March 29, 2013

Save the Date for the 2012 Service Awards

Employees celebrating longer milestones (15 to 45, in five-year increments) are invited to the Service Awards Gala, Saturday, April 13, 6 - 11 pm at the Hilton Baltimore., Key Ballroom.  All eligible employees will receive invitations. For questions regarding the service awards event, please contact Andi Payne at or 8-6740.

Annual Training

Under the revised training policy, annual training will start on April 1 and must be completed by June 30. Go to Healthstream Training on the home page of the Intranet, and log in with your employee number and last name. Select the "My Learning" tab for the courses assigned to you. According to HR's annual training policy (HRM 119), employees who don't complete the training will be expected to report to work and complete all outstanding courses. "Employees will not be paid benefit time when they are out due to non-compliance in the completion of annual training."

Give the Gift of Life

The University of Maryland Medical Center will host a Red Cross blood drive on April 9 and 10, from 8 am to 8 pm on the first floor of Gudelsky near the information desk.  There will be a department/unit challenge for the most donors.  The prizes for the departments/units are: 1st place - lunch; 2nd place - a snack tray and 3rd place - a cookie tray.  There will be a raffle for a pair of tickets to the "American Idiot" musical show at the Hippodrome on May 7. 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.

MTA Information

The April MTA passes are available in the Parking and Transportation Office in room G1J42 two doors down from the HR Service Center and the Great Cookie.  If you plan to have a co-worker or friend pick up your pass, they will need to present your ID to retrieve your MTA pass.  For more information on MTA, please refer to their website at

Camden Yard Parking Updates

Camden Yard parkers, baseball season begins April 5 at 3:05 pm. There will be no parking at the Camden Lots on this day. Details will be sent out via email and posted on the Intranet and shuttles. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Commitment to Excellence (C2X) Communication Forums

The C2X Communication Team invites you to attend the upcoming Communication Forums.  Join CEO Jeffrey Rivest and our Medical Center leadership for these important Communication Forums, which cover key topics that affect the Medical Center and you.  Hear about news, activities, and celebrations taking place throughout the Medical Center, and take the opportunity to speak with our leaders. Reserve your seat today by registering on HealthStream for the session that fits your schedule.  Forums are being held in the Medical Center auditorium on the following schedule:

  • Sunday, April 14: 10-11 a.m. and 6-7 p.m.
  • Monday, April 15: 8-9 a.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 16: 8:30- 9:30 a.m., 10-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 9-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 17:  4-5 p.m. and 9-10 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 18: 2-3 pm, 3:30-4:30 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19: 1-2 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 22: 8:30-9:30 a.m., 10-11 a.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.

Step Up to Good Health 12-Week Challenge

Start the spring off by getting into shape! One way to help get into shape is to join the Step Up to Good Health 12-Week Walking Challenge.
The walking challenge will begin on Monday, April 1 and continue until June 28.  We will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Weinberg hallway across from the Patient Resource Center near the fountain. Come join us and get in shape today!

Maryland Half Marathon

 The 5th annual 13.1 mile race takes place on Saturday, May 11, in Maple Lawn, Howard County. 100% of the net proceeds benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. The event will also feature Dozer's Kids Fun Run and a post-race festival. Non-runners are welcome to sign up to fund raise, with no registration fee, and earn fund-raising premiums. Visit to register.  

Weight Watchers at Work

As part of the Step Up To Good Health Wellness Program, UMMC continues to offer Weight Watchers at Work.  -  A free open house will be held on April 3, 1-2 pm.

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. 

Registration is available at the following site:

  • The UMMC Company ID: 39999
  • The UMMC Company Passcode:  WW39999

For more information about how Weight Watchers offerings, how to get started/register on the UMMC Web Portal, and FAQ's please click on the following links:

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.

Grand Opening

Everyone is invited to attend the grand opening of the University of Maryland Optical Center on April 11, 11:30 am - 6 pm located at 419 W. Redwood Street, Suite 100.  Shop the new Spring 2013 lines and talk with frame vendor representatives from Kate Spade, Gucci, Valentino, Michael Kors, Nine West and more. Customers will also have a chance to meet former Baltimore Ravens' pro bowl kicker, Matt Stover from 1-2 pm.

UMaryland Immediate Care

Not feeling well today, but do not have time to get to your regular doctor? UMaryland Immediate Care is a practice just for employees, faculty and students working on campus. Located at 408 W. Lombard Street (halfway between Paca and Eutaw Streets), the practice is open from 7 am to 5 pm and is staffed by physicians and other practitioners.  At the Immediate Care practice, you will receive fast walk-in service and immediate referrals, for any additional health needs. For more information, call 410-328-1362.

Are You Taking Care of an Elderly Parent? Or a Disabled Child Who Needs Extra Care?

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is starting a Support Group for employees who are taking care of elderly and/or disabled loved ones.  We anticipate a group that gives people the opportunity to share resources, ideas, and just have someone to listen to us. For more information, call Maureen McCarren, LCSW-C in the EAP at 410-328-0412 or leave an email at The meetings are held on Fridays.

Seated Massage at UMMC

Each Friday from noon until 3 pm, a Licensed Massage Therapist will offer 15 or 30 minute seated massages in the Patient Resource Center in the Weinberg Building. These sessions are available to staff, visitors and patients (with a doctor's approval). Some benefits of seated massage: reduce muscle tension & pain, increase energy & alertness, calm nervous system, reduce anxiety levels.

  • Price: $18 for 15 minutes, $36 for 30 minutes.
  • Cash and checks are accepted. Gift certificates are also available.

In order to reserve a space for yourself, you may either stop in any time during the work week to sign in on the sheet, or contact Glenna Coleridge-Taylor at 410-328-9355. If you have specific questions, or would like more information, please send an email to

Knitting Club

Come join the Knitting and Crocheting Circle and help crochet or knit hats and lap blankets for our cancer patients at the Patient Resource Center, 1st Tuesday of the month, noon-2 pm. Drop ins welcome!

Yoga Classes

The University of Maryland Integrative Care Team will hold yoga classes every Friday from 3-4 pm in the Patient Assembly Room (S1D03). The cost is $5 per session; the funds will support patient resources and nursing education. Mats will be provided and comfortable work attire is acceptable. For more information, email Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm at

Gift Shop News

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

The deadline for the next online issue of Check It Out is April 10, 2013 at noon. Email items to Check It, fax to 410-328-3450 or drop them off to Communications and Public Affairs, 110 S. Paca Street, 9th floor. All submissions must have contact information. If you have any questions, call 410-328-6776.

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