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Scripps Health

Employees in the Scripps Wellness Program can earn free health insurance

Winning Years: 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Industry: Hospitals/Health care
Location: San Diego
Website: www.scripps.org

'The Guide to Mapping Retirement' is a printed and electronic toolkit Scripps designed specifically for their mature workers. This toolkit takes employees on a journey to retirement with stops along the way from age 50 to 70 and assists employees in understanding what they can do to maximize their retirement.

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

The Scripps Alumni Network Program maintains and fosters ongoing relationships with former employees and retirees and provides job opportunities for employees to return to Scripps.

Employees who participate in the Retiree Health Insurance Savings Account (401h) feature of the Scripps Health Retirement Savings Plan may use tax-free earnings and contributions from this account to reimburse health care premiums.

Additional Policies and Practices:

Recruiting: Scripps Health uses senior placement agencies to target mature workers and retirees.
 
Workplace Culture/Continued Opportunities: Learning and development programs are offered to full-and part time employees including: tuition reimbursement, in-house classroom training, online training and certification classes. Employees must work at least 16 hours per week to be eligible for the tuition reimbursement benefit.

Scripps' Clinical Mentorship Program gives highly skilled clinicians the opportunity to serve as role models and teachers within each patient care unit.

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

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

Scripps' Return to Work Program accommodates employees returning to work after an illness by providing an on-site nurse case manager.
 
Benefits/Health: Employees working 16 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.

Health benefits for retirees include individual and spouse medical and drug coverage, individual and spouse dental and vision coverage, individual and spouse long term care insurance, employee assistance program (EAP) services, as well as individual and spouse life insurance or other death benefit coverage.

All of the above benefits are available to new hires excluding individual and spouse medical, prescription drug and vision coverage.

Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are available to assist in covering out-of-pocket health care costs.

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