Virginia Hospital Center Opens Child Care Center for Employees and Community

Mon Aug 4, 2008 5:40pm EDT

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New Service Aimed to Recruit and Retain Top Notch Hospital Employees

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Child Care & Education at
Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington County's newest child care program, has
announced its grand opening for Monday, August 11, 2008.  Managed by Bright
Horizons Family Solutions, this center is for Virginia Hospital Center
employees and members of the community who live or work in Arlington County.  

Child Care & Education at Virginia Hospital Center has the capacity to serve
123 children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. The 14,500 square foot center is
conveniently located at 601 S. Carlin Springs Road, just off Route 50, in a
park-like setting adjacent to the Arlington Urgent Care Center. The teacher to
child ratio meets widely recognized national standards of quality as defined
by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and
the Arlington Virginia Department of Human Services.

Infants & Toddlers:  6 weeks to 2 years  Teacher: Child Ratio  1:3
Twos:  2 years to 3 years  Teacher: Child Ratio  1:5
Preschool:  3 years to 5 years  Teacher: Child Ratio  1:8

A recent study conducted by the Consulting Practice at Bright Horizons shows
that 68 percent of parents said that workplace child care was important in
their decision to join their employer, and 90 percent of parents say that
access to a worksite child care center positively affects their ability to
concentrate and be productive at work. 

In a hospital environment where the recruitment of nurses, physicians and
non-clinical employees is essential, having child care at the workplace makes
good business sense. "Virginia Hospital Center has a long tradition of
providing exceptional healthcare to our community and we are now pleased to
provide high-quality child care and early education to further this
tradition," said Michael Malone, Vice President of Administrative Services at
Virginia Hospital Center. "When we began to consider ways to recruit and
retain top nurses and other healthcare professionals, it became apparent that
having child care at the workplace would be a strategic advantage. We are
proud to offer exceptional child care grounded in education to help the
youngest members of our community grow and thrive." 

Child Care & Education at Virginia Hospital Center is designed to meet the
care and educational needs of young children, while ensuring their safety. The
infant room is for very young children to explore their world in a
stimulating, healthy, and safe way with quiet spaces for nurturing. The
preschool program provides an exciting environment where children can discover
the world through language, math, science, art, movement, and music.
Activities for older children will include opportunities to learn about
science and healthcare through hands-on learning experiences and special
visits from employees at Virginia Hospital Center. 

In addition to a safe, secure, and purpose-built facility, the child care
center has a dedicated outdoor playground that is specifically designed for
young children to explore the many elements of nature, including water, grass
and sand areas.

"We are so pleased to open the Child Care & Education at Virginia Hospital
Center to help the Hospital meet its objectives in recruiting and retaining
top employees and being a resource for working families in the community,"
said Patricia Berl, Division Vice President, Bright Horizons. "We look forward
to partnering with families on their children's journeys of lifelong
learning." 

Visit www.brighthorizons.com/vahospital for more information. 

About Virginia Hospital Center

For over 60 years, Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical
services to the Washington metropolitan area. Virginia Hospital Center's $150
million state-of-the-art facility offers comprehensive healthcare and multiple
Centers of Excellence including Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery,
Neuroscience, Oncology, Women & Infant Health and Urology. Growing service
lines include Executive Health and the only Lung Cancer Center in Northern
Virginia. Virginia Hospital Center is a teaching hospital, long-associated
with Georgetown University's School of Medicine, and accredited by the Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and Licensed
by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health.  For additional
information, please visit www.virginiahospitalcenter.com. 

About Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Bright Horizons Family Solutions (www.brighthorizons.com) is the world leader
in strategic work/life solutions, including employer-sponsored child care,
early education and work/life consulting services, managing more than 600
early care and family centers in the United States, the United Kingdom,
Ireland and Canada. Bright Horizons serves more than 700 clients, including
more than 95 FORTUNE 500 companies and more than half of the "100 Best
Companies for Working Mothers," as recognized by Working Mother magazine.
Bright Horizons is one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For."



SOURCE  Virginia Hospital Center

Kristen Peifer, Public Relations Director of Virginia Hospital Center,
+1-703-558-6595, kpeifer@virginiahospitalcenter.com; or Leah Lesser of Bright
Horizons, +1-617-673-8020, llesser@brighthorizons.com
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