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MGH named a 2006 Working Mother 100 Best Company by Working Mother magazine
Annual initiative honors women- and family-friendly benefits and policies

BOSTON - September 25, 2006 - Working Mother magazine today announced that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is a 2006 Working Mother 100 Best Company. For 21 years the Working Mother 100 Best Companies has celebrated employers whose groundbreaking benefits-from flexible schedules and childcare to innovative leave policies for new parents-are helping redefine workplace standards across the nation.

"Mass General is exceptional for its continuing commitment to working mothers, and we salute them for making the 100 Best for the first time," said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media. "Every year we see companies upping the ante, establishing new paradigms for quality of life among their employees and redefining the status quo for workplaces across the country. Among the many worthy entrants, the winners really set the gold standard."

"I congratulate Mass General for helping its working mother employees balance the demands of their work and home lives," said Suzanne Riss, editor-in-chief of Working Mother magazine. "Mass General recognizes that outstanding family-friendly programs not only improve employees' lives but also give the hospital leverage in its ability to attract and retain top talent."

Riss continued, "It is also important to realize that it is not enough for companies to have work/life programs; we measure the success of these programs. We track whether employees use them, and whether the programs are getting better each year. Mass General has risen to our challenge."

Profiled in the October issue of Working Mother magazine, MGH is celebrated for creating a work environment that is especially hospitable to all women, including working mothers. In making family-friendly policies, including flextime, childcare and telecommuting, the norm, the 100 Best are creating corporate cultures that encourage the retention and promotion of their female employees.

MGH was chosen based on the many programs, benefits and services the hospital offers that help our female employees balance their work and their personal lives at home with their families. Some examples of these benefits include, childcare options, such as the Back Up Child Care Center and our partnership with Parents in a Pinch; maternity and adoption leaves; flexible work schedules, job sharing and telecommuting; the Mother's Corner program that supports mothers returning to work after maternity leave; and many of the Employee Assistance Programs that address family issues.

"Working mothers make up a significant portion of our workforce, and they hold many important positions that help ensure the hospital runs smoothly. The MGH appreciates all that they do for the hospital while still managing the many responsibilities involved in taking care of their families," says Jeff Davis, senior vice president of Human Resources at MGH.

In surveying the companies that applied for this year's list, Working Mother gave particular weight to questions in two areas: flexible scheduling, the most critical benefit for working mothers; and leave time, because it is essential for parents to be able to take time off from work, whether it is several months to bond with newborns or several years to be at home with children during their most formative years.

Methodology: To apply for the Working Mother 100 Best, MGH provided Working Mother magazine with detailed information on seven areas of work/life balance including workforce profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs and company culture. MGH completed a 500+-question application, the most rigorous of its kind, which checked the availability, tracking and usage of programs to support working mothers, the accountability of managers to implement programs and the successful advancement of women into top paying jobs, board position and management ranks. MGH was also required to submit benefits handbooks and supporting documentation.

The complete list of the 2006 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found at www.workingmother.com.

Founded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches nearly 3 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Its 21-year signature initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. The publication also releases the annual list of the Best Companies for Women of Color in the June issue. Working Mother is published by Working Mother Media (WMM), which also owns the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), NAFE Magazine, the annual 100 Best Companies WorkLife Congress, as well as the Best Companies for Women of Color Multicultural Conference and regional Town Halls. This year, WMM launched its Best Small Companies for Working Mothers initiative.

Founded in 1811, the Massachusetts General Hospital is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The 899-bed medical center each year admits approximately 45,400 inpatients, handles more than 1.3 million visits to its extensive outpatient programs at the main campus and four health centers, and records more than 76,000 emergency visits. The surgical staff perform almost 35,000 operations annually, and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers more than 3,500 babies a year. The largest nongovernment employer in the city of Boston, the MGH has more than 20,000 employees, including more than 3,000 registered nurses. MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital are founding members of Partners HealthCare HealthCare System, a Boston-based integrated health care delivery system.

Media Contacts: Donita Boddie, MGH Public Affairs
Kate Fleming, The Rosen Group

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