WVU Hospitals named to AARP’s best employer list

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the fifth time, West Virginia University Hospitals has been named to AARP’s annual list of Best Employers for Workers 50 and Over.

And WVUH is one of only 15 institutions in the United States included on a newly created list of hospitals and healthcare organizations to recognize those that creatively address shortages of qualified workers that have faced the industry for years.

“We are delighted that West Virginia University Hospitals has been selected,” said AARP State Director Gaylene Miller. “WVUH has offered a number of progressive policies in its approach toward older workers.”

Launched in 2001, the AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 recognizes companies and organizations based on how they address issues affecting the aging labor force.

AARP estimates that by 2016, about a third of the total U.S. workforce will be age 50 or older, up from 28 percent in 2007. As the proportion of younger workers continues to decline, attracting and retaining mature, experienced employees is becoming increasingly crucial for employers who seek to retain their competitive edge in today’s marketplace.

“We are honored to once again receive this award in recognition of our efforts to provide our employees who are 50 and older with the best workplace benefits in the region,” WVUH President and CEO Bruce McClymonds said. “Currently, WVUH employs 1,010 people age 50 and older – 23 percent of our workforce – who play an integral role in providing quality healthcare to our patients.”

Francis X. Boyle, R.N., nurse manager of WVUH’s Medical Intensive Care Unit, is one of the employees over 50. A graduate of the WVU School of Nursing, he credits WVUH with providing mentoring and training that enabled him to hone his skills as a critical care nurse and be promoted to charge nurse and leader. He is now manager of the Medical Intensive Care Unit.

“WVUH allows me to practice nursing autonomously within the framework of a team effort, to be of maximum service and continue to grow professionally,” Boyle said. “Senior leadership acknowledges the seasoned nurses and employees at WVUH and often relies upon them for their insights and skills.”

WVU Hospitals previously received the Best Employers designation each year from 2004 through 2007.

On the new hospitals list, areas judged for the award are:

  • Recruiting practices
  • Opportunities for training, education and career development
  • Workplace accommodations
  • Alternative work options such as flexible scheduling, job sharing and phased retirement
  • Employee health and pension benefits
  • Retiree benefits
  • Age diversity of the workforce

AARP’s magazine will feature the Best Employers in its November-December issue.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and older have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.

For information on AARP see www.aarp.org.

For information on WVU Hospitals see www.wvuh.com.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 09-04-09

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