Category Archives: Benefits

PAL/PTO Cash-In Opportunity To Be Offered in November and April

What is the PAL/PTO Cash-In Opportunity?

The PAL/PTO Cash-In Opportunity is offered to hourly staff who would like to cash in a certain amount of accrued Paid Annual Leave (PAL) or Paid Time Off (PTO).

When will the PAL/PTO Cash-In Opportunity Be Offered?

We have decided to offer the PAL or PTO Cash-In Opportunity two times in the current fiscal year (FY15). We will offer the Cash-In Opportunity in November 2014 and again in April 2015. The program will be evaluated for continuation after April 2015.

Who is eligible for the PAL/PTO Cash-In Opportunity?

Benefit-Eligible hourly staff are eligible to participate in the Cash-In Opportunity.

What are the Cash-In Opportunity Rules and Procedures?

  1. Benefit-eligible hourly employees may cash in up to 40 hours of accrued PAL or PTO during the opportunity period.
  2. As the result of the cash-in, an employee’s accrued PAL or PTO will not be permitted to drop below 80 hours.
  3. Employees must follow the announced procedures during the cash in period; no off-cycle cash-ins will be permitted.
  4. Cash-ins are calculated according to the employee’s regular base hourly rate and do not include any differentials of other amounts.
  5. All cash-ins will be subject to normal deductions and taxes.

Cash-In Opportunity Time Line: (Dates will coincide with published payroll cycle.)

  First Cash-In Offering Second Cash-In Offering
Cash-In Opportunity Announced September 22, 2014 March 2, 2015
Cash-In Opportunity Requests Submitted October 1 – October 18, 2014 March 2 – March 18, 2015
Cash-In Opportunity Closed October 18, 2014 March 18, 2015
Cash-In Appears in Paycheck November 21, 2014 April 24, 2015

Further Questions?

Talk with your HR Business Partner or with your supervisor.

Enjoy America’s Pastime With Fellow UMMS Employees

oriole cropped

As cooler weather sets in and the days get shorter, the professional baseball season is also winding down.  But for UMMS and its affiliate employees, there’s still time for a fun and affordable night at the ballpark, as three “UMMS Employee Nights” are scheduled for Oriole games against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The dates are:

Tuesday, September 24 , Wednesday, September 25 and Thursday, September 26, 7:05 pm

Thursday is Fan Appreciation Night — The first 10,000 fans over 15 years of age will receive a free t-shirt!

There are generous ticket price discounts for UMMS employees all three nights. UMMS discount seats are being sold in designated sections of Upper Reserve, Lower Reserve, Left Field Box and Lower Box, with a price range from $9 to $32, plus a 10 percent service charge per ticket.

These discount tickets must be purchased online, in advance, as follow:

For more information or accessibility seating, call 1-888-848-BIRD and ask for the Ticket Services Team.


Easton Eatery Offers “Ten Percent Tuesday” Discount for SRH Employees

Julia'sJulia’s Carryout and Delivery at 28 South Washington Street is offering a “special” for Shore Regional Health employees. On Tuesdays, all Julia’s lunch menu selections (price range, $6.50-$10) will be discounted 10 percent to employees who present their ID badge when picking up their orders. Julia’s menu offers several hot and cold sandwiches, salads and sides. Julia’s is accessible from the alley and parking lot between Washington Street and Harrison streets. For more details, visit or call 410-820-4517.

Attention, Shore Shapers: Count your points – and earn 15 more in just 90 minutes!

Of the 1222 Shore Shape participants, 395 have reached the goal of 100 Wellness points. How about you? To maintain your health insurance savings, make sure that you will reach the minimum goal of 100 Shore Shape points by November 30 !

To check your points: Log onto and enter “shore” in the username box. Click the link in the box, Online HRA, at the bottom right hand corner of the page. On the page that opens, enter the necessary information to log into your account and see your points. (If you have trouble logging in, please contact Jesse Filamor,, 1-410-889-7333, ext. 105.)

You can earn 15 more Shore Shape points (and learn some great strategies to improve your physical and financial wellbeing) by taking advantage of this offering from the University of Maryland Extension Service: Small Steps to Health and Wealth™, an educational seminar that will be offered at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester (September 26 and October 24) and at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton (October 29, November 5 and November 12). For all locations, all dates, this FREE seminar will be offered twice: 3-4:30 pm and 5:15-6:45 pm.

Participants in Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ will learn effective psychological and environmental strategies to improve physical health and financial health, including: tracking current behavior; committing to making a change; making progress; and controlling the personal environment.

To enroll in one of these seminars, contact Karyn Walsh, M.Ed.,, 410-228-5511, ext. 8450.

UM Shore Regional Health Offers Educational Opportunities Via Local University Partnerships

UM Shore Regional Health partners with a number of colleges and universities that that provide educational exchanges to UM Shore Regional Health employees. An agreement between the school or educational exchange and Shore Regional Health is made to bring information about the programs to the workplace while providing benefits to employees such as waived application fees and tuition discounts. Sometimes additional scholarships are available to employees of educational partners.

If you are currently enrolled in a school with which UM Shore Regional Health is partnered with and you have not been identified as a SHS/Shore Regional Health employee, make sure the school is aware of this. All UM Shore Regional Health employees are eligible for these discounts. Below is a list of universities and programs that UM Shore Regional Health has an educational partnership with. For more information about these programs and when representatives from these organizations will be visiting various sites within UM Shore Regional Health, please contact Gail Shorter, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, Manager, Critical Care and Graduate University at

Walden University (waived application fee and 10% tuition discount)

Contact: Katie C. Hykes-Waddell, 443-286-3196 or

Visit their website:

Chamberlain College of Nursing (waived application fee and 15% tuition discount)

Contact: Jason Henrikson, 404-313-1201,

University of Phoenix (waived application fee and 6% discount.)

Contact: Tanaisha Bolden, 301-752-8620,

Drexel University Online (25% discount for all nursing programs. Non-nursing programs will have a 10% to 25% tuition reduction. Also applies to employee immediate family members.)

Contact: Dan Henner, 215-895-0362,

eCubed Employer Educational Exchange (waived application fee and 10% tuition discount)

Represent over 20 different colleges and universities offering a variety of online programs at all levels of nursing and non-nursing education.

Contact: Blakie Joyner, 407.618.5362,

Stevenson University (finalizing agreement for 20% tuition discount for nursing programs beginning Fall 2013)

Contact:Tonia Cristino, 443-352-4058,

Beneplace benefits Shore Regional Health Employees

What do HP, Apple, Toshiba, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Sea World and Six Flags all have in common? They are among the companies whose products and services you can access through Beneplace, a web-based discount vendor.

The University of Maryland  Medical System has contracted with Beneplace, which means that UM Shore Regional Health employees (and those other UMMS facilities) can get special discounts on a huge variety of products and services, locally and nationally. From taking a special vacation to buying a computer or mobile phone, or just going out to dinner, Beneplace is the place to start. The website is accessible from the hospital intranet; just click on the Employee Discounts button on the home page. You can also get to the site from home at

Have a favorite restaurant or service you’d like to recommend for the site? There is a space where employee users can make their own recommendations. All suggestions will be reviewed by Beneplace and UMMS Human Resource Services before being posted on the site.




Need Guidance or Support in Reaching Shore Shape Goals?

Improving your fitness and changing your diet and lifestyle for better health are excellent goals, but sometimes elusive goals. If you have gone off track and need help getting back on, or if you’ve reached a plateau in your weight loss or fitness-improvement journey, consider taking advantage of one-on-one or small-group assistance offered by Shore Shape.

Wellness Coach Carrie Ulrick is available on Thursdays to help you regain your progress or “pick up the pace” as you work toward your personal goals. Carrie is at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton every Thursday and she travels to UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester the third Thursday of every month. She also travels to off-site locations as requested by appointment.

And remember, each coaching session earns you five Wellness points toward your 100-point goal!

For details or to make your appointment, contact Carrie, 1-800-327-2251, ext. 136 or

Shore Shape Members Summer Discounts

If you have not yet joined a fitness club and you want to get a total body workout in just 30 minutes, now is the time to join Easton Curves! Join now with a 12-month contract and the rest of the summer is free. Add this savings to the discount (and payroll deduction) for Shore Shape members for a significant discount toward a healthier life. For more information, call Easton Curves on N. Aurora Street, 410-822-8277.

Other fitness center discounts available through Shore Shape include the following:
• Hearthstone, discounted member fees.
• Commitment Fitness 24 Hr Gym: Free Enrollment, Free 24-Hour Access and discounted member fees.
• Cross Court, Easton: discounted member fees
• Curves For Women, Cambridge and Easton: no joiner fee and discounted member fees
• Dorchester County YMCA, Cambridge: half price joiner fee and discounted member fees
• Talbot County YMCA, Easton, Denton, St. Michaels: no joiner fee
• Powerhouse Gym, Cambridge: no joiner fee and discounted member fees
• Cambridge Jazzercise and Pilates: discounted member fees

Payroll deduction is available for all centers. For more information, contact Karyn Walsh, Shore Shape, ext. 8450,