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Avera makes AARP Top 50 Best Employers for Workers Over 50

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AARP ranks Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls one of the Best Employers for workers over 50.

AARP sent out a news release Tuesday stating Avera McKennan was 37th on the list of 2013 Best Employers for Workers Over 50. It's the second year in a row Avera has made the list, South Dakota AARP Director Sarah Jennings said in the news release.

"AARP improves opportunities for older workers by spotlighting employers that have implemented programs that help retain, retrain, engage and recruit mature workers," Jennings said. "Avera knows that recruiting and retaining 50-plus workers is smart business."

National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the world's premiere medical research institutions, gained top honors in the 2013 search. Scripps Health of Southern California, which headed the list in 2011, is runner-up this year.

Any U.S.-based employer with at least 50 employees is eligible to apply for the Best Employers award. Candidates are vetted to ensure that practices meet the needs of mature workers. Key areas of consideration include: recruiting practices; opportunities for training, education and career development; workplace accommodations; alternative work options, such as flexible scheduling, job sharing and phased retirement; employee health and retirement benefits, and retiree work opportunities.

For a full list and for more information on the 2013 Best Employers, please go to www.aarp.org/bestemployers, which includes background on employers' workforce practices and a description of the selection process. For more information on AARP's resources for older workers, visit www.aarp.org/workresources

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