University HealthSystem Consortium Makes the 2011 Companies That Care Honor Roll

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Companies That Care 2011 Honor Roll

“Our employees feel very strongly about assisting our communities,” said Deb Bragg, vice president and chief human resources officer, University HealthSystem Consortium.

University HealthSystem Consortium, (UHC), an alliance of academic medical centers and affiliated hospitals based in Oak Brook, Illinois, makes the 2011 Honor Roll for the Center for Companies That Care.

The Honor Roll, a national list recognizing employers for outstanding workplace practices and active community involvement, includes privately-held and publicly-traded organizations, as well as not-for-profit employers.

“Our employees feel very strongly about assisting our communities, and UHC leadership provides financial support as well as time off to enable community involvement activities. In addition, UHC leadership look for opportunities to enhance our employees careers,” said Deb Bragg, vice president and chief human resources officer, University HealthSystem Consortium. “We understand that cultivating the full potential of people involves development experiences as well as creating and offering relevant courses and we regularly assess skill gaps to add new programs into our curriculum.”

Companies that care respect employees and are committed to community service. They demonstrate 10 Characteristics that go to appreciating people, work/life balance, and giving back. This uniqueness defines the standard for all organizations that strive to be recognized as best places to work and being socially responsible.

“Nearly 100 percent of UHC employees participate in the organization’s community service events. There is something for everyone – mentoring our AIM High students, cleaning up forest preserves, donating items to fulfill others’ needs, and much more,” says Marci Koblenz, founder and president, Center for Companies That Care. “What this non-profit is able to accomplish in its community year after year is truly outstanding. UHC, a charter member of our Community of Caring, has also impressed us for eight straight years with its employee development programs and overall respect for employees.”

UHC offers a workshop entitled “Take Back Your Life” to help support work/life balance. Participating employees learn to focus, prioritize, and reduce stress. UHC has a record of continuous improvement. It is a common practice for departments to work with human resources staff or consultants to determine action plans to address areas for improvement. Executive staff has visibility to these efforts as it is a requirement to input and update the action plans online.

Honor Roll recipients were officially honored at a 360° engagement conference in Portland in May. Many Honor Roll organizations shared their best practices during the conference.

Center for Companies That Care is a national, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging employers in improving the lives of employees, families and communities.

If you’re interested in applying for the 2012 Honor Roll, joining our Community of Caring, or learning more about AIM High, please visit or call 312.661.1010.

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