November 22, 2013

2013 Employee Opinion Survey

The UMMC Employee Opinion Survey has been extended through November 24. This is your chance to provide anonymous feedback to the hospital leadership team, your departmental leadership, and your manager. The survey will take 10-15 minutes of your time, and your honest feedback will help us make important decisions about how to make things better for you, your patients, and their families. Before you start the survey, be sure to get the password and PIN for your area from your manager. This is a group password and PIN used to identify your area, it does not identify any individual. Go to the home page of the Intranet for more information. Thank you for your time and input. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Flu Vaccination Campaign - Mandatory for all staff

The annual flu vaccination campaign is under way.  The hospital's flu policy (HRM-114) requires that all employees either be vaccinated or submit appropriate documentation for declining. Declining is allowed only for medical or religious reasons.

Employee Health Services will offer the influenza vaccine through December 5.  UMMC employees, residents, attendings and volunteers can walk in to EHS, Monday - Friday, 7 am - 4 pm to receive the influenza vaccine for free.  With the vaccine, you're taking a key step in keeping yourself, your family, and your patients healthy.

If you have a medical or religious reason for declining the vaccine or if you get vaccinated elsewhere, you need to provide documentation to remain compliant with the policy.

Medical contraindications include allergy to the vaccine or a vaccine component or a history of Guillain Barre. This year, an egg-free vaccine will be available to individuals between the ages of 18-49. An egg allergy for anybody under age 50 in no longer a valid reason to decline the vaccine. Individuals over age 50 can still decline for egg allergy since the egg-free vaccine is not indicated for this age group.

Please note that, if you submitted documentation last year for a medical contraindication or religious objection, and it was accepted by EHS, you may not be required to resubmit documentation again this year.  The exceptions to this are individuals between the ages of 18-49 who declined last year because of egg allergy, as noted above. Employees who have valid documentation on file will receive an e-mail confirming that they do not have to resubmit the information.  The declination form is available online and can be submitted electronically. Go to the flu-free zone website link on the home page of the Intranet for more information on Employee Health hours and the roving flu cart.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Enrollment is now open for 2014 Flexible Spending Accounts through November 25. Save on health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax deductions. You must enroll for 2014 even if you are currently enrolled. Go to the link on the home page of the Intranet for more information.

Step Up to Good Health 8-Week Challenge

Avoid the winter blues and get into shape with the Step Up to Good Health 8-Week Walking Challenge!  The walking challenge has begun and will continue until December 13.

We will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon - 12:30 pm in the Weinberg hallway across from the Patient Resource Center near the fountain. Come join us and get into shape today!

Holiday Craft Fair

A holiday craft fair will be held at the Campus Center on Friday, December 6 from 11 am to 2:30 pm. Everyone is invited to stop by and checkout blown glass pieces, holiday themed merchandise, unique accessories, gourmet sweet treats, tote bags, greeting cards, centerpieces and hand painted items.

Save the Date for the UMMC Holiday Party

All UMMC employees are invited to the annual holiday party in the Gudelsky Atrium on Wednesday, December 18, from 3 to 8 p.m.  Employees must wear their badges.

Holiday Music

Everyone is invited to stop by and hear live holiday music December 18-20, the University of Maryland Medical Center Chamber Players will perform. All performances will be held in the Gudelsky Lobby of the Medical Center from noon to 1 pm.

MTA Information

December MTA Passes will be available on Monday, November 25 in the Parking and Transportation Office, located in room G1J42, two doors down from the Great Cookie. The deadline to start or cancel January commuter pass will be Wednesday, December 18.

Thanksgiving Information

The Parking and Transportation Office will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. The Parking Office will reopen on Monday, December 2 at 7 am. Information pertaining garage closures and alternative parking will be sent via email and placed on the Intranet. In case of emergency, contact SOSC at 410-328-5174.

Give the Gift of Life

The University of Maryland Medical Center will host a Red Cross blood drive on December 12, from 8 am to 2 pm in the Paca Pratt Building, lower level. All donors will receive a $5 gift card good at any medical center restaurant as our thanks for donating.  There will be a raffle for tickets for the play "Crimes of the Heart" at Everyman Theater and tickets to the University of Maryland vs. Boston University, men’s basketball game on December 21. Please schedule your donation at or just stop by.

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 monthly pass and how you can attend At Work meetings.

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.

UMMS Foundation Event -Turkey Trot

The 30th Annual Green Valley North Turkey Trot event kicks off Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28 at 8 am, with a 5-mile run, 3-mile walk, and a 1-mile kids fun run, followed by post-trot festivities.  Proceeds will benefit Crohn’s & Colitis Research medical partners at The University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Hospital. For more information, contact Tara Trimper at 410-328-8530.

2014 Baltimore City Cancer Program Calendar

The Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center has its 2014 calendar "A Brand New Me...Reflections from Breast Cancer Survivors" for sale. Proceeds from the calendar will benefit BCCP's "Living and Loving Life Breast Cancer Support Group". The calendar features women of all ages and all walks of life.  Photographer Shaun Anthony, make-up artist Carla Williams Hines, Rickisha White and Racquel Allen dedicated their time and talent to this project. The use of "At Last Farm" for the calendar shoot was donated by Wayne and Beth Schaefer.  The calendars make a great gift for family and friends or for yourself.  For information to purchase calendar call 410-328-HOPE(4673). Funded by the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund Program, the Avon Foundation and Susan G. Komen Maryland.

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!

Adult Clothing Needed

The Department of Social Work clothes closet is in need of winter clothing for men and women. Items needed are: jeans, sweat pants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, belts, jackets/coats and shoes (sneakers, slip-on shoes and boots).  Large sizes are especially needed. Please make sure all clothes are washed and in good condition. Please do not drop off dress clothes, skirts, suits, dress shoes, high heels or children’s clothing. Please drop off your donation to the Department of Social Work, Room S1A10 or contact

Gift Shop News

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

Campus Bookstore

The Seven Scholars University Store is open at the Campus Center. Store hours are: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am - 6 pm and Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm.

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