Savannah’s MUMC Named One of Nation’s Most Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

(August 11, 2008) –Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) has been named to the 2008 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in America list. Memorial ranked No. 59 overall on the list of 100 companies. In the healthcare category, MUMC was No. 4. The list is compiled and released by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

“This recognition is quite an honor for us. At Memorial, we know that our success depends on our Team Members. Providing adoption benefits is just one of the ways that we thank our Team Members for the work they do. Since our adoption assistance benefit went into effect in January 2000, MUMC has assisted 22 employees with total reimbursement of more than $100,300,” said David A. Thaeler, senior vice president of human resources at MUMC.

Rankings for the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in America list are based on the amount of financial assistance and paid leave provided for employees that adopt. The foundation compiled the results from survey data collected from 919 U.S. employers
Adoption benefits are voluntary, employer-provided, and include some combination of financial assistance, paid leave, and unpaid leave. The Dave Thomas Foundation has seen a significant increase in the number of employers offering adoption benefits over the years.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing adoption rates. There are more than 140,000 children in North America’s foster care systems ready and waiting to be adopted. The foundation was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted as a child.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. Memorial University Medical Center has been named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates four years in a row for providing an outstanding patient experience. To learn more about careers at Memorial, visit