Wellness Center Changes To Boost Employee Participation

2018 Employee Wellness Survey Summary

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The Employee Wellness Survey results are in! We would like to thank everyone who participated and gave us your valuable feedback so we can better our employee wellness programs.

We received 401 responses and want to congratulate Claudia Tinkle, Darlene Woods, Catherine Barton, and Prisana Johnson on winning the drawing. Come to the Wellness Center and see Amanda Posey to pick up your prize.

We learned a great deal about what YOU want to see in the Wellness Center. Here are the key highlights:

  • Top barriers to working out include lack of time, inconvenient location and activity schedule.
  • Most employees filling out the survey work out 3-5 hours per week.
  • 22% of staff taking the survey are NOT currently enrolled in Cooleaf.

Our key initial action steps:

  • Move the 1-2 hour work out category up to the 3-5 hour level
  • Enroll more of our employees in Cooleaf to increase awareness of activities boosting participation
  • Offer classes and campaigns at more convenient times and locations

The committee would love to see those employees already using Cooleaf help their coworkers get signed up and start taking advantage of the wellness programs offered. To see more results from the survey check out this PowerPoint presentation: Wellness Center 2018 .

The Employee Wellness Committee plans to use these results to work on some great campaigns. These campaigns will increase communication and participation in our employee wellness program.

We also plan to promote some of the current evening classes at the Wellness Center that employees can take advantage of such as a 5:30 p.m. Boot Camp on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Check out a class schedule at http://www.dekalbmedical.org/our-services/wellness-center/classes.

Not a member of Cooleaf yet? Visit www.JoinCooleaf.com to register now.

Help Stop Mental Health Prejudice

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#CureStigma 2018

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Dekalb Medical Behavioral Health Services is proud to partner with The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) during Mental Health Awareness Month. We want to raise awareness about the stigmas that plague people with mental health disorders and find ways to assist in combatting prejudice.

One in five Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment.

The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.

Stop by the Behavioral Health Services booth in the Magnolia cafeteria on N. Decatur’s campus on Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 31, to learn more.


Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy Clarification

To clarify the March 6 eDigest post, “Find Out What Changes Were Made to Paid Time Off”:

Employees are not allowed to take time off without pay. Employees are not able to go into the negative in their Paid time off (PTO) bank.

Paid time off (PTO) must be approved by your manager and consideration will be given by the manager based on staffing needs. In addition, employees are not permitted to go into negative PTO balances. In other words, if you have used all of the PTO in your bank, you may not use unearned PTO for time off with the exception of new employees whose departments have closed holidays. The
Time and Attendance Request Form has been modified to include a space for you to note your PTO balance. Please fill in this portion of the document so that your manager can see how many hours you have available before approving.


WinWin! With You Applauds Leslie Pope, DO; Paul F. Richin, MD and Candace C. White, DO

WINWIN_8_0Welcome to the WinWin! section. The employees listed below have been recognized by patients, peers and/or managers who want to showcase their wins. Please join us in applauding their great work. If you have a Win, we’d love to share and celebrate it. Send Wins to http://ow.ly/ZYwi307GSHY.

Leslie Pope, DO

Dr. Pope of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Kirkwood OBGYN is being recognized with a five star rating from one of her patients. 

Patient comment: “The best doctor ever! She is amazing! I would recommend her to all of my family and friends! Thanks Dr. Pope, you are heaven sent.” 

Paul F. Richin, MD

Dr. Richin of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group DeKalb Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is being recognized with a five star rating from one of his patients.

Patient comment: “Dr. Richin has great empathy with his patients. He is very understanding and caring.” 

Candace C. White, DO

Dr. White of DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Lithonia Primary Care is being recognized with a five star rating from a happy patient.

Patient comment: “I love Dr. White; not only is she very knowledgeable and caring but she remembers her patients which is what’s most important to me. She’s also very charismatic and really makes you feel comfortable when in the environment.  Dr. White also has a great way of connecting and transferring information so that its very understandable. I’d definitely recommend her to anyone!”