SOURCE: Catholic Healthcare West

April 27, 2007 11:00 ET

CHW Recognized as One of the Best Places to Work

Health System Ranks Among Top Five Companies to Work for in the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 27, 2007 -- For the third year in a row, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the San Francisco Bay Area among companies with 3000 or more employees. The rankings, based entirely on employee satisfaction, were announced this week and will be published today in a special publication of the San Francisco Business Times, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and East Bay Business Times.

"We are honored to receive this recognition, as we strive to be an employer of choice in all our communities," says Lloyd Dean, CHW president/CEO. "We have outstanding people who serve our patients every day. This distinction is especially gratifying because it is a direct reflection of what our employees feel about being part of this organization."

CHW employs 4,700 people in the Bay Area at three hospitals -- Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, St. Mary's Medical Center, and Sequoia Hospital -- as well as at its corporate headquarters in San Francisco. The organization was ranked fourth in the "Giant Companies" category. In the rankings, CHW follows Genentech, Comcast and Washington Mutual. Rounding out the top five is California Pacific Medical Center.

To be eligible for the recognition, at least 8 percent of a company's employees were required to respond to an online survey. The survey was comprised of 37 questions measuring employee satisfaction across 10 different categories, including: team effectiveness, retention risk, alignment with goals, trust with co-workers, individual contribution, manager effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, work engagement and people practices.

"We value our employees for who they are, not just what they do," says Ernie Urquhart, CHW's senior vice president/chief human resources officer. "Our employees tell us that they are listened to and that they feel empowered and respected in their work to provide excellent, compassionate care. In addition, by offering some of the best reward programs in the country, we continue to attract and retain healthcare's best and brightest."

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 42 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is the eighth largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit provider in California. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of more than 8,500 physicians and approximately 50,000 employees provides health care services to more than four million people annually. In 2007, CHW provided $803 million in charity care and unsponsored community benefit. For more information, please visit our website at

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