May 24, 2013

Annual Training

Annual training 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.”

Benefits Annual Open Enrollment runs till May 26

This is your chance to review the health, dental, and other benefits you now have and decide whether or not to make any changes for the next year. The new benefits start July 1. There are no changes in the plans, including premiums, deductibles, and co-pays from the current plans. If the plan you now have continues to meet your needs and you do not want to make any changes, you do not need to do anything. Your current benefits will continue into the new plan year. If you do want to make changes in your benefit elections, please review your options carefully. Then go to and follow the online instructions. Make sure you complete the entire process before you log out of the system.

Give the Gift of Life

The University of Maryland Medical Center will host a Red Cross blood drive on June 4 and 5, from 8 am to 8 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.

MTA Information

The June 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. For more information on MTA, please refer to their website at

Camden Yard Parking Updates

There are Oriole evening games scheduled for May 29-31 beginning at 7:05 pm. All vehicles must be removed no later that 5:30 pm. For more information on restrictions during baseball season, please refer to the Parking page on the UMMC Intranet or email If you are interested in switching to alternate parking facility, please stop by the Parking and Transportation office in room G1J42 to find out what is available.

University Farmers Market

The University Farmers Market takes place in Plaza Park, across the street from the hospital’s main entrance, along Paca Street. Local farmers will be selling fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, soups, sauces and much more. The market will be open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and will run weekly from May through November. The University Farmers Market is proud to announce that this year, in addition to WIC/FVC and FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program) benefits, they will now accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps.

Literature and Medicine

Humanities at the Heart of Heath Care is a reading and discussion group offered through the Maryland Humanities Council.  Discuss selected pieces of literature over dinner with your health care colleagues.  Participants are encouraged to attend all five monthly sessions held on the third Thursday of the month from June to October in Weinberg Learning Center, rooms 6 & 7.  The program is sponsored by Pastoral Care Services at no charge.  Space is limited to 30.  This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation for a maximum of 7.5 CEU credits.  For more information or to register by Monday June 3rd, contact Susan Roy at

Spring into a Healthy Summer

The University of Maryland Medical System will hold a health fair on Friday, June 7 from 10 am - 3 pm in the University Park Plaza, across from the University of Maryland Medical Center.  There will be free screenings for cholesterol and diabetes, stroke and heart disease prevention, vision and glaucoma, city and community information booths and more. For more information, call 1-800-492-5538.

Weight Watchers at Work

As part of the Step Up To Good Health Wellness Program, UMMC continues to offer Weight Watchers at Work.  -  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.

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 continue until June 28.  The group 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. The group walks outside most days, and inside during inclement weather. Come join us and get in shape today!

New Campus Walking Paths

The walking paths are a joint health and wellness initiative between UMB, UMMC and the Baltimore VA. The walking paths go throughout the Campus from three-quarters of a mile to 1.5 miles. To learn more about the paths, go to Take a walk today!

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 Integrative Care Team is no longer offering Yoga Classes on Friday afternoons. For interest in Yoga being offered to staff within the hospital please contact Lisa Petty at Lisa is organizing a pool of volunteer teachers as well as gathering email of staff member/students interested in coming to a Yoga class.

Gift Shop News

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

The deadline for the next online issue of Check It Out is June 5, 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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