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Join Lincoln Financial for a webinar on managing debt, set for Wednesday, Aug. 10

Could you use some advice on how to manage debt? Most people have some type of debt, and Lincoln Financial, Ballad Health’s retirement plan administrator, is ready to help. Join their webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. Access WellnessPATH, your personalized financial wellness tool, here through our Lincoln Financial plan account. Schedule a seat at the live event through LincolnFinancial.com/BalladSchedule here. NOTE: If you’re accessing this message on your phone, tap the link below to see the webinar flyer in PDF format.

Lincoln Financial retirement advice: Remember you’re in it for the long haul

Lincoln Financial, Ballad Health’s retirement plan administrator, has solid advice for team members who are worried about how the volatility of the market is affecting their retirement accounts. You can view a short animated video or reach out to one of our LFG retirement consultants, Lauren Kirkland and Clay Haselton, for one-on-one advice. And also check out a new feature Lincoln Financial is including on your retirement plan statement — a personalized Lifetime Income Illustration. NOTE: If you’re on desktop, see the flyer displayed below for more information. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, to open the flyer below in separate PDF format, just click on the “Download” link.

Message from HR: Important reminders about our new benefit plan year

This Friday, July 1, marks the beginning of the new fiscal year and the effective date of the Ballad Health benefits you selected during open enrollment. The premium deduction for benefits will occur on the July 8, 2022, paycheck. Here’s a rundown of the key benefits being offered: MEDICAL – The Ballad Health Choice, Ballad Health Bronze and Ballad Health PPO (if applicable) plan deductibles and out-of-pocket accumulators start over on July 1. The medical plan provider directories are available online at bcbst.com/balladhealth. Click on the resources tab to review the provider listings. You can also review the provider directories on the Ballad Health intranet by clicking on Ballad Health Benefits and Network providers. Deductible, out-of-pocket and claim information can be viewed online by creating a member account on the BlueCross BlueShield website (bcbst.com). If you newly elected a Ballad Health medical plan and have not received your ID cards, or if you need additional cards, please…

Ballad Health holding two hiring events for all open positions

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Ballad Health is hosting two convenient recruitment events that will enable job seekers to apply and interview on-site for all open positions across the health system. Two different days and locations will be dedicated to recruitment efforts: Friday, June 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.Bristol Regional Medical Center, Magnolia Room Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.Holston Valley Medical Center, Heritage Room Key jobs being sought at the event include RNs, LPNs, CNAs; medical lab technicians and medical technologists; several diagnostic imaging roles, including radiologic technologists, ultrasound technicians, CT technologists, MRI technologists and nuclear medicine technologists. “Our team members are our most crucial resource, and we’re committed to growing and cultivating that resource – namely, recruiting and expanding our employee base,” said Hamlin Wilson, Ballad Health’s vice president of employee relations. “The last two years have brought a new meaning to the work of clinical staff, and adding more compassionate healthcare professionals will strengthen…

REMINDER: The Ballad Health childcare survey deadline is today (June 24). We want your input!

Ballad Health is taking childcare suggestions from our team members through Friday, June 24, and we want to hear what you want from their childcare provider! We will be using input from our childcare survey as we move forward to address the lack of high-quality, affordable childcare that is a barrier for many families in the Appalachian Highlands, including our team members. Childcare shortages are creating significant challenges for families nationwide, and Ballad Health is committed to addressing these challenges both through existing childcare sites and by investing in new childcare sites across the region. We want to hear from you so we can better understand what our team members need, want and look for when selecting childcare. Ballad Health is pledging to address these barriers, and with your input, we can take the most efficient steps to ensure access to high-quality childcare across the Appalachian Highlands. To provide this very important input, we invite…

May 31 was the last day of open enrollment for FY23

Today (Tuesday, May 31) is the final day of our 2022 open enrollment period for the FY23 plan year. This is the time of year for team members to make any desired changes to their benefit elections, so if you want to make changes and haven’t done so already, don’t forget to do that before midnight tonight! If you don’t want to make changes, you don’t have to do anything This year, if you do not need or want to make any changes to your current benefit elections, you will not need to complete the online open enrollment process; however, the annual enrollment period is a good time to review your current benefits package, make any changes and review your beneficiary information. If you don’t make any changes, and because open enrollment is not required this year, you will maintain your same benefit elections for the new benefit plan year (FY23), which begins July 1. NOTE:…

Market volatility making you nervous about your retirement savings? Lincoln Financial has answers

Are you concerned about the volatility of today’s market and how it is affecting your Lincoln Financial retirement account? Lincoln has answers to your questions and concerns. Join Lincoln Financial’s Dan Weber, an expert on investment strategies, for a Webex discussion on market volatility, set for Wednesday, June 8, from noon-1 p.m. Dan is assistant vice president & senior director – client investment strategies for LFG. See more details and meeting information in the flyer below:

Balladeer Children’s Program planning family nights at Appalachian League baseball games

The Balladeer Children’s Program is planning family nights at several Appalachian League baseball games in June. The program will provide tickets for each child to get into the baseball game and get a free meal at the concession stand. They’ll have a special seating section at each ballpark where our Balladeer families can sit, connect with other Balladeer families and enjoy the game. In between innings, the program will offer a chance for Balladeers to participate in some fun, on-field games. NOTE: You MUST be enrolled in the Balladeer Children’s Program in order to participate in the program’s events. The Balladeer Children’s Program is ONLY open to Ballad Health team members with a child between the ages of 3 through 18. Only team members hired directly by Ballad Health are eligible to join. If you’re not already enrolled in the program and would like to join, click here. We have five different baseball game options…

Reminder: Open enrollment lasts until May 31

We’re midway through our 2022 open enrollment period, which lasts until Tuesday, May 31. This is the time of year for team members to make any desired changes to their benefit elections. If you don’t want to make changes, you don’t have to do anything This year, if you do not need or want to make any changes to your current benefit elections, you will not need to complete the online open enrollment process; however, the annual enrollment period is a good time to review your current benefits package, make any changes and review your beneficiary information. If you don’t make any changes, and because open enrollment is not required this year, you will maintain your same benefit elections for the new benefit plan year, which begins July 1. NOTE: To continue enrollment in the flexible spending medical or dependent care accounts, you must go online and make a new election. Also, if you and/or your…

Message from Debbie Dover: Open enrollment is here through May 31!

Dear Ballad Health team member, It’s that time of year – open enrollment for Ballad Health benefits will run from Monday, May 16, to Tuesday, May 31. This year, if you do not need or want to make any changes to your current benefit elections, you will not need to complete the online open enrollment process. However, the annual enrollment period is a good time to review your current benefits package, make any changes and review your beneficiary information. If you don’t make any changes, and because open enrollment is not required this year, you will maintain your same benefit elections for the new benefit plan year, which begins July 1.  As a reminder, to continue enrollment in the flexible spending medical or dependent care accounts, you must go online and make a new election. Also, if you/and or your covered spouse have had a change in your nicotine status since last year, you will need…

Lincoln Financial values your cybersecurity; here’s how to keep your retirement account safe

There is an elevated risk of cyberattacks against Ballad Health, and our organization has taken several steps to defend against these attacks, including a systemwide resetting of passwords and restrictions on some external login access. We are determined to keep our system, our patients and our team members as safe as possible. Our retirement plan partners at Lincoln Financial have also prioritized your cybersecurity. See below for steps you should take through LFG to keep your retirement plan account safe. Lincoln also provides tips (see links in the flyer) for how to secure all your online interactions. IMPORTANT NOTE: Remember, DO NOT use the same password for your LFG retirement account that you use for your Ballad Health network password. It is extremely important that team members NEVER use their Ballad Health password for any other accounts.

Celebrate Healthcare Week with a little bingo!

As we celebrate Healthcare Week 2022 next week, we invite you to join us for a little fun! During the coming week, we will be playing bingo across the system. Here’s how it works: From Monday, May 9, through Sunday, May 15, daily bingo numbers will be drawn and sent to all our team members via email. Each team member will receive six bingo cards from their manager starting Monday, May 9. All six cards will be on one sheet. Please return your completed page of cards to HR no later than noon on Wednesday, May 18, in order to be eligible for prizes. Be sure to include your name and team member number on your entry! Cards can be hand-delivered to the closest HR location or scanned/faxed to your HR contact. HR contact names and fax numbers will be included in the daily email with the BINGO numbers.  Again, the deadline for submitting completed cards…