St. Luke’s Honored for Innovation and Commitment to Employees

February 17, 2009
Olympia, WA

The Association of Washington Business (AWB) recognized St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute as one of 18 businesses and non-profit organizations for outstanding commitment to their employees.

The awards, presented during AWB’s annual Legislative Day in Olympia, were given to employers of all sizes and industries throughout the state for their superior commitment to workplace safety, job training and advancement, and innovative benefit and compensation programs.

“The winners of this year’s awards represent the best of Washington’s business community,” said AWB President Don Brunell. “These are perfect of examples of the kind of innovation and forward-thinking that’s needed to attract the best workers to our state. Building a strong, talented workforce is one of the most important things we can do to help Washington emerge strong from the recent downturn.”

St. Luke’s was selected by an independent panel of judges who reviews all the nominees and evaluates the programs based on a variety of criteria, including their impact on employee morale, increases in worker productivity, improvements in recruitment and retention and reductions in the cost of worker training.

“Congratulations to all this year’s Better Workplace recipients. Your efforts are the kind of efforts we should implement across state government,” said Attorney General Rob McKenna, who served as the keynote luncheon speaker. “Improvements in worker safety not only protect your workforce but they save money in the long run,” he said.


About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 6,800 members representing 650,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute is a division of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS). INHS is a non-profit corporation in Spokane, Washington providing collaboration in health care services on behalf of its member hospitals Deaconess Medical Center, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Valley Hospital & Medical Centre, and the community. Other INHS services include Community Health Education and Resources (CHER), Information Resource Management, Northwest MedStar, Health Training Network, health@work, Northwest TeleHealth, and the INHS Center of Philanthropy. For more information, visit

Nicole Stewart
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Spokane, WA 99202-1330

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