn free health insurance

Benefits/Financial: Full- and part-time employees are offered a 401(a) and a 403(b) plan, as well as a money purchase defined contribution plan. Scripps makes annual contributions to the 401(a) and the 403(b) plan. All new hires and all employees are automatically enrolled in the plans; employees age 50 and over can make catch-up contributions to their plan and may invest in lifecycle funds that automatically re-allocate assets based on age or proximity to retirement.

Staff members, external financial planning experts and staff from the financial services firm that administers the retirement plans provide financial information and training to employees.

Short-term and long-term leaves of absence without pay and paid time off are all options offered to allow for caregiving.

Full- and part-time employees are offered flu shots, health screenings, health risk appraisals, smoking cessation programs, health club discounts, physical activity and weight loss programs, stress management training, and on-site massage therapy.

The Scripps Wellness Program, offered to employees and their families, assists in reducing health risks and provides information and programming on staying healthy. Those in the program have the unique benefit of receiving free health insurance by participating in programming that rewards with wellness credits.

Scripps offers on-site child care for children and grandchildren of employees, referral services to assist with child care, care for grandchildren and eldercare, as well as back-up care for child care and grandchild care to its full- and part-time employees.  

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: The following alternative work arrangements are offered to employees: flextime, compressed work schedules, job sharing, telecommuting and a formal phased retirement program. All of the above work arrangements are offered to employees working 16 or more hours per week, excluding the formal phased retirement program, which only requires one hour per week.

In Scripps' phased retirement program, Staged Retirement employees are able to retire gradually by reducing their work schedule while maintaining medical and dental benefits while paying the same premium. Full-time employees are eligible to move to part-time work on a permanent or temporary basis.  

Opportunities for Retirees: Scripps has 370 retirees and an individual directly responsible for retiree relations. The hospital stays connected with its retirees by communicating regularly, inviting retirees to organization events, providing ongoing access to retirement planning workshops and information, and by formally acknowledging retirees when they retire. Retirees are offered the following work opportunities: temporary work assignments, consulting and contract work, telecommuting, part-time work, and full-time work.

Age of Workforce: Thirty-six percent of Scripps' employees are age 50 and over. The average tenure of those employees is 14 years.

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