December 7, 2015 | Volume 4, Issue 48
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Holiday Publishing Note

One more edition of This Week will be published this month, on Monday, Dec. 14. This Week will not be published on Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 due to the holidays. It will resume a normal schedule beginning on Jan. 4. Please note submission deadlines are always on Monday for the following Monday's edition. Remember, all offices and non-patient care functions will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25,
Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Celebrating the Holidays and Respecting the Heritages of KentuckyOne Health

It is a time of holidays and celebrations for many religious traditions. As we prepare for these celebrations, it is important to affirm the understandings, agreements and policies that are in place regarding appropriate expressions of holiday traditions in the public areas on the KentuckyOne Health campuses.

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When the Weather Outside is Frightful

As temperatures drop, it's an opportune time to revisit our inclement weather policy. We care about your safety and take it into consideration when evaluating inclement weather situations. We balance that with the need to ensure that our internal and external customers are being served. Find the inclement weather policy on PolicyStat via your local intranet (or view here). If you have any questions, ask your leader what the expectations are if there is inclement weather in your area. Be prepared!

9 Days Left to Get Your Flu Vaccine!

The deadline for influenza vaccination compliance, Dec. 15, is fast-approaching. Your employee health team continues to offer flu clinics and other opportunities for your convenience. If you still need your vaccine, please connect with your employee health nurse now. Remember to also complete your LEARN module by Dec. 15.

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Employee Achievements

Congratulations to the following employees for their recent awards, honors and recognitions! Thanks for expanding your knowledge, honing your expertise, and providing safe, quality care and exceptional service.

Diane Fosson, RN-BC, Saint Joseph Hospital
Jessica Greenwell, Flaget Memorial Hospital
Penny Mullins, RN, Saint Joseph London
Marian Willett, RN, Flaget Memorial Hospital

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Recent Changes in Privacy Officials for KentuckyOne Facilities

Can you identify your privacy officer? The Corporate Responsibility and Privacy team has revised how it assigns breach investigations to its team members. Marian Hughlett will cover the central and eastern market facilities (Saint Joseph sites) and University of Louisville Hospital, while Bev Norton will work with the Louisville-market facilities (former JHSMH sites and Flaget).

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Culture Journey: Blue Chip

The next culture concept your leader will be sharing with you this December and January to help us achieve our desired KentuckyOne culture is Blue Chip. Getting the most from life requires the same from each of us: to take the time to achieve a clear understanding of what is most important. We refer to these goals that are most important as Blue Chips (our high-priority items included in our Living Our Mission Measures).

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Home Care, Hospice Services Align to KentuckyOne Health 

As part of our strategy to align all of our services under one name, our local home care and hospice services have rebranded to strengthen their position within the KentuckyOne system. On Dec. 1, the following locations transitioned to KentuckyOne Health as VNA Health at Home: VNA Nazareth Home Care (all locations), Saint Joseph Home Care, Seton Home Health, Tri-County Hospice and Hospice of Nelson County.

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Recognition Points Tax Applied in December

Recognition points have value, so federal law requires us to charge a small amount of tax on the points. If you received points in 2015 you will see an entry labeled “Gift Cert Award Tax” in the earnings section of your Dec. 25 paycheck. You are taxed on only 65 percent of the value of points received; that equals about $10 if you received 150 points this year, for example.

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Great KentuckyOne Health Holiday Gifts!

At, you can purchase items such as polo shirts, button-down shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and more. The KentuckyOne Health logo, or a facility logo, can be placed on all items. Now through Dec. 31, take advantage of special holiday offers! You can use a coupon to receive a ten percent discount on your order, or complimentary shipping on orders of $50 or more.

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Theme Basket Raffle Tickets Go on Sale Beginning Dec. 14!

It's that time of the year when University of Louisville Hospital, Our Lady of Peace, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and Jewish Hospital team members join together to assemble baskets of goodies centered on different themes—toys, sports, cooking, camping, and much more—and hold a raffle to raise funds to support the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation.

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More Headlines & Events

Provide Consent by Jan. 10 to Receive 2015 W-2s Online

PTO Changes to be Implemented in the First, Full Pay Period in January 2016

Holiday Shopping Online? Use AmazonSmile and Give Back to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation!

Evening with the STARS Gala Honors Physicians, Community Volunteers

Gov. Beshear, First Lady Unveil New Horses and Hope Mobile Cancer Screening Unit

Do You Access Citrix Systems and Applications Remotely (like Cerner, Allscripts, Meditech, PACS)? If So, You Must Enroll Now to Use Secure Remote Access

KentuckyOne Telehealth Seeks Employees for Pilot Program on Self-Managing Chronic Conditions

Town Hall Meetings at Saint Joseph Hospital Dec. 8-18

Education Fair at Saint Joseph Hospital Dec. 9

Education Fair at Saint Joseph East Dec. 10

Lights for Life Tree Lighting at SJB Dec. 11

Influenza Vaccine Program: Complete LEARN Module, Receive Flu Vaccine by Dec. 15

Clean Hands Campaign at Jewish Hospital and Frazier Rehab Runs through Dec. 18

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