Providence Health Care

Providence Health Care

February 25, 2008 11:13 ET

Providence Health Care Named a Best Employer for New Canadians

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2008) - Providence Health Care (PHC) has been selected as one of the 20 Best Employers for New Canadians for 2008, a designation that recognizes the nation's best employers for recent immigrants.

PHC was the only health care organization in western Canada recognized in 2008 for its progressive work policies, educational and training opportunities and competitive compensation that assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace and a new life in Canada.

"I would like to congratulate Providence Health Care on winning this prestigious award and for its role in attracting experienced foreign health care professionals," said Health Minister George Abbott. "Patients and residents in British Columbia benefit from the skills foreign health care professionals bring to our province, particularly as we face the challenge of shortages of health care professionals overall. They play an important role in providing British Columbians with the best possible health care, particularly given our province's cultural diversity."

The second annual Best Employers for New Canadians competition is presented by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers in partnership with TRIEC, a non-profit organization with extensive experience in immigrant employer issues. The 20 finalists represent employers from across Canada that lead their peers in creating workplaces that welcome new Canadians and allow them to make the most of their skills, education and talents.

"It is a great honour for Providence to be recognized as a leading organization that creates a welcoming and productive environment for employees who are recent immigrants," said Dianne Doyle, PHC's President and CEO. "Working with our health partners, Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority and the Ministry of Health, we will continue to enhance our support programs to remain an employer of choice for leading health care professionals from around the world."

PHC's mission, vision and values respect the diversity, dignity and interdependence of all persons, which are reflected in the organization's initiatives and programs that assist employees who are transitioning to life in Canada. For more information about PHC's initiatives and services for recent immigrant employees, please visit our website at http://www.providencehealthcare.org/phc-award.htm.

Every year, Mediacorp reviews information from thousands of Canadian organizations to identify what it takes to be one of Canada's best employers. The winners of the Best Employers for New Canadians competition will be profiled in special editorial features published Mediacorp's media partners early in 2008. Employers selected for this list will also be featured in the paperback edition of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2008.

Providence Health Care is the largest faith-based health care organization in Canada, operating eight facilities in Vancouver, B.C. Guided by the principle "How you want to be treated," Providence delivers compassionate care to 350,000 patients and residents each year, while training medical professionals and making innovative advances in research. For more information on Providence Health Care, please visit our website at http://www.providencehealthcare.org.

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