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Healthy Rewards: A Successful First Year!

The Healthy Rewards Program has ended its first year as a success! The point-based program allows employees to earn points for completing an online well-being assessment, knowing their numbers, and participating in healthy activities – for example, tracking healthy eating habits, kicking a bad habit, and practicing stress management. The more challenges you join and complete, the more points you earn!

Employees participating in the program are entered into raffles for the chance to win rewards throughout the year.  Employees enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania medical plan also have an opportunity to earn a $150 healthy rewards credit.  There are four levels to complete throughout the year:

  • First Steps (300 points)
    Take the Well-being Assessment and Know Your Numbers challenges to reach the first level.
  • Jog Forward (1500 points)
    Take actions to improve your health and well-being. Complete activities and challenges to earn points.
  • Sprint Ahead (3000 points)
    Complete activities and challenges to earn points. Earning 3000 points earns entry into quarterly raffles. 100 winners over the course of the year will each win a $50 Amazon gift card. 
  • Lead the Way (6000 points)
    Complete activities and challenges to earn points. 25 winners who reach the Lead the Way level will win lunch with senior leaders.

Congratulations to the 25 raffle winners from last year’s leader board who earned 6,000 points and got to the Lead the Way level, including:

HUP: Nora Brennan, Heather Nilan, and Kathleen Russo.

Corporate: Leo Maiorana and Sean Sampson.

PAH: Natalie Prosser, Concetta Tinney, Donna Cosgrove, and Sally Ringe.

CPUP: Dawn Davidson, Tanya Jensen, and Kevin Moore.

HCHS: Sarah Samuels and Elaine Ruffings

CCA: Laura Hardifer, Cathy Wise, and Breyanne Bobbin.

PPMC: Michael Wellens, Joanne Schork, and Ellen Shapiro.

Leaders at their respective entities recognized each of the employees for showing true dedication and commitment to their own personal health and well-being.

And a big congratulations to everyone who participated in the Healthy Rewards program for taking charge and taking care of your health!

Start earning rewards today!

Take a Penn Walk/Run/Bike Challenge and Earn 100 Points!

How to participate: 
Choose an upcoming UPHS event to participate in. After you participate in the event, come back and claim your points! 

Penn's 5K for the IOA 
Sunday, September 21st, 2014 (8:00 am) 
Come support Alzheimer's and aging-related research and care at Penn's Institute on Aging (IOA). 

MS-150 City to Shore Bike Ride 
September 27th and 28th, 2014 
Join the UPHS/PENN team as they bike to create a world free of MS!  
*When registering, search for UPHS/Penn team. 

The Ride to Conquer Cancer 
October 11th and 12th, 2014
Benefiting Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, The Ride to Conquer Cancer (RTCC) is a groundbreaking, 2-day, 150 mile cycling adventure through Pennsylvania's picturesque landscapes.

Penn Medicine Radnor Run
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Join Penn Medicine and the American Lung Association for the 37th Annual 5 mile run! 

Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes 
Sunday, November 1st, 2014 
Join the UPHS/Penn Medicine team as we walk together to STOP diabetes!  
*When registering, search for UPHS/Penn Medicine team. 

AHA Philadelphia Heart Walk 
Saturday, November 8th, 2014 
Participate in the Heart Walk and help fund groundbreaking research to develop new therapies and better treatment options for cardiovascular disease and stroke. 

To learn more about any of these events -– and to register -- log in here and click on "Penn Walk/Run/Bike Event."

New UPHS Leave of Absence Policy and Process

The Leave of Absence policy is changing, along with the process for applying and managing that leave.   Leaves of absence under the UPHS policy can include time taken under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Other Medical Leave, personal leave, education leave, and leave taken for a bone marrow, stem cell or organ donation.

Effective September 1, 2014, there is one consolidated UPHS Leave of Absence Policy for all entities.All leave requests beginning on or after that date will be processed under this new policy.Some key changes to the process includethe ability to apply for a leave of absence through e-STAR under “My Actions.”  Responsibility for providing the employee with a provisional designation letter and leave packet will shift from managers and supervisors to the Leave of Absence administrator in Human Resources. These changes have been made to provide consistency in the leave of absence process throughout the Health System, and to reduce the administrative burden on managers.

Employees are encouraged to visit the Human Resources section of the Intranet to review the new policy, access job aids, and view the manager/supervisor training schedule.  Employees who have leave of absence questions or concerns are encouraged to speak with their supervisor, or contact Disability Management at 215-615-2360.

Increasing Our Capacity to Care

Over the past few years there have been many changes as Penn Medicine has explored exciting new opportunities. We have continued to grow amidst mounting financial and consumer pressures to provide affordable care.  Despite these challenges, Penn Medicine remains a financially strong, vibrant organization because of the key investments we have made.

One of those investments, Penn Medicine University City opened last month. The new outpatient facility is delivering comprehensive care to our patients in West Philadelphia. It is also an important step in the renaissance of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the move of our Level 1 Trauma Center to its campus early next year.

Through the “Shaping Our Future” trauma transition website, you can learn about the latest updates, read the latest news, and explore the new facilities. The website also provides faculty and staff interactive forums to ask questions and receive timely responses from key leaders.  Under the ‘Trauma Move’ tab from the Shaping Our Future home page, you will find a robust FAQ section with answers to questions about everything from operations and resources, staffing, logistics, to one dedicated entirely to Penn Medicine University City.

We look forward to answering your thoughtful questions and to hearing your ideas for positioning Penn Medicine for continued success.  

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