The Spirit is a reliable communications tool for team members. We constantly strive to make the content relevant and accurate. And our web portal — spirit.vcuhealth.org — was built to make it even more accessible.
We will continue to refine this and other communications tools so that they are meeting the needs of our team members, whether they are in Sanger Hall or South Hill; Patient Services Representatives or surgical teams in the Operating Rooms. And we’ll do it together, under a shared, enhanced, inclusive vision:
We are the VCU Health System and the VCU Health Sciences Schools, a powerful melding of faculty, staff, students and residents engaged in academic excellence and service.
Our power lies in our deep commitment to the safety net mission combined with an equally strong passion for quality, safety, education and research, while providing the most advanced medical care for the region. Our engagement in improving the health of our community brings a relevance to our work that is at the heart of all learning and discovery.
Vision by Design, which you have heard about by now, is the plan for how we are evolving our culture and improving the way we work. Simply put, it is how we will live our vision. As you read this issue, think about how everything that we do leads us toward our enhanced vision. Each of us plays a role in our success.
You will see and hear much more about the work done through Vision by Design. Be sure to read the article for more information, including key messages and a link to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the HR4U portal.
Thank you for sharing our vision and joining us as we take measured and thoughtful steps toward our future together. A lot of work is already underway and there’s so much more to come. This is an exciting time to be a part of our team!
Please enjoy this issue of The Spirit and please share it with you colleagues and families!
Left to right: Maria Curran, chief human resources officer; Nat Fleming, patient transport tech II, Department of Radiology, VCU Health System team member of the year; and, Paul Wesolowski, chief operating officer, VCU Health System
All of our team members are amazing. We do whatever it takes to offer the best in care and empower the best in quality of life at VCU Health. And, we like to recognize those individuals who stand out. The ones that go the extra mile. Burn the midnight oil. And don’t cut corners. They wear many hats. Caregiver. Mentor. Advocate. Leader. Last year, nine team members were picked by their colleagues, peers and friends as the best and brightest of 2016. We celebrate them and our team member of the year, Nat Fleming, for their contributions and hope you will too!
VCU Health System’s Team Member of the Year: Nathaniel “Nat” Fleming, patient transportation tech II, Department of Radiology
Nat relentlessly follows safety protocols within the hospital, holding others accountable, and he has a keen eye for near misses. Nat is lighthearted and engaging, but is a stickler for preventing harm to patients.
The following story is just one example that highlights Nat’s commitment to safety, his co-workers, and the hospital. A few months ago a team member who is normally punctual was late because his car broke down on the highway, seven miles from the hospital. The team member intended to walk to work from that point. Nat texted his colleague and volunteered to give him a ride, even though his shift was ending in 30 minutes. No other team member volunteered.
Nat attends annual Emergency Medical Services conferences and acquires his continuing educational units from Prince George’s emergency rescue squad. Nat keeps his skills up to date which allows him to serve as a Consolidated Site Test Evaluator for the State of Virginia. He is an Instructor for all new motorized transport equipment and a safe lift trainer for the hospital. Nat will soon start the process to become a Certified Patient Transport Tech II, sanctioned by the National Association of Healthcare Transport Management.
Eight more amazing reasons to be proud of our team members:
Wendy Amorim, RN, Medical Respiratory ICU
Deborah Burnette, Nurse Manager, Surgery Trauma ICU
Pam Falls, Clinical Coordinator, Medical Respiratory
Natasha Hawkes, Clinical Coordinator, Acute Care Surgery
Sarah Holt, Clinical Coordinator, Medical Respiratory ICU
Dana Joseph, Clinical Nurse II, Orthopaedic Surgery
Kimberlin Alford Jones, Clinical Coordinator, Orthopaedic Surgery
Cathy Ransom, Patient Transaction Supervisor Sr, Billing
Starting in June 2017, team members will be able to log into one online service through NetBenefits to enroll, monitor and manage retirement plan accounts, regardless of the vendor (TIAA and Fidelity accounts will be accessible through this single source). The service will also allow team members to change their contribution amounts; change their selected vendor; and, much more.
In addition, in June 2017, team members also will be able to select a Roth contribution option in the 457 (b) Plan.
No action is required at this time, but please be aware of these exciting enhancements and watch for more details, which will be forthcoming soon. In the meantime, you can call 628-HR4U or go to HR4U.vcuhealth.org for more information.
These white boards now appear in all in-patient rooms and the Emergency Department and are intended to be used by interprofessional team members and patients/families during rounds, at handoffs, or any patient encounter. The Operational Leadership Council acted upon the request from Patient and Family Advisory Council to enhance communications between patients/families and interprofessional team members. So please, make your mark, and encourage your colleagues and patients/families to do the same!
An Employer Assisted Housing Program (EAHP) Informational Session will be held on the MCV Campus on Wednesday, May 10 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in Main Hospital, 1st floor, Room 1-427. No registration required. Free and open to VCUHS employees and their guests. Bring your lunch along. EAHP Guidelines can be found on the HR4U website at www.HR4U.vcuhealth.org
On Tuesday, May 16, Eldercare Planning and Support Services presents “Adult Day Services – Serving Peace of Mind for Caregivers and Promoting Social and Health Maintenance for your loved one.” The panel discussion, which will include our own on-site Adult Day Services program, Circle Center Adult Day Services and Beechwell Adult Day Center, will take place from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Main 1-426 conference room.
Virginia Credit Union will be onsite on Thursday, May 18 at HR Express, Main Hospital 2nd floor from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.. Stop by to get money saving tips and for membership information!
Children Fore Children Golf Tournament, a junior golf tournament (18 years and younger) benefiting CHoR, is on Saturday, May 20 at The First Tee in Chesterfield. Questions? Stephanie Allan at email@example.com or visit www.chfrichmond.org/golf. It’s a fun day with lots of prizes, BBQ lunch and golf with friends!
The Financial Wellness seminar “Taking the First Step to Investing” presented by Fidelity Investments will be held on Thursday, May 25 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in The Learning Center, 1st Floor Main Hospital. Free and open to everyone. (This financial planning class qualifies toward a $50 Cigna HRA deposit. Log onto MyCigna.com for details.)