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  January 2, 2009

    • Jan. 10 & 11: Beaux Arts Festival of Art
    • Jan. 17: Dance to Make a Difference
    • Mar. 21: 2009 Walk to Cure Diabetes
    New Year's Greetings
  • Top Honors for JHS Long-Term Care Centers
  • "Green" Tip
  • Pick-Up Information for JHS 2009 Employee Calendars
  • HIM Holiday Decorating Contest Winners
  • Who's Hot!
  • C.U.R.E. Corner
  • Employee Achiever Award Nomination Information
  • Important Flu Vaccine Information
  • Employee Work/Life Services 2009 Calendar
  • Discounts Available for Employees
  • JHS Public Relations Policy Information
  • Broward Vanpool Information
  • Patient Thank You Letter

Happy New Year!

As the holiday season draws to a close, we hope everyone has enjoyed this special time of year with their family and friends. We hope you have a safe, healthy and happy 2009!



It's Easy Bein' Green!

Conserve Electricity.

Remember to turn off the lights and any other electrical equipment whenever possible.

JHS Long-Term Care Centers Receive Top Honors

Jackson Health System's two long-term care facilities – Jackson Memorial Long Term Care Center and Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center – were among 18 South Florida nursing homes to receive top Medicare ratings. They were included in an article in The Miami Herald about the ratings, which are based on three years of health inspection surveys, the most recent nine months of quality care measures and the ratio of staff-to-patients. Congratulations!

JHS 2009 Employee Calendars Are Here!

The 2009 JHS Employee Calendars are available for pick-up starting Monday, January 5th. The calendars will be bundled by cost code, so it is important for each department to designate a representative to pick-up the calendars on the second floor of the Alamo and distribute them amongst their colleagues, including those on the evening and night shifts. There is a calendar for each employee. To make an appointment for pick-up, please call the Public Relations Department at 305-585-7213.

Winners Announced for HIM Holiday Decorating Contest

Health Information Management offices at Jackson Memorial held a holiday decorating contest last month. Pictured above are winners from the ACC West basement office L129.

From right to left are: Kathy Turner, Crysti Milan, Jamie Damaso, Debra Colston, Alexis Ward, Cary Perez, Diamond Aguilar, Emmanuela Alexis, Carlos Cedeno, Valerie Ricketts, Misty Brackett, Mary Jo Morales, Krizia Maldonado and Linda Lyons. Not pictured: Raymundo Ayerdis, Marvel Ousley, Tarsha Weaver and Rick Urdanivia.



Andrea Mohammed, R.N., B.S.N., recently completed the M.S.N.-A.R.N.P. program at Florida International University and has been selected to present a poster she co-authored titled, “HIV/AIDS Prevention Practices among African Adolescents” at the International Council of Nurses 24th Quadrennial Congress In Durban, South Africa. Her poster was selected from more than 130 worldwide submissions.

Caroline Taazieh, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., clinical manager of the Pharmacy Department at Jackson North Medical Center, was recently granted certification from the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialists (BPS). This certification indicates superior knowledge and critical thinking skills consistent with that of a pharmacotherapy specialist. Taazieh is now one of only 4,523 B.C.P.S. (Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist) pharmacists in the world.


C.U.R.E. Corner
Continuing the Ultimate Race for Excellence

So far, we have highlighted four of our
Eight Principles of Service Excellence.
The fifth principle is:

“Come With Me”

“Come With Me” is a teaching moment. If there is a task you have been completing for a co-worker because they do not know how to do it or you feel it is easier for you to complete, this is an opportunity for you to show them how to perform the task themselves. This allows for autonomy, independence and 100% personal accountability. The next time that task must be accomplished, your co-worker will be able to execute the assignment on their own, and you can feel proud you helped teach them.

Start the New Year with an Employee Achiever Award Nomination!

If you know an individual or team who fulfills our mission, achieves our vision, and lives our values, kick off the New Year by nominating them for the Achiever Award! All nominations should include a detailed description of why the employee is being nominated. Nomination forms are available on the JHS Intranet:

• Go to the NetPortal homepage
• Click on "Achiever Award Program" located on the left side (the first link under Directory Tree)
• Scroll down to the bottom of the page to "Fill Out a Nomination Form"

Return completed forms via interoffice mail to HRCM Leadership & Organizational Development (A.I. DuPont Building, 13th Floor, 169 E. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33131), fax to 305-381-6816, or e-mail to jhsachiever@jhsmiami.org.

Are Healthcare Employees Immune to the Flu?

As we continue to highlight some myths about the flu vaccine, the following may be one you have heard recently:

Myth: Healthcare employees are not at risk for getting the flu because they work in a healthcare environment and have been exposed to a variety of germs, causing them to be immune to the virus.

Fact: Healthcare workers have an increased risk of exposure to the flu virus due to their work environment.

Even if flu symptoms have not yet appeared, the virus can be transmitted to others. Healthcare professionals infected with the flu could spread this contagious virus to patients and co-workers. According to the Joint Commission, groups who are most at risk of serious complications from this illness include individuals 65 years of age or older, the chronically ill and pregnant women. For more information or to schedule your flu shot, contact Occupational Health Services at 786-466-8381 or fluchallenge@jhsmiami.org.

Employee Work/Life Services 2009 Calendar Available

The 2009 Employee Work/Life Calendar is now available. Be sure to reference, save or print your copy, which lists all JHS recognized holidays and paydays for the entire year. Click here to download this year’s calendar.

Save Cash! Take Advantage of Employee Discounts

To help you keep some extra change in your pocket, JHS employees are eligible for the following discounts:

Sprint and Nextel
Sprint and Nextel offer a 23% discount on monthly services for JHS employees. For more information, visit http://jmh.sprnext.com/ or contact Christian Heran at 1-800-605-8910, ext. 273, or cheran@sprintorders.com.

Discounts on movie tickets and a variety of other South Florida entertainment are available through TicketsAtWork.. Visit http://www.ticketsatwork.com and use the password Jackson or call toll-free 1-800-331-6483 for more information.


Saturday, January 10, and Sunday, January 11
Holtz Children's Hospital Beaux Arts Festival of Art

For the third year in a row, Holtz Children’s Hospital is the presenting sponsor of the Beaux Arts Festival of Art, now in its 58th year. The festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 10th and 11th, on the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami (outside of the Lowe Art Museum). The free annual event attracts more than 100,000 visitors and is a signature event on the South Florida social and arts calendars. The Holtz Children’s Hospital Beaux Arts Festival of Art is Miami’s oldest juried fine arts show and one of the most prestigious festivals in the country, attracting some 250 artists from around the country showcasing their artwork in mediums including ceramic, glass, jewelry, fiber, graphics and drawings, mixed media, oil and acrylics, photography, sculpture and 3-D, watercolor and wood. This family-friendly event also provides entertainment for all ages, food of many cultures, and an art park for children 5-12 years old, allowing them to create their own arts and crafts while parents stroll the festival. Holtz Children’s Hospital will have a large tent to provide give-a-ways and information to attendees, and the Injury Free Coalition bus will there as well. For more information, call 305-665-2334 or visit www.beauxartsmiami.org/events/festival.html.

Saturday, January 17
Dance to Make a Difference

Dance Town studio will present "Dance to Make a Difference" at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 17th, at the Manuel Artimes Theater to raise money for Jackson’s Pediatric Center, a daycare treatment program for children with chronic illnesses or conditions that require daily nursing care. Tickets can be purchased for $25, $35, $50 and $60. For more information or to participate, please call 305-793-0073. To download the event flyer, click here.

Saturday, March 21
2009 Walk to Cure Diabetes

Join the Jackson Team for the 2009 Walk to Cure Diabetes to raise $30,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. The walk will take place Saturday, March 21st, at Metrozoo. To join the Jackson Team, make a donation or volunteer to be a team captain, contact Ebenezer Boakye at 305-585-6565 or eboakye@jhsmiami.org, or Teresa Ripoll at 305-585-5143 or tripoll@jhsmiami.org.


Remember JHS Public Relations Policy in the New Year

As we begin another new year, the Department of Public Relations and Marketing continues the task of promoting and advertising the many services offered throughout the health system. In order to maintain a unified and consistent message, it is important that all materials that will be seen by the public (brochures, publications, mailers, fliers, etc.) be reviewed and approved by one of the PR team members prior to printing and distribution. For more information, please refer to JHS Policy 139 or call the Public Relations Department at 305-585-7213.

Need to Relax, Catch Up on Sleep and Forget About Gas Prices? Join a Van Pool!

Non-stop from Flamingo Road to JMH

A vanpool is available that offers a non-stop ride from Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The schedule is for employees working from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Roseline at 305-585-6553 (ext. 6-1018) or Carlos at 305-585-6132.

Patient Letter: I am eternally grateful...

I’m writing this letter to commend Ms. Luisi Rivera for the exceptional service and attentiveness she showed my family and I during my recent surgery.

I underwent surgery to remove my kidney, which was discovered to contain a cancerous tumor. Needless to say, this was a very traumatic, stressful and uncertain time for myself and my loved ones. Immediately upon being admitted, Ms. Rivera introduced herself and I found her to be incredibly attentive, kind, compassionate and understanding. Right away, she escorted my family to a quiet waiting area, explained the hospital procedures, how to find their way around, answered all their questions and showed them how to reach her if needed. She did a great job of making everyone feel comfortable and easing their anxieties. She was always accessible, often popping in and out to see how everyone was doing and keeping them well informed of my progress.

I am eternally grateful to Ms. Rivera for her caring and tenderness, and for helping make my hospital stay a more pleasurable and positive experience. I believe Jackson Memorial would benefit from having more employees like Ms. Rivera.


A Thankful Patient


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