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YNHH makes Working Mother's Best 100 list once again

For the seventh time, Yale New Haven Hospital has been chosen by Working Mother magazine as one of the nation's "100 Best Companies" for working mothers. YNHH is the only hospital in New England and one of only six Connecticut companies to be honored by Working Mother this year.

Working Mother selected Yale New Haven for the creative ways it helps employees meet the challenges of balancing work and family. The magazine based its selection on an extensive survey of benefits, women's issues and advancement, childcare, flexible work arrangements, parental leave and company culture.

"We're extremely proud that Working Mother has recognized Yale-New Hospital's commitment to addressing the work and life needs of not only our working mothers, but all employees," said Marna P. Borgstrom, president and CEO of Yale New Haven Hospital. "Yale New Haven Hospital remains firmly committed to actively maintaining open communication with managers and employees and providing the kinds of benefits and family-friendly policies that foster a positive working environment."

Yale New Haven Hospital has a growing number of programs to help employees meet work-life demands. In many departments, YNHH offers flexible work arrangements to mothers interested in returning to the workforce, such as telecommuting, part-time and casual status, compressed workweeks and job sharing.

The hospital earned special recognition this year in several key areas. Working Mother noted it was particularly impressed that senior managers donated more than $50,000 to create the employee hardship fund to help co-workers who meet with an emergency situation causing sudden financial difficulties. They also noted YNHH's program of providing employees who meet income requirements with free tax preparation as well as financial wellness and money management seminars. Expanded wellness programs include free nutrition counseling and health screenings.

Working Mother also acknowledged how employees who pursue degrees in nursing, diagnostic imaging or respiratory therapy may apply for up to $12,000 in forgivable loans.

In addition, they pointed out YNHH's provision of on-site lactation rooms for employees who are new mothers as well as the hospital day-care center's discount to families with multiple children enrolled.

YNHH employees have also benefited from the hospital's award-winning traffic demand management efforts, which include discounted bus and train tickets, bicycle racks and showers for cyclers, free shuttle rides to work and subsidies on bus and train fares.

Working Mother magazine previously selected YNHH as one of the Best 100 Companies in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and in 2009.

Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), part of Yale New Haven Health, is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). Founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826, today, YNHH has two New Haven-based campuses, and also includes Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties. www.ynhh.org

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