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September 19, 2012

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Named Among the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers for the 13th Consecutive Year

CHICAGO—Northwestern Memorial HealthCare has been recognized as one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine for the 13th consecutive year. The esteemed award recognizes the top companies nationally to support working mothers as they balance work duties and familial responsibilities. Northwestern Memorial was the only hospital in Illinois awarded the prestigious distinction.

“We are proud of our commitment to supporting our working parents and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts,” said Dean L. Manheimer, senior vice president of human resources at Northwestern Memorial. “Through a broad range of benefits and programs including our new state-of-the-art childcare center, we endeavor to help employees balance professional demands and personal responsibilities.”

The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are judged on answers to 650 questions, including data on the access and usage of flexible work arrangements, parental leave, childcare, health and wellness support and the advancement of women to all levels of management. Northwestern Memorial was praised for several programs that foster a family-friendly culture at both Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital including its new expanded, childcare center for 320 children, tuition reimbursement, continuing education program and flex-time schedule offerings. Benefits also include health insurance for part-time employees and access to lactation rooms for new mothers and an employee assistance program.

“Work-life balance promotes engagement among our employees and ties into our Patients First mission,” Manheimer said. “The support we offer our employees helps them deliver on our promise of high quality care in meeting the unique needs of our patients.”

For this year’s 100 Best, particular weight was given to child care, flexibility, and advancement of women. 100 percent of this year’s winning companies offer paid maternity leave and 97 percent offer prenatal education, weight-loss, wellness and stress reduction programs.

The 2012 “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” are featured in the October issue of Working Mother magazine and online at

About Northwestern Medicine®

Northwestern Medicine® is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare. It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Sharing a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence and patient safety, the organizations within Northwestern Medicine comprise more than 9,000 clinical and administrative staff, 3,100 medical and science faculty and 700 students. The entities involved in Northwestern Medicine remain separate organizations. Northwestern Medicine is a trademark of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is used by Northwestern University.

About Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has more than 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, located at its Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses and at facilities in Glenview, Gurnee Brookside, Gurnee Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is ranked among Illinois’ “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties for nine years in a row by National Research Corporation and receives an "A" Hospital Safety Score from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Magnet hospital, having earned the country’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing and is rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. For more information, visit

About Northwestern Medical Group

Northwestern Medical Group is a multi-site physician network with 122 physicians offering primary and specialty care services, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, corporate health, executive health, integrative medicine, sports medicine, and travel medicine. Northwestern Medical Group has 25 locations throughout the Chicago area, including Chicago offices in the Loop, Streeterville, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, as well as offices in Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Libertyville. All physicians are on the medical staffs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and/or Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.