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NEARLY TWO (37.9%) out of five hospitals surveyed provide, or help provide for, some kind of child care for their employees. And 38% of those that don't plan to establish such benefits before the end of this year.
That is the finding of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago, Ill, and the American Association of Healthcare Consultants, Fairfax, Va. In contrast, the two organizations say, today only about 1 (11.1%) in 10 businesses provides such services for its employees.
Larger Hospitals Oversampled
The survey examined 965 hospitals throughout the United States. The hospitals were stratified by number of beds, and the two organizations concede that large hospitals were oversampled, since they seemed more likely to provide child-care services. Survey questions examined such aspects as types of child care benefits offered, types of hospitals involved, attitudes of hospital executives toward offering care, and financial contributions to child care.Currently, the
Silver S. When It Comes to Child Care, Hospitals May Be Setting the Pace for Much of the Nation. JAMA. 1989;261(13):1857–1861. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420130015005