Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Ranked Among Top 100 Employers by FORTUNE Magazine

Jan 11, 2006, 00:00 ET from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    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 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
     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
     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 or call 404-250-KIDS.

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