Sunrise Again Named Great Place to Work by The Washingtonian Magazine

Friday, October 21, 2005 8:08 am EDT



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"Sunrise continues to grow at a rapid rate and it is absolutely essential that we attract strong candidates to ensure our continued success"

Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE: SRZ) today announced it has once again been recognized by The Washingtonian magazine as a "Great Place to Work." The acknowledgement marks the third consecutive time Sunrise has been honored by the magazine for its work environment and employment practices. Sunrise was one of 55 companies recognized and was chosen from more than 225 candidates.

"Sunrise team members all work toward the same goal -- to champion the quality of life for seniors," said Paul Klaassen, chairman and chief executive officer for Sunrise. "To achieve that we must have a workplace which emphasizes excellence, compassion and diversity while also encouraging work-life balance. We are honored to be recognized once again by The Washingtonian magazine."

In previous years, The Washingtonian magazine has selected Sunrise because of its competitive pay and benefits, a collegial work environment and beneficial team member development opportunities. The company offers unique, family-friendly benefits and compensation programs. In addition to 401(k) and stock purchase plans, Sunrise also offers a free gym membership and discounted childcare options to its team members.

Other distinguishing characteristics that the publication has highlighted in the past are Sunrise's headquarters' unique aesthetics and work environment. Sunrise's McLean headquarters and its communities feature a very residential interior design, warm colors, soft lighting, and an abundance of outdoor areas, gardens and patios. Additionally, Sunrise's commitment to positive morale is underscored through diverse team events such as barbeques, weekly cookie socials, monthly seated massages and company-sponsored health and education fairs, flu shots, and parties. These events generally mirror events held at Sunrise communities for residents and team members alike to enjoy.

"Sunrise continues to grow at a rapid rate and it is absolutely essential that we attract strong candidates to ensure our continued success," said Jeffrey Jasnoff, senior vice president for Human Resources at Sunrise. "We realize that a positive work environment attracts and keeps great people who are passionate about what they do for a living. We are thrilled that The Washingtonian continues to share in the belief that our work environment is one that will continue to attract such people."

Sunrise Senior Living is the nation's largest provider of senior living services. The McLean, Va.-based Company employs more than 38,000 people. As of August 31, 2005, Sunrise operated 424 communities in the United States, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom with a combined capacity for approximately 53,000 residents. Sunrise also had 36 communities under construction in these countries with a combined capacity for over 3,700 residents. Sunrise offers a full range of personalized senior living services, including independent living, assisted living, care for individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss, as well as nursing and rehabilitative care. Sunrise's senior living services are delivered by staff trained to encourage the independence, preserve the dignity, enable freedom of choice and protect the privacy of residents. To learn more about Sunrise please visit

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Meghan Lublin
Manager, External Communications of Sunrise Senior Living, Inc.

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