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TOBACCO FREE

Because we are the community’s leader in health care, VCUHS is a completely tobacco free campus The policy means that patients, visitors and employees are prohibited from smoking anywhere inside or outside the grounds of the VCU Medical Center and its affiliated locations. Cessation programs are available for all employees who are currently using tobacco products. 

Family Centered Programs

As an employer of choice, we know that our responsibility to our employees extends to their families. From the tiniest of babies to adult dependents and seniors, we provide a range of benefits and programs for all stages of life. 

In this section:
Comprehensive Family Care Center
Child Care Center
Adult Day Services Program
On-site Lactation Rooms
Doula Services
Caregiving Services
Backup/Sick Child and Adult Care
SitterCity

Comprehensive Family Care Center
Our average employee is 42 years old, which means that many employees are facing family care responsibilities that may include toddlers as well as seniors. Through our comprehensive, on-site Family Care Center — the first of its kind in our region — VCUHS provides child and adult day care in an updated and friendly environment that is administered by dedicated child and adult care professionals. Intergenerational activities, such as baking, storytelling, music and art, provide the perfect opportunity for children and adults to make lasting impressions with one another.

Child Care Center
For three decades, our on-site Child Care Center has been consistently rated as one of our most popular employee benefits. The program, which provides care for children as young as six weeks through preschool, is renowned and is among only a handful in the United States accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children® (NAEYC®). In fact, ours was one of the first programs in the country to earn this designation. Because of our program’s well-respected approach to child care, we were selected to administer another child care program in one of Richmond’s north side neighborhoods. In 2012, we celebrated a second year of staffing and operating this terrific neighborhood resource, which is also available to VCUHS and VCU employees. And for families who use this facility, tuitions are based on a sliding scale.

Adult Day Services Program
VCUHS employees who are caring for an aging adult — any adult, regardless of the relationship to the employee — can take advantage of the VCUHS on-site Adult Day Services Program. Located in the same facility as the Child Care Center, our Adult Day Services Program helps seniors establish social relationships in an inviting and comfortable environment. Seniors may sit around the “dining room” table and engage in conversations about current events, or, on a pretty day, they may enjoy watching children from the Child Care Center play outside. During summer months, they may even venture out to tend tomato plants in the garden. Some sign up for routine trips to the State Capitol and the Botanical Gardens while others prefer to quietly pet visiting therapy dogs. To see for yourself how wonderful and unique this program is, check out this video!

Recently, our Family Care Center was recognized as a Program of Distinction by Generations United, the national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies. According to Generations United’s (GU) website, the annual recognition of outstanding intergenerational programs was developed and launched in 2010 with support from the New York Life Foundation. The Programs of Distinction designation serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program. The intention of the designation is to recognize excellence while celebrating the rich diversity among intergenerational programs.

On-site Lactation Rooms
When new moms return to work, we want to make it as easy as possible for them to continue breastfeeding. That’s why we offer and maintain several on-site lactation rooms, which have been updated to feature pumps, rocking chairs, iPod® docking stations, footstools and private bathrooms.

Doula Services
Because we know that reduced stress eases the transition of bringing a new baby into the household, VCUHS offers doula services to employees who have delivered their babies at VCUHS. These certified doulas, who are also registered nurses, are available for telephone consults as well as initial in-home visits.

Caregiving Services
At least one out of four employees is caring for someone who is ill, disabled or aged. This new “normal” as a caregiver is our new “normal” as an employer. And caregiving means different things to different people. For some, it involves an aging parent or loved one. For others, it means caring for a spouse who has a debilitating illness or injury. Our internal geriatric care manager offers professional guidance and resources locally and nationally to employees who are facing adult dependent care, aging or disability-related concerns. Specific programs include: 

  • All VCUHS employees have access to free, private and confidential one-on-one consultations about their own caregiver challenges. Many employees choose to include other family members by conference call or family meeting, which allows a team approach in solving the challenges. In 2012, 270 employees used this service.
  • In addition, free monthly Eldercare Education and Support Group meetings continued in 2012. Presentations followed by discussions included topics such as elder law services, sibling rivalry and courageous conversations with family members.
  • Again in 2012, several departments collaborated to present the Work and Family Resource Fair, which gave employees direct access to a variety of eldercare vendors and resources available at VCUHS and in the community.
  • The Web-based Employee Resource Center (WERC) is located on the VCUHS Intranet and offers an updated list for employees who need eldercare resources, ranging from home care to elder law resources.
  • Monthly, Eldercare STAT is offered as a “walk-in” service for employees who need to discuss their eldercare needs. During Eldercare STAT, our on-site geriatric care manager is available in a central location during shift changes, to make access especially convenient.
Backup/Sick Child and Adult Care
Sometimes making the call between staying home with a moderately ill child or going to work can be agonizing. To help our employees avoid having to choose, we offer backup and sick child and adult care through Bright Horizons. Through this benefit, employees receive 20 days of backup and sick care per year. Backup care in a network facility requires only a $15 per day copay, $25 per day for two or more dependents. In-home care is equally reasonable. The supplemented rate of $4 per hour is extremely affordable. What’s more, our own on-site Family Care Center is in the Bright Horizons network and can be selected by employees, space permitting. And if employees are out of town on business and their children need overnight care, backup care can be arranged for home or the destination city. Similarly, employees who have frail adult family members can rely upon the national network to check in on loved ones, whether they are down the street or across the country.

In our fourth year of providing this service, it is one of our most appreciated benefits with more than 877 employees registered to use it. In 2012, 1,055 days of work were saved, thanks to this benefit. Providing this service isn’t just good for our employees, it’s also good for our patients, because their care providers don’t have to cancel or reschedule appointments or procedures. 

SitterCity
In the spirit of helping our employees manage their home lives, we added another layer of support through SelectPlus+, which includes child-focused services through SitterCity and adult-focused services through Years Ahead. Services include babysitting, tutoring, housekeeping and pet sitting. Adult-focused services help caregivers find the appropriate level of care for their aging loved one, including senior care companions and a range of facilities. Years Ahead also provides employees with access to licensed senior care advisors for an extra layer of help. Membership to SelectPlus+ is paid for by VCUHS. Employees negotiate the terms of the arrangements and payments independently.