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Local business earns Family Friendly Workplace certification

Pictured, (from left to right): Nathan Schoone, Westfields Hospital & Clinic human resources director; Tom Holland, United Way St. Croix Valley community impact director; Steve Massey, Westfields Hospital & Clinic CEO; Ann Searles, United Way St. Croix Valley executive director; and Jessica Francis, United Way St. Croix Valley development director. Submitted photo

Westfields Hospital & Clinic recently received "Gold" certification as a Family Friendly Workplace from the United Way St. Croix Valley's Success by 6 initiative. This certification recognizes businesses that actively invest in programs and practices that support employees and their families.

Westfields Hospital & Clinic was recognized for employer-paid health care coverage for employees and their families, paid time off for employee family issues, and a flexible spending account for child care.

"We know there's a strong link between health and well-being early in life to well-being later in life. It's important that we start within our own organization and provide a working environment that supports our employees and their families and their own health and well-being. It's simply the right thing to do," said Steve Massey, CEO. "It's also important that we work with community partners such as the United Way to support initiatives such as Success by 6 which helps ensure children under 6 have what they need to successfully grow and learn. It's an honor to be recognized for our commitment to the health and well-being of not only our staff but to our community."

Family Friendly Workplace is a program of United Way St. Croix Valley's Success by 6, developed specifically for employers in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties. Businesses can achieve certification by earning points for family-friendly practices. There are three certification levels, bronze, silver and gold. Certification fees paid by the business support educational programs and service delivery for early childhood development.