Make Plans to Get Your Flu Shot

Flu season is upon us and now is the time to protect yourself, your patients and the community by getting vaccinated. Influenza viruses typically ramp up each year in the fall, lasting through the spring, so September and October are ideal times to be vaccinated. Most people who catch the flu recover without complications, and influenza can be associated with serious illness and hospitalization, especially among older adults and young children. The CDC recommends annual flu vaccines for everyone older than six months.

Click here to view the full list of scheduled clinics.

Staff may also make a flu vaccine appointment with Employee Health by calling 402-955-6020 or through your primary care provider or pharmacy. If you receive the flu vaccine elsewhere, please provide documentation of the vaccine to Employee Health. As a reminder, flu vaccines are required annually for all Children’s employees, contingent workers and volunteers and must be received by Nov. 30, 2021.

Employees and dependents who are on Children’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) plan are eligible to receive an annual flu vaccine at any CVS retail pharmacy location. In order for the vaccine to be covered, please show your CVS pharmacy card and not your BCBSNE card. While this is coordinated as part of our medical coverage, the pharmacy coverage is technically separate. If you don’t have your CVS card handy, just ask the pharmacy team to look up your CVS coverage.

United Way Campaign Includes Cutest Pet Contest

Children’s United Way campaign is underway! Watch your email for messages from epledge@uwmidlands.org and click to give if you wish to support the campaign. Donations help those in need and also help young people succeed in school and prepare for the work world. Gifts of all sizes make a difference.

Campaign Champion Jan Yergan, vice president of Network Development, says she is hopeful that giving will be strong.

“Giving to United Way is a meaningful way to support our community and make an impact on children’s lives,” Yergan says. “Please join me in supporting this worthwhile cause with whatever size gift is right for you.”

Donations to the United Way may be made through Oct. 29. Giving online is easy; just follow the instructions in the United Way emails you will receive weekly throughout the campaign.

As an incentive to give, Children’s is offering small gifts with donations. Employees who pledge $25-$60 will receive a hard-bound journal, those who pledge $61-$199 will receive an insulated lunch bag and those who pledge $200 or more will receive a Sherpa blanket. Gifts will be delivered via interoffice mail.

In addition, if you make your pledge by Oct. 15, you will be entered into a drawing to win a stadium cushion, Bluetooth speaker or eight hours of PTO.

For questions about the online campaign, please call the United Way Help Desk at 402-522-7977.

Cutest Pet Contest
New this year – a cutest pet contest! Support Children’s United Way of the Midlands Campaign by featuring your furry friend in the upcoming community-wide cutest pet contest. Now through Oct. 8, enter your cat or dog in the contest here. Registration for Children’s employees is $10 per pet, due by Oct 8. After completing the registration information, please click “I have a promotional code” and enter the code CHILDRENS to receive $10 off the $20 registration fee. You may enter more than one pet, but separate registration forms are required.

  • Oct. 8: Deadline to enter your pet in the contest
  • Oct. 11-15: Those who register will receive a link where they may complete information about their pet
  • Oct. 20: Voting begins. Watch MyChildren’s for the link to the contest. Vote as many times as you like ($1 per vote).

All Children’s pets entered in the contest will be eligible to win a prize. If your pet’s page has the highest number of votes for your category (cat or dog), you will win a gift basket filled with treats and toys for your pet.

Nurses Featured, Honored in Pediatric Nurses Week Video Series

Children’s is sharing a series of nurse video profiles to help celebrate Pediatric Nurses Week and spotlight some of our incredibly skilled, caring nurses.

Click here to watch a story about Theresa Rhylander, a nurse in Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Click here to watch a story about Dani Bunger, one of Children’s private duty nurses.

We will share more in Thursday’s Pulse. Please offer your gratitude with our amazing nursing staff this week and thank them for all the ways they improve the lives of children!

Oct 5 is Vascular Access Specialty Day

Vascular access specialists provide exceptional vascular access insertion, care and maintenance with the objective of promoting an optimal, proactive and intentional approach to preserve vasculature, improve clinical outcomes and enhance patient safety and education. Please take a moment to recognize our amazing vascular access team as we acknowledge their dedication, expertise and commitment to the patients we serve. These members are an integral part of the health care team and keep patients safe from catheter complications, improve patient comfort and satisfaction. Give them a warm thank you when you see them.

Celebrating National Physician Assistant Week

Every year from October 6 through 12, we celebrate National Physician Assistant Week, which recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to our nation’s health. PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications and often serve as a patient’s principal health care provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs have more than 400 million patient interactions per year while practicing in every state and in every medical setting or specialty. Please join us in celebrating and thanking our amazing Physician Assistants for their dedication to providing top-notch health care to our pediatric patients!

Med Staff Lounges Moving Oct. 18

In order to construct the new medical staff and resident lounges on LL3 of the Wiebe Tower, the current medical staff lounge will be moving Oct. 18. The temporary location for the medical staff lounge will be on LL3 of the Hubbard Tower. The temporary lounge is directly south of the main six-pack elevators and east of the entrance to the Café. Watch for posted signage.

Please click here to see the floor plan.

Children’s Charity Golf Classic Raises $136,000

The 31st Annual Children’s Charity Classic, held Sept. 27 at Omaha Country Club, raised $136,000 for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. 

Funds raised continue to support the recently opened Hubbard Center for Children, expanding Children’s capacity and making high-quality care available to more children in Omaha and across the five-state region. 

Children’s Charity Classic, presented by HDR, drew more than 100 golfers to the sold-out event. Participants enjoyed beautiful weather, pre-assigned tee times, box lunches courtesy of Northwestern Mutual and beverages courtesy of the Heider Family Foundation. 

“For 31 years, our supporters have demonstrated their commitment to Children’s mission of improving the life of every child, and we are so grateful for their continued generosity in 2021,” said Beth Greiner, chief development officer and executive director, Children’s Foundation. 

Through the efforts of Children’s Charity Classic and friends, this event has raised more than $1.6 million to date for Children’s. 

ACHA Walk for 1 in 100 Now Virtual on Oct.23

Children’s is a sponsor of the Walk for 1 in 100, hosted by the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), scheduled for Oct. 23. Due to the current increase of COVID-19 cases in the community, and for the health and safety of congenital heart disease patients, families and staff, the walk will now be virtual.

You are encouraged to register, participate and support the ACHA with the virtual event. Click here to join our Omaha team. Once registered, the ACHA will send a Zoom invitation four days prior to the event.

Saturday, Oct. 23

  • 9 a.m. – Opening ceremony with guest speakers
  • 9:30 a.m. – WALK in your local neighborhood
  • 10:15 a.m. – Virtual Social Hour

The ACHA has been empowering and advocating for the 1 in 100 children and adults impacted by congenital heart disease. ACHA funds ACHD-specific research grants and is a leading organization in advocating for research at the federal level. It has accredited 40+ ACHD programs across 25 states and offers extensive educational tools, including defect-specific resources, weekly webinars and a searchable clinic directory.

Children’s Physicians Scheduled Flu Vaccine Clinics Happening Now

The flu vaccine is an important tool to keep children healthy during the flu season. This year is especially important as we navigate a flu season combined with COVID-19. To make it easier for children to get vaccinated, Children’s Physicians is offering scheduled flu clinics on evenings and weekends, running through the end of October.

All flu clinics will be by appointment only. Families can call their Children’s Physicians office, or log into Children’s Connect via a computer or the mobile app and select “Schedule an Appointment” to directly schedule a child’s visit.

Children’s Physicians is once again offering vaccines to the family members accompanying the child.  Click here to see the scheduled vaccination clinics.

Children’s Connect Around-the-Clock Customer Support Available Starting Oct. 4

Children’s is working strategically to increase activation and engagement of Children’s Connect, our online patient portal. To better serve our patients and families, we have determined that it is necessary to provide them with around-the-clock customer support that reinforces our reputation as a responsive health care provider. Children’s has contracted with Nuance as a third party to provide this real‑time, bilingual (English and Spanish) 24/7 support 365 days a year.

Starting on Oct. 4, In addition to our existing email support (childrensconnect@childrensomaha.org), we will launch a phone number, 844-296-4615, that staff can direct patients to for support for functions such as login authentication, password resets, sending messages and portal navigation. This number will not be live until Monday, Oct. 4 and should not be used for clinical needs, such as questions about appointment or test results. Those types of questions should be handled by the provider’s office.

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