March 14, 2014

HRConnections Going Live March 17

On March 17, HRConnections Online will become your one-stop shop for Human Resources transactions and questions. You will be able to get to this new website by clicking on the icon or from home by going to

HRConnections Online is your way to employee self-service. You can view and update a range of personal information, as well as search for HR policies.

Also starting on March 17, you will be able to call the HRConnections Service Center at 1-855-4UMMSHR (1-855-486-6746) or, from the UMMC University Campus, extension 2-5900. A staff of trained HR professionals will help you with your needs.

Both services will go live Monday, March 17.

Give the Gift of Life

The University of Maryland Medical Center will host a Red Cross blood drive on March 25, 8 am – 1:30 pm; March 26 and 27, from 8 am to 7 pm on the first floor of Gudelsky near the Information Desk. All donors will receive a $5 gift card good at any medical center restaurant as our thanks for donating.  Please schedule your donation at or just stop by.

National Nutrition Month 2014

"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right"  Celebrate with the Departments of Clinical Nutrition and Food & Hospitality Services for a series of fun & tasty events. Looking to form some healthy habits? Join our free "Healthy Weighs" contest and learn about healthy habits to incorporate throughout the month of March.

Schedule of Activities for March 2014:

March 19th - UMMC Dietetic Interns Lunch and Learn Presentation Noon - 1 pm:  Five Ingredient Fix - Interns will be educating on easy, healthy options that can be prepared with fewer ingredients. Presentation will involve tasting a variety of featured recipes.

March 25th - Healthy Whole Grains taste test- see what grains look and taste like with recipes and education materials.

Food Drive - Ongoing contest throughout March to raise funds and food for Maryland Food Bank.

Meatless Mondays in Café - schedule and recipes:

Monday 3/17: Vegetable pizza flatbreads

Monday 3/24: Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili

MyPlate Specials - One MyPlate special each week will be offered in March through Café served on divided My Plate plates.

Step Up to Good Health

Please join us on March 19, 2014 at noon for the Step Up to Good Health Care Package entitled "The 5-Ingredient Fix!"  This Care Package will be presented by Clinical Nutrition Services. Come sample simple, healthy meals with only 5 ingredients, and learn how to make them yourself.  This Care Package will be located in the Patient Resource Center Assembly Room (S1D03). This event is FREE and lunch will be provided; however, registration is required in advance. To register, please call 8-2999. We look forward to seeing you there!

Weight Watchers at Work

As part of the Step Up To Good Health Wellness Program, UMMC continues to offer Weight Watchers at Work.  Engage in fun activities; learn about the proven Weight Watchers approach, the new Check monthly pass and how you can attend At Work meetings.

Weight Watchers offers the new Simple Start program, two weeks of meals designed to get you off to a fantastic start.  You will learn what to eat to be satisfied and start losing weight.

The program is available by purchasing a monthly pass for $39.95 per month.  The monthly pass system allows members to attend meetings at work at UMMC or near their home.  You do not need to wait for a session to begin; you can join at any time.  All Weight Watchers at Work meetings are scheduled in the lower level of the Paca Pratt building at 110 South Paca Street from 1 - 1:30 pm on Wednesdays.  Weigh in begins at 12:45 pm prior to the meeting.   If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact Regina Hogan, Employee Health Services at 410-328-1788 or contact Weight Watchers via email or phone at or phone 866-204-2885.

Maryland Half Marathon & 5K

Excitement is building for this year's Maryland Half Marathon & 5K Run. Join us on Saturday, May 10th at the Maple Lawn Community in Howard County as we run with a Purpose in the fight against cancer. The registration fee goes up on March 1st so get into action and register today!

MTA Information

The Parking Office can no longer allow staff to pick up their colleagues MTA Passes. We now require the signature from the actual pass holder. If your pass has been lost or stolen, the Parking Office is unable to provide any replacements under any circumstances.  The Parking Office hours of operation are Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 am and 4:30 pm. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office at ext. 8-0055 or via email at

Shock Trauma Event

Don't miss the Shock Trauma Center's Violence Prevention Program Maryland Signatures Event supporting youth violence prevention education and the renewal of Baltimore City. The event will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on March 28 at 6:30 pm featuring signature dishes by acclaimed local restaurants, beer, wine, and signature cocktails, premium auction items, and live music. Tickets $100 in advance, $125 at the door.  For tickets, go to

Gift Shop News

The Gift Shop will be holding special promotions and sales throughout March.  Stop by for all your gift giving needs.

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