Bon Secours earns award for family benefits

Published 10:28 pm Thursday, December 28, 2017

Bon Secours Virginia Health System has been named as one of 2017’s Working Mother “100 Best Companies” for its leadership in establishing policies, programs and a corporate culture that supports the career advancement of women, workplace flexibility, on-site childcare and paid parental leave.

This marks the 19th consecutive year Bon Secours has received this recognition from Working Mother magazine.

“Supporting and investing in our employees helps us deliver our mission of providing quality, compassionate care, and it’s simply the right thing to do,” said Jim Godwin, vice president for human resources for Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “We strive to create a progressive culture in the areas of advancement of women and family-friendly resources, which allow all employees to flourish at home and at work.”

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“This year’s winning companies know the value of keeping their employee moms engaged and supported,” Working Mother editor-in-chief Meredith Bodgas said. “They use schedule flexibility, paid parental leave and family benefits to ensure that parents can develop meaningful careers while leading satisfying home lives.”

Bon Secours was honored at an Oct. 24 gala in New York City. Whitney Major, a labor and delivery nurse at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, represented the organization as the 2017 Working Mother of the Year.

With a female workforce of about 82 percent, Bon Secours has a number of progressive workplace programs that support working mothers. Some of these programs include:

  • Job flexibility — phasing back in after maternity leave, compressed work weeks, job sharing, telecommuting, shifting schedules;
  • Paid maternity and adoption leave;
  • College scholarships for children and grandchildren of employees;
  • Ongoing job development and advancement opportunities.

The 100 Best Companies were featured in the October/November issue of Working Mother and on