EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER | NOVEMBER 19, 2018
NEWS
DR. STONEWALL MCCUISTON NAMED 2018 SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR

2018 Samaritan of the Year: Dr. Stonewall McCuiston 

"Sky Full of Stars" was the theme for Riverside's 45th Annual Samaritan Dinner. At this thank you event for annual donors, Riverside named Dr. Stonewall McCuiston as the Samaritan of the Year. Across our community, he models a conviction to "pay it forward" both for patients and the many civic organizations for which he advocates. Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QugyTbYzHc

In addition, two video stories were shared from grateful patients Dr. Edward Slaby and Vincent Edward Clark. Find out more at https://www.riversidehealthcare.org/samaritan-society/

Read The Daily Journal's article honoring Dr. McCuiston here

Congratulations, Dr. McCuiston! 

RIVERSIDE MEDICAL GROUP WELCOMES CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, MELISSA ROSENOW, PSYD

Riverside Healthcare is pleased to welcome Clinical Psychologist, Melissa Rosenow, PsyD. Dr. Rosenow is now seeing patients at Psychiatric Specialists, located at 400 N. Wall Street, Suite B402 in Kankakee.

Dr. Rosenow began her education in the honor's college at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She then earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (emphasis in Family Psychology) from Azusa Pacific University in the Los Angeles, CA area, graduating with highest honors.Dr. Rosenow has trained at community counseling centers, substance abuse treatment centers, and hospitals including neuropsychological assessment training at UCLA. She completed her postdoctoral residency at Riverside Medical Center. 

Dr. Rosenow specializes in psychological and cognitive assessments. She conducts comprehensive and individualized psychological testing to provide diagnostic clarification and to assist with treatment planning. Learn more about Dr. Rosenow and Riverside's Behavioral Health services at riversidehealthcare.org.

Dr. Rosenow is now accepting patients, ages 17+, to schedule an appointment, please call (815) 937-1237.
RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEES HONORED AT 40 UNDER FORTY EVENT

40 Under Forty, presented by the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, is a program that identifies individuals who are 40 years old and younger who are active leaders in the community. 

Four Riverside Healthcare employees were honored at this year's event: Amy Gorecki, Lauren Short, Dr. Nicholas Guastalli and Kirstin Carson (not pictured).

Honorees were presented with plaques at a special event last Thursday, November 15 at the Knights of Columbus in Kankakee. Click here for a list of all 2018 40 Under Forty honorees. 

Congratulations! 


OPEN ENROLLMENT 2019

Open Enrollment 2019

Employee Benefit Open Enrollment begins November 5th and will close at 6pm on November 26th. 

Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review, enroll in, or make changes to your benefits, as well as add or drop coverage for eligible dependents (changes effective 1/1/19). 

It is important to note that this is an “active” Enrollment, which means you must enroll or your coverage will end.  

Click here for important information on how to enroll! 

STATE OF RIVERSIDE MEETINGS

The State of Riverside is a great way for Riverside employees to interact with our executive team at locations across our health system. Come and participate in the great things going on at Riverside that YOU help make possible every day. 

Sessions listed as ‘General’ below are open to all Riverside employees due to the generosity of the Riverside location hosting the presentation.  Please note that some of these meetings rooms are small and plan accordingly. 

Date Time Location Audience
11/19 5 to 6 p.m. Johnson Lecture Hall General
11/20 10 to 11 a.m. Johnson Lecture All General
11/21 8 to 9 a.m. RMG Women's Health CHC Women's Health & General
11/21 2 to 3 p.m. Johnson Lecture Hall Dietary & General
PIC ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BASKET AUCTION

Partners in Caring

Annual Christmas Basket Auction

When:  Thursday, December 6th from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Bidding ends promptly at 5:00 pm)

Where:  South Lobby

Please deliver all baskets/items to Lynn Christian or Kristin Speckman in the Risk Mgmt/Employee Wellness office (Suite B504) beginning Monday, December 3rd between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Include a description of the basket/item along with estimated value, name of department that donated as well a contact name/number. Baskets MUST be turned in by Noon on Wednesday, December 5th.

Contact Lynn Christian at ext 6078 or by email at lchristian@rhc.net  or Kristin Speckman, ext 4985 orkspeckman@rhc.net.

REACH LEVEL 2 & 3 DEADLINE

REACH Level 2 and 3 are due by December 15, 2018. Be sure to log your healthy habits, complete mammograms, and coaching if required before that date. It is the employee's responsibility to check their points and ensure their accuracy. Employees who have an FTE of .5 or greater can earn up to $520 in financial incentives in 2019 when they participate in the REACH program.  

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Christian lchristian@rhc.net or Megan Byarley mbyarley@rhc.net.     

BENEFITS OF THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN RIVERSIDE & HEALTH ALLIANCE

Learn more about the new, affordable Medicare Advantage health plans

Riverside and Health Alliance Medicare Advantage have teamed up to create brand new, affordable health plans with many outstanding benefits that include providers patients already know and trust while giving access to the care patients need.

For more information call 1-877-642-4753 or go to HealthAllianceMedicare.org

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why has Riverside partnered with Health Alliance Medicare Advantage? • Riverside and Health Alliance Medicare both have a history of serving the needs of the local communities and care about keeping healthy the communities we serve.

• By using a network of local doctors, Riverside and Health Alliance keep your healthcare decisions close to home, and that is important to us.

• We've partnered to design new Medicare Advantage plans that help make the entire healthcare experience seamless, easy and affordable.

• With Health Alliance Medicare you get a health plan that works closely with your doctor every step of the way and helps coordinate your care from start to finish. 

What do people like most about Medicare Advantage?

• Plans as low as $15/month

• Comprehensive dental coverage

• $0 Rx deductible

• $0 preferred generics, low brand co-payments

• Fitness benefits and travel assistance

• A network of doctors that people know and trust

Timing is important, right? What do people need to know?

• Annual Election Period is October 15 to December 7

• When most people with Medicare can make changes

• Assess your coverage every year; needs can change

How can they sign up?

• Call Health Alliance at 1-877-642-4753 or go to HealthAllianceMedicare.org

• Contact their local insurance agent

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE ON NOVEMBER 21

There will be a blood drive at the Limestone Fire Department, located at 4948 W Rt. 17., on Wednesday, November 21 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Incentives from the American Red Cross at this drive are a long-sleeve Red Cross T-Shirt and a PIE for donating.  

For an appointment call Alison at 815-935-7535 ext. 4794 or visit www.redcrossblood.org

Give more life.  Donate Blood.  

NEW SUCCESS PAYS PROGRAM FOR NURSING CERTIFICATIONS

Have you ever considered a certification in nursing? With Success Pays, now it is easier than ever before! 


Success Pays Program Details: 

19 certifications are covered under ANCC Success Pays program*  

No up front cost! ANCC gives Riverside a unique code to distribute to their nurses who enter the code online in place of a payment method for the certification exam for one of 19 eligible certifications. 

Test up to 2 times at no cost! When a nurse passes the exam, Riverside will get an invoice which can be paid for by Nursing Excellence Funding (which the nurse must also apply for). If a nurse fails the exam, one retest is available. If the nurse fails again, the hospital is not charged at all. 


What are next steps? 

Step 1: Visit this link and apply to certify 

Step 2: Receive permission to test and contact Heather Petkunas at x5030 or hpetkunas@rhc.net for Success Pays code and CE Direct review course information 

Step 3: Take test and apply for Nursing Excellence Funding through the Nursing Excellence button on Rivernet. Contact Heather Johnson at x5029 or hmjohnson@rhc.net for NEF application assistance. 

*To utilize Success Pays, you must apply for NEF. 

HUNGRY? HERE’S A RIVERSIDE DISCOUNT FOR MANCINO’S PIZZA & GRINDERS!

Riverside employees, enjoy $5 off any order of $25 or more at Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders!

Use your free 2018 Riverside Employee Discount Card to take advantage of this offer. Click here for a full listing of the 2018 discounts

AMAZON SUPPORTS RIVERSIDE!

The holidays are here, and your purchases can have a healing touch. Did you know that AmazonSmile will donate to Riverside with every purchase you make? Check it out now by choosing "Riverside Healthcare Foundation" at smile.amazon.com

REACH RELAX-A-LUNCH

Eat, Breathe, Relax... 

Well In Mind will be leading a 10-minute guided relaxation exercise to help shake off the stress of your work day. Please join us! 

If you would like to join, come to Cafeteria Room C on Tuesday, November 20. Relaxation will begin at 12:30 p.m.

CAPELLA UNIVERSITY OFFERS FOR RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEES

INTRODUCING

Capella’s Learning and Leadership Scholar Offers

At Riverside Healthcare, in partnership with Capella University, we foster the perpetual pursuit of learning and the constant commitment to development. We provide partner benefits that make learning and development affordable, flexible, and achievable. Because true and aspiring leaders never stop learning.

Learning and Leadership Scholar Offers:

  • 50% off your first 12-week session of your degree program in the FlexPath format, when you start by January 7th, 2019
  • $4,000 grants for those who enroll and start in any degree program in the GuidedPath format by January 7th, 2019
  • Free professional development webinars, including a nursing CE course with an enriched VR experience.
  • 2 select free courses: "Developing Effective Teams" and "The Essentials of Managing Conflict."
  • An additional 10% tuition discount for all eligible students. Not combinable with select tuition discounts.
LEARN MORE

Capella.edu/RiversideHC

REACH MAINTAIN. DON'T GAIN!

Maintain Don't Gain Challenge 

This will be a 6-week challenge focused on nutrition, exercise and weight loss. Register now on the REACH portal! 

Additional information will be sent out with instructions after enrollment. Don't wait, the challenge begins November 19th! 

Please contact Lynn Christian at lchristian@rhc.net with any questions. 

$5 JEWELRY AND ACCESSORY SALE

The Masquerade Jewelry sale is here!
Experience the Frenzy

$5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale

Monday, December 10 | 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Tuesday, December 11 | 7 a.m to 3 p.m.

Riverside Medical Center, South Lobby

Sponsored by Riverside Healthcare Volunteer Services. Proceeds benefit Patient Touches Fund. Payment via cash, credit/debit cards & payroll deduction available. 

NEED NUTRITIONAL ADVICE? TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING!

Meet with a Benedictine University Dietetic Intern as part of their Healthy Table Nutritional Services. The appointment will include a computerized nutrient analysis, along with interpretation and explanation of individualized recommendations.

Individual nutritional counseling sessions are available for Riverside Employees, Volunteers, and Riverside Medical Residents. Sessions will be available between November 26th and December 21st.  Limited session available.

Utilize this free service to kick-start your 2019 wellness goals. Call the Employee Wellness department to set up your appointment today. 

REACH participants will earn 25 points in Healthy Habits by attending an individual counseling session. 

To Schedule Contact:   
Lynn Christian or Megan Byarley -Employee Wellness
815-935-7067 or Ext 6078
lchristian@rhc.net
UNITED WAY FUNDRAISING DRIVE: PLEASE DONATE!

Much like the hands of Riverside employees bring healing to our patients, the local agencies of the United Way of Kankakee County bring healing to people of our community. With the help of donors, the United Way is able to continue to provide services to those in need. Furthermore, $0.99 of every $1.00 stays right here in the community in which we live and serve.

Each year Riverside Healthcare runs a successful campaign for United Way, usually placing high in the "giving" category within the county. Riverside's giving goal is $55,000 this year. 

Please join us in strengthening our campaign and helping to build a stronger community by giving to the campaign. 

Pledge forms are available on Rivernet or from Nancy Moore. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 3 for $10. 

Each ticket purchased will be entered into a raffle featuring an iPad, $300 Wal-Mart gift card, Two (2) FitBits and Two (2) Massages from Riverside Health Fitness Center. 

Nancy Moore is Riverside's United Way Campaign Chair should you have any questions. Contact Nancy via email at nmoore@rhc.net or ext. 4739. Thank you for your consideration to support our community's healing through United Way.  

Learn more about the United Way by visiting myunitedway.org. 

RHFC NOVEMBER SPECIAL - 20% OFF ENROLLMENT

Riverside Health Fitness Center is celebrating 20 years!

Enjoy 20% off enrollment during the month of November!

Offer applies to everyone. 

Contact the Riverside Health Fitness Center at (815) 929-1200

COMING SOON TO ROOM OF MAGIC: DISNEY'S CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Disney's Christopher Robin

Friday, November 30 | 6 p.m. 

Room of Magic, Riverside Medical Center

Christopher RobinChristopher Robin -- now a family man living in London -- receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. With Christopher's help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends -- Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life. Rated PG.

Popcorn and Drink will be provided. 

RSVP to Patient Care Services at 935-7506 or ext 5631.

WELL IN MIND NOVEMBER CHALLENGE

Gratitude: How to Practice & Why it Matters 

Well In Mind is challenging YOU to practice gratitude! 

November is the month of Thanksgiving. Most people take the time to recognize the good things in their life on the Thanksgiving holiday, but research shows that daily gratitude can help us be more optimistic about our upcoming week, have fewer physical complaints, increase life satisfaction, and decrease stress and depression.  The best part? You can do it anywhere, anytime! 

Connection Card Challenge: 
1) Identify a positive action by a coworker 
2) Open Rivernet a find "Connection Card" 
3) Write out the details of why your coworker contributed to a positive event happening in your day 
4) Log your points for submitting the Connection Card under "Healthy Habits" in your REACH portal 

Each Connection Card logged on the REACH portal is an entry into a raffle to win a massage gift card from REACH! 

Well In Mind 
WIM is a free, confidential supportive service provided by Riverside Healthcare for employees focused on offering support, prevention and a mindful approach to wellbeing. 

How Gratitude Helps

  • Increase optimism: ability to view negative events as temporary, controllable, not personal and contained to one situation 
  • Reduce physical complaints 
  • Increase life satisfaction
  • Decrease stress and depression
Try This at Home 
Every night for three weeks identify three things that went well that day and why, listing only positive contributing factors
REACH MAMMO MONDAY FOR RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEES

REACH Mammo Monday

Last Monday of every month

Who: All female Riverside employees over the age of 40

Where: Riverside Pavilion Outpatient Center

When: 3 to 7 p.m.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • November 26 
  • December 17 

To schedule your annual REACH Mammogram:

Call Outpatient Scheduling at (815) 935-7531

All Mammogram Monday participants will receive a free pair of breast cancer awareness socks. 

EVENTS
Wednesday, November 28th
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Join us on Wednesday, November 28 at 1 p.m. in the Hoover cafeteria for the Hoover Building employee Tree Lighting ceremony. 
Wednesday, November 28th
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

It's beginning to look like the holidays!

Join us on Wednesday, November 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Pavilion lobby for Riverside's Annual Tree Lighting ceremony. 

Refreshments and cookies will be served. 

CLASSES
EMPLOYEE EDUCATION

To register for any of these classes, access OLIE via RIVERNET. Login to OLIE and search for the class using
the SEARCH option. In the Search Expression field type the name of the class and select the class to register.

SUPPORT GROUPS & HEALTH CLASSES
PARENTING AND CHILDBIRTH