Weather Emergencies . . . Know Your Status, Call 1-800-858-8806
The advent of winter, with ice, snow and frigid temperatures, can present significant challenges.
"We must be prepared for whatever may develop," says Brian P. Bowie, Associate Vice President for Human Resources.
Here are some important points from Jefferson's weather emergency policy to keep in mind:
Department Heads will advise all faculty and employees of their status as either "designated" or "nondesignated" personnel.
Designated personnel are required to report in the event of a declared weather emergency. Absences of designated personnel during a weather emergency are without pay, but are not charged to an employee's lost-time rate under the attendance policy.
Nondesignated personnel, while expected to make every effort to report as scheduled, may use a vacation or personal day if transportation or other weather-related problems result in lost time during a weather emergency.
A toll-free Jefferson hotline, 1-800-858-8806, will provide complete weather-emergency information.
Students can also obtain weather-emergency information from the hotline. The dean of each academic division will decide about class cancellation. Scheduled classes for MD and PhD students will take place regardless of weather conditions. All third- and fourth-year medical students are expected to report for their scheduled clinical assignments.
Anyone with questions about the policy may contact the Office of Employee Relations at 3-7758.
Employees, Family Members Needed as Models
If you've always wanted to give modeling a try, here's your chance.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's Marketing Department needs employees from the Hospital and the University as well as employee family members of all ages to volunteer to model for brochures and other marketing materials.
The Marketing Department will conduct a casting call to develop a photo library of employee and employee family member models. Any employee who has an interest in this project is welcome to the casting call. If the time of the casting call conflicts with your work schedule, please be sure that you have your manager's approval to participate.
The session will be:
Once photos have been categorized, a member of the Marketing Department will call photo subjects as we identify particular projects where you can help to showcase Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's advanced medicine and superior care.
If you'd like to participate, or for more information, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW by December 20.
Hospitals Launch New Patient Satisfaction Surveys
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Methodist Hospital Division are launching new and improved patient satisfaction surveys. Employees will receive a sample copy of the inpatient survey with December 21 pay envelopes.
The surveys - distributed, collected and tabulated by Press, Ganey Associates, Inc. - ask each group of patients (inpatients, emergency, ambulatory surgery, obstetrics and rehabilitation medicine) to rate the care and service they received.
Managers and key personnel will have access to results through the Press, Ganey website. Training for quick and easy access will begin in January.