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Southlake Named One of GTA Top Employers for Fifth Year in a Row

Employee development, support for new families, and ‘preparing for the future' rationale behind selection

(Newmarket, Ontario – November 20, 2012) Earlier today, Southlake Regional Health Centre was named one of the GTA's Top Employers for 2013, making it the fifth consecutive year the Hospital has received this recognition through the annual competition organized by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

“We are thrilled that Southlake was selected yet again as one of the best places to work in the GTA,” said Dr. Dave Williams, hospital President and CEO. “Our talented team and organizational culture are truly second to none, and I believe our ability to attract and retain the brightest and the best was part of what made us so appealing for the fifth year in a row. Today, more than ever, I'm proud and honoured to say that I work at Southlake.”

The list of organizations was published in today's edition of the Globe and Mail and recognizes employers from around the GTA that have gone above and beyond to make their respective work environments both positive and rewarding for their employees.

According to Eluta.ca, a partner of Mediacorp Canada Inc., Southlake was selected as a GTA Top Employer for the emphasis the Hospital places on developing its employees through ongoing education and mentoring opportunities, the support it offers for new families, and the preparation it provides its employees when it comes to future planning and retirement.

Chief Operating Officer Gary Ryan, who oversees human resources at Southlake, was equally pleased with the news.

“Over the years, we've worked hard to create and sustain a work environment where our team feels comfortable, respected, and valued,” said Ryan. “Our goal has been to establish a culture that is healthy and aligned with Southlake's commitment to providing our patients and communities with the absolute best possible care and service. Today's announcement is a testament to our success.”

In order to be considered for the 2013 competition, Southlake completed an extensive application that outlined various aspects of the organization, including workforce, physical environment, work and social atmosphere, compensation, vacation and personal day policies, and health, financial, and family friendly benefits. In addition, internal communications, performance management, continuing education, and professional development were examined.

This news comes on the heels of other notable Southlake accomplishments over the past two weeks. In early November, the Hospital received provincial recognition through a gold-level Quality Healthcare Workplace Award presented at the annual HealthAchieve conference in Toronto.

Two days later, Southlake was acknowledged with a national Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics Award from COACH: Canada's Health Informatics Association to recognize a technology project that has been successfully integrated into the health system at the community or regional level.

For more information on why Southlake made the list, visit the Eluta.ca website.

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