October 11 2013

Give the Gift of Life

The University of Maryland Medical Center will host a Red Cross blood drive on October 17, 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. Please schedule your donation at www.umm.edu/blood or just stop by.

Commitment to Excellence (C2X) Communication Forums

The C2X Communication Team invites you to attend the upcoming Communication Forums, "inyourshoes@ummc - Empathy Moves us Forward." 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, October 27: 8:30-9:30 am and 6-7 pm
  • Monday, October 28: 8-9 am, 9:30-10:30 am, 1:30-2:30 pm and 3-4 pm  
  • Tuesday, October 29: 8:30- 9:30 am, 10-11 am, 11:30 am -12:30 pm, 5:30-6:30 pm and 9-10 pm
  • Wednesday, October 30: 2:30-3:30 pm, 4-5 pm and 9-10 pm
  • Thursday, October 31: 2-3 pm, 3:30-4:30 pm and 5-6 pm  
  • Friday, November 1: 8-9 am, 11 am – noon, 1-2 pm and 2:30-3:30 pm
  • Monday, November 4: 8:30-9:30 am and 10-11 am  

MTA Information

The October 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.

Flu Vaccination Campaign Starts October 1; 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 will 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.

The 2013 UMMC United Way Campaign

The UMMC United Way Mid Campaign event will be held on October 23, from 11 am-2 pm in the Weinberg Atrium. There will be an ice cream social and raffle drawings.  Donated books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale at a fraction of the cost during the event as well. All proceeds from this sale support the UMMC United Way Campaign.

During the campaign we will hold many Pledge Card Raffles. To be eligible for some of these raffles, you must pledge $1 a pay ($26 a year).

To be eligible for the 2 Grand Prizes of 2 pairs of 2 tickets to a Ravens game (Ravens vs Steelers, November 28th at 8:30 pm) you need to pledge $2 a pay ($52 a year). The winner of this raffle will be announced at the End Campaign event.

Other prizes will include gift certificates/coupons to nearby stores and restaurants including the following:

Charm City Run Gift Certificates
B & O Railroad Museum Passes
Geppi's Museum Passes
Inner Harbor Cruise on Cruises on the Bay Passes
Dave and Buster's Gift Cards

Parking Space Raffles

A pledge of $5 or more a paycheck will make you eligible for a free year of parking in the UMMC Garage (Paca Pratt).

A pledge of $2 or more a paycheck will make you eligible for a free month of parking in the UMMC Garage (Paca Pratt). 12 winners will be awarded (1 per month)

If the winner does not want the space, they will be offered an alternative prize.

The earlier you pledge, the more likely you are to win a prize! Completing your pledge form takes a few minutes and as little as a dollar a week can make a real difference.  Please give today.  To make your online pledge, or for more information, go to http://intra.umm.edu/ummc/uw.

Pumpkin Carving

Show Your UMMC Spirit at the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving contest. Drop your pumpkin off on Wednesday, October 30, between 10 am -12:45 pm in the Cafeteria. Judging and prizes will be awarded at 1 pm.

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. 

Registration is available at the following site: https://wellness.weightwatchers.com

  • 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 wellnesshelp@weightwatchers.com or phone 866-204-2885.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) at University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center offers FREE mammograms, clinical breast exams, PAP test and colonoscopies.   Join the ladies of BCCP at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure October 20th and American Cancer Society Making Strides against Breast Cancer October 27th.  For more information call 410-328-HOPE.

UMMS Foundation Events:

Maryland Half Marathon

The 2014 Maryland Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, May 10 at Maple Lawn in Fulton, Maryland. All proceeds benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. Register at our booth for the marathon at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Convention Center for the 13th Annual Baltimore Running Festival on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11, 10 am – 9 pm and receive free running sleeves. For more information, go to www.mdhalfmarathon.com.

Baltimore Running Festival

Bring the family to support the Children's Heart Running Team on Saturday, October 12 beginning at 8 am at Camden Yards. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital. For more information, contact Caroline Killian at 410-328-6068 or ckillian@umm.edu.

Run for a Cause in the Baltimore Running Festival with TEAM TSN

Be a part of the Trauma Survivors Network Team at the Baltimore Running Festival on October 12. Proceeds will benefit the Trauma Survivors Network at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. TEAM TSN (Trauma Survivors Network Running Team) would like to thank their team of determined runners and generous supporters! If you would like to learn more or donate, please visit: http://www.active.com/donate/TEAMTSN

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.

Pharmacy Week

Celebrate National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week: October 20 - 26, 2013. This week acknowledges the important contributions that the pharmacy team makes to patient care each and every day.

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 dkleinglover@umm.edu.

Gift Shop News

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

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