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Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care: medium employer.

The Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care works to provide its employees with a family-friendly atmosphere. The Little Rock-based organization believes that the only way for employees to be successful it to maintain a positive work-life balance. AFMC employees work to "serve a beneficial or helpful purpose," and the organization supports these efforts through policies that foster a work-life balance.

AFMC offers a 100 percent employer-paid benefits package to everyone who works 25 hours or more each week. Eligible employees are offered health insurance, dental insurance and vision insurance for them selves and their immediate families at no cost. Other company-paid benefits include life insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability as well as vacation, sick leave and holidays.

AFMC not only cares for employees and their loved ones during their tenure, but the company also invests in employees' futures. In an effort to prepare employees for retirement, AFMC provides each employee with a safe-harbor contribution of 3 percent of earnings to the company 401(k) beginning at the date of employment. Full-time permanent employees who are at least 21 become eligible for an additional 7 percent contribution on the first of the month following their one-year anniversary. The safe-harbor contribution is immediately 100 percent vested and the additional 7 percent contribution vests on a five-year schedule. Employees also are eligible to make tax-deferred contributes to the plan beginning at the date of employment.

As a health care organization, AFMC also recognizes the importance of employee wellness. The company's Wellness Committee provides employees with free opportunities for flu shots, blood sugar screenings and on-site physical assessments, as well as discounts on local gyms and smoking cessation assistance. During the past year, the Wellness Committee has sponsored several brown bag seminars on topics including car seat safety, disaster planning and meal portion sizes.

AFMC cares about its employees' families and extends that care into the community through company-sponsored charitable donations to a variety of organizations, including Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots, Stuff the Sleigh, Women and Child First, the Children's Emergency Shelter, Western Arkansas Youth Shelter and more. Plus, AFMC supports the next generation of doctors by providing a scholarship to a local medical student.
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Title Annotation:Gold Winner
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Apr 9, 2007
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