Children’s Hospital and Health System: Earns adoption-friendly workplace award

Contact: Lori Sansoucie (414) 266-5420 or (866) 416-1511

MILWAUKEE (September 29, 2011) – Children’s Hospital and Health System, for the second consecutive year, has been named one of America’s Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2011 by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

The award recognizes the health system’s generous adoption benefits for employees. Children’s Hospital and Health System reimburses eligible adoption expenses up to $5,000 and provides two weeks of paid time off. Eligible expenses may include legal fees, court costs, travel expenses or other required expenses.

“Children’s Hospital and Health System is all about the kids,” said Peggy Niemer, corporate vice president, Human Resources. “We work tirelessly every day to improve the lives of children and it is important to us to support our employees who adopt.”

Children’s Service Society, a member of the health system, finds loving, stable homes for children in need of a family. On any given day in Milwaukee County, 75 to 100 children are waiting for an adoptive home. Children’s Service Society provides adoption services to these children, as well as foster care, counseling services and out-of-home care. It also provides families with the support and guidance needed during the process of adoption.

The Dave Thomas Foundation determined rankings through an analysis of each company’s adoption benefits including financial reimbursement and paid leave. Results were based upon survey data collected from nearly 500 U.S. employers.

About Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital and Health System is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the health system’s flagship member, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States, named one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Other health system entities include Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Children’s Hospital and Health System Foundation, Children’s Medical Group, Children’s Physician Group, Children’s Specialty Group, Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin, Children’s Health Education Center, Children’s Research Institute and Children’s Community Health Plan. In 2010, the health system invested more than $105 million back into the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. For more information visit the website at .