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Lowell General Hospital named 64th in Modern Healthcare’s fifth annual Best Places to Work in Healthcare

Award Recognizes Outstanding Employers in the Healthcare Industry on a National Level

October 23, 2012 – Lowell, MA - Lowell General Hospital recently announced it has placed 64th in Modern Healthcare's 2012 Best Places to Work in Healthcare awards. The magazine's annual Best Places to Work in Healthcare program recognizes employers for creating workplaces in healthcare that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible patient care and services.

Modern Healthcare 2012"This is an incredible testament to the dedication and quality of our staff," said Normand Deschene, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lowell General Hospital. "Our employees help make Lowell General Hospital an employer of choice in our region, and a trusted, high quality healthcare provider for the thousands of patients we serve each and every year."

Lowell General Hospital has implemented a wide variety of programs designed to reward, recognize and empower its employees while providing professional development opportunities, competitive benefits packages and a work environment that fosters shared decision making and continuous improvement.

"Being named to Modern Healthcare's list of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2012 demonstrates that Lowell General Hospital has built a culture where employees are supported and engaged, which benefits not only patients and customers but the employer's financial performance as well, " said Fawn Lopez, vice president and publisher of Modern Healthcare. "These healthcare employers are models for others who are seeking to build a successful culture, resulting in optimum performance levels and benefits for their organization."

This year's recognition program had applications from healthcare companies across the nation. Modern Healthcare revealed the ranked order of 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2012 at a banquet in Nashville on Oct. 9 that was attended by more than 450 healthcare professionals, including 83% of the winning organizations. The complete ranking was shared in a special supplement of the October 15 issue of Modern Healthcare, which recognized the top places to work by company size and will profile some of the recipients.

A video announcement, along with a ranked listing of the winners is now available at www.modernhealthcare.com/bestplaces

About the Award Program

Modern Healthcare partnered with Best Companies Group, a PA-based firm that administers "best places to work" programs nationwide. Modern Healthcare conducted this program to recognize outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a national level. From economic development to employee retention, being named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare benefits individuals, organizations and the healthcare industry.

The program collected information from both the employers and employees and was open to all healthcare companies in the United States with at least 25 employees.

The Best Places to Work in Healthcare award has four main categories: All Participating Companies – A comprehensive ranking of all winning organizations; Small Companies – Honors organizations with 25-99 employees; Medium Companies – Honors organizations with 100-999 employees; Large Companies – Honors organizations with 1,000 or more employees.

About Modern Healthcare

Modern Healthcare is the industry's most trusted, credible and relied-upon news source. Modern Healthcare examines the most pressing healthcare issues and provides executives with the information they need to make the most informed business decisions and lead their organizations to success. It's for this reason Modern Healthcare is deemed a "must-read publication" by the who's who in healthcare. To subscribe, please call Modern Healthcare at 888-446-1422 or email us at customerservice@modernhealthcare.com.

Best Companies Group works with partners to establish "Best Places to Work", "Best Companies" and "Best Employers" programs on a national, state-wide and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment using employer questionnaires and employee satisfaction surveys, Best Companies Group identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.

About Lowell General Hospital

Lowell General Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit, community hospital serving the Greater Lowell area and surrounding communities. With two primary campuses located in Lowell, Massachusetts, the hospital offers the latest state-of-the-art technology and a full range of medical and surgical services for patients, from newborns to seniors.

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