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Karen Mathews
Director WorkLife Services/Human Resources, WellStar Health System
Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Area


Karen Mathews, Director WorkLife Services/Human Resources, WellStar Health System, When Work Works Coordinator, Greater Metropolitan Atlanta Area.

Karen Mathews is the Director of WorkLife Services for WellStar Health System which operates five hospitals, a Physicians Group and other ancillary services with more than 11,000 employees in metro Atlanta. WellStar serves more than one million residents with areas of excellence in cardiac, cancer, medical imaging and women’s services. Work Life Services include community involvement, workplace flexibility, employee wellness, family friendly benefits and other services that build community awareness, employee engagement and create a Best Place to Work culture.

Karen has collaborated with leaders across the organization to bring new programs such as WellStar Cents, a program to help employees save money and deal with fuel prices during these tough economic times. In addition, a new emphasis on the older worker has made WellStar a recognized leader in their market. Components of this program include discounts and purchasing programs for computers and electronics, health and benefit savings, flexible work options, WellStar Rides vanpool/carpool program, and financial pathways. The Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility was awarded to WellStar in 2009. Karen's leadership has resulted in WellStar achieving designation on Working Mother's 100 Best Companies 2008,2009; AARP's 50 Best Employers 2009; Companies That Care Honor 2008,2009,2010 and NAFE (National Association for Female Executives) 50 Best Employers 2010.

Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Covenant College and an Associate of Divinity in Adult Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a Work Life Certified Professional (WLCP) from World at Work. Karen has been in healthcare for the past 18 years.