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Jan. 14, 2011 | Vol. 22 No. 2

   
   

UPMC United Way Campaign a Success

Thank You  

A message from Rob DeMichiei, UPMC Chief Financial Officer. Click here if you are having trouble viewing this video.

 

As the 2010 United Way Campaign wraps up, it is clear that UPMC has achieved its most successful campaign ever. Nearly 25 percent of UPMC staff contributed to the 2010 campaign, which raised close to $1.3 million. The last time UPMC approached that level of participation was in 1993, when we reached 17 percent. In 2009, employee participation was 9.64 percent, with just over $1 million contributed.

Your contributions will make an impact. Among the benefits they will provide are:

  • dinners for seniors through Meals on Wheels
  • dental and vision care for uninsured teens and young adults
  • professional counseling for victims of intimate partner violence

These are just some of the ways our neighbors in need will be helped by your generosity. You really showed that we still care when they leave our care. Thank you for giving to United Way. 

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Tax Decrease Presents Opportunity to Save More for Retirement
As part of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, the employee portion of the Social Security tax has decreased from 6.2 to 4.2 percent for 2011. This is a great opportunity for you to increase your Savings Plan contributions, and you may still see an increase in your take-home pay because your contributions can be made on a pretax basis. 

If you are currently not contributing, now is a perfect time to start. This year, make a resolution to pay yourself first. If you are already participating, use this as an opportunity to increase your contributions.

Many things may be tugging at your pay at this time of the year, such as holiday bills or increases in utilities to combat the cold winter, but it is also important to think about your retirement and how much you will need to save. Use the tax decrease to help you meet your retirement goals. Your Savings Plan contributions and UPMC’s matching contributions help you prepare for a secure financial future.

Start Saving
To increase your contributions, simply log in to My HUB, click on the Human Resources tab, then select My Retirement under My Benefits to enter Your Benefits ResourcesTM. You will then be able to select Change Contributions under Savings and Retirement to use the tax relief money for your retirement savings. Your Benefit Resources also has tools that can help you determine how much you may need to save for retirement. Contributing the extra 2 percent of pay to the Savings Plan is a great way to start 2011. 

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Advance Care Planning Encourages Discussion
This is the first in a series of articles describing advance care planning. This series will address topics such as advance directives and powers of attorney, informed decision making, conversation starters, tips and examples, and palliative and hospice care.

Part of living each day to the fullest involves planning — planning each day as well as planning for milestone events. Something people don’t often plan for, however, is how they want to be treated and who they would want to make decisions for them when, or if, they became unable to make decisions for themselves. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, but people, even people from the same family, can have very different ideas about their personal, emotional, spiritual, and medical wishes.

This planning process is called advance care planning, and UPMC is launching a campaign focused on this topic for staff, patients, and community. The most important part of this planning is not what people's choices are, but their opportunity to have a conversation with their loved ones to make their choices known, whatever they may be. Advance care planning is a way to provide peace of mind to ourselves and our loved ones.

On April 16, to coincide with National Healthcare Decisions Day, UPMC will host a seminar about advance care planning. The Day of Conversation will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 16, at the Herberman Conference Center at UPMC Cancer Pavilion, UPMC Shadyside.

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Upcoming Events
For an online listing of upcoming events, visit http://extra.upmc.com/Events.htm.

Jan. 23
Between midnight and 6 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, the UPMC Data Center will undergo a scheduled outage that will affect network access to systems based out of the Forbes Tower Data Center. Learn more about the outage.

Feb. 13 through March 26
The National Library of Medicine's Exhibition Program — developed to promote public education about science, medicine, and history through interactive and traveling exhibitions, multimedia displays, websites, symposia, films, lectures, and publications — is coming to Falk Library. Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine will bring to light the similarities between Renaissance traditions — such as alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy that played an important role in the development of Western science — and the magic, science, and medicine created by J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter novels. Test your Harry Potter knowledge and experience the roots of modern day medicine.

Feb. 18 and 19
Scientists at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine have partnered with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Company to develop a ballet about regenerative medicine, titled 108 Minutes. Melding the beauty of art and science, the full-length contemporary ballet focuses on success stories that regenerative medical techniques have had in limb, organ, and tissue replacement for our wounded soldiers, and salutes their heroism and strength. In addition to the ballet's raising awareness about regenerative medicine, a portion of the proceeds will be used for continuing scientific research.

After its premier performances at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh on Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19, 108 Minutes will tour the country and feature scientists from each host city. Tickets for the Pittsburgh performance can be purchased at the Theater Square box office or by calling 412-456-6666. 108 Minutes is presented by PNC and sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative.

April 27, 28, and 29
The 2011 UPMC Nurses Week Conference will be held at the Herberman Conference Center at UPMC Cancer Pavilion, UPMC Shadyside. This annual three-day conference celebrates the nursing profession with speakers, poster presentations, and vendors.

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Research Study Recruiting Participants
Have you been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and do you have trouble sleeping at night? Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are looking at whether sleepiness affects the amount of physical activity in people with type 2 diabetes. You may be eligible if you are 30 years of age or older; are willing to spend two or three nights at the sleep center in Oakland; have been diagnosed with sleep apnea at the start of the study and have never been on previous treatment (continuous positive airway pressure, also known as CPAP); are willing to be randomized to either a standard device for sleep apnea or a similar mock device that has no benefits; and are on oral medication and/or diet treatment for diabetes (not insulin). Participants will wear an activity monitor and a continuous glucose monitor. Participants randomized to the mock device will be offered to repeat the study with the sleep apnea treatment device. Eligible participants can receive up to $320 (or up to $485 if repeating the study) as reimbursement for participation. For more information, call the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing at 412-624-3597 or e-mail mli9@pitt.edu.

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Jan. 14, 2011