ATLANTA, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is among FORTUNE magazine's elite list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" employers in the country. Children's is the only pediatric hospital in the nation to achieve this honor. Children's joins five other Georgia organizations on the list. This marks the first time Children's has been featured in the FORTUNE ranking. The list and related stories appears in the January 23rd issue of FORTUNE, available on newsstands January 16th and at www.fortune.com on January 9th. "We are honored to be included among a listing of such prestigious companies," said James E. Tally, president and CEO of Children's. "It is a testament to the commitment and passion every employee at Children's has to provide the best possible care for patients and their families. Their dedication epitomizes the culture that makes Children's a great place to work." Children's recognizes that efforts to provide a great working environment begin with the organization's culture. In 2004, Children's created an Employee Promise, based on four areas employees identified as most important to them: total rewards, work-life balance, mutual respect and learning. This promise embodies the organization's ongoing commitment to making Children's a great place to work. Several programs are in place to promote work-life balance, such as flexible scheduling, a concierge service for employees, telecommuting alternatives and "The Club," a wellness program that encourages healthy lifestyles. Additionally, a 40-person learning services team helps cultivate employees' knowledge with nearly 300 classes, a management certification program and a center for leadership. In addition to traditional benefits, Children's offers many unique programs, such as Small Wonders, which educates employees about the active role they can take in avoiding risks during pregnancy and provides families a $100 savings bond in the baby's name. Children's also hosts Great Expectations baby showers, which are celebrations for expectant parents and a forum for them to learn about the resources and benefits Children's offers. "We work hard to be attentive to the needs of all of our employees, and support the variety of personal and professional goals they have," said Linda Matzigkeit, senior vice president, human resources at Children's. "We know our employees are the most important part of our team and that ultimately, we are helping our patients and their families by taking care of their most valuable resource - their caregivers." FORTUNE'S "100 Best Companies to Work For" list is the result of an analysis performed by the Great Place to Work(R) Institute. Companies are ranked based on an extensive two-part questionnaire that covers employment and benefits data, as well as open-ended questions on quality-of-workplace issues and surveys completed by randomly selected employees. Employee responses constitute two-thirds of the scoring system used to separate the good companies from the great companies. The complete list of the "100 Best" can be found at http://www.fortune.com. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the leading pediatric healthcare systems in the country, is a not-for-profit organization that benefits from the generous philanthropic and volunteer support of our community. With 430 licensed beds in two hospitals and more than 450,000 annual patient visits, Children's is nationally recognized for excellence in cancer, cardiac, neonatal, orthopaedic and transplant care, as well as in many other pediatric specialties. Child magazine ranks Children's as one of the top 10 children's hospitals nationwide and Children's is among U.S.News & World Report's top pediatric hospitals. To learn more about Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, visit http://www.choa.org or call 404-250-KIDS.
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