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WellStar’s Karen Mathews Recognized for WorkLife Services Excellence
Karen Matthews Award
From left, Ted Childs, Jr., diversity executive and award namesake; Karen Mathews, WellStar director of WorkLife Services; Carol Evans, Working Mother Media president; Gary Miller, WellStar Board of Trustees chair; Janie Maddox, WellStar Board of Trustees past chair; David Anderson, executive vice president of Human Resources, Organizational Learning & chief compliance officer.

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Karen Mathews, WellStar director of WorkLife Services, recently received the Ted Childs Life Work Excellence Award from Working Mother magazine. The award is bestowed annually on one individual who makes a distinctive contribution to the field of work-life balance in the business community.

“Thanks to Karen’s efforts, WellStar has numerous initiatives to ensure quality of life for our team members,” said David Anderson, executive vice president of Human Resources, Organizational Learning & chief compliance officer. “Because team members have excellent benefits and lead balanced lives, WellStar is known as an employer of choice. We are thankful Karen continues to play an integral role in this achievement.”

Notable programs that have placed WellStar in the spotlight as an Employer of Choice are:

  • A free concierge service for all team members
  • On-site child care centers
  • Campus-based fitness centers
  • Fresh produce market baskets
  • Generous job guaranteed time off of 36 weeks
  • Three weeks paid parental leave for moms, dads and adoptive parents
  • Back up care
  • Free income tax preparation services
  • Defined pension plan and 403b retirement plan,
  • WellStar Cents Marketplace discounts and tickets program


“None of this would be possible without the support of senior leadership, our Board of Trustees and the collaboration of Human Resources, Organizational Learning and many others in this amazing organization,” said Mathews. 

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