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Don’t Take the Bait: Beware of ‘spear phishing’ attacks through your email

This message comes from Ballad Health’s IT team. Here is a mock scenario in which someone is victimized by a cybercriminal impersonating a company executive. George, a social engineer or “hacker,” knows healthcare organizations make it a standard practice to send out press releases for leadership promotions and appointments. He Googles several health systems until he finds Acme Healthcare, which recently hired Elizabeth as the new CEO for Acme’s flagship hospital. Peter works at the hospital and reports up through Elizabeth. George is preparing a “spear phishing” campaign against Acme Healthcare. Spear phishing is a type of phishing attack where hackers like George target the account of someone in authority in order to get team members working under that person to take action. The Hack George does some digging online until he finds the naming convention of Acme Health’s email addresses. He sends an email to Peter pretending to be Elizabeth after spoofing her email…

Ballad Health Foundation presents tickets to paradise with return of Night of Hope and Miracles; proceeds benefit Niswonger Children’s Hospital

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.— Ballad Health Foundation’s Night of Hope and Miracles is returning to Kingsport to offer a slice of paradise and support the future of healthcare in the Appalachian Highlands. This year’s gala will transform MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center into an elegant, esplanade paradise from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, complete with holiday-themed cocktails, a silent auction and live music. The event also features an experience room that showcases future plans for Niswonger Children’s Hospital and will include actual items used every day in the neonatal intensive care unit. “The magic returns to Kingsport after a two-year hiatus, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome our guests to a tropical paradise for the Night of Hope and Miracles this year,” said Jack Simpson, president of Ballad Health Foundation. “Our teams have been hard at work creating an exciting and immersive experience for guests, and I know we’re all…

There’s still time to give: Team Member Giving Campaign deadline extended to Dec. 9

Due to email communication issues early in the campaign, the deadline to establish a gift to this year’s Team Member Giving Campaign has been extended to Friday, Dec. 9. This annual campaign, which was originally set to close on Tuesday, Nov. 28, provides team members an opportunity to give to their choice of many important funds and programs that benefit our communities, patients, families and team members. Giving even a little bit can make a big difference in the lives of those in need! So far, our campaign has received commitments from team members for $577,000, with about 13.5% of our team members participating. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and if you haven’t made a donation but you’d still like to, we thank you in advance! NOTE: If you donate $6 per pay period (annual total of $156), you will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt that is approved to wear on Fridays. But…

Introducing our Servant’s Heart Award winners: Dr. Steven Baumrucker

We’re putting the spotlight on our winners of the Scott and Nikki Niswonger Servant’s Heart Award, Ballad Health’s highest award. It was created to honor team members, physicians and volunteers who display the heart of a servant by going above and beyond the normal call of duty in helping others at work and in the community. The award was named in honor of Scott and Nikki Niswonger. Scott is a Greeneville businessman and philanthropist who is the chief benefactor of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, and a member of the Ballad Health board of directors. The Niswongers have a long history of serving others throughout the region, with a strong focus on education highlighted by the creation of The Niswonger Foundation. We’ve also started our nominations for next year’s winners; to make a nomination, click here. Dr. Steven Baumrucker Dr. Steven Baumrucker, medical director for the palliative medicine service line for Ballad Health, is…

Introducing our Servant’s Heart Award winners: Ronnie Alley

We’re in the process of putting the spotlight on our winners of the Scott and Nikki Niswonger Servant’s Heart Award, Ballad Health’s highest award. It was created to honor team members, physicians and volunteer who display the heart of a servant by going above and beyond the normal call of duty in helping others at work and in the community. The award was named in honor of Scott and Nikki Niswonger. Scott is a Greeneville businessman and philanthropist who is the chief benefactor of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, and a member of the Ballad Health board of directors. The Niswongers have a long history of serving others throughout the region, with a strong focus on education highlighted by the creation of The Niswonger Foundation. We’ve also started our nominations for next year’s winners; to make a nomination, click here. Ronnie Alley This nomination is for Ronnie Alley, a volunteer at both Holston Valley…

Thanksgiving wishes from Alan Levine

NOTE: This message was emailed on Wednesday, Nov. 23, to all Ballad Health team members from Alan Levine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Ballad Health. Dear Colleague:  With the holiday season upon us, and as we settle in for Thanksgiving, I’d like to first give thanks to our fellow team members who are planning to work during the Thanksgiving holiday. Some of them are working because they wanted to volunteer so others could enjoy the holiday with their families; others have chosen to work because they know their patients and colleagues need them. Whatever brings you to work on this holiday, you all have the gratitude of our patients, your colleagues and our communities.    As you know, I enjoy telling the stories of Ballad Health. These “mission moments” are many, and they all make me so proud to be a part of your team.  ut today, I want to tell you the story of one of our cherished…

Golden Ticket campaign lasts through Nov. 30; you could win $50 Visa e-gift card!

This could be your lucky month! Ballad Health is partnering with Sharecare to provide a great wellness benefit to our team members through our B-Well program. Team members who join B-Well powered by Sharecare can securely store and access health data and take part in wellness programs and challenges. Consider it a great boost in your fitness and wellness journey! Now, B-Well powered by Sharecare is excited to roll out the Golden Ticket promotion, which lasts through Nov. 30. Any team member who has signed up for Sharecare has a chance to win a $50 Visa rewards e-gift card. To learn more about these wellness resources and the promotion, please see the details and links below. Good luck! Register here for Sharecare. Are you a winner this month? Here’s how this works: • Step 1: Visit balladhealth.sharecare.com and create your Sharecare account, or log in.• Step 2: Download the Sharecare app. For the best experience*, use the app on your mobile device…

Introducing our Servant’s Heart Award winners: Aliese Harrison

For the next few weeks, we are putting the spotlight on our winners of the Scott and Nikki Niswonger Servant’s Heart Award, Ballad Health’s highest award. It was created to honor team members, physicians and volunteers who display the heart of a servant by going above and beyond the normal call of duty in helping others at work and in the community. The award was named in honor of Scott and Nikki Niswonger. Scott is a Greeneville businessman and philanthropist who is the chief benefactor of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, and a member of the Ballad Health board of directors. The Niswongers have a long history of serving others throughout the region, with a strong focus on education highlighted by the creation of The Niswonger Foundation. We’ve also started our nominations for next year’s winners; to make a nomination, click here. Aliese Harrison Finding ways to serve both her patients and her team…

Reminder: Our Team Member Giving Campaign wraps up Tuesday, Nov. 29

Ballad Health’s 2022 Team Member Giving Campaign lasts through Tuesday, Nov. 29. This Ballad Health Foundation campaign provides team members an opportunity to give to their choice of many important funds and programs that benefit our communities, patients, families and team members. Tapping into the spirit of teamwork and giving for which Ballad Health is known, this year’s theme is “For one. For all.” So far, team members have made commitments worth $484,000 and we are driving for more! Each team member should receive a personalized email from Ballad Health Foundation that will let you make a donation. (Do not forward, though, as this link is personalized for you.) In an effort to make things more convenient, team members have the option to make a sustainable gift that automatically renews each year. That way, team members can choose how much they want to give and which programs they want to receive their donation – but…

Limited spaces available at Ballad Health childcare centers

Ballad Health offers childcare services to team members, at competitive rates — and there are a few openings right now at our three childcare centers. These childcare services are part of Ballad Health’s effort to make things easier on working families. Spaces are limited and are reserved for team members before opening the spots to the community. The available spots vary by location and are not available in all age groups. Team members can find out more by calling the centers at the following numbers: Hospitots, Johnson City – Call 423-431-6930; director Kacye Peters The Children’s Center, Elizabethton – Call 423-431-6930; acting director Kacye Peters Child Development Center, Bristol – Call 423-844-5225; director Tracy Barbour Team members can also email Amy Doran, corporate director of early childhood care and education for Ballad Health, at amy.doran@balladhealth.org. There are plans to create more Ballad Health childcare centers, so be on the lookout for updates.