UW Hospital Once Again Named One of Working Mother's 100 Best Companies

MADISON – For the third consecutive year, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics has been named among Working Mother magazine's 2009 100 Best Companies to Work For in recognition of its unwavering dedication to family-friendly benefits.

The publication, which has two million readers and is the only magazine of its kind to focus on working parents, honored the hospital for its family-friendly programs, such as: flexibility on work schedules and time off, opportunities for growth and development, its wellness program, and benefits for part-time workers.

Earlier this year, the hospital began piloting a unique Back-Up Care program that provides support to employees when they experience a temporary breakdown 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.

UW Hospital and Clinics President and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky says the program is important because it benefits staff in all stages of life, whether they have young children, or are caring for older adults.
"As a working parent myself, what is so great about this program is it offers a solution," she said. "Staff can work with confidence knowing their loved one is receiving care by qualified caregivers. "

Senior Vice President of Human Resources Jan Bultema adds that the program not only benefits staff and their families, but also UW Hospital and Clinics and its patients.

"UW Hospital and Clinics benefits from reduced absenteeism and turnover, and employees gain a needed safety net and peace of mind," she said. "Not only does offering a back-up care program reward both the organization and our staff and their families, but being able to provide continuity of care ultimately benefits our patients."
UW Hospital and Clinics has approximately 7,400 employees and women make up 75 percent of its workforce.

Date Published: 09/22/2009

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