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2009 Archives

Below are the editions of Extra and Extra Express that were published during 2009.


Stories in this issue:


Dec. 29, 2009
Extra Express

Weight Race Challenge: Register your team
Today is the last day to purchase More Energy Day Passes
Taking healthy steps has its rewards

Act soon — United Way campaign draws to an end
Check your FSA balances
Campus news

Dec. 18, 2009
Extra Express

Get ready for the Weight Race Challenge
Changes to be unveiled for UPMC's eMarketplace purchasing catalog
Updated phone number for UPMC’s travel agency
Act soon — United Way campaign nearing end

Inspiration strikes everywhere
$900,000 endowment given to UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing
UPMC provides moving and storage services
Adjusted publication schedule for holidays
Campus news

Dec. 12, 2009
Extra Express

FluMist: Safe and effective
Changes made to the UPMC Travel and Business Expenses Policy
Resolve to increase your energy in the new year
United Way Campaign extended

Give life. Give blood.
Beyond the Bounds: UPMC history
New ordering process for patient waiting room magazines introduced
Campus news

Dec. 4, 2009

UPMC Nursing: Exceeding expectations
Holiday schedule for 2010
Religious and cultural holidays in December
Center for Connected Medicine opens doors
Advanced technology defines new ORs at UPMC Passavant
Latest buzz about coffee service
LifeSolutions Corner

Your copy of UPMC history
Young artists illustrate thoughts on smoking
Health Plan expands More Energy Day Pass program
UPMC Urgent Care to open in Shadyside
Last Issue: 2010 My Benefits

Nov. 20, 2009
Extra Express

Holiday schedule for 2010
More Energy exercise program expands
GME accredited for five-year cycle by ACGME
2009 United Way Campaign: A happy ending — thanks to United Way
Three UPMC hospitals ranked among elite for electronic medical records

Weight Race: 2010 is coming … What have YOU got to lose?
Get involved with the Center for Inclusion’s educational and workforce initiatives
Recent updates to UPMC policies

Nov. 13, 2009
My Benefits 2010

Last chance to earn your MyHealth deductible credit
UPMC Savings Plan limits remain the same for 2010
Time is running out to use your FSAs and PTO Buy hours

Investment options merge
Online benefit confirmation statements available in early December
Dec. 4, final issue of My Benefits 2010

Nov. 13, 2009
Extra Express

The Dignity and Respect winner is …
UPMC announces quarterly financial results
2009 United Way Campaign: Your donations make a difference
We need your opinions on exercise programs

Campus deliveries made easier with UPMC’s mail and courier service
UPMC history is now in print
Sustainable Sanitation Workshop Series planned

Nov. 6, 2009

New eVisits technology increases patient access to physicians
Workshop to focus on care 'through the eyes of the patient'
Choose your 2010 benefits today
New careers website opens pathways
American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
New internal telephone conferencing: UPMC Meet-Me
LifeSolutions Corner

Disability Mentoring Day at UPMC
Recognizing those who serve
Helping those who serve our country
UPMC Passavant pavilion to enhance emergency care
'Beyond the Bounds': UPMC history book now available
Living-At-Home program means peace of mind for older adults
UPMC Today brings health news to your doorstep

Nov. 6, 2009
My Benefits 2010

Make your benefit decisions for 2010 now
Only one week left

Which medical plan option works for you?
Submit your Open Enrollment and take advantage of a new feature

Oct. 30, 2009
Extra Express

Flu update: H1N1 vaccine
A privacy reminder
2009 United Way Campaign: Your donations help in hard times

Turn your clocks back this weekend
Next midlevel provider class set for Nov. 12
UPMC goes green: Paper recycling 101

Oct. 30, 2009
My Benefits 2010

Open Enrollment 2010 begins Nov. 2
Tools to help complete your Open Enrollment
Planning for 2010 — your chance to buy PTO

Quarterly retirement information now available
Update your address
Taking a Healthy Step for a cause

Oct. 23, 2009
Extra Express

UPMC Meet-Me: Alternative for phone conferences
2009 United Way Campaign: Just one latte a week
Caring for the caregiver

Tuition advancement tax withheld this month
UPMC buys green: Look for eco-labels

Oct. 23, 2009
My Benefits 2010

2010 Open Enrollment postcards have been mailed
Get on line to a healthier life
Voluntary benefit options are available
Vision options available

2010 employee premiums for medical coverage
Mark your calendar for upcoming benefit fairs
Which medical plan works for you?

Oct. 16, 2009
Extra Express

H1N1 influenza and you
2009 United Way Campaign: We’re all in this together
PFCC workshop planned for Nov. 13

19 young artists win first Health Plan art contest
UPMC buys green: Recyclable and reusable packaging
Chatham offers new certificate program in health care quality management

Oct. 16, 2009
My Benefits 2010

Which option works for you?
Tools to help choose the right life insurance, FSA, and medical plan options

2010 Open Enrollment postcard is in the mail
Mark your calendar for upcoming benefit fairs
Whats standing between you and $500?

Oct. 9, 2009
Extra Express

2009 United Way Campaign: 25 cents a day
Tuition benefits available for you and your family
Nursing school earns national recognition
Be prepared when booking air travel

Children’s art contest illustrates health and wellness
Tuition advancement tax withheld this month
UPMC buys green: Recyclable and reusable packaging

Oct. 9, 2009
My Benefits 2010

2010 employee premiums for medical and dental coverage
Choose from more Take a Healthy Step options
Which option works for you?

Mark your calendar for upcoming benefit fairs
Flexible spending accounts: Helping you save money

Oct. 2, 2009

Preparing for the flu
Are you ready for Open Enrollment?
Dignity and respect begin with you
UPMC honors ACES
United Way annual campaign begins
North Hills breast imaging services consolidated Help Children's Hospital win a new game room
Join the Kidney Foundation Walk
Journey to Management guides new managers

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Pretax parking and transportation deductions
UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing launches new website
UPP practice earns prestigious NCQA recognition Expanding access to cancer care at UPMC Passavant
Cameos of Caring honors excellence in nursing

Oct. 2, 2009
My Benefits 2010

When do deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments apply?
Make sure you designate your beneficiaries
Understanding your medical plan options

Time to verify and update your mailing address
Mark your calendar for upcoming benefit fairs
Why should I complete the MyHealth Questionnaire?

Sept. 25, 2009
Extra Express

G-20 puts Pittsburgh, UPMC in the news
Seasonal flu shots now available for staff
Understanding Medicare and your coverage options
Nurses: Apply now for the Beckwith Institute Innovation Award

Support Children's Hospital in national contest
Saluting those who serve
BLS and ACLS from your computer
Magee sponsoring ovarian cancer walk on Oct. 4
UPMC buys green

Sept. 18 , 2009
My Benefits 2010

What you need to know for your 2010 UPMC benefits

Preventive dental and vision care now added as Healthy Steps

Sept. 11 , 2009
Extra Express

Earn your 2010 deductible credit today
Seasonal flu shots now available for staff
Plan ahead for remote access during G-20
Be on the lookout for My Benefits 2010
Register for the quality symposium by Sept. 21

Help clean up Pittsburgh for the G-20s
Alert for National City account holders
Children’s art contest runs through Sept. 18
UPMC buys green

Sept. 4 , 2009

A code to work by
Classes begin for midlevel providers
UPMC honors ACES
National City switches to First Niagara
G-20 updates
Be sure to correctly scan medical records
Get ready for the flu
Benefits of the UPMC Health Plan

More opportunities to receive Healthy Step points
Earn Healthy Step points while helping the community
YMCA and UPMC begin More Energy program
Understanding Medicare
Full-time student verification due
Focus on quality in Fiscal Year 2010
Pittsburgh Start! Heart Walk takes place in October
Hispanic Heritage Month

Aug. 28, 2009
Extra Express

Planning ahead for the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit
Registration begins next week for fall exercise programs
Try the YMCA with the new More Energy program
Note cards now available from UPMC Print Shop

Children’s art contest promotes health and wellness
PTO awarded to UPMC blood donors
Community Benefits Report: Did you know?

Aug. 21, 2009
Extra Express

54 winners take healthy steps early and add $500 to their wallets
Update your profile in My HUB
Preparing for the Pittsburgh Summit

Stroke booklet available through Print Shop
Recognizing generations in the workplace
Community Benefits Report: Did you know?

Aug. 14, 2009
Extra Express

G-20: Pittsburgh’s (and UPMC’s) time to shine
Two-sided printing now standard for administrative printers
Thank you, UPMC blood donors

PFCC Grand Challenge awards grand prizes, seeks new entries
Coming to grips with a tragedy
Community Benefits Report: Did you know?

Aug. 7 , 2009

Cracking down on privacy crimes
Continue benefits coverage for your full-time student dependent
Retirement statements are now online
Keep your information up to date
Complete Healthy Steps for a chance to win $500
Blood donors win tickets to Steelers training camp

UPMC Health Plan members: Your teen could win a Wii
Centers for Rehab Services expands programs
Introducing UPMC Meet-Me conference service
Therapy dogs enhancing patient care
News briefs
Pharmacy robots enable more efficient patient care

July 31, 2009
Extra Express

Recognize a co-worker with inclusion e-cards
Introducing UPMC Meet-Me: Internal telephone conferencing system
Use the UPMC Print Shop – It’s a bargain

Update your directory information
Community Benefits Report: Did you know?
Environmental initiatives: Sustainable landscaping

July 24, 2009
Extra Express

CarePages connect friends and family
Return toner cartridges for Xerox printers via UPS
UPMC HealthTrak continues to grow
There's still time to donate blood, win passes to Steelers training camp

Community Benefits Report: Did you know?
Update your directory information
Environmental initiatives: recycling cooking oil
Communications templates available

July 17, 2009
Extra Express

UPMC again ranked among America's Best Hospitals
Information Security Advisory: Increase in phishing e-mails
June, July blood donors can win passes to Steelers training camp

Community Benefits Report: Did you know?
Updated edition of UPMC Style Guide available
Environmental initiatives: hormone-free milk

July 10, 2009
Extra Express

Exception requests for mail services
Compensation Manual available on Infonet
More faiths added to online Interfaith Guide
Community Benefits Report: Did you know?

Recent updates to UPMC policies
Bicycling beats the bus
PFCC workshop planned for July 17
UPCI, Cancer Centers featured in radio talk show

July 2, 2009

Finding 'accommodation' at work
Building upon our experiences of dignity and respect
Health screenings enable early detection and treatment
Protect your family's financial security
New institute leads asthma research and treatment

Win passes to Steelers training camp
Team effort enables patient to attend daughter's wedding
And the winners of the UPMC MyHealth Weight Race are ...
Magee broadens services to provide medical-surgical care for men and women
Would you know what to do in an emergency?

June 26, 2009
Extra Express

ACES nominations close June 30
New codes issued for sample Emmi programs
Take a Healthy Step and earn a chance to win $500
Last chance to donate blood, earn PTO this fiscal year

New patient education materials on Web, at Print Shop
Recycling plastic by the numbers
Tuition advancement tax withheld this month

June 19, 2009
Extra Express

Your ideas being put to work
H1N1 flu update
Save the date: Quality and patient safety symposium
Still time to register for exercise classes
Children's Hospital earns national recognition

Oakland guide maps available
Community Benefits Report: Did you know?
Recycling batteries
Men’s health: Remember your routine checkups

June 12, 2009
Extra Express

Update: H1N1 virus
Surplus equipment, furniture offered to UPMC facilities
Winners take home $500 — you could be next
Earn PTO at the Pittsburgh Pirates blood drive

Community Benefits Report: Did you know?
Tuition advancement tax withheld this month
Promoting healthy air indoors
Still time to register for exercise classes

June 5, 2009

Going above and beyond the call of duty
Are you ready for summer?
Give blood, earn PTO

UPMC acknowledges Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Putting trash where it belongs
The benefits of preventive care

Expansion of UPMC's Family House
UPMC creates Rehabilitation Center of Excellence at UPMC Mercy
Strengthening the fabric of a community
MyHealth Weight Race participants are approaching the finish line ...
Ms. Lorenz named UPMC's chief nursing officer
Assist America is ready for your summer vacation

May 29, 2009
Extra Express

Registration begins June 2 for summer exercise classes
Community benefit reports due Monday
H1N1 virus: sample collection continues
Use secure e-mail to protect confidential patient, financial data


Getting there: the new Children’s Hospital
Reduce your carbon footprint with alternative transportation
Diabetes support group and special presentation
Campus news

May 22, 2009
Extra Express

Memorial Day observed on Monday
H1N1 virus: Use common sense when traveling
Has your dependent student graduated?
Compliance and Ethics Week quiz winners announced

Discount tickets available for Kennywood Park
Practicing environmentally preferred purchasing
August Wilson Center hosts open house May 30
Campus news

May 15, 2009
Extra Express

Assist America: UPMC medical coverage away from home
Weight Race reaches 'mid-weigh' point
Submit your community benefit reports by June 1
Summer program needs mentors for Shadow Days

CPOE lowers medication turnaround time
Taking steps to reduce our environmental footprint
Recent updates to UPMC policies
Campus news

May 8, 2009
Extra Express

UPMC announces quarterly financial results
Flu precautions flier available for patients
UPMC researchers featured in HBO’s ‘The Alzheimer’s Project’
Test your ethics and compliance knowledge
Nominations open for 2009 ACES

Oakland guide maps available
Your resource for UPMC's environmental initiatives
Osteoporosis screenings from UPMC Senior Communities
Supply Chain staffers win accolades
Conference offers information for supporting returning veterans

May 1, 2009

Hospitality makes a big difference
Swine flu
New safety measures target patient falls
Going green means saving energy and reducing costs
Is that the right logo? Check the UPMC Brand Manual
Need to contact UPMC Health Plan? Use the Internet
UPMC HealthTrak offers online convenience
Canterbury's homecoming
Postal regulations change bulk mailing guidelines
UPMC doctors named to Pittsburgh magazine's 'Top Doctors' list

Test your ethics and compliance knowledge
Children's on the move
UPMC to help staff spot 'red flags' of identity theft
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Stroke signs, symptoms, and treatment
UPMC and Army Reserve join in employer partnership
Special enrollment rights under CHIP
Submit your community benefit reports
Has your dependent student graduated?
Pittsburgh Marathon street closures

April 24, 2009
Extra Express

Take a Healthy Step and earn a chance to win $500
Promoting an ethical culture at UPMC
New Children’s seeing outpatients; inpatient move a week away
Give blood, earn PTO plus Brighten Life points

Last chance to submit 2008 FSA claims
UPMC eSample Center hot line offered
There's still time to donate to Scouting for Food
Walk and race registrations

Campus news

April 17 , 2009
Extra Express

UPMC and Army Reserve join in employer partnership
Final move rehearsal at Children’s Hospital
Cost savings: Think before you print
UPMC celebrates Earth Day

Recent updates to UPMC policies
Final marathon seminar scheduled for May 2
Campus news

April 10 , 2009
Extra Express

UPMC’s commitment to the military
Health Plan Member Portal offline beginning 2 p.m. Friday
Cost savings: We asked, you answered
TV stations feature Pittsburgh Promise on April 14
UPMC volunteers contribute to successful Children’s open house
Nurses: Learn more about new Pa. education requirements
Earn PTO by donating blood

Walk, run for women’s and babies’ health
Help feed local hungry
Spotlight on patient access
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre April 23 open house
April 29 fundraiser supports McGowan Institute
Campus news

April 3, 2009

UPMC Minute
UPMC celebrates Earth Day 2009
Retirement statements are now "green"
Making medical decisions in advance
Light and comfortable with life-saving power
Dignity and Respect

Last chance to submit 2008 FSA claims
Required annual funding notices for pension plans now available
Expanding patient knowledge
2010 MyHealth requirements - complete them early for rewards
Giving the gift of life through organ donation
Pittsburgh history alive on the wall of the new Children's

March 27, 2009
Extra Express

Thank you for giving to United Way
Keep submitting your cost savings ideas
Report serious patient events through Riskmaster
UPMC eSample Center in full effect April 1
March for Babies on May 9

Last chance to register for the Weight Race
Help feed local hungry
Canterbury Place celebrates 150 years of caring
Campus news

March 20, 2009
Extra Express

Share your ideas for UPMC cost savings
Tour the new Children's Hospital
Register today for the Weight Race
Two UPMC leaders named to new international roles
Marathon needs medical volunteers
Online training for Microsoft Office products

Tuition advancement tax to be withheld this month
Recent updates to UPMC policies
Return toner cartridges via UPS
Update your directory listing
Campus news

March 6, 2009

2010 Take a Healthy Step campaign kicks off
Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 8
Advance directives booklet updated
Tuition advancement tax to be withheld this month
Project Your Retirement Income — helpful online video now available
Not much longer to weight …
Online training for Microsoft Office products

Women’s History Month
A small detail with a major impact
Volunteers make a difference every day
Updated UPMC eSample Center materials available on Infonet
Conference services easier than ever
Rehearsing the big day at Children’s
UPMC News Roundup

Feb. 20, 2009

Adjusting the human thermostat
Building a better Extra
Dental benefits and your health
Tour the new Children’s
UPMC goes red for women
On your mark, get set, go!
Time 2 Turn kits available
UPMC St. Margaret awarded Magnet status for excellence in nursing

Spring into better health
Mid-March upgrades set for PeopleSoft Financial and Supply Chain Management system
Planning for retirement
Religious diversity: Interfaith reference materials available
UPMC for Life program offers alternative to Medicare Advantage
UPMC announces strong first-half Fiscal Year results
Conjoined twins separated by surgical team at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
UPMC News Roundup

Feb. 6, 2009

UPMC in the news
Black History Month
VendorStat rolls out to hospitals
Don’t wait until it’s too late
PFCC Grand Challenge

Team approach yields systemwide standards for anticoagulation therapy
Testing the digital hospital at the new Children’s
What have you got to lose?
UPMC News Roundup

Jan. 23, 2009

Pointing the way: Enabling better care for people with disabilities
Is your pager registered?
Dignity and respect
Protecting intellectual property is everyone’s job
Green healing environment at the new Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Unitarian Universalism embraces diverse beliefs
Avoiding the flu
Patient education materials available on Web, from Print Shop
Check your mail for important information
Hospital News Roundup

Jan. 9, 2009

UPMC’s MyHealth program helps staff start the new year off right
UPMC Northwest announces new president
Girls & Women in Sports Festival 2009
Daffodil Days coming in March
Back to the South Side
PeopleSoft Financial and Supply Chain Management system upgrade
Changes to Epic Training and Development
2009 Benefits at a glance
Take a test drive with Emmi®

Compensation Manual updates
Holiday time-off policy clarified
Doing the right thing
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
UPMC nurses: On the path to leadership
UPMC launches Condition L for patient safety
Many boxes, many thanks
New Quality Center name honors UPMC board member