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A Shot at a Healthy School Year

It won't be long before the new school year begins and students head back to the classroom. Along with plans for back-to-school shopping, registrations, and orientations, be sure that your child is up-to-date with vaccinations. In fact, your state may require children entering school to be vaccinated against certain diseases. Check with your child's doctor, your child's school, or your health department to find out.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the past 20 years. However, outbreaks of preventable diseases still happen. For example, more than 48,000 cases of whooping cough and 20 deaths were reported in the US in 2012. These outbreaks occur because some parents do not get their children vaccinated. Getting your child's vaccinations on time helps protect your child, and your communities and schools, from outbreaks.

The American Cancer Society

Partner with your Wellness Works Nurse Navigator to Manage Your Diabetes or Pre-diabetes “Your Way, Your Pace, Your Style!”

If you and/or a family member are enrolled in a CKHS medical plan administered by AmeriHealth, contact your Wellness Works nurse navigator to better manage your health in our new pilot program. You will receive the support you need, as well as earn a reward for participation, all in a manner that fits your busy schedule. Diabetes is a serious health issue, and we are here to help!

Contact your Wellness Works nurse navigator today to sign up!

2014 Road to Wellness Update – Schedule Your Annual Physical Today!

Eligible employees and spouses who are enrolled in a Choices Medical Plan are encouraged to participate in a variety of healthy activities in 2014 to qualify for lower 2015 wellness medical rates. Eligibility varies by Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Required 2014 activities include an online Health Risk Assessment (HRA) and three online HRA lessons, biometric screenings, an annual physical, and completing one healthy activity. Biometric screenings and annual physicals completed on or after April 1, 2013 satisfy the requirement; you do not have to complete them again. If you have not had an annual physical after April 1, 2013, schedule it today! You may also complete biometrics as part of your annual physical, if required, as long as the biometric screenings are completed by Oct. 15.

All of these requirements must be completed by Oct. 15 (annual physicals must be scheduled by Oct. 15 and completed by Dec. 31). Participants also have to complete the final steps online during the annual open enrollment period, which is scheduled for Oct. 29 to Nov. 12, 2014.

A Healthy Happenings newsletter was mailed to eligible employees’ homes. Refer to the newsletter, visit the “My Wellness” page of, or call Employee Benefit Services at (610) 595-6380 (19-6380) for additional information.

Be Tobacco-Free and Preserve Health and Wealth  

This year, CKHS employees and their spouses are encouraged to make a new commitment to being tobacco-free. Eligible employees and/or their spouses who are enrolled in a Choices medical plan who are tobacco-free ─ and attest to their tobacco status during Open Enrollment between Oct. 29 and Nov. 12 ─ will not be required to pay a new medical plan per-pay tobacco surcharge in 2015.

We’re here to help! Tobacco users avoid the surcharge by completing a free “Clear the Air” or 1-800-QUIT-NOW smoking-cessation program and sending a Certificate of Completion to Employee Benefit Services by Dec. 31, 2014. In addition, free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available in the Crozer-Keystone Employee Pharmacy for eligible CKHS employees/spouses. Eligibility varies by Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“Clear the Air” Smoking Cessation Program – Class Schedule

CKHS Community Health Education offers "Clear the Air," a FREE group program led by experts who understand why you smoke. The program uses a positive behavioral change approach that teaches you how to become a nonsmoker for good.

  • Springfield Hospital for six consecutive Tuesdays, starting on Aug. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room (it’s not too late to join; you must complete five of the six classes)
  • Crozer for six consecutive Wednesdays, starting on Sept. 3, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the HR Classroom in Old Main
  • Crozer for six consecutive Tuesdays, starting on Nov. 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The room for this class has not yet been determined

Participants who attend at least five weeks of the six-week sessions receive a Certificate of Completion. Submit the Certificate to Employee Benefit Services by Dec. 31, 2014 to avoid paying the smoker surcharge in 2015. For more information and to register, call CKHS Community Health Education at (610) 497-7300 (14-7300). Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (see below) if you are unable to attend these on-site classes.  

1-800-QUIT-NOW Offers Telephonic Smoking Cessation Counseling

The PA Department of Health and other state health departments offer residents a free quitline. Pennsylvania’s FREE Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, uses state-of-the-art tobacco cessation techniques to provide counseling and structured assistance for individuals who are committed to quitting. The FREE Quitline is staffed by clinically trained counselors who offer five proactive counseling sessions. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential and a Certificate of Completion will be mailed to participants seven to 10 days after the five-week program is complete, so schedule accordingly.

Smoking Cessation Medications and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

New for 2014! The Crozer-Keystone Prescription Drug Plan covers six 30-day supplies of smoking cessation medications - including Chantix, Buproprion (generic Zyban) and generic over-the-counter NRT (nicotine patches, gum and lozenges) - all paid 100% by the Plan. Provide a prescription for all medications (your Bupropion prescription must state “form smoking cessation” on it) and to fill the prescriptions in the CKHS Employee Pharmacy. 

In addition, three 30-day supplies annually of nicotine inhalers and nicotine nasal spray are covered. Regular copays apply for these items.

Wellness Works

Let a Wellness Works Nurse Navigator provide the personal attention that you need to optimize your health and well-being, face your health challenges and improve your quality of life. Your healthcare needs will be handled promptly and confidentially. Contact Dee Pascale, R.N. at (610) 394-4756 (12-4756) or; or Cathy Petrucci, M.S.N., R.N. at (610) 490-7960 (15-7960) or

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