Friday, July 17, 2015

KUMC Leadership Team message re: WIMS Child Care Survey results

Copy of campus broadcast email message, 7/14/15

Dear Colleagues:

Many of you participated in a survey a few months ago related to the child care needs of our campus community. Coordinated by the Women in Medicine (WIMS) steering committee in collaboration with resident and faculty organizations, the survey sought information regarding overall need for child care, current and future child care needs, the potential impact of campus child care and important child care characteristics.

Two versions of the survey were available: one for faculty and staff and another for students and residents. A total of 1,629 respondents completed the survey, including 36.6 percent of faculty and staff, 24.6 percent of residents and 7 percent of students. We were very pleased with the overall response rate.
An overwhelming majority of respondents – 92 percent – indicated that they would consider enrolling their children in campus child care. Overall, campus child care was perceived to have a positive impact on work satisfaction and productivity. You can review the full survey results here.
Additional findings included:
  • More than 90 percent agreed that satisfaction, recruitment, retention and advancement would improve with a child care option in the workplace.
  • More than 700 respondents had current needs for child care options, including 244 infants.
    • Sixty percent of those would switch to campus child care if available.
  • Nearly 475 respondents anticipated new full-time child care needs within the next two years.
  • More than 150 respondents anticipated new part-time child care needs within the next two years.
  • Some of the most important features of a child care center were:
    • Cost.
    • Provider qualifications.
    • Hours of operation.
    • Educational programs .
  • Top three themes from written comments were:
    • Important for recruitment and retention.
    • Impact on employee stress and productivity.
    • Symbolic of working environment and how KU Medical Center compares locally and nationally.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to share feedback. Your input is extremely important as we plan for the future.
We are currently developing a long-term space allocation plan in collaboration with the Lawrence campus to determine feasibility for a variety of spaces, including space for child care. As these plans develop further, we will continue to update you regarding these potential initiatives.

EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet Meeting, 7/27 - RECORDING available

Quarterly EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet Meeting

View the meeting on KUMC's YouTube Channel:

Monday, July 27, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., School of Nursing Auditorium
ITV Locations include: Founder's Room (SOM-W), Salina Board Room (SOM-S)
Prairie Village Board Room (CRC)

Meeting materials are available on SharePoint. 

Employee Health Plan Coverage for Same Sex Marriage & Dependents

State Employee Health Plan – Same Gender Marriages Recognized

The State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) has notified us that same gender marriage partners and eligible children can be added to an employee’s health plan coverage.

Generally, there is a 31 calendar day waiting period after a qualifying event, during which eligible dependents (spouses and/or children) can be added to an employee’s coverage. The SEHP will inform us whether the 31-day period began with the Supreme Court’s decision on June 26 or at a later date. The coverage effective date for dependents added in July will be Aug. 1, 2015.

To Add Dependents, please:

Step 1: Log into the SEHP secure portal, MAP (Membership Administration Portal).


Sign into myKUMC and proceed to the pay/benefits tab, and click on “Membership Administration Portal.”

Step 2: Select the University of Kansas Medical Center and use your KUMC online ID and password to log in.

A.      To add a spouse, you will need to provide a copy of the marriage certificate or license.
B.      To add a child, you will need to provide a birth certificate.
C.      Social Security number(s) will be needed for dependent(s) added to the SEHP.

Please Note

Enrollment in the SEHP is time sensitive. Please complete the MAP enrollment process by the end of July. Dependents added during July will have coverage effective Aug. 1, 2015.

If this process is not completed in a timely fashion, the next opportunity to enroll dependents in the SEHP will be during Open Enrollment, which is held every October for coverage effective January 1 or if there is a qualifying family status change such as loss of health insurance coverage by your spouse and/or dependent.

If you are currently enrolled in a Health Savings Account (with Plan C), a Health Care Flexible Spending Account or a Health Care Limited Scope Flexible Spending Account, you will be able to increase your semi-monthly contribution due to this qualifying event.

For additional information about:

2015 State Employee Health Plan booklet - Semi-monthly premium rates can be found on page 19.

Dependent Document Requirements for State Employee Health Plan

If you have questions for the KUMC Benefits staff, please contact us by email at, or call 588-5087 or stop by Room 1044 Delp.

WIMS 2015 Leadership Conference, "Cultivating 'You, Inc.' A Clearly Defined Voice to Success, 8/21"

August 21, 2015
Overland Park Convention Center

This year’s WIMS conference is a collaboration between WIMS and community leaders in healthcare and law and includes excellent national and local speakers.  Both men and women faculty will benefit from topics on leadership and career challenges, as well as networking with other professionals across Kansas City and the region. Please also encourage any of your colleagues outside of KUMC to attend.

Reserve this date on your calendar to focus on YOU and your career success!