Harrison, NY—July 8, 2014


Transamerica Retirement Solutions Report on Healthcare: Employee Engagement is a Challenge for Healthcare Retirement Plan Sponsors

Healthcare retirement plan sponsors seek to empower employees
to take an active role in their retirement planning

Transamerica Retirement Solutions today announced the release of its report on Retirement Plan Trends in Today’s Healthcare Market - 2014. The report, produced in partnership with the American Hospital Association, examines trends that impact defined contribution and defined benefit plans in the not-for-profit healthcare market.

The 2014 survey reveals that healthcare retirement plan sponsors are becoming more proactive in their efforts to help employees adequately prepare for retirement. They are making adjustments to plan design that can help employees achieve retirement goals and also implementing programs that address the challenge of employee engagement, a hurdle that 75 percent of sponsors agree is one of the biggest challenges of managing a retirement plan.

“This year’s survey provides valuable insight into the changing landscape of the not-for-profit healthcare retirement plan market,” said Brodie Wood, vice president and national practice leader, not for profit markets. “It shows the unique challenges that healthcare retirement plan sponsors face and reveals trends that will reshape their retirement plans in the future. One of those trends is the increased focus on improving retirement outcomes. These sponsors are well aware of this shift and agree that motivating employees to save adequately and helping them invest wisely are challenges that must be addressed in order to help employees achieve a secure retirement.”

Healthcare plan sponsors are addressing the challenge of employee engagement by implementing programs aimed at educating and informing participants. Because of the diverse needs of their employee populations, these sponsors employ a multichannel approach to communicate with their participants. They utilize on-site representatives, meetings, customized print and electronic campaigns, investment advice and comprehensive financial planning among many other tactics to help employees prepare for retirement.

The focus on retirement readiness is also illustrated by plan sponsors’ efforts to optimize plan design. Examples from the survey include:

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About the Study
Retirement Plan Trends in Today’s Healthcare Market—2014 is the eleventh annual study conducted by Transamerica
Retirement Solutions and the American Hospital Association. The study presents insight on current issues that impact
defined contribution and defined benefit plans in the not-for-profit healthcare market. The report provides analysis to
guide healthcare plan sponsors and their advisors as they benchmark their organizations in many areas of plan design
and management, in order to critically evaluate opportunities for improvement.

The survey was comprised of 90 questions and was conducted online at the end of 2013. A total of 104 Hospital
Administrators and Chief Financial Officers responded to the survey, representing healthcare organizations with one
or more active defined contribution plans.

About Transamerica Retirement Solutions
Transamerica Retirement Solutions (Transamerica) is a leading provider of customized retirement plan solutions for small to large organizations.

Transamerica partners with financial advisors, third party administrators, and consultants to cover the entire spectrum of defined benefit and defined contribution plans, including: 401(k) and 403(b) (Traditional and Roth); 457; profit sharing; money purchase; cash balance; Taft-Hartley; multiple employer plans; nonqualified deferred compensation; and rollover and Roth IRAs.

Transamerica helps more than three million retirement plan participants save and invest wisely to secure their retirement dreams. For more information about Transamerica Retirement Solutions Corporation, please visit

About the American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The American Hospital Association is the national advocate for its members, nearly 5,000 hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 43,000 individuals. Founded in 1898, the American Hospital Association provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information visit the website at

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