AARP honors Johnson City health system

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Mountain State Health Alliance in Johnson City has been recognized by AARP as one of the 50 best employers in the nation for workers over 50.

In 2011, the health system created a committee made up of a number of members over the age of 50 and asked them for suggestions to make Mountain State an attractive employer for mature workers.

The company made several changes based on the panel's recommendations, including the addition of a retiree relationship manager to advise team members on retirement plans, benefit questions and other issues.

The company also created a job sharing program for team members who are nearing retirement. It allows workers to ease into retirement by reducing their hours without losing benefits.

Mountain State is the only company in Tennessee to receive the AARP honor this year.

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