Get Excited for Open Enrollment Season!

We’ve completed our yearly round of Health Benefits fairs at all 9 of the AHS facilities! We saw hundreds of employees and helped those of you who took the initiative to get your enrollments taken care of in the first visit to your site! Way to go!

We’ll be visiting each of the sites at least one more time in November, some sites more than once, so be prepared with your packets and your questions for when we come to your site to see you! You can view the full schedule on the intranet. It’s passing through the “ticker” on the home page and is posted on the Benefits page under Human Resources as well.

Exciting News in Holistic Health!


Those of you at Fairmont and Highland Hospitals already know that the Freedom of Choice Medical plan includes 24 FREE Acupuncture visits annually, and we’ve been bringing that service directly to you. Weekly onsite Acupuncture clinics have been running at these two sites for a couple of months now, and we plan to bring services to San Leandro Hospital in February of 2015. In the meantime, finding an acupuncturist who takes our coverage is as simple as visiting the Anthem Blue Cross website.

Once you get there:

  1. Under Search by State, enter your state
  2. Under Search by selecting a plan/network, choose Blue Cross PPO (Prudent Buyer – Large Group) from the drop-down menu
  3. Under the first drop-down box I’m looking for a… choose Doctor/Medical Professional
  4. Under the second drop-down box Who specializes in… choose Acupuncture
  5. Fill in the remaining details and click Search

If you’d like to utilize the services of the folks providing our onsite clinics, we encourage you to do so. Their rates remain the same for Freedom of Choice members. That way, you have the option of seeing them onsite or in their offices for consistent care by the same provider.

Fairmont Hospital

MarieBowserMarie Bowser offers her services from 9:30am to 4pm every Tuesday in H124. Visit her site for details about her clinic location if you’d like to see her there or learn more about her practice. She takes appointments by phone and through her online scheduling service. Simply choose whether you’re a new or returning patient, and make sure you note which location you’re choosing for your session (her Albany clinic or her clinic at Fairmont Hospital). For more insight into the 5 Element Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, check out Marie’s guest blog post here.

Highland Hospital

Dan Eng, L.Ac., M.S.Daniel Eng offers his services from 9am to 1pm every Thursday in the Old H2 Cafeteria (subject to change in early 2015). Visit the Lake Merritt Community Acupuncture site for details about his clinic location if you’d like to see him there or learn more about his practice. Daniel takes appointment by phone at (510) 817-0680. He’s set up a special page to share more detail about the Highland services here as well.

San Leandro Hospital

Jesse Blazo will be offering his services from 10am to 2pm every Wednesday starting February 4th, 2015 in the HR Conference Room. He also practices at Lake Merritt Community Acupuncture where he offers both traditional acupuncture and acutonics. Both services will be offered at San Leandro Hospital. Book your onsite appointments directly with him at (510) 817-0680.

Jesse is also planning to bring his services to Alameda Hospital in early 2015. We are still working out the logistics to be able to offer services there and will know more in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for email correspondence for details.

To learn about the importance of breath to your health and wellbeing, check out this blog post from the LMCA site.

Reminders as we finish out 2014

This time of year is always crazy at AHS. We have a lot of plates spinning, so it’s important to keep your own health and wellness in mind as you make your daily, weekly, and monthly plans. It can be tempting to put our own needs aside during the holiday season as we prepare for parties, gift-giving, and family events.

Remember to stay ahead the curve by getting plenty of rest, making sure you say “no” when you need to, staying active, and trying to be reasonable about the sweets and treats (starting tonight! Happy Halloween!).


GCC Sprint is coming!!! December 2nd, mark your calendars!

Here’s your checklist as we finish out the year:

  • Get enrolled in your 2015 benefits
  • Get your flu shot if you haven’t already
  • Get plenty of rest each night by powering down electronics one hour before bed
  • Enjoy your Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Vacataion by relaxing!
  • Get excited for the 16 day GCC Sprint starting December 2nd
  • Get a massage from one of our awesome onsite vendors
  • Try out the acupuncture services at Fairmont and Highland
  • Attend a Zumba or a Yoga class at least once if you’ve never tried it
  • Find something to be grateful for every day
  • Have a safe holiday season and enjoy the weather!




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