December 1, 2015

31815InfographicBenefitsinside640Here at Texas Children’s, we are committed to your financial well-being when you retire after your years of valued service to our patients and our organization. That is why our comprehensive Total Rewards program includes two retirement programs to help you save for your future. Here’s how you can take advantage of these retirement benefits today:

Cash Balance Pension Plan (CBPP)
This is a fully funded pension plan provided by Texas Children’s to help you save for your retirement. You are automatically enrolled in the plan on April 1 or October 1 once you reach 21 years old and have worked 1,000 hours or more during the 12 consecutive months after your initial date of hire.

For the calendar year 2015, Texas Children’s has contributed approximately $19M in the CBPP for almost 9,000 active employees. On December 1, we will post the 2015 deposit into your CBPP (for qualified employees as explained above). To see how much your CBPP has grown, log into your account at www.ibenefitcenter.com. On the website, you also will find useful tools to help you view your balance, estimate your future pension balance and verify/update your beneficiary information.

To learn more about the Cash Balance Pension Plan, click here to view the summary plan description or call the Texas Children’s Hospital Pension Plan Support Team at 800-752-8230 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

403(b) Savings Plan
If you are not already enrolled in the 403(b) savings plan, you should consider doing so. You do not want to miss out on Texas Children’s 50 percent match of the first 6 percent of your pre-tax per paycheck contribution. You can enroll anytime by contacting Fidelity at 800-343-0860 or online at www.fidelity.com/atwork.

Thank you for exemplifying our core values, especially Leading Tirelessly. At every level, we inspire each other, bettering ourselves, bettering our teammates, bettering our organization, and ultimately, bettering the world.

November 3, 2015

11415openenrollmentrev640

One of the perks about working at Texas Children’s is the comprehensive Total Rewards package we offer our employees, which includes health care coverage, retirement, paid time off and much more. With 2016 Benefits Annual Enrollment is upon us, we are committed to helping you plan and select the benefits that best fit you and your family’s needs in the upcoming year.

Enrollment this year will be from October 30, through Friday, November 13. A newsletter highlighting your benefit options, some changes for 2016, and information on tools that can help make the enrollment process simple and successful was mailed to your home address on October 23.

If you want to change plans or coverage levels, or if you want to participate in the Health Care and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, you’ll need to elect your benefits during the enrollment period. If you don’t actively enroll during that time, your current benefits will automatically carry over next year, with the exception of Flexible Spending Accounts, which require you to actively enroll each year.

What’s new in 2016?
Here’s a short preview of what’s changing for 2016. You can learn more details in the 2016 Benefits Enrollment Guide on our benefits website.

  • CVS/caremark will be our prescription drug plan provider beginning January 1, 2016
  • More convenient retail locations including Walgreens
  • Mail-order pricing and quantities available only at CVS retail pharmacies
  • Modifications to the three medical plans
  • EPO and PPO prescription plan changes
  • In accordance with IRS guidelines the Health Care FSA limit has increased to $2,550
  • Changes to the PTO Sell Program due to regulatory requirements
  • New employees who join Texas Children’s on or after January 1, 2016 are immediately eligible for benefits

Where do I get more information about benefits?
Visit www.texaschildrensbenefits.org to learn more about your 2016 benefit options.

I need help selecting a plan. What resources are available?
You have access to Decision Direct, an interactive tool designed to help guide your decisions around which medical plan might work best for you and your family. Decision Direct is available on the benefits website under “Tools and Resources” and “Tools You Can Use To Decide”

How do I stay up to date with benefits information?
Text “TCHBENEFITS” to 88202 to receive important benefit reminders and activities year round.

How do I elect my benefits?
Log in to MOLI during Annual Enrollment and submit your 2016 benefits elections by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 13.

We strongly encourage everyone to actively participate in Annual Enrollment. Life changes from year to year, so it is very important to take the time to review and assess our current benefits selections to ensure that they align with your personal health care and financial needs/goals. Take the lead today in making the best decisions for you and your loved ones.

October 27, 2015

102815openenrollmentrev640

One of the perks about working at Texas Children’s is the comprehensive Total Rewards package we offer our employees, which includes health care coverage, retirement, paid time off and much more. With 2016 Benefits Annual Enrollment right around the corner, we are committed to helping you plan and select the benefits that best fit you and your family’s needs in the upcoming year.

Enrollment this year will be from Friday, October 30, through Friday, November 13. A newsletter highlighting your benefit options, some changes for 2016, and information on tools that can help make the enrollment process simple and successful was mailed to your home address on October 23.

If you want to change plans or coverage levels, or if you want to participate in the Health Care and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, you’ll need to elect your benefits during the enrollment period. If you don’t actively enroll during that time, your current benefits will automatically carry over next year, with the exception of Flexible Spending Accounts, which require you to actively enroll each year.

What’s new in 2016?
Here’s a short preview of what’s changing for 2016. You can learn more details in the 2016 Benefits Enrollment Guide on our benefits website.

  • CVS/caremark will be our prescription drug plan provider beginning January 1, 2016
  • More convenient retail locations including Walgreens
  • Mail-order pricing and quantities available only at CVS retail pharmacies
  • Modifications to the three medical plans
  • EPO and PPO prescription plan changes
  • In accordance with IRS guidelines the Health Care FSA limit has increased to $2,550
  • Changes to the PTO Sell Program due to regulatory requirements
  • New employees who join Texas Children’s on or after January 1, 2016 are immediately eligible for benefits

Where do I get more information about benefits?
Visit www.texaschildrensbenefits.org to learn more about your 2016 benefit options.

I need help selecting a plan. What resources are available?
You have access to Decision Direct, an interactive tool designed to help guide your decisions around which medical plan might work best for you and your family. Decision Direct is available on the benefits website under “Tools and Resources” and “Tools You Can Use To Decide”

How do I stay up to date with benefits information?
Text “TCHBENEFITS” to 88202 to receive important benefit reminders and activities year round.

How do I elect my benefits?
Log in to MOLI during Annual Enrollment and submit your 2016 benefits elections by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 13.

2016 Benefits and Well-Being Fair
There will be several opportunities during the upcoming weeks to ask questions about the 2016 Benefits package and to enroll in whatever plan you choose. Representatives from benefits vendors and Human Resources will be on hand during this year’s Benefits and Well-Being Fair from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, October 29, on The Auxiliary Bridge. This will also be a great opportunity to get your flu shot if you haven’t already done so.

We strongly encourage everyone to actively participate in Annual Enrollment. Life changes from year to year, so it is very important to take the time to review and assess our current benefits selections to ensure that they align with your personal health care and financial needs/goals. Take the lead today in making the best decisions for you and your loved ones.

October 13, 2015

Thousands of Texas Children’s employees have armed themselves against the upcoming flu season by taking advantage of the free flu vaccines that are being offered by Employee Health. It’s not too late for you to do the same.

Free flu shots are still being offered to all Texas Children’s employees, Baylor College of Medicine employees working in Texas Children’s facilities, Texas Children’s medical staff and volunteers at various events across the organization and at the Employee Health Clinic.

Staff Nurse Sarah Vining got her flu shot the second day it was being offered on The Auxiliary Bridge and said she gets the annual vaccine to protect herself, her family and the patients she serves against a potentially fatal infection.

“It’s important for our families and our patients, as well as our own families at home, to stay healthy and make sure that we’re in our best condition to take care of our patients,” Vining said. “So, get your flu shot!”

What’s in the shot?

The shot that is being offered to employees this year protects against four of the main flu viruses that research suggests will be the most common during the upcoming season.

Those viruses are:

  • Influenza A (H1N1)
  • Influenza A (H3N2)
  • Influenza B (Phuket)
  • Influenza B (Brisbane)

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get vaccinated soon after the vaccine becomes available. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating in a community, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.

“Getting the flu shot is important,” said Staff Nurse Vincent Orion prior to getting his annual vaccine on The Auxiliary Bridge. “It’s protects everybody.”

How to get vaccinated

Click here to view the dates and locations for your vaccination. If you are unable to make one of these dates, please make an appointment at the Employee Health clinic, located on the fifth floor of the Abercrombie Building near the yellow elevators, after October 1. If you have questions, please call Employee Health at Ext. 4-2150. West Campus Employee Health is located on the campus’ second floor and can be reached at Ext. 7-1365.

Visitation restrictions

Based on the increasing incidence of respiratory illness, effective at 6 a.m. Thursday, October 15 Texas Children’s Hospital is instituting new visitation restrictions for the inpatient units and critical care areas. To read more about these restrictions please click here.

September 29, 2015

93015brighthoriz640When Employee Medical Clinic and Wellness Manager Julie Griffith learned her nanny would be gone a week due to a family emergency she turned to Bright Horizon’s back-up care for help.

After filling out a few forms, Griffith breathed a sigh of relief and drove her son, Cameron, downtown to the temporary child care provider’s flagship facility where trained professionals greeted them with smiles, assurances and even a “Welcome” sign.

“I was very impressed with my entire experience, which allowed me to be fully present at work knowing that my child was being well cared for,” Griffith said. “I would highly recommend taking full advantage of the Bright Horizon’s back-up child care benefit to all employees.”

What is the Back-Up Care Advantage Program?

As part of our Total Rewards benefits, Texas Children’s partners with Bright Horizons to provide temporary back-up care at low cost. Employees can access up to 80 hours of family back-up care every calendar year. Standard copays are $2 per child per hour for center-based care or $4 per hour for in-home care for any age (for up to three people), but for the month of October, there is no copay. We are offering our Back-Up Care Advantage Program at no cost for Texas Children’s benefits-eligible employees during October.

By accessing this benefit, you do not have to take personal time off or miss work when:

  • Your regular caregiver is unavailable or on vacation
  • Your children’s schools are closed for holidays or teacher in-service days
  • You are transitioning back to work from parental leave
  • Your parent or adult loved one needs care in their home – anywhere throughout the U.S.

How do I participate in this program?

You must be registered before using the program and reservations are required. Requests for care can be made one month in advance or up to the day care is needed. Please note, there are some required forms needed prior to use of back-up care. We encourage employees to register for the Back-Up Care Advantage Program in advance of first-time use.

First-time users can register via one of the following options:

Online: https://backup.brighthorizons.com

  • Username = TexasChildrens
  • Password = backup1

Phone: 877-242-2737

  • Customer Service is available 24 hours/7 days a week.

Questions?
Please call Total Rewards at Ext. 4-2421 Option 1.

We hope you can take advantage of this program during the month October as well as throughout the year.

September 22, 2015

Texas Children’s is committed to the health, safety and well-being of our patients, families and workforce. This commitment is especially evident as we enter flu season, a time when people – especially the elderly, children and those with health problems – are at risk of contracting an infection that can cause mild to severe illness, or in some cases, even death.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated every year. Texas Children’s makes that process easy by offering free flu shots to all Texas Children’s employees, Baylor College of Medicine employees working in Texas Children’s facilities, Texas Children’s medical staff and volunteers.

Employee Health currently is administering free flu vaccinations to these populations at various events at Main and West campuses, the first few of which are occurring September 22, 24 and 29 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on The Auxiliary Bridge. Leaders from Texas Children’s Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Health Centers and The Center for Women and Children will inform their staff about flu shot details.

Click here to view the dates and locations for your vaccination. If you are unable to make one of these dates, please make an appointment at the Employee Health clinic, located on the fifth floor of the Abercrombie Building near the yellow elevators, after Thursday, October 1. If you have questions, please call Employee Health at Ext. 4-2150. West Campus Employee Health is located on the campus’ second floor and can be reached at Ext. 7-1365.

Last year, Texas Children’s achieved a 90 percent vaccination rate. We want to reach or exceed that rate this year. As a reminder, employees should be in compliance by Tuesday, December 1. Additional information about our vaccination policy and procedures can be found here and here.

Leaders can run reports for their area(s) via the Health and Wellness portal. Individuals who would like to view and/or print their immunization records can click here for instructions on how to access that portal.

Thank you for helping to safeguard the wellness of our patients, families, community and workforce by getting your seasonal influenza vaccination,” said Jill Fragoso, director of Employee Health and Wellness. “It’s quick and easy, and it’s simply the right thing to do.”

Stay tuned for updates about Texas Children’s seasonal vaccination program.

92315fluposterinside640

September 15, 2015

91615retirementinside350Did you know you are eligible to enroll in the Texas Children’s Hospital 403(b) Savings Plan? It’s a great benefit and an easy, disciplined way to save for retirement. Making even a small contribution each pay period can really add up over time.

Perhaps your situation has changed since you first learned about the organization’s retirement program or maybe you just need a quick reminder. Either way, here are a few reasons to enroll in the 403(b) Savings Plan today:

The more you prepare now, the more comfortable your future will be when you retire. If you have a personal retirement plan, you will be less dependent on the government’s social security retirement benefit program, the future solvency of which is unknown.

Texas Children’s will match up to 50 percent of the first 6 percent of your pay per pay period, helping you boost your retirement savings and reach your goals faster. The maximum per pay period employer contribution is the lesser of 3 percent of your gross salary or 50 percent of your contribution.

Need another reason to enroll? The sooner you begin saving, the more time your money has for potential growth. For example, an employee with a $20,000 annual salary who is contributing 6 percent of their earnings to the 403(b) Savings Plan could save $117,000 in 30 years versus $50,000 in 20 years, assuming a 7 percent annual rate of return.

You are always 100 percent vested in your contributions to the plan as well as any earnings on them. Texas Children’s matching contributions and any earnings vest according to the following schedule:

  • 1 year of vesting service – 20 percent vested
  • 2 years – 40 percent
  • 3 years – 60 percent
  • 4 years – 80 percent
  • 5 years – 100 percent

You are eligible to receive your vested earnings when you retire or leave Texas Children’s.

To enroll in the Fidelity-managed 403(b) Savings Plan, click here or call 800-343-0860. It only takes 60 seconds! To track your earnings, go to www.netbenefits.com/atwork.
For more information, schedule your on campus in person investment review with a Fidelity representative, call 800-642-7131, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central Time or go online at http://getguidance.fidelity.com. You also can call a Fidelity Workplace Planning and Guidance Consultant at 866-711-0352.

Thank you for exemplifying our core values, especially Embracing Freedom – with freedom comes opportunity. Boundless, wide open and unknown, it can be daunting to some, but we recognize the potential in the unexplored and venture forward, blazing our own trail in the name of care.