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Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Ranks Among the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers for the 10th Consecutive Year

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September 22, 2009

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Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, parent company to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, has been named one of America’s 100 Best Companies by Working Mother magazine for the 10th consecutive year. The hospital was one of eight Illinois companies recognized for dedication to providing family-friendly benefits and pioneering programs that support working moms, such as on-site child care, advancement opportunities, private lactation rooms, flextime and more. The magazine praised its 2009 award recipients for creating cultures of work-life balance and for upholding the commitment especially during the present lean times when so many businesses are cutting back.

"As our organization continues to grow, we are committed to supporting our working parents by offering meaningful benefits that assist employees with career growth and family priorities. We take great pride in providing high quality care for our patients, as well as creating a supportive environment for our working mothers and fathers," said Dean L. Manheimer, senior vice president, human resources, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. "It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts."

Northwestern Memorial offers an adoption assistance program that has assisted seven families adopt a child to date. Based on growing demand, there are also plans to expand its on-site employee children’s care center, which will accommodate at least 100 additional children by 2012. The hospital received honors for the prevalence of women among its workforce (77 percent) and for training and development as well as continuing education opportunities, which earned the hospital a “Best in Class” honor.

Companies were selected for the 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 500 questions. Seven areas were measured and scored: workforce profile, benefits, women’s issues and advancement, child care, flexible work, parental leave and company culture, with particular weight given to benefits, flexibility and parental leave.

The 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies are featured in the October issue of Working Mother magazine and online at workingmother.com.

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Jennifer Monasteri, Manager

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