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Northwestern Memorial Ranks Among the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers for the 11th Consecutive Year

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September 14, 2010

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital again has the honor of being among the top companies nationally to support women as they balance work duties and motherhood responsibilities. For the 11th consecutive year, Working Mother magazine has recognized Northwestern Memorial with its “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” distinction for the services the hospital provides that foster a family-friendly culture, including its employee assistance program, tuition reimbursement and continuing education support and flex-time schedule offerings. Northwestern Memorial was the only hospital in Illinois awarded the distinction.

“Northwestern Memorial is committed to supporting our working parents,” said Dean L. Manheimer, senior vice president of human resources at Northwestern Memorial. “We endeavor to help employees balance professional demands with personal ones through the broad range of programs and services we offer, and it is an honor to be recognized for our efforts.”

While the Working Mother 100 Best Companies continue expanding their benefits, those at companies nationwide lag. Just 44 percent of American companies offer telecommuting (versus 100 percent of the 100 Best), 17 percent offer formal mentoring (versus 95 percent) and 37 percent offer health insurance for part-timers (versus 100 percent). All of the 100 Best Companies offer paid maternity leave and flextime and, 98 percent offer health screening and wellness programs.

Northwestern Memorial’s benefits for working parents also include on-site child care services, health insurance for part-time employees and access to lactation rooms for new mothers, all of which contribute to the supportive culture that is a point of pride for the hospital.

“Work-life balance ties into our mission of Patients First and promotes engagement among our employees,” said Manheimer. “The support we provide our employees helps them deliver on our promise of high quality care to our patients.”

The “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” winners are selected based on seven areas that are measured and scored: workplace profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs and company culture.

The 2010 “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” are featured in the October issue of Working Mother magazine. 

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