In January, all staff of Emory Children’s Center, Emory
Hospitals, Emory Clinic and Wesley Woods will unite as employees
of Emory Healthcare (EHC).
The change is part of a continuing evolution of EHC—the entity
comprising those components of the University dedicated to “making
people healthy”—into a fully integrated, patient-centered
health system better able to respond to competitive forces in the
Atlanta health care market.
To compete effectively in the marketplace, EHC will have its own
customized benefits program distinct from the University’s.
“The new Emory Healthcare benefits program is designed to
give employees a choice of benefits that better meet their individual
needs,” said John Fox, president and CEO. “Many of the
benefits have been modified to ensure a consistent benefit program
for all health care employees.”
This fall, there will be two separate benefits open enrollment periods,
one for Emory University
(Monday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Nov. 8), and another
for Emory Healthcare
(Monday, Oct. 7, through Friday, Oct. 25).
All EHC employees will need to enroll and select options for their
medical, dental and vision benefits; supplemental life and personal
accident insurance; short- and long-term disability; flexible spending
accounts; retirement savings/matching plan; and pension plan. New
EHC benefits programs also include group legal, employee education
and the Georgia Higher Education Savings Plan, as well as discounted
home and car insurance plans.
“By offering benefits plans specifically tailored toward our
individual marketplaces, Emory will retain the competitive edge
as an ‘employer of choice’ in both the health care and
higher education arenas,” said Alice Miller, vice president
for Human Resources.
“Not only will the new benefits plan attract qualified candidates,
it will eliminate internal barriers for growth and promotion,”
added Peg Bloomquist, associate administrator of Emory Hospitals.
“Under the previous structure of the separate entities, there
were inconsistent benefit plans. Now, employees at the Emory Children’s
Center, Crawford Long, Emory Hospital, Emory Clinic and Wesley Woods
will be able to move seamlessly throughout the system, taking advantage
of job mobility. In addition, Emory Healthcare will be better able
to manage costs and services over the long term by streamlining
the administration process.”