September 27 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 or just stop by.

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 gets under way October 1. 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 notbe 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.

Save the date for the 2013 UMMC United Way Campaign Kickoff!

The UMMC United Way Kickoff will be held on October 10, from 11 am-2 pm in the Weinberg Atrium. There will be free food, games and prizes. Donated books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale during the event as well. Another way to support UWCM & stock up on books and movies for a fraction of the cost. During the campaign there will be Pledge Card Raffles, you must pledge $1 a pay to be eligible. To be eligible for the Grand Prize (a pair of tickets to a Ravens game), you must pledge $2 a pay. Other prizes include gift certificates/coupons to area stores and restaurants.

Please consider supporting UMMC's United Way Campaign by donating new or gently used books, CDs and DVDs. We've had great response in years past and hope you will continue to support the book sale. We will not be collecting magazines this year.

You may turn them in to either your departmental United Way Ambassador or one of the collection boxes located:

Patient Admitting, across from Au Bon Pain Gudelsky entrance, across from Information Desk Between the STC Information Desk and Cypriana's Paca Pratt Bldg, outside Human Resources Gift-in-Kind forms are located at each bin. Complete the form and return to UMMC Foundation to claim your charitable donation on this year's taxes.

Items will be available for purchase at the UW Kick-off Event on October 10 in the Weinberg Atrium as well as the Mid-campaign Event on October 23. All proceeds from this sale support the UMMC United Way Campaign.

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 am until 2:30 pm 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.

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:

  • 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.

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:

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

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. For more information, call 410-328-2035, email or go to the website.

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!

Clothing Needed for Pediatrics

General Pediatrics is in need of some gently used/new clothing items for our pediatric population of infants to teens. Please drop off items to charge nurse at S5A nurse’s station.

Any questions/issues, please contact Suzan Lewis at 410-328-5410 or

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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