Tampa, FL - Working Mother magazine today named Moffitt Cancer Center one of the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. From flextime and telecommuting to backup child care and parental leave, Moffitt is expanding the concept of family-friendly benefits to ensure they cover adoptive parents, fathers and grandparents as well as working mothers. Moffitt is the only cancer center ever to be featured on the 22-year-old list.
“We’re very proud that Working Mother magazine has recognized Moffitt as one of the nation’s best places to work,” said Yvette Tremonti, vice president of Human Resources. “At Moffitt, we believe in making it a priority to recognize and support the needs of working parents. We are committed to providing the kind of benefits and employee-related programs that are important to our entire workforce."
Moffitt formed a working mother workgroup to address growing concerns felt by its own working mothers. Tremonti is one of them. She’s a mother of four. Her youngest child, 4-year-old Michael, has Down syndrome. She depended on Moffitt to help her balance life as a professional and a mother of a child with special needs.
“My boss immediately asked what he could do for me,” said Tremonti. “My husband and I decided right away that we wouldn’t treat our son any differently. I knew I wanted to give him every possible opportunity. That meant I had to keep working to provide him with the best resources.”
Moffitt promoted Tremonti to a senior executive position when her son was a year old. She and other working mothers shared their stories and helped to improve many of the current programs and create new ones.
Tremonti pointed to the hospital’s on-site day care center, its employee assistance program and the tuition up-front program as examples of programs that address work/life needs of employees.
Moffitt was selected for the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 500 questions. The application included detailed questions about workforce, compensation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more. It also checked the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas were measured and scored: workforce profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs, and company culture. For this year’s 100 Best, particular weight was given to family-friendly policies, flexibility, leave policies and benefits for part-timers.
A complete list of the 2008 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found at www.workingmother.com.
About Working Mother Media
Founded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Its 22-year signature initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. Working Mother is published by Working Mother Media, which was founded in 2001. Working Mother Media includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), Diversity Best Practices, the WorkLife Congress, the Multicultural Women's Conference and Town Halls. Working Mother Media's mission is to champion culture change. For more information, please visit www.workingmother.com.
About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.