UW Hospital and Clinics Earns "Best Companies for Hourly Workers" Recognition

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Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers logoMADISON -  University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is one of the nation's six "Best Companies for Hourly Workers," according to Working Mother magazine.


This is the first year Working Mother has recognized companies for benefits and programs offered to employees earning hourly wages.


UW Hospital has also been named to the magazine's "100 Best Companies" list in 2007, 2008 and 2009.


Working Mother cited the hospital's numerous family-friendly initiatives for hourly workers, such as:

  • Flexible hours
  • Career training and advancement opportunities
  • Generous health insurance and retirement plans
  • Paid vacation
  • Sick days
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Flexible spending accounts

UW Hospital's Teresa HartTeresa Hart, a registrar at one of the hospital's clinics, says the hospital gave her paid time off and provided valuable support when she was being treated for a serious medical condition two years ago.


"My manager was one of my biggest supporters while I was undergoing treatment," she says. "She helped me fill out leave-of-absence paperwork, encouraged me to take as much time off as I needed, and kept in touch while I was off work. I was also fortunate to have the entire leave of absence as paid time off."


Helpful Benefits for Workers Include Back-Up Care


One of the hospital's successful programs has been Back-Up Care, which supports employees when they have a temporary disruption in their normal care arrangements and need to get to work. Employees have the choice of center-based or in-home back-up care for their loved ones – infants through elders.


"I had two instances where my daughter's school was closed, so I requested back-up care online," says Hart. "I was able to choose between in-home care and many different day care centers near the clinic where I work. When I took my daughter to the facility, we were both treated very well and my daughter had a great time."


"Being one of just six companies in the country to receive this recognition is a real honor for UW Hospital and Clinics," said President and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky.


"We have worked very hard to create a work environment that supports all of our staff - hourly and salaried," Katen-Bahensky added. "Programs that strengthen the work environment are an investment not only in work-life balance for our staff but also in quality care and safety for the patients and families they serve every day."


"Particularly in this era of severe cost-cutting measures, companies tend to overlook the long-term value of family-friendly benefits – but we find these programs increase productivity and decrease turnover at all job levels," said Carol Evans, president, Working Mother Media. "Our Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers are leading the way for innovative and responsible employee practices, and we urge others to follow their strong example."


Working Mother has a circulation of two million and is the only national magazine for career-oriented mothers.


Mother and her three boysUW Health Facts and Figures

Vital Employment Statistics

  • Total employees: 7,416
  • Hourly employees: 5,444 (73%)

UW Hospital and Clinics Employee Benefits and Programs to Support Employees  


Health and Dental Insurance

  • Employees who work 20 or more hours per week are eligible for comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance coverage for themselves, their families or domestic partners
  • Plan provides:
    • Low monthly premiums
    • Non-policy deductibles
    • No office visit co-pays
    • An annual vision exam
    • Routine dental services
    • Employees who work 12 hours per week are given the same opportunity to enroll in the same plan, but pay 50 percent of the premium

Retirement and Savings

  • UW Hospital and Clinics contributes approximately 10 percent of employee earnings to the Wisconsin Retirement System; employees do not have to contribute any amount to this robust pension plan
  • Supplemental retirement plans available (403(b), 457)
  • College savings plan available for contributions
  • Employee reimbursement accounts available for medical and dependent care expenses

Time Off


Our generous time off package is based upon years of service and is pro-rated by the percentage of your appointment (FTE). It includes:

  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Sick leave
  • Employees may take maternity, paternity and adoption leaves of absences up to six months long; employees can also take intermittent leaves of absence, which allow them to ease back into work
  • Paid military leave up to one year

Life and Disability Insurance


We offer four different life insurance plans and a disability plan that can pay up to 75 percent of salary.


Learning and Development Programs

  • Corporate Academy, providing course offerings in career and personal development, service excellence, and management development
  • Tuition reimbursement - up to 15 college credits per year reimbursed
  • Employee scholarships
  • Leadership development program
  • Career and education counseling

School at Work Program

  • 32-week program targets employees at or about the ninth-grade reading level
  • Employees paid to meet each week and improve skills in writing, reading, math, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology
  • Career, resume and interviewing coaching provided

Discounts and Timesavers

  • Extensive corporate discount program
  • Free Madison Metro bus pass
  • UW Madison Affiliate ID card
    • Free access to campus libraries and unions
    • Access to all university fitness and tennis facilities for a very low annual fee
  • Free Community Car membership
  • On-site conveniences
    • Convenience store
    • Coffee shops
    • Mail and package delivery
    • Cafeteria
    • Gift shop
    • Pharmacies
    • Pre-made meals to take home

Family-Friendly Programs

  • Backup Care - providing employees with highly-subsidized temporary care for their loved ones when:
    • School or child care center is closed for holidays, parent/teacher conferences, etc.
    • Regular caregiver is ill or taking vacation
    • Employee's child or loved one is ill and requires care at home
    • Employee's spouse or loved one is recovering from medical treatment or injury
    • Employee's parent needs temporary elder care while a permanent solution is being sought out
  • Employee Assistance Program - providing confidential, free, face-to-face or telephone services are available for:
    • Stress, depression and personal problems
    • Balancing work and personal needs
    • Family and relationship concerns
    • Alcohol or drug dependency
    • Workplace conflicts
    • Financial consultation
    • Legal consultation
  • Lactation rooms
  • Free access to lactation consultant 24/7
  • Free baby kit for all expectant parents
  • Family-friendly sponsored events
  • Aid in finding and referring of child and elder care assistance
  • Near-site child care center for children six weeks to 3 years of age

Flexible Scheduling


Employees are able to work a variety of schedules, including:

  • Compressed work schedules
  • Job share
  • Telecommuting
  • Flexibility to change from full-time to part-time
  • Flexible start times
  • Per diem work schedules

Wellness Program


Our award-wining wellness program offers activities, classes and resources to help employees:

  • Increase physical activity
  • Improve nutrition
  • Enhance self care
  • Manage weight
  • Manage stress
  • Stop smoking
  • Prevent alcohol and drug abuse

Date Published: 04/13/2010

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