Three Major Health Care Organizations Make BC's Top 50 Employers List

Vancouver, October 20, 2008 — Providence Health Care (PHC), Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) have all been recognized as three of the province’s leading employers. The results of the fifth annual BC’s Top 50 Employers competition were announced on October 18, 2008 by Mediacorp Canada Inc. (the organizers of the Canada’s Top Employers competition).
The BC’s Top 50 Employers competition acknowledges British Columbia employers that lead their industries in recruitment and retention, offering exceptional places to work. The selection of employers is based on high employment standards and performance in several areas, including: physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

“I would like to congratulate these three organizations on being recognized as leading health care employers of choice in the province,” said Health Services Minister George Abbott. “These organizations play an important role in providing British Columbians with the best possible health care. They deserve praise for attracting and retaining the best health care professionals from Canada and around the world.”

The health care industry is one of the BC’s most exciting and fastest-growing industries. Health care careers are varied ranging from highly specialized positions to those that involve basic personal care. Through their work, health care professionals can positively impact individuals, their families and whole communities.

PHC, VCH and PHSA were all three recognized as offering employees progressive work policies, opportunities for growth, competitive compensation and excellent benefits. Additionally, they were each commended for the following employment best practices:

Providence Health Care
• Helps employees save for retirement with generous pension plan contributions.
• Provides maternity leave top-up benefits (to 85% of salary for 17 weeks).
• Encourages ongoing employee career development with a wide range of in-house training programs and mentoring programs.
• Provides paid work placements to internationally-trained nurses and hires them when their work practicum is completed.

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
• Helps employees enjoy their retirement years with generous pension plan contributions and fully-paid retiree health coverage, with no age limit.
• Supports older workers in the transition to retirement with phased-in retirement work options, including reduced hours and the opportunity to mentor other employees.
• Gives all new employees four weeks of paid vacation time.
• Provides onsite daycare facilities for employees with young children.
Provincial Health Services Authority
• Provides maternity leave top-up payments (to 85% of salary for 17 weeks).
• Pays parental leave top-up benefits to new fathers and adoptive parents (to 75% of salary for 10 weeks).
• Helps employees save for retirement with generous pension plan contributions.
• Gives all new employees four weeks of paid vacation.

About Providence Health Care
Providence Health Care (PHC) is one of Canada's largest faith-based health care organizations, operating 14 health care facilities in Greater Vancouver. Guided by the principle “How you want to be treated,” PHC's 1,000 physicians and 6,000 staff deliver compassionate care to patients and residents in British Columbia. Providence’s programs and services span the compete continuum of care and serve people throughout B.C. As a renowned academic teaching organization, PHC focuses its services on six “populations of emphasis”: cardio-pulmonary risks and illnesses, HIV/AIDS, mental health, renal risks and illness, specialized needs in aging and urban health.

About Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver Coastal Health's focus is three-pronged: care, academics and research. Over 15,300 employees and 2,500 physicians are responsible for the delivery of $2.8 billion in community, hospital and residential care services to over one million people in communities from Richmond through Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola. As a provincial referral centre, VCH also provides high-acuity care to adults from across the province. As a provincial centre for academic health care in BC, VCH supports the education of future physicians and health professionals in partnership with academic institutions including University of British Columbia and Royal Roads University. And the VCH Research Institute brings innovation and discovery to patient care, working with numerous organizations to achieve its research goals. Come for the job – you’ll stay for the team: visit http://careers.vch.ca/.

About Provincial Health Services Authority
The first organization of its kind in the country, the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates speciality and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to meet local and provincial needs. The goal is to ensure that everyone in the province has access to the kind of specialized health services they need, when they need them, wherever they happen to live. PHSA’s agencies include BC Cancer Agency, BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Children's Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, BC Mental Health and Addiction Services, BC Provincial Renal Agency, BC Transplant, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre, and Cardiac Services BC. For more information or to learn about career opportunities, visit www.phsa.ca.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Alex Vondette
Communications Specialist
Providence Health Care
(604) 806-9857

Gavin Wilson
Acting Regional Director, Public Affairs,
Vancouver Coastal Health
(604) 708-5312

Jeff Meerman
Corporate Manager, External Communications
Provincial Health Services Authority
(604) 675-7459