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2008 Archives

Below are the editions of Extra! that were published during 2008.


Stories in this issue:


Dec. 12, 2008

UPMC Center for Telehealth removes obstacles between
patients, providers
Upcoming benefit deadlines
UPMC Health Plan ID cards mailed soon
UPMC Teachback: Patients teach the providers
New Children's Hospital goes digital
eRecord at UPMC improves quality

Jehovah’s Witnesses follow Bible strictly
UPMC Savings Plan adds new investment option
Winter YMCA worksite fitness classes announced
Mileage reimbursement rate decreases in 2009
2007 summary annual reports for benefits available
Nurses embrace healthy eating

Nov. 28, 2008

Frontline staff transform care at UPMC
Potential Port Authority work stoppage Dec. 1
Stay healthy for the holidays
UPMC and GE partner to develop international cancer centers
New employee orientation revamped
New UPMC Savings Plan limits for 2009
Dependent documentation required by Dec. 12

Deadlines for FSAs and PTO Buy hours
More UPMC departments move downtown
Benefit confirmation statements to be mailed soon
UPMC’s United Way campaign ends Nov. 30
UPMC’s plans for Monroeville move forward
Keeping track of patients' belongings

Nov. 14, 2008

New wristband colors improve patient safety
Extra! unveils new look
Open Enrollment ends Nov. 15
Save money on health care with the UPMC Advantage Network
MyHealth race ends tomorrow
Training planned for PeopleSoft Financial, Supply Chain Management upgrades
Saluting those who serve
UPMC Health Plan formulary changes for 2009
Flu shot reimbursement
UPMC leadership development initiative offers managers choices

New Children’s Hospital offers privacy, comfort
Mail code search now available
CarePages Web service connects hospital patients, family
Emmi programs educate patients
UPMC’s United Way campaign extended
Schedule your annual physical today
Check your mailing address
Alzheimer Disease Research Center accepting grant proposals
Verizon offers UPMC employees discounts
Voluntary benefits enrollment ends Nov. 30

Oct. 31, 2008

MyHealth race to deductible credit ends soon
Disabilities Resource Center enables care
United Way donations fund young cardiac patients' camp
UPMC partners with Global Links
Used cell phones help domestic violence victims
The Hindu religion and patient care
New Children's Hospital is highly accesible
Update your beneficiary information
Stay abreast of upcoming events

UPMC Mercy expands burn and trauma care access
UPMC eSample Center opens Nov. 14
Select vision benefits during open enrollment
Open enrollment continues through Nov. 15
FSAs can save you money
Open Enrollment lets you choose your benefits
Purchase more PTO during Open Enrollment
Managing prescription drug costs
Report your pager, mobile phone information

Oct. 17, 2008

Turning tragedy into triumph
Out with the old, in with the new
Top five reasons to carpool
A healing oasis for patients and families
Imagine inclusion
Fall into exercise with YPMC on-site classes
Supporting our troops
Sharing the road

PeopleSoft Financial and Supply Chain Management
system to be upgraded
New materials to assist patients
Working smarter at UPMC: Preparing U.S. mail
FSA enrollment begins Oct. 29
Wall Street and your retirement plan
Upcoming benefit fairs through Nov. 7
Complete your MyHealth requirements for 2009
Voluntary benefit options for staff
Watch your mail for benefits information

Oct. 3, 2008

The new Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Give back, live united
'Need to Know' reminder
FSA information coming your way
Taxes on tuition advancement will be withheld in October
Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Today at UPMC

PFCC efforts score dramatic results
Important 2009 Open Enrollment dates
Upcoming benefit fairs
Cameos of Caring
To the point: Engaging patients with disabilities
Who is winning the MyHealth race?

Sept. 19, 2008

Benefit changes for 2009
Gearing up for United Way
Who is winning the MyHealth race?
Benefit of the Month: Flexible Spending Accounts
FSAs commuter parking to be administered by Health Plan in 2009
Open Enrollment: Understanding key terms
What would you do with an extra $2,000?
Is your mailing address correct?

Preparing for 'present on admission'
Change a life in 10 weeks
Understanding Medicare and Medicare plan options
UPMC honors ACES
2008 Pittsburgh Start! Heart Walk makes strides on Oct. 11
Protect yourself, your family, and your patients
Are you prepared for a disaster?

Sept. 5, 2008

UPMC HealthTrak offers online options
Bracing for a commuter crunch
32% of UPMC employees completed all deductible requirements
The Pittsburgh Promise: Making dreams come true
Get in step with MyHealth

Deadline to submit full-time student verifications is Sept. 12
UPMC costs lower than national averages
MyHealth is working for you
New e-mail policies in the works
Learn more about UPMC Mail Services

Aug. 22, 2008

Healthy advice on workplace injury
Why not complete your MyHealth Questionnaire?
Pedal power
New online forms make contacting Supply Chain easier
Do you have a United Way story?
Benefit of the Month: Return-to-Work Assistance Program

Innovators Conference call for abstracts
Working smarter at UPMC: Recycling printer supplies
Magee Birthday Party tickets on sale
ISD Help Desk to begin notification, 30-Second Feedback
The Pittsburgh Promise: Making dreams come true
Get in step with MyHealth

Aug. 8, 2008

Developing tomorrow's leaders today at UPMC
Managing fall risk in your home
Try out a YMCA near you between Aug. 15 and 17
Time flies ... Take your two Healthy Steps soon
Reminder: UPMC catering guidelines
Mormons have several books of scripture
Full-time student verifications have been mailed

Ready ... set ... exercise!
The Pittsburgh Promise: Making dreams come true
Expedient discontinues broadband and dial-up service
Are you ready to quit smoking?
Coming soon: UPMC Day at Heinz History Center

July 25, 2008

Get organized!
Compensation manual available on Infonet
Winners selected for VIP Day

UPMC Store is open for business
Use UPS CampusShip to send packages
UPMC Days at YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Promise: Making dreams come true

July 11, 2008

UPMC named to U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of 'America's Best Hospitals' for the ninth time
Smoke-free one year later
Crisis Network kicks off
Weight Race challenge puts employees on track to better health
UPMC employees enjoy taking healthy steps
Benefit of the Month: UPMC Savings Plan

UPMC awards grants to support electronic health record projects
The Pittsburgh Promise: Making dreams come true
Looking for alternatives to higher gas prices?
New UPMC Presbyterian guide map available
Online education comes bedside
Working smarter at UPMC

June 27, 2008

Stay on track to wellness through MyHealth
Cook named president of UPMC Mercy
The Pittsburgh Promise: Making dreams come true
Introducing mail codes
ACES nominations due June 30
Amish and Mennonites are peace seekers

'Ask Once,' look once
One password is all it takes
Eyes on the sky
Time to update your beneficiary information
Let the games begin

June 13, 2008

Children’s named one of nation’s top 10 pediatric hospitals
Creating a physical rehabilitation center of excellence at UPMC Mercy
GE, UPMC launch company to develop and commercialize ‘Virtual Microscope’
Benefit of the Month: Domestic partner benefits
New UPMC Presbyterian guide maps available from WorkflowOne

UPMC celebrates Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
Greening our buildings
A community hospital with a community feel
Tuition advancement tax will be withheld June 27
Maximizing the benefits of ePrescribing
Time’s running out to earn PTO by donating blood this fiscal year

May 30, 2008

Great employees know great candidates
Celebrate summer with discounted Kennywood tickets
Local partnership helps students jump-start careers
Ready for summer vacation? Take Assist America with you.
Is this your year to quit smoking?

Use MyHealth Online to sign up for YMCA Classes
Reminder: Take a Healthy Step to earn 2009 MyHealth deductible credit
Shadowing program helps change patient experience for the better
Magee employees offer troops a taste of home

May 16, 2008

Tell us what you think
Update your student’s change in status
Collaboration and technology drive lower door-to-balloon times
UPMC celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
New partnerships take UPMC initiatives to the world

Deadline for community initiative reporting approaches
Stroke telemedicine: When seconds count . . .
Promoting an ethical culture at UPMC
Daily practices required for Muslims

May 2, 2008

Ciao, cheers … and bon voyage
Medicine for the military
Vocational Center workers get the message out
Put your knowledge to the test
Your opinion counts
UPMC hospitals named Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers
Nominations open for 2008 ACES

Steps program overcomes barriers
Join the March for Babies
Green Corner
To The Point: Every patient, every time
Benefit Spotlight: Adoption Assistance Program
Steps to successful savings

April 18, 2008

UPMC doctors dominate annual “Top Doctors” list
Expanding the smoke-free commitment
Part of the transplant family
Open House to highlight Ambulatory Surgery changes
Spiritual needs vary among Jewish people
UPMC celebrates Earth Day

March for Babies
Manage your weight with MyHealth OnLine
Updated ethics, compliance policies on Infonet
Health Plan sponsors Women’s Center & Shelter Spring Clothes Out
Steps to Successful Savings

April 4, 2008

Ask Once, Sign Once
Recycling pilot projects take flight
By eliminating smoking, a UPMC staff member gains self-confidence
Code of Conduct outlines expectations for UPMC staff
Basic training: Health Rangers program fosters careers
Health Rangers: New frontiers of community health
Tackling disparities in health care

Benefit Spotlight: EAP
Don’t forget to submit your FSA claims
Let the Games Begin!
Help feed the hungry through Scouting for Food
Coming soon: UPMC Perks flier
Opportunities in bloom: Grow your career at UPMC


March 21, 2008

After the smoke clears ... a healthier workforce
Bible is key for Protestants
Wi-Fi hotspots help patients, visitors, and staff
‘Ticket to Ride’ promotes patient safety
Taking patient safety ‘by the horns’

Wellness services now available to all UPMC employees
Commuter parking benefit could help you save cash
Moving on up: UPMC Corporate Services begins move downtown
UPMC to open new facility in Monroeville
Scouting for Food kicks off April 1

March 7, 2008

Pulling it all together
Interoperability earns high marks
Flu cases surge
UPMC e-mail Do’s and Don’ts
Benefit Spotlight: Credit Union
Don’t Weight! Register for the MyHealth Weight Race

Managing your wireless device account
Be prepared: Fill out your Disaster Preparedness Profile on My HUB
UPMC expands in Ireland
UPMC Celebrates Women’s History Month
Save the Date: 2008 Nurses Week Conference
Xerox partnership allows for easy troubleshooting and changes

Feb. 22, 2008

Moving toward wellness
Removing outside influences from medical decision making
Time is running out to use your 2007 FSA balances
UPMC Team T-shirts available

UPMC to deploy software to monitor staff access to medical records
United Way Campaign tops $1 million
MyHealth milestone

Feb. 8, 2008

The hospital room of the future
Keeping families informed
Tamper-resistant prescription paper introduced for eRecord applications
Protecting patient data
Taking the right path to avoid conflicts of interest
UPMC appoints chief diversity officer

What does it mean to be a Catholic hospital?
Celebrate Black History Month
UPMC Mercy added to Health Plan network
Benefit Spotlight: Tuition Assistance
Tuition advancement tax will be withheld Feb. 22

Jan. 25, 2008

Ask Once
Quick tips for Ask Once
UPMC Store is open for business
UPMC on the global frontier
New division positions UPMC for growth
Position established in international patient care
Collaboration in Qatar leads to new trauma service

Check your mailbox for important benefit information
Priest is central for Orthodox Christians
Stay informed about UPMC’s print services initiative with Xerox
UPMC Goes Red for Women
Black History Month
New options for pre-op test sites

Jan. 11, 2008

Greening initiatives take root
Switch to biodiesel helps clear the air
Going the Extra! mile for the environment
New Children’s Hospital green by design
Making “green” a smart purchase
Building, renovation projects seek LEED certification
Making a difference one department at a time
Recycling surplus can save lives
Smoke-free policy allows patients, visitors, and staff to breathe more easily
Community Advisory Committee aims to improve community health
A green solution for retired printers
New life for old paper
Green awards
Did You Know?

Magee offers prescription for a healthy child environment
Small changes in the cafeteria cause big green results
Tips to take home
Reduce energy consumption: Follow red-bag guidelines
Benefits Update
Benefit Spotlight
Savings Plan default investment elections changed Jan. 1
The annual rite of rebalancing
Give your family peace of mind
Coming soon to My HUB: Corporate Financial Reporting
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
UPMC volunteers share the holidays with local children
Oakland drivers be aware: Boulevard of the Allies construction causes major road closure