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March 04, 2011

Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona named one of the Top 25 Workplaces for Women in Arizona

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Date:  March 4, 2011
Contact:  Linda Hausman
                  Sonora Quest Laboratories
                  602.685.5280 
                  
linda.hausman@bannerhealth.com

Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona named one of the Top 25 Workplaces for Women in Arizona by az magazine and BestCompaniesAZ. 

(Phoenix, Ariz.) Mar. 4, 2011 – az magazine, a publication of Republic Media, along with BestCompaniesAZ, announced on Saturday, February 26, 2011 that Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona has been named one of the 2010 Top 25 Workplaces for Women in Arizona.

Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona was recognized as being an employer that has helped set the standard for women initiatives in the workplace. "I am pleased Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona is recognized as a top workplace for women.  Our female workforce brings a great deal of talent and skill sets into our business and has helped us become an employer of choice for many employees.” said Peter Michaelson, Chief Human Resources Officer for Sonora Quest Laboratories/Laboratory Sciences of Arizona.

For more than 15 years, Arizona Woman magazine, now az magazine has honored the “Top 25 Workplaces for Women” in Arizona. This special annual issue was recently voted by the readers of az magazine as a favorite feature in the magazine.

“Our goal for 2011 is to reignite the power of women and open up doors in the Arizona workforce for women as our economy begins to recover,” says Cami Kaiser, general manager for Republic Media. 

“BestCompaniesAZ has been at the forefront of identifying, developing, and promoting Arizona’s Best Companies for over 7 years. It’s no mistake that most of those companies are best workplaces for women already. By working together we can have a greater impact on the economy and increase the opportunities for women in the workplace in Arizona,” says Denise Gredler, President & Founder for BestCompaniesAZ.
 
Women have a significant impact on the economy, according to a recent report from the Arizona’s Women’s Leadership forum:

  • 50% of the workforce is made up of women.
  • 15% of the boards of are made up of women. A very low statistic considering the balance of the women in the workforce.
  • 15% of Congress is made up of women. A new balance of power.
  • 18% of top leadership is made up by women. A very low statistic.
  • 50% of the voting population is made up of women.
  • Statistics have shown that companies have a much higher rate of return on investment when two or more women are on the board.

*Source:  Arizona Women’s Leadership Forum. Refer to www.ey.com/newglobalmindset.
For complete details visit http://www.bestcompaniesaz.com/

About az magazine:

az magazine is a product of Republic Media, an innovative, multi-platform media company that helps businesses navigate the advertising world. Encompassing an array of products including The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com and lifestyle magazines, Republic Media reaches more than 1.7 million Phoenix area adults each week and provides comprehensive marketing strategies that get results. To subscribe to az magazine, visit www.azmagazine.azcentral.com

About BestCompaniesAZ:

BestCompaniesAZ is dedicated to identifying, developing and promoting great companies and workplaces in Arizona. Services include employee opinion surveys, best practice
benchmarking, employment branding, recruitment strategies, and award consultation and promotional services for Arizona’s Best Companies. To learn more about BestCompaniesAZ statewide programs and events, visit www.bestcompaniesaz.com or call 480-545-5151. 

About Sonora Quest Laboratories:

Sonora Quest Laboratories, a joint venture between Banner Health and Quest Diagnostics, is the nation’s largest integrated laboratory system with over 2,000 employees serving more than six million patients annually throughout Arizona. It is the market share leader in clinical laboratory testing in Arizona, performing more than 50 million diagnostic tests per year. It offers a local comprehensive test menu which encompasses routine to esoteric cytogenetic studies, including anatomic pathology and molecular biology. Ninety-eight percent of all testing is performed at the laboratory’s primary testing facilities located in Tempe, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott and Yuma.

Sonora Quest Laboratories, ranked one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2008, 2009, and 2010, one of the Most Admired Companies in 2010, as well as a finalist for the Better Business Bureau’s 2010 Business Ethics Awards, continues to be recognized for their exemplary quality processes, most recently represented by the Showcase in Excellence Award for 2007.  In 2005 they became the first and only health care establishment to ever receive the Arizona Governor’s Award for Quality. This recognition followed two Showcase in Excellence Awards in 2004 and the Arizona Pioneer Award for Quality in 2003.  

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