Welcome to the first issue of our new ePulse newsletter, which combines highlights of the (now retired) eTouch newsletter for providers with important news-you-can-use for all caregivers at PeaceHealth Medical Group – Vancouver.
We are pleased to offer ePulse as a way to keep you connected and informed on topics such as PeaceHealth integration, caregiver spotlights, Epic updates, benefits information and much more.
Much of the content is posted on our external website, so you may access links through your mobile phones or personal computers. Please note: proprietary information will only be available through eOnline and our secure intranet.
In this Issue
Recognizing Years of Service: October
Elizabeth Crawford, PA, Midlevel Trauma
Virginia Cottrell, OBGYN
Shannon Vreeken, Thoracic & Vascular
Diane Hage, Pulmonary
Ramona Rivera, Fisher's Landing
Shelby Schoolfield, Plastics
Jaymie Hungerford, Radiology - FL
Erica Towne, OBGYN
Joy Erickson, PA, Fisher's Landing
Keri Hunzeker, Fisher's Landing
Patricia Johnston, Fisher's Landing
Suzette Eddy, Fisher's Landing
Summer Sanders, Business Office - Admin
Stacy Fisher, Fisher's Landing
Kelly Weston, Thoracic & Vascular
Amber Bartle, Admin
Candy Morrison, OBGYN
Recognizing Years of Service: November
Stephanie Holguin, Primary Care Fisher's Landing
Jeannette Flammang, MD, Primary Care Fisher's Landing
Chartisha Roberts, Neurology
Carolyn Cox, Primary Care Fisher's Landing
Stephanie Galindo, Primary Care Fisher's Landing
Amy Mason, Primary Care Fisher's Landing
Clifford Pukel, MD, Oncology
Janice Alsbrook, OBGYN
Davita Coffman, OBGYN
Michael Farber, MD, OBGYN
Colleen Fox, MD, OBGYN
Margaret Griffith, MD, OBGYN
Allison Higgins, MD, OBGYN
Frances Lukesh, OBGYN
Laura McGuire, MD, OBGYN
Joy Wiens, MD, OBGYN
Jorge Berrios, MD, Pulmonary & Critical Care
Nacy Hettling, Administration
Susan Robideau, Administration
Elizabeth Cleere, Pulmonary & Critical Care
Steven Grund, MD, Pulmonary & Critical Care
Jennifer Hamilton, Neurology
Sherri Jensen, Primary Care Fisher's Landing
Judy Murphy, Administration
Elaine Jewell, Primary Care Fisher's Landing
Natalie Lusby, Primary Care Fisher's Landing
Patricia Wooden, MD, Primary Care Fisher's Landing
Kendra Bray, PA, Primary Care Fisher's Landing
Randy Hauxhurst, Imaging Fisher's Landing
Jennifer Platz, PA, Primary Care Fisher's Landing
December Open Enrollment
All caregivers at PH Laboratories–Vancouver and PHMG–Vancouver who are making the transition to be on PeaceHealth's payroll and systems at the end of this year will have a special benefits open enrollment in mid-December. No enrollment action is needed by you now, other than to review the 2013 benefit communications that have been shared in eAdvance emails sent by Ken Cole and Carol Aaron. By reviewing these communications ahead of time you will be better prepared for your actual enrollment in December.
Closer to the time of your enrollment in December, you will receive training about how to use MyHR – the online HR resource website and benefits enrollment portal.
Starting in late November watch for benefits enrollment meetings to help you with the online enrollment process and new ways to get important information about your employment with PeaceHealth.
Your online benefits enrollment will begin on December 16th and you will have 30 days to enroll. If you enroll after December 31 but before January 15, your coverage will be retroactive to 1/1/2013.
Temporary medical ID cards will be available on the website after your enrollment is completed.
As previously communicated, your years of service with Southwest as of December 16, 2012 will be carried over to PeaceHealth for benefits such as PTO accrual and service awards recognition.
Details about transitioning to PeaceHealth's retirement plans will also be shared beginning in late November during benefit overview orientations. At that time, you will receive instructions about how to enroll in the PeaceHealth 403(b) plan. Under the PeaceHealth plans you'll be eligible for PeaceHealth Matching Contributions and Base plan contributions based on your years of service with PHSW.
Additional information about the PeaceHealth retirement program is available in the PeaceHealth Retirement Program Guide at www.mysavingsatwork.com/atwork/peacehealth.htm.
Your PHSW vested pension and retirement benefits are only available for distribution upon termination of employment from PeaceHealth (all of PeaceHealth, including PHSW/Labs and PHMG–Vancouver). Loans and in-service withdrawals may be available according to each plan's rules.
As always, we appreciate your patience as we do our best to make your transition to PeaceHealth systems as smooth as possible. Thanks also for your commitment as a valued caregiver.
Cornerstone Update: PeaceHealth Medical Group-Vancouver and Shared Services
Earlier this year we shared the news that beginning January 1, 2013, PeaceHealth Medical Group–Vancouver will become an operating division of PeaceHealth that will be aligned with the facilities in the regions and networks in which they are located. The purpose of this is to create a high-performing medical group that delivers safe, timely, efficient, equitable, effective and patient-centered care across all sites, in support of our mission. We also shared that PHMG–Vancouver will be the first regional PHMG group to become integrated into this new entity, January 1, 2013.
Recently, Leadership teams at PHMG and PeaceHealth determined that a number of departments closely align with PeaceHealth Shared Services and will formally become part of PeaceHealth Shared Services at the end of 2012. This means that Caregivers who work in those departments will be on the PeaceHealth payroll effective December 16, 2012. Affected caregivers have recently been notified about this change. The rationale for this change is to optimize the delivery of Shared Services through standardization, sharing best practices, and sharing and growing Caregiver resources and benefiting from economies of skill and scale.
While this transition of departments and Caregivers will take place in December, we will ensure that customers who rely on these departments continue to receive high levels of service to meet your clinic and patient needs.
Some departments may relocate to the Shared Services Center in Vancouver over time; others will remain close to our clinics. More information will be shared with customers as this transition unfolds.
The following PHMG–Vancouver departments will transition to PeaceHealth Shared Services on December 16, 2012:
This doesn't mean that the department will physically move to the SSC.
- Finance (Accounting, Payroll, Decision Support)
- Medical Records/HIM and Transcription
- Human Resources
- Payor Contracting
If you have questions about this transition, please talk with your manager or any member of the PHMG–Vancouver Leadership Team.
PeaceHealth Medical Group Uses No Products from New England Compounding Center
– Local Patients Receiving Epidural Steroid Injections Not At Risk –
PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics in the Columbia Network report receiving numerous telephone calls from concerned patients worried about the national outbreak of fungal meningitis reported after epidural steroid injections.
PeaceHealth Medical Group would like to assure our patients and community that PeaceHealth has not purchased any product from the New England Compounding Center, the company that is identified as providing the tainted steroid injection. PeaceHealth Medical Group does not currently use, and has never used any medication of any kind originating from the New England Compounding Center.
For up to date details about the outbreak, reliable information is available on the Centers for Disease Control website, www.cdc.gov.