I wanted to share with you a few significant updates today.
College Nursing Program Receives Approval
Allen College has received a full 6-year approval from the Iowa Board of Nursing. This approval is essential in order for Allen College to continue offering its nursing programs. Congratulations to Dr. Durham, Dr. Kendra Williams-Perez, Dr. Nancy Kramer and the entire nursing faculty and staff, who have worked to maintain the high quality academic programs and services in the College of Nursing.
Allen Supports Diversity & Inclusion Summit
Allen is a Gold Sponsor for the Diversity and Inclusion Summit being held today at Covenant Medical Center. The Summit featured keynote speaker Troy Cicero, president and chief skill officer of MulticultuReal Communications Incorporated. A panel discussion of the business case for inclusion is also part of the agenda. The Cedar Valley Diversity and Inclusion Partnership is an initiative designed to strengthen the Cedar Valley through the promotion of diversity and cultural competencies in business.
Allen Foundation Holds Golf Fundraiser
On September 12, the Allen Foundation held a golf outing that netted $17,861 after expenses to be used towards the Winter Hall addition at Allen College. We had 108 golfers who attended to support Allen. Thanks to Angela Fuller, Erin Iverson, Matt Rolinger and Jim Waterbury who put the event together. Thanks also to a host of volunteers who helped staff the golf outing. Work on Winter Hall continues on schedule, and those passing the College campus can see the building is starting to take shape.
Tentative Agreement Reached with UFCW
A tentative agreement has been reached between Allen and Local 431 of the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union. Thanks to Steve Sesterhenn for his work with union officials to reach a reasonable agreement.
||HRA and Biometric Screening
Deadline October 14
Health insurance plan participants and their covered spouses are required to complete the online Health Risk Assessment (HRA ) and Biometrics screening if they wish to have their choice of health plans during the 2012 Benefit Open Enrollment.
At no cost, you will receive valuable feedback about your health and your risk factors for chronic diseases. You will also enhance your ability to make the best decisions to enhance and maintain your wellness - today and in the future.
If you do take the HRA and Biometrics screening, you will have your choice of all three new medical plan options for 2012, including the plan with the lowest deductible. If you do not take the HRA and Biometrics screening, you will be able to choose from two of the new medical plans for 2012.
You should have received information at your home on all the details. For your convenience, we have links below to that material:
Allen Wellness HRA Letter. Click here
Wellness Biometric Form. Click here
Wellness Physician Biometrics Form. Click here
||Vaccination Notice for
It's time for flu shots. Whether you're new to Allen or have done this before, please read this notice carefully.
All Allen associates, volunteers, students and contract workers must be vaccinated for seasonal flu by Friday, November 11. The only exceptions are associates who telecommute and never enter Allen facilities or those who present our waiver, signed by a physician, documenting a contraindication by the Center for Disease Control.
Vaccination Clinic Locations
The vaccinatin clinic will be in the old Social Services office, on 4Tower, next to Elevator B.
Signs will be posted.
Allen Occupational Health will administer the program. Vaccination clinics will be held Monday - Thursday at these dates and times:
October 3 - 6
7:00 - 10:00 am
2:00 - 5:00 pm
7:00 - 10:00 am
2:00 - 5:00 pm
10:00 - 11:30 am
UMP Surgery Center
Department directors may contact Allen Occupational Health to schedule a mobile immunization cart visit to their units. Call promptly to make a reservation.
Vaccinations Received Elsewhere
If you are vaccinated anywhere other than Allen Hospital, you must turn in our vaccination-received-elsewhere form and a receipt proving your vaccination to Allen Occupational Health. We will not reimburse you for vaccination received elsewhere.
Pick up blank waivers and vaccination-received-elsewhere in Human Resources or at the vaccination clinics. Click here for the form.
Associates on Leave
Associates on leave must be immunized at an Allen vaccination clinic or provide proof of vaccination received elsewhere prior to returning to work.
Waivers and Masks
Associates who waive vaccination may be required to wear surgical masks within Allen facilities after the deadline. This option will not go into effect unless Dr. Horrigan determines it is necessary for the safety of the patients, visitors and staff. This will be dependant upon the level of influenza in the community.
The deadline to be vaccinated or turn in waivers or proof of vaccination elsewhere is Friday, November 11, 2011.
Failure to Comply
Associates, volunteers, students and contract workers who miss the deadline cannot work in Allen facilities nor attend Allen Colllege classes until they comply with the immunization requirements.
Associates who fail to comply within one week of the deadline will receive a written disciplinary warning. Associates who fail to comply within two weeks of the deadline may be terminated.
Allen Occupational Health
Allen Human Resources
Share Your Time and Talent!
Jubilee Free Community Health Clinic in Waterloo is in need of volunteer receptionists. The time commitment is small – the clinic is open most Saturdays from 9-11:30 am and new volunteers will be part of a team that alternates months (for example – you will volunteer the 1st or 2nd Saturday of every other month). Duties include patient check-in and Excel data entry.
Jubilee offers much-needed healthcare services to our community. The clinic cared for over 400 uninsured/underinsured patients in 2010, and could not continue its great work without dedicated volunteers. Please contact Kristin Wentworth (235-3760 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you are interested in volunteering or would like more information.
On Tuesday, September 19, Bill Farmer received his Certification in Infection Control.
Bill joins an elite group of individuals that have passed this exam administered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology. This elite group includes only 19% of the Infection Control Specialists in the country. This was Bill’s first time taking the exam that has only a 62% pass rate for the first attempt.
Way to go Bill! - Michelle Heine
Click here for CEU information.
This week rock garden by entrance #6 was planted by the sixth grade students of George Washington Carver Academy with the guidance of Becky Stansbery, Horticulturist. The flowers and shrubs are tolerant to shade and moisture.
This shaded rock garden invites us to sit on Paula's bench in the middle of these large stones, and enjoy the beauty of the flowers.This stone bench was given in memory of Paula Johnston-Schultz, of Allen Social Services. A large stone with her name will soon be placed there. The garden will be called Paula's Garden.
Trish Pedersen, Green Team Member
Go Red for Women Event Raises Awareness
On September 20, 2011, the Cedar Valley Go Red for Women community outreach committee held their first annual Go Red for Women Volleyball event at Waverly/Shell Rock High School.
On behalf of the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign for the Cedar Valley area, Waverly/Shell Rock volleyball teams, 9th through varsity level, hosted Oelwein’s 9th through varsity volleyball teams to bring forward a heightened level of awareness for women regarding heart disease and stroke.
The event was a great success in promoting sportsmanship and a common purpose for both communities, players, and fans. Fans from both teams were encouraged to wear red in support of the cause. All teams from both schools were outfitted in red shoelaces, headbands and bows to show their commitment and “We Dig Red” t-shirts were worn by both Oelwein and Waverly/Shell Rock varsity teams.
Drawings were held for donated items that included a ‘Go Red for Women’ bracelet, an AHA/ASA cookbook and two tickets to attend the Cedar Valley Go Red for Women luncheon on November 4 at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.
Credit Union Annual Meeting
Tuesday, September 27
Five Sullivan Brothers
5:30pm – Social
6:00pm – Dinner
If anyone is interested in running for the board please stop in the Credit Union Office and talk with the staff.
Please Join Us!
Allen College Alumni & Friends
at My Fair Lady
Saturday, October 29
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Centre, Cedar Falls
Tickets $40.80 (face value)
Reception in Davis Hall immediately following the performance (courtesy of Allen College).
Early bird reservations for Allen College Alumni Association due paying members until September 30. Open to Friends of the College beginning October 1.
Allen College Alumni who would like to pay their $20 dues may purchase immediately or you may have your name placed on a waiting list, first-come first-served starting in October.
Contact Dina in Student Services for tickets at 319-226-2000. Payment required to hold reservation.
|October 1 - Net Learning Deadline
Survey For Completion After Attendance
After attending a Forum, please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey – we appreciate your input. Either go to the Info Spot on the AllenNet or click here to go to the survey directly. The Info Spot also has summaries and Q&A lists for previous Forums from 4th quarter 2010 to current.
Allen Gift Shop News
September 26 and 27 - Books are Fun
October 27 and 28 - Scrubs Sale
November 22 - Masquerade Jewelry Sale
December 12 and 13 - South Bend Chocolate Sale
Start Somewhere Walk - October 7
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad recently announced his goal to have Iowa rank as the nation’s healthiest state. To kick off the initiative, Governor Branstad is asking for Iowans to participate in the “Start Somewhere Walk” at noon on October 7.
If you’re planning to walk on Oct. 7, click here and then click on the “Get Started/Take the Pledge” page to register.
5K Run Walk Roll Benefiting Pathways
Benefit for Pathways Behavioral Services aiding in their work to prevent and treat substance abuse. Click here to go to the web site.
October 29, 2011 at 9:00 am
Click here for full details and registration form.
Cedar Falls Fall Clean-Up of Hazardous Materials & Electronics
Saturday, September 24
9:00am - 2:00pm
Cedar Falls Public Works
1500 Bluff St., Cedar Falls
Click here for more information.
St. Paul's Beef 'n Noodle Dinner
Join us for delicious homemade beef 'n noodles, cole slaw, boiled potatoes, dessert – and bake sale. Adults: $8, children under 12: $4
Saturday, September 24
4:00pm – 7:00pm
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 207 W. Louise St., Waterloo
Maples Neighborhood Clean-Up Day
Saturday, September 24, 2011
8:00 am to Noon
A BIG dumpster and a crane will be avilable to take the big stuff that you can't normally dispose of with weekly trash.
Allen associates are invited to participate, but please bring your ID badge with you.
RESIDENTS CAN BRING:
General bulk items "trash": furniture, lawn furniture, worn out clothing, bedding, scrap lumber and building remodeling and repair scrap materials, carpet, house wares, toys, bicycles, TV's, computers, etc.
Gasoline powered equipment: lawnmowers, weed eaters, tillers, snow blowers, etc. Power equipment must be drained of gas and oil prior to dumping.
RESIDENTS CAN'T BRING:
No garbage (use your weekly garbage service)
No hazardous materials
No liquids: fuels, oils, pharmaceuticals, etc.
No yard waste or tree debris
No propane gas tanks
To find out how to get rid of the stuff in the "NO" category, call Waste Management at (319) 291-4553.
If you are interested in providing winter coats, mittens and hats for underprivledged students, please click her for the Maples September newsletter. The newsletter also contains lots of information for events happening in this area.