Today's top story is Open Enrollment is in full swing.

Yes, all benefits eligible employees should know that Open Enrollment is going on now thru July 25, 2014.

So what does that mean for you?

Well, this year...as in the past...all benefit eligible employees are required to enroll for next years medical, dental and vision plans to be covered in the new plan year.

That plan year starts September 1st.

So if you haven't made your choices yet, now would be a good time to get things going and make the right choices for you and your family.

By now everyone should have received their open enrollment packet in the mail.

If you have not, go to AskHR.

All of the materials included in the packet are available on AskHR.

Otherwise, review your packet, ask any questions you have, then go to BSHSIGoodChoices.com and enroll.

So here is a quick run down of the top things you should know for Open Enrollment this year.

-Open Enrollment dates are now thru July 25.

-Coverage dates for the new plan begins September 1.

-Aetna is still our Medical Plan Administrator.

-Medical, Dental, and Vision plan enrollment is mandatory.

That means, even if you currently have coverage, you still have to re-enroll during Open Enrollment to be covered...even if you do not want any changes.

-By completing all 3 wellness Incentives by August 31st, you earn $900 to be deposited into your new Health Reimbursement Account or HRA.

-Oh, the HRA replaces the 2013 payroll credit.

-You need to go to BSHSIGoodChoices.com to enroll and choose the best plan for you and your family.

-Enrollment for Voluntary benefits will be in the fall. So don't worry about voluntary benefits for this enrollment.

Well that's the basics.

If you need to know more...and I am sure you do...please go to one of the many of the benefit fairs going on at your local system.

You can also go to AskHR online...

...and don't forget Your Benefits Up Close on IRIS on the BSHSI Welcome page.

Open Enrollment is going on now thru July 25th. Don't miss out. Go to BSHSIGoodChoices.com and enroll today.
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In other news, handwashing.

Now that doesn't sound very exciting.

That's why we need your help.

The BSHSI Healthcare Acquired Infections Clinical Transformation Team has just announced a Hand Hygiene Campaign contest.

Still not excited?...well listen up...

We invite any and all BSHSI employees to develop and submit ideas for an exciting hand washing campaign.

That's right...posters, screensavers, badge clips, maybe a video.

But it's the idea we're looking for.

The best ideas will then be turned into those things...posters, screensavers, badge clips or maybe a video...by corporate communications. You know who you are.

So let's get creative.

The BSHSI Healthcare Acquired Infections Clinical Transformation Team is asking you to send your ideas to your local Infection Control leader by July 25.

If you don't know who your local Infection Control leader is, just send your ideas to me.

I'll be happy to get them in front of the right person.

But whatever you do...do it before July 25.

It's the first ever...Hand Hygiene Campaign contest.
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Finally, have you heard about "Nurses for Good"?

Or how about giving circles?

Well, both are happening in Bon Secours Virginia today and they want to share the idea with everyone.

Now giving circles are not new. The concept is fairly straight forward. Essentially, there is power in giving together.

For Bon Secours Virginia and Nurses for Good...if 1,000 nurses give $100 each, we can create a $100,000 transformative grant.

So how does it work? Well, that's pretty straight forward as well.

-1,000 nurses give $100 each to create a $100,000 grant...

-Nurses submit project proposals...project proposals might be a program or initiative that will have long lasting change across the Bon Secours Virginia Health System, then

-Nurses for Good members vote on proposals, finally

-The $100,000 grant is awarded to support the winning program or initiative.

And now for the big news...the first Nurses for Good grant for 2014 has been given to Phyllis Turner, MSN, RN-BC, PCCN in the category of Lifelong Learning for BSV Certification University.

The program hopes to

-establish a certification library at each Bon Secours Virginia facility,

-complete an e-library bibliography for nursing exams,

-establish a certification site on IRIS,

-host 4 certification test preps with external speakers and

-increase the number of Bon Secours Virginia certified nurses.

You can get the complete story and find out how you can contribute or how you can start your own giving circle

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