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Providence Named Top 100 Company

Working Mother Magazine has honored Providence Alaska Medical Center with an award that names it as one of the nation’s 100 best family-friendly companies.  Providence Alaska Medical Center joins companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, American Express and General Electric in the magazines Top 100 list just released in the October 2005 issue.
"We salute Providence Alaska Medical Center for their efforts on behalf of working mothers, and for making the 100 Best for the first time," said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media.  "It is my hope that other companies around the country learn from the best and experience first-hand the value of flexibility as a business imperative."
Key programs named in Providence’s Working Mother listing were: on-site child care, a Women’s Mentoring Network, lactation stations for new mothers, and a special communication tool for employees to ask questions directly of Al Parrish, chief executive, called Al’s Action Line.
“We’re proud of the role our employees play in making these programs possible,” said Parrish.  “It’s their dedication to a healthy work life culture that puts Providence Alaska Medical Center among the nation’s best.”
To apply for the Working Mother 100 Best, Providence Alaska Medical Center provided Working Mother magazine with detailed information on eight areas of work/life including childcare, culture, flexibility, parental leave, women's advancement, total compensation, work/life culture, and family-friendly programs.  Providence Alaska Medical Center completed a 550-question application, the most rigorous of its kind, which checked the availability, tracking and usage of programs to support working mothers, the accountability of managers to implement programs and the successful advancement of women into top paying jobs, board positions and management ranks.  Providence Alaska Medical Center was also required to submit benefits handbooks and results of employee surveys.
The complete list of the Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found at
About Working Mother:  Founded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches nearly 3 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers.  Its 20-year signature initiative, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America.