Bon Secours ranks No. 43 on Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2013 and is No. 4 in the large employer category, those with more than 1,000 workers.
As Virginia's fourth-largest healthcare system, the not-for-profit Catholic provider operates seven hospitals throughout the state.
“There's just a very strong sense of culture and value in the organization,” says Kristin Crandall, who has worked as an administrative director of human resources at Bon Secours for the past six months. “There's a lot of involvement within the community and the organization lives its values, not only at work but within the community as well.”
Some of the community programs the provider operates include Care-A-Van, a mobile free health clinic that travels into underserved neighborhoods within the Greater Richmond area to provide care for the uninsured, and Noah's Children, which offers free care and support for dying children and their families.
The organization also is heavily involved in youth engagement. For the past five years, Bon Secours has worked with a local school for students diagnosed with autism in a recruiting program that invites them to work within its health system. Another program geared toward autistic children allows students to work at a Bon Secours hospital during the school year.
In an effort to recognize military veterans, last year the health system joined a coalition of health companies in the Hero Health Hire program, dedicated to the goal of employing wounded veterans.
Perhaps it is the organization's dedication to helping the community beyond providing medical care that has contributed to its low turnover rate of 11% last year. Of the more than 2,000 open positions filled at the provider during 2012, 41% were filled internally.