2011 Changes and Challenges
While I was not at Allen for most of 2010, it clearly was a year of challenges. In the end however, Allen Memorial Hospital and Allen Health System exceeded budget targets, and the Hospital achieved its goals for improving patient satisfaction as measured by Press Ganey.
In light of this success, a discretionary bonus is being paid to Allen Memorial Hospital and Foundation employees along the following lines:
- Each full time employee (2,080 hours/year) will receive $400.
- This amount will be pro-rated for associates with less than full time status.
- The minimum payout will be $50. If the calculated payment is less, no incentive is issued.
- Associates must be employed in the pay period prior to the payout to receive the bonus.
- Excluded from the payout are directors, managers, and physicians.
- Payment will be made on your February 25, 2011 paycheck.
Allen College also had a very good year, but there is a separate plan for College associates. Congratulations to all of you on successfully moving the entire organization forward.
I would also like to note that you will soon be receiving formal notification from Human Resources regarding good news about Allen’s match for your 401 (k) retirement savings plan.
February 4, 2011 - Go Red
We rush through the day, taking care of the needs of our family, our friends, our community and our job, but do we ever slow down enough to take care of ourselves? Do we pause long enough to question whether we are living with a healthy heart? Your heart is in your hands...it is important to know the range of factors that can raise your risk of heart attack. Take the time to take the heart awareness test or visit goredforwomen.org for FREE and IMPORTANT information. You need to care for you...take the first step!
Scholarships Available Through IHA for Health Care Careers
IHA’s scholarship program for college students studying for careers in health care is now taking applications. The program, administered through the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), awards scholarships of $3,000 per year for a maximum of two years to students enrolled in an accredited program leading to registration, licensure or a clinical laboratory science graduate or undergraduate degree. In exchange for that financial support, students who accept the funds agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive a scholarship.
Since 2005, when the first scholarships were awarded, 167 students have received IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarships, with a total value of more than $500,000. Scholarship recipients are now working for Iowa hospitals throughout the state, helping to bolster and stabilize Iowa’s hospital workforce of 74,000 employees.
Scholarship application packets are available at hospital human resources departments and financial aid departments at all Iowa colleges. Scholarship information and application materials are also available on the IHA website. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 16.
For more information on the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship program, contact Pam Gridley at IHA.
Crohns and Colitis Support Meeting
Read more about the support meeting held in February.
AllenWear items are available in the Gift Shop and clothing can be ordered by requesting a catalog from the Gift Shop.
Stop down to pick one up or we will send to you…there is so much to choose from!
Allen Auxiliary Calendar of Events for 2011
All events are held in Meeting Room #5
Feb 23 and 24
$6.00 Jewelry Sale!
March 22 and 23
South Bend Chocolate
April 25 and 26
Books Are Fun
May 26 and 27
Scrubs and Beyond
Egyptian Sheets Sale
February GBPAC Drawing - Win Tickets!!!!
Cuarteto Casals, String Quartet and Andres Klein, Piano
Sunday, February 13, 2011
3:00 p.m. matinee
To register to win a pair of tickets, click here.
Black History Month
Tuesday marked the beginning of Black History Month - an annual celebration that has existed since 1926. But what is Black History Month?
Much of the credit can go to Harvard Scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who was determined to bring Black History into the mainstream public arena. Woodson devoted his life to making "the world see the Negro as a participant rather than as a lay figure in history."
In 1926, Woodson organized the first annual Negro History Week, which took place during the second week of February. Woodson chose this date to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. These two men greatly impacted the black population.
Over time, Negro History Week evolved into the Black History Month that we know today. Black History Month is a four-week celebration of African American History. During this month, you will become knowledgeable. This will be an education journey for you. So sit back, relax, and let's enjoy this journey together. - A'lisa Walker
Exceptional Persons Inc. is looking for volunteers to help the weekend of April 9 and 10 in downtown Waterloo at the Ramada for the special event called Up With Families. The weekend is a retreat for families who have a child or children with a disability to get away together as a family and have a fun and relaxing time. We need 150 volunteers.
Volunteers are needed for these times:
Set-Up: Friday April 8 from 3:30-7PM
8-4PM (High Need and Free Lunch)
Tear Down: 12:00-2:30PM
Interested? Contact Ronda Eick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-404-5943. Monetary donations are welcomed and can be sent to: Exceptional Persons Inc, CARE-Up With Families, 760 Ansborough Avenue, PO Box 4090, Waterloo, IA 50704-4090.
Boy Scout Troop 158 Fundraiser
All you can eat - only $5.00
Friday, February 25, 2011 at Orchard Hill Church, 3900 Orchard Drive, Cedar Falls
Chili/Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Soup/Hot Dogs/Chili Dogs/Chips/Relishes/Dessert and Drink.
This is Troop 158's only fundraiser and all proceeds go toward the purchase of new equipment, supplies and badges. Your support is greatly appreciated. To purchase tickets, please contact Steve Sesterhenn at SesterSP@ihs.org.