NEW ORLEANS, LA Ochsner Health System has been named one of AARPs Best Employers for Workers Over 50 for the second straight year. Ochsner was selected based on excellence in seven key categories: recruiting practices, workplace culture, continued opportunities, benefits, opportunities for retirees, organization statistics, and innovative practices. Honorees were chosen for their strategic business decisions in addressing the needs of an aging workforce by providing flexible work arrangements that accommodate the schedules of the employees and their families. A recent study by the AARP shows that employees age 50 and over will account for 20% of the workforce by the year 2012, up from 13% now. As a result, smart employers are trying to create a mutually beneficial work environment for older workers, says AARP chief executive Bill Novelli. Flexible arrangements can be a big part of that. This annual recognition program acknowledges companies and organizations whose best practices and policies go above and beyond addressing aging workforce issues. The program launched in 2001 and is open to a variety of employers, from both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, as well as government employers at the local, state, and federal levels. I believe the many programs we have in place at Ochsner confirm our commitment to hire and retain an aging workforce, said Joan Mollohan, Ochsner Vice President of Human Resources. Ochsner has a long history and continues to be dedicated to its experienced employees. Representatives from Ochsner will receive the award at a dinner in Chicago on September 21st.