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2007 Archives

Below are the editions of Extra! that were published during 2007.

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Dec. 14, 2007

UPMC makes $100 million commitment to Pittsburgh Promise
UPMC St. Margaret staff keeping smiles alive
Yes We Can!
Perk up your holiday shopping
WISER hosts first Symposium on Nursing Simulation
Local Services Tax to replace EMS tax in 2008
Volunteers needed for United Way

Mileage reimbursement rate increases in 2008
Mark your calendar: Benefit deadlines approaching
Financial Training Solutions offers online training
Getting here just got easier
Health Plan ID cards arriving soon
Before you celebrate
Take a holiday tour of UPMC
Tea time quenches more than thirst

Nov. 30, 2007

Liberalized diet, new menus boost patient satisfaction
UPMC to roll out advanced IV pump system
Religious diversity among patients
Paid holiday schedule for 2008

Look for Benefit Confirmations in home mailboxes
Don’t forget your dependents…
Know your 2008 Savings Plan limits
Last chance to use remaining FSAs and PTO Buy

Nov. 16, 2007

Last call for Open Enrollment
Important Open Enrollment Dates and Deadlines
Streamlining print technology
Did you know…
Vesting schedule changes for UPMC cash balance plan
Reminder: My HUB offers instant access to voluntary benefits, retirement information
UPMC needs your correct mailing address

Condition H: Patient safety initiative helping as hoped
Protecting confidential information
Staying-At-Home Program provides peace of mind
The minute that can change your life
Honoring UPMC’s ACES
Children’s Hospital, Magee earn EPA award for environmental health excellence
Magee announces umbilical cord blood stem cell collection program

Nov. 2, 2007

Thomas E. Starzl Way
Sign up for benefits now
Making UPMC a safer place
UPMC, UPMC Health Plan win national award for leadership in employee health and productivity
Fewer clicks, more information
Important Open Enrollment dates
Check your vision options for 2008
Debit card makes using health care FSA easy
Plan ahead: Buy PTO during Open Enrollment
Take advantage of offer from ARAG Legal Insurance
Tips for Open Enrollment

Rx Solution: Get the pharmacist out of the pharmacy
Creating one-on-one time with a pharmacist
eVoucher now available online
UPMC partners with Océ/MedSpeed to deliver critical materials
Religious diversity among patients
FTC clears Mercy merger
Get a jump-start on fitness with YMCA offer
There’s still time to make an impact
Fall Back: Daylight saving time ends Sunday
Saluting those who serve

Oct. 19, 2007

Instilling lessons beyond the gridiron
Making an ImPACT in concussion treatment
2008 Open Enrollment
Are you a veteran or reservist?
Spend and save with a health care FSA
Voluntary benefits: Another improvement, not another password
Important Open Enrollment dates
The clock is ticking

Look for new life insurance rates
Upcoming benefit fairs
United Way Campaign 2007
Helping children heal
Stay healthy: Get a flu shot
Looking for something fun?
Clearing the air with B20 biodiesel
UPMC seeing more diversity in patients’ religious needs

Oct. 5, 2007

The faces tell the story
Champions for the cause
Make a donation, make an impact
Are you ready for Open Enrollment?
Better dental benefit — at no additional cost
26 days remain
Upcoming benefit fairs
Important Open Enrollment dates

The UPMC for Life Medicare advantage
Keep it confidential
Major revisions made to DRG payment model
UPMC celebrates Bring Your Culture to Work Week
UPMC earns national recognition
UPMC Passavant breaks ground
Winners of first-aid kits chosen

Sept. 21, 2007

A continuing commitment: The best care at affordable rates
United Way Campaign 2007
‘You could change someone’s life’
UPMC Open Enrollment 2008 - What’s new for 2008?
Open Enrollment: Understanding key terms
When is Open Enrollment?
Changes in part-time benefits for 2008
New career opportunities are just a click away
ACES: Setting a standard for excellence

UPMC Health Plan ‘focuses’ on early breast cancer detection
Tamper-resistant prescription pads available to meet CMS mandate
To the Point: Role models for excellence
Saluting those who serve
National Preparedness Month contest
UPMC Summer Vacation Gallery
UPMC staff have options to report illegal, unethical behavior
eVoucher deployment update
UPMC on air

Sept. 7, 2007

A tool that leads to early detection
ISMETT celebrates 10th anniversary
We invest in quality
Heading in the right direction
Learn about continuation of benefits
Medical coverage for students away at school
What is my dental benefit and why should I use it?
Keeping safe in times of crisis

Children’s ranked among best in the nation
Order business cards online
Student verification due Sept. 14
Patient education materials available on Web, from Print Shop
‘Smoke-free campus’ flier available
Volunteer at Magee’s Birthday Party
UPMC to use online system to order office and medical chart paper products

Aug. 24, 2007

Do you have a United Way story?
Assistance to become smoke-free
Celebrating her independence from tobacco
Look at ’em go

MyHealth: Addressing the rising costs of health care
eVoucher debuts next month
Honoring nursing excellence

Aug. 10, 2007

Patient television adds new UPMC information channel
To the Point: Be a leader
Recognized for excellence
UPMC sponsors 2007 Diabetes Expo Rehabilitation
MyHealth: Your privacy is important to us
Learn about the tuition assistance program on Infonet
UPMC Summer Vacation Gallery
‘The First 5 Minutes’

Moving the mail
Searching for UPMC classes?
Student verifications mailed
Introducing eVoucher
Walk for the Whisper
Do you order UPMC forms and stationery products?
School Tools

July 27, 2007

Fitness is a hit
New features available on Your Benefits Resources

Common sense rules: tools to protect patient information
I do…need to check my beneficiary
Six-foot rule for cell phones

July 13, 2007

Better-informed patients lead to better care
UPMC in the skyline
Recognized for excellence
What can MyHealth Record do for you?

Enter to attend Steelers camp
Send them back to school with the right tools
Get ready to change your password

June 29, 2007

Take charge of your health
Awards and honors
Anti-fraud initiative achieves success
Last chance for ACES nominations
Changes announced for tuition assistance program

Get connected
UPMC Day at Heinz History Center
Who are you talking to and what are you saying?
Controlling access to information
Monkey business
Tickets for the Magee Birthday Party on sale July 1
See yourself in Extra!

June 15, 2007

Smoke-free UPMC begins on July 1
Comments on a smoke-free UPMC
Discount Kenywood tickets

To the point: Performance matters at UPMC
Don't worry, travel happy
Celebrating years of service

June 1, 2007

First beating-heart transplant performed at UPMC
To the point: Our success is good for business
Yes, UPMC will be smoke-free
Pennsylvania Attorney General approves agreement for Mercy merger
Countdown to a smoke-free UPMC
UPMC opens second cancer center in Ireland
Reminder: Submit end-of-year invoices by June 15
ACES nominations due June 30

UPMC Braddock’s Steps to a Healthy Community honored
Hundreds will benefit from Scouting for Food campaign
UPMC Day at Heinz History Center
"Heartland" draws from UPMC expertise
A reason to move
‘How I spent my summer vacation’
Save the Date: Magee Birthday Party

May 18, 2007

UPMC to go smoke-free on July 1
‘Fight back ferociously’
Watch your mailbox
IT targets hospital-acquired infections
Residential and facility-based long-term living: options for seniors

UPMC goes ‘brown’
Prepare for fiscal year-end Invoices due by June 15
UPMC Savings Plan update
Has your student graduated?

May 4, 2007

Annual ‘Top Doctors’ list has strong UPMC showing
Easing the transition to smoke-free
Just don’t do it
A shoulder to lean on
Are you at risk for stroke?
Leading the green way

UPMC job applications go paperless
Streamlining print technology
Nominations now open for 2007 ACES
Report community initiatives by June 1
Improvements planned for eProcurement

April 20, 2007

Balancing life, work, and wellness
U.S. Steel Tower will be come UPMC's new corporate headquarters
UPMC Horizon welcomes new president
Preparing for a smoke-free campus
Walk to support the March of Dimes
Has eRecord made a difference in your practice?
Last chance to submit 2006 FSA Claims

'Good Samaritans in Pittsburgh'
Volunteers 'HELP' prevent delirium
MyApps helps physicians, staff work from any UPMC computer location
Health screenings available once again
UPMC Mail Services expands infonet site
UPMC Whitfield Cancer Center signs agreement with Irish government

April 6, 2007

Do your part
Compliance and security resources
UPMC honored for supporting military reservists
April is National Donate Life Month

Submit 2006 FSA claims
Your donations help feed local hungry
Join UPMC at the March of Dimes WalkAmerica

March 23, 2007

Engineering the future of cardiac surgery
Interactive clinical trials website launches
Opera contest winner announced
A daily checkup without leaving the comfort of home
Put a spring in your step with upcoming walks
-Genesis Riverside Run
-Walk and Ride Against Hunger

Discover the gift of health with the YMCA
Donate online to Scouting for Food
Measuring patient satisfaction
Health Plan holds weight loss challenge
New supplier to streamline process to obtain forms, stationery products
Smokeless doesn’t mean safe

March 9, 2007

UPMC Presents: Initiatives to advance the arts
Better service for less cost
A strike against stroke
UPMC Savings Plan updates:
-Artisan to replace Sound Shore Fund
-More online tools for retirement planning
-Are your beneficiaries up to date?
Daylight-saving time begins March 11

New features for My HUB
Health Plan sponsors Genesis events
‘I’m here to help’
Feeding the region’s families
Concentra centers top in rankings
Healthy Living Lecture Series kicks off this month
An international model for clinical excellence
A helping hand

Feb. 23, 2007

'I need some clarity'
A healing place
Outstanding care that's a step ahead

Protect your calendar
Return-to-work program can help
The magic of Mozart

Feb. 9, 2007

UPMC kicks off media campaign
Think before you send
Tools in time of need
A gubernatorial visit

Physician Services earns Work Diversity Award
The Warhol: Deadly Medicine -- Creating the Master Race
Pennsylvania enacts new advance directives law
Black History Month

Jan. 26, 2007

Avian flu preparedness takes center stage
Sharing the gift of life
Grant to grow green
Go Red again on Feb. 2

Black History Month: Amandla!! A Celebration of African Arts
IRS eases restrictions on FSA card use
Help to quit

Jan. 12, 2007

Ready to become smoke-free in 2007?
UPMC provides smoking cessation resources
An outpouring of generosity
'This is the year I get in shape'
Fitness Perks
YMCA offers on-site classes
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
An expanded role for UPMC's referral service
UPMC policies focus on false claims

Children's Ball offers fun for all ages Girls & Women in Sports Festival 2007
New life for old paper
Benefits briefs
-Check your pay advice
-Year-end retirement statements to be mailed
-FSA cards mailed
Supply Chain Management to move downtown

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