a life, receive PTO
Donating blood has always been a great way to help others in need. Beginning Friday, July 1, it’s also an excellent opportunity to earn additional paid time off.
Under the UPMC blood donation program through Central Blood Bank (CBB), staff members who register to donate blood on three occasions between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006, will receive one PTO day. Staff who donate six times between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006, will receive two days of PTO.
The PTO day(s) will be added to your PTO bank after the close of the fiscal year. You must be actively employed by UPMC on June 30, 2006, to earn any PTO under this program.
"Giving blood is a selfless act that saves lives. UPMC has long encouraged physicians and staff members to donate blood,” says Greg Peaslee, senior vice president, Human Resources. “We hope that this incentive of accruing additional PTO will spur more individuals to donate blood on a regular basis.”
UPMC has partnered with Central Blood Bank to offer the PTO incentive. CBB will track staff donations and provide that information to UPMC. CBB conducts blood drives at most UPMC hospitals and other health system facilities. Some UPMC hospitals work with other agencies, such as the American Red Cross, to hold drives.
"In the near future, UPMC will be working with these agencies so that our PTO incentive program is truly a systemwide initiative for all staff,” says Mr. Peaslee.
Building on success
Blood drive information is published regularly in Inside Extra! For more information about blood donation, call CBB toll-free at 1-866-DONORS1 (1-866-366-6771).
When you register to donate, you will be required to sign a form authorizing CBB to release all information related to your donations to UPMC.
You may be deferred for donation if you received a tattoo, experienced an accidental needlestick injury, or traveled outside of the United States or Canada in the past 12 months. Deferrals will be reviewed and monitored by CBB. If you have been informed by CBB that you are ineligible to donate blood for at least one year, you should not present to donate. You will not be eligible for the PTO program until your deferral has expired.