Phone Book Allen Cafe Classified Ads Birthday and Hire Date CARE Counts The Pulse EAP Works Scorecards FE Archive Taking Care of Business Youth of Color Spindustry Training Cedar Valley Events Iowa DOT Road Conditions Community Main Street How to complete the HRA and Wellness Screening/Lab for the Healthcare Plan UnityPoint health plan open enrollment is November 1 – 15. You will need to have your HRA and Wellness Screening/Blood work done by the end of open enrollment to take advantage of the premium discounts offered. Here are some tips about the process: • Go to Your Benefit Source at http://benefitsource.unitypoint.org Once there log in and click on the Wellness Tab. Instructions will be provide to you. • One you click the link to take the HRA it will take you to our new vendor, Limeade, and their site. Please click the Health Assessment tab to start the HRA. If you have had a blood screening in 2013 you can use those numbers and self-report during the assessment. If you do not have your numbers use the voucher found online or in HR to have your blood drawn. The information on your values will electronically be sent to the HRA vendor and you will be able to view your results within two week by clicking the Wellness Screening link on the Limeade site. • If your spouse/domestic partner is not currently enrolled in the health plan and you intend to put them on the plan for 2014 you will not be able to have your spouse take the HRA till they are enrolled. Once you enroll them, November 1 – 15, wait two days and then they will able to take the HRA. Any questions please contact Human Resources. NAMI Features Speaker from Allen Hospital for Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 6 to 12 Kay Froehner will talk about how to cope with depression. Froehner has a master’s degree in Nursing and Educational Psychology. She is a Certified Nurse Educator and is an Associate Professor at Allen College, where she teaches mental health nursing. Her presentation will be Thursday, October 10, from 7 to 8 pm at the First Congregational Church in Waterloo, 608 West 4th Street, in the downstairs parlor. NAMI will also offer support groups during the week in Waterloo for both adults with mental illness and their family members. The Sharing and Caring group will meet on Tuesday, October 8, from 6 to 8 pm at Hawkeye Community College’s Metro Campus, 844 West 4th Street, room 228. The NAMI Education/Support Group meets on Thursday, October 10, from 2 to 3:30 pm at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial Street (entrance with the metal canopy, 2nd Floor Rotary Room). NAMI Black Hawk County is dedicated to improving the lives of all individuals affected by mental illness. For more information, call 319-235-5263 or email [email protected] Materials Week, October 6-13 Movie Saturday Saturday, November 2 Crossroads Theater Doors open: 7:30 a.m. Movies start: 8:30 a.m. Bring your badge and cash only. Parents must accompany children. Six tickets per associate. Movie prices are $3.00 for regular movies and $6.00 for 3-D movies. Each year, a first week of October is dedicated to celebrating healthcare supply chain professionals for their outstanding contributions to healthcare and the overall success of the supply chain. Let’s celebrate all supply chain professionals for their hard work and strategic value, which help ensure that healthcare delivery organizations thrive and succeed in the new healthcare landscape. Pi Kappa Honor Society Seeks Nurse Leader Members Pi Kappa, the Allen College chapter of the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is seeking nurse leaders to join its chapter. Licensed RNs with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field who have demonstrated achievement in nursing administration, education, global health, clinical practice, publication, or research should consider applying for membership. To learn about the benefits of membership, visit the STTI website. Potential candidates should complete an application form available on the STTI website. Send completed applications to Gale Carlson ([email protected]) or Cindy Jenness ([email protected] edu) at Allen College, 1825 Logan Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa 50703. For questions or assistance, contact Gale Carlson ([email protected]) or Cindy Jenness ([email protected]) THE NEW UNITYPOINT HEALTH ID BADGES HAVE BEEN PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED • If you haven’t received a new badge, please check with your department manager. • Associates whose photo was at least four years old, faded or had a blue colored background instead of white were not printed. Please stop in HR between 7:30am and 4:30pm to get a new photo and badge. Outside locations, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner. • Your old badges should be turned into your department manager. • Old badges will be deactivated beginning November 1st. With our new UnityPoint Heath ID Badges there are few things you should know: • The new badges have your ID information and photo on both sides so your information is always visible to patients, visitors and staff. • There will be no badge buddies or other materials worn under new badges (i.e. pictures, previous instructions or cheat sheets). • There will be no items covering the information on new badges (i.e. keys, stickers, pins). Flu shot stickers should not be placed on your badge. • RN or LPN are listed where they apply, but we will not list other degrees, credentials or licensures. • Understand that while there are endless ways we could customize badges; our goal is standardization, simplicity and clarity for our patients. If you have questions, please call us at 235-3605 or contact your Human Resources Business Partner. Allen Auxiliary Gift Shop Upcoming Events October 24 - 25: Scrubs Sale October 28: Membership Meeting & Brunch November 7: MOE Celebrate the Season Event November 18 - 19 : Books Are Fun Winners for the Tailgate Party Baskets: Iowa Basket: Whitney Wubbena UNI Basket: Kay Willard ISU Basket: Sandy Swanson Please stop by the gift shop to claim your prize! UnityPoint Hospice Volunteer Honored UnityPoint Hospice volunteer Mary Weld was recently recognized as a 2013 Honored Volunteer. Mary received her award at the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Iowa’s volunteer award ceremony held on September 13. Volunteers from hospices all over the state of Iowa were recognized. Mary has been a hospice volunteer since 2012. “Mary displays a heart for hospice patients and their families by sharing her gentle spirit, kind ways and humor. She brings left to right are Mary Weld, UnityPoint Hospice Volunteer and Linda Alexandres, comfort to her patients as she listens to UnityPoint Hospice volunteer coordinator stories, shares laughs and reads with them,” says Linda Alexandres, UnityPoint Hospice volunteer coordinator. Mary was chosen for the honor by the UnityPoint Hospice interdisciplinary team. Award recipients are selected for best representing the hospice’s mission; providing compassionate care, dignity and support for every patient and family. UnityPoint Hospice relies on compassionate and caring individuals like Mary to help hospice patients and their families. A hospice volunteer training session will be starting October 10, and continuing Oct. 17, 24 and 31. If you are interested in becoming a UnityPoint Hospice volunteer, contact Linda Alexandres at 319-235-5027 or [email protected] Allen Hospital Auxiliary Sponsored Shopping Trip to Jordan Creek Tuesday, November 12 • $42 per person Bus leaves fat 7:30 a.m. from Lot 7A 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Shopping & lunch (on your own) at Jordan Creek 5:30 p.m. Arrive back home For additional information or to book your trip, contact Linda in Volunteer Services or call 235-3692 or email [email protected] CARE COUNTS ALL STARS AND AMBASSADORS NOMINATION STORIES FOR MAY - JULY 2013 Ambassador Dr. Kaaki, OB: I cannot pick just one care value since he exemplifies all of the values! Dr. Kaaki is the most kind, gentle, and highly expert doctor. He takes time to answer the most personal questions from our patients. He treats nurses with respect and even brought treats on his birthday to share with us. He is a great example of Allen CARE! All-Star Kate Bissig, Inpatient Therapy: Kate is a newer employee who has just began her profession as a physical therapist. She has gone above and beyond what is needed for her rehab patients. She comes up with new and exciting things for the patients to do (Fun Fridays), brings in her own items to keep our rehab therapy organized and fully ready for each day. Kate is always in a great mood and never complains about issues that may arise. She is an amazing therapist and she has only just begun bringing great changes to our department. All-Star Doreen Boss, Clinical Services: Nursing had a large project for the roll-out of Mosby’s skills. This project required skills to be reviewed in comparison to our current policies and procedures and then notes to be developed and submitted to be placed on the intranet. The process required someone working to put these notes on the intranet so that nurses would be able to get procedural information in one location. This job was given to Doreen. She willingly and with a smile loaded each of the new notes and will soon remove all of the old procedures from the intranet allowing nursing staff to utilize Mosby’s skills for any procedural questions. Sometimes we forget to recognize the people behind the scenes that work extremely hard to make sure that the staff providing care at the bedside have what they need to continue to provide care. But because of Doreen’s excellent work and assistance with this project, the staff now have the information with just a simple click of their mouse in EPIC. Thank you, Doreen, for your awesome attitude towards our request and all your hard work it on it. It is greatly appreciated. Fire Prevention Week – October 6 – 12, 2013 By Steve Cusher – CHFM, Environment Safety Officer/Emergency Management Coordinator Next week is Fire PreventionWeek. This is a good time to review plans for your family in case of a fire emergency in your home. There are some simple and cheap things you can do to help insure the safety of your family and yourself. 1. 2. 3. Make sure you have smoke detectors in every bedroom of your house and at least one on every landing of your house. Make sure you have extinguishers so you have the ability to put out small fires if necessary. Have an evacuation plan from your house and a meeting spot for your family in case you have to evacuate your house. The emphasis this year for Fire Prevention week is to prevent kitchen fires. Most house fires start in the kitchen. This is the same in healthcare where 61% of all fires start in the kitchen. This is why we have specialized training for our dietary staff on an annual basis. Also in the month of October there are classes that are offered for staff that are fire responders for the hospital and clinics. You can sign up for classes in the hospital through Net Learning. Classes for the clinics are scheduled with the clinic managers. In healthcare, there is a term known as “Defend in Place”. This term refers to the fact that we have patients that cannot perform self-preservation during the time of a fire emergency. It is our obligation as healthcare providers to put out small fires and to evacuate our patients if needed if the fire cannot be put out. Always remember the RACEE (Remove, Activate, Confine, Extinguish, and Evacuate) acronym for response to fire emergencies. Also remember the PASS (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep) technique when using a fire extinguisher. For further reading and education on fire safety and fire prevention week please go to www.nfpa.org and www.fpw.org. BLUE ZONE EVENT UNI Wellness Center Family Fun Night: Saturday, October 26 Tickets go on sale outside the Allen Cafe: October 14 UPCOMING EVENTS UnityPoint Hospice Training Four-part orientation on October 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 8:30 - noon Contact Alexis Henning at [email protected] for registration information and location of training. Pink Ribbon Run (click) Saturday, October 5, downtown Cedar Falls Benefits the Beyond Pink Team Building Healthy Communities Conference (click) October 8 and 9 Artists’ Paws for a Cause Benefit (click) Thursday, October 10 - Benefits injured and orphaned wildlife. Trick or Trot Run Saturday, October 12 at Lour Henry School Parking Lot 8:30 a.m./5K and Fun Run, entry blanks at Allen Foundation office Fundraiser for Waterloo Schools Foundation 2013 Iowa Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit Data in Action: (click) Crafting a Response to Iowa’s ACE Score Monday, October 14 25th Anniversary Reception Celebration Beyond Pink, Thursday, October 17, $25 per person or breast cancer survivors FREE Register by calling 232-8691 Ethics in Organizations Symposium (click) Friday, October 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Center for Energy & Environmental Education, UNI Topic: Character Counts in the Cedar Valley Pathways 5K Run, Walk, Wheelchair or Virtual Run Saturday, October 26 at 9:00 a.m. from Pathways, 3362 University Avenue Don’t forget the FREE classes to learn new skills or brush up on software programs!!! FREE Computer classes starting for October, November & December. Click here for schedule. 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