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BSJ Connections Apr 2009 Inspiring Life, Hope and Healing BSJ Care System Newsletter For Staff Mission: To provide care and services responsive to the individual needs of those we serve with dignity and respect in a cost-effective manner placing value on the recipient, his or her family and our staff. E xe cu t ive Dire ct o r Hu m an Re sou rce s Greetings Staff Family Medical Leave We are now well into spring and it feels good after the long winter Effective 01/16/2009 there have been revisions to the Family we’ve just been through. Medical Leave benefit. Review the basic eligibility and benefits on page 12 of the ‘R&B of E’ and also the posted notice in your facility A quick look back at 2008 shows that all of our programs and for the new military qualifiers. services provided 242,078 days of service last year. Wow, that’s There are also new Employee Responsibilities: a huge number. The good work you do is impressive and For notifying the employer of the need for a FML. important to those we serve, their families and our communities. - If known, 30 days. THANK YOU for all you do! - If unscheduled, no later than next business day There are many occasions to celebrate this time of year and a few after the employee learns of need. touch us all. May is Older Americans Month and we celebrate - If unforeseen, no later than beginning of seniors among us and our special relationship to them. Two other employee’s shift. important occasions are Mother’s Day on May 10th and Father’s For reporting a FML qualifying reason when reporting Day on June 21st. To all the Mom’s and Dad’s within BSJ an absence. Corporation – may you have a happy and special day. - Must state qualifying reason. - Must designate as FML. In March, BSJ welcomed four new board members and thanked - Must state whether or not expect to see a health three members leaving the Board. Joining the Board are Bonnie care provider or is under the continued care for Nesbitt, Russ Callahan, Marcia Sarnowski and Dorothy Wetterlin. a chronic condition. The members who completed 27 collective years of appreciated Dawn Johnson, Human Resources Director service to BSJ Corporation are Patt Boge, Silvana Richardson and G e n e ra l Dr. Charles Miller III. Wellness Expo ’09 “Living Active, Living Longer” Today’s economic times present challenges in our daily lives and Join us at our corporation’s booth at the Expo on April 24th, Friday for our organization. The tightness of state and federal budgets from 8:30am – 1:00pm at the Omni Center in Onalaska. Free requires each of us to do our jobs well and to be efficient; admission, free lunch, and entertainment. Over 70 exhibitors, free effective and cost conscious while maintaining our commitment health checks (hearing, bone density, massages, blood pressure, to those we serve and to our co-workers. I believe you and BSJ COPD screenings, functional fitness testing, mobile mammography, are up to the task but it will take ongoing effort and attentiveness chiropractic), door prizes. Bring food item for the food pantry. individually and collectively to maintain the quality and OCC goes Direct Deposit affordability of our programs and services. OCC started using direct deposit for payroll purposes in March. All staff from all the entities using direct deposit need to keep their Enjoy the many late spring and summer community festivals, business office informed if the deposit accounts change. activities and events. Tom Rand, Executive Director Co rp o ra t io n Up dat e s Programs - BSJ Community Services Health & Dental Insurance Plans Info ♦ACES ♦MERIT Centre North ♦Merit Centre South Information is available about the health insurance plan by Welcome and Congrats! accessing www.glhealthplan.org/member and entering the ID ACES (Adult Community Evening Services) welcomes Danielle, number from your membership card. The Health and Dental Tammy, and Johnathan. Congratulations go to Katherine Zetes who premium rates for single coverage and family coverage are posted graduates from WTC on May 15th with a degree in Associates of on the employee official bulletin board at each entity. Applied Science. Life Insurance The Life Insurance company’s name has changed from United States Life Insurance Company to AIG Life Insurance as of Happy Spring from Merit Centre South! 2/1/09. See your business office for the new Voluntary Life We counted the days to Spring on a big flower from 88 days down to Insurance premium rate schedule. “Spring is Here!” Also, staff and clients took guesses on when the Retirement Plan big glacier snow pile behind Shopko would melt – by the way, that Overall % of Corp Employees Participating in Plan -- 36% was on April 16th. Now it’s April and our beautiful magnolia tree is New enrollments for the Plan can be accepted after hire if in full bloom. Merit South has been doing our part in “going green” employees are hired for 20+ hours per week. See your business and using washable cups and plates instead of paper. Enjoy the office and the Employee Summary Plan Description for details Spring and visit us anytime as we will get you in the “spring spirit.” about other enrollment opportunities. Bonnie Spears, Merit Centre South Team Leader Ho u sin g - B S J Co mm un it y S e rvice s O n a la ska Ca re Cen t e r ♦Laurel Manor ♦OnaMain ♦OnaTerrace ♦Prairie Home Traveling with Amanda Schaub ♦Salem Terrace ♦Shelby Terrace ♦Welcome Home ♦Windsor Place Onalaska Care Center’s Dietary Aide, Amanda Baked Goods & Rummage All In One Day Schaub has been studying in Europe this Shelby Terrace is having a Bake & Rummage Sale on Friday, semester. She is a 3rd year student at UW- May 1st from 7:00am – 4:00pm. All proceeds from the sales will River Falls and is with 40 other students, a go to Shelby Terrace for summer activities. teacher and an aide. She went to London and has seen many plays, museums and viewed the Donated items for the sale are being sought from staff and friends. European architecture, cities and countryside in Drop off at Shelby Terrace or call Kim at 608-788-4477 to Scotland, Holland, France, Spain, Germany, arrange a pick up. We appreciate your help to make it a success. Vienna, Czech Republic and Italy. View her photos on her Facebook page. Shelby Terrace is located at 2525 Shelby Road in Congrats Graduates! La Crosse. Congratulations to Christie Meyers, Andrea Aspenson and Mary Berling at OCC. They recently received their RN degrees and passed their nursing boards. We look forward to working with them as Registered Nurses! Norseland Nursing H ome & Friendship Hse Ma rin u ka Ma no r & E d e n Ho u se Minutes in Motion What’s New In Human Resources? Break room discussions during the winter blues time produced Hello, my name is Tammy Foss and I have been working at action from staff which created a 6-week long Gundersen Marinuka Manor in the Human Resources Department for a month as Lutheran sponsored Minutes in Motion Challenge Team with 20 the new Human Resources Assistant. staff and their family members. “Team Norseland” tracks time doing all sorts of activities. The goal is to spend 30 minutes, 7 I have a husband of almost 10 years, Dan, and two beautiful days a week for 6 weeks to total 1,260 minutes. The Team was daughters who keep me very busy – Brittany, 19 and Megan, 13. surprised what activities qualify such as walking, bowling, Prior to coming to Marinuka Manor, I was employed for 10 years as swimming, sports, gardening, playing, household tasks and the Human Resource Manager at Equality Die Cast in Winona, MN. washing the car. Goals were met at the 3 week mark. Prizes will I also am currently employed at my family’s business, C. Kuehn be awarded on May 13th for the end of the Challenge. This should Trucking, processing payroll among other duties. My outside spark an interest at the facility to create an exercise area for staff interests include spending time with family & friends. I am also a on breaks or off duty. We wish them luck on the rest of the big fan of Dirt Track and love the outdoors! challenge. Jill Wurm, PTA, “Team Norseland” Captain Tammy Foss, Human Resources Asst Marinuka Manor extends a warm welcome to Tammy and we wish her tremendous success. She is anxious to meet you. Call or stop by. G e n e ra l B S J Ca re Cen t e r Innovative and Committed Staff Mandatory Education Changes and innovations continue at BSJ Care Center. April saw our Educational topics are to be covered with staff each year. Make opening of the Bodega – Resident Choice Dining on East Wing. sure you are on target time-wise for completing these topics and Starting with Breakfast, residents have choice and a freshly served any others required for your position at your facility or program. meal. Last year, we opened the Ballroom on the West Wing—now Annual Training for Employees: known as Avalon. Avalon, the area’s newest and largest Dementia - Bloodborne Pathogens Care Unit, opened last year and has been very well received. We - Disaster Planning serve about 90 residents at a time with varied and individualized - Universal Precautions plans of care. If you find yourself on the South Side of La Crosse, - Abuse & Neglect Training please stop in to see the marvelous changes we’ve made. Resident - HIPPA care and efficiencies are our focus as we create a home-like and - Resident/Tenant Rights inviting atmosphere. BSJ Care Center’s staff has and continue to - Hazard Communication work tirelessly to improve things for our residents. Thank You! - Infection Control - Harassment in the Workplace Eric Jacobson, Administrator - Discrimination in the Workplace - Violence in the Workplace BSJ Connections 04/09 More information about the BSJ Care System is available at: www.bsjcorp.com.
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