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New CC south
Department leads efforts
Sen. John Glenn
13 West re-opens
Cutting the commemorative ribbon are (from left to right) Dr.
David Henderson, CC deputy director for clinical care; Dr. Ruth
Kirschstein, NIH deputy director; Dr. Michael Gottesman, deputy
director for intramural research; NIH Director Dr. Harold Varmus;
and Stephen Ficca, director, Office of Research Services.
Ceremony marks opening of new south entrance
On Monday, January 11 a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the
opening of the new entrance for the Clinical Center.
This south entrance will be in effect until the completion
of construction on the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center
(CRC) on the north side of the building projected for 2002.
The ceremony gathered together an array of individuals, including
employees, department heads, Board members, architects and construction
workers. They all came to commemorate in the words of NIH Director
Dr. Harold Varmus, "the pathway."
"I would like to congratulate the people responsible
for the architecture and construction," said Dr. Varmus.
"After many months of confusion on this side of the building
we can now get to work seriously on the CRC of the other side
of the building."
Many attendees of the ceremony marveled at the likeness that
the new entrance has to the one of several decades ago and were
in awe at the grandness of the bright, open space.
Volunteers wearing red "Way to Go" buttons have
and will continue to help staff and visitors find their way around
the new entrance. Message boards containing up-to-date information
on how construction will affect building occupants will continue
to be provided throughout the work phases.
Factsheets can also be accessed online at http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/waytogo/update1.html.
-by LaTonya Kittles
The Office of Human Resources Management would like to remind
CC employees about important benefit concerns. They include:
Post '56 Military Service Deposits
Did you know that if you performed active duty military service
after 1956 (after June 30, 1960 in the Commissioned Corps), you
may need to pay a deposit (including interest) to DHHS in order
to receive retirement credit for the military service (FERS employees)
at the time of retirement, or to retain the credit when you reach
age 62 and become eligible for Social Security benefits (CSRS
employees)? For more details, see your personnel office.
Temporary Continuation of Health Benefits Coverage
Did you know that when your child reaches age 22 (or marries
before age 22) he or she is no longer eligible to be covered
under your health benefits enrollment? This is true even if your
child is still in school. You have 60 days from the date he/she
gets married or turns age 22 (whichever occurs first) to notify
your personnel office. That office will give you information
on how your child may enroll in his/her own right for temporary
continuation of coverage (TCC). The enrollment will be for up
to 36 months and the child will have to pay the full premium
(no government contribution), plus a 2% administrative charge.
TCC enrollments are also available to you should you leave
the government (coverage is for up to 18 months) and for a former
spouse should you get divorced (coverage is for up to 36 months).
See your personnel office for details.
Changes You May Make in Your Health Benefits Enrollment
Outside of the annual open season there are only certain events
(such as marriage, birth of a child) which allow you to make
a change in your health benefits enrollment. Did you know that
you may change your enrollment from family to self-only coverage
at any time? This is of particular importance to you when the
last member of your family ceases to be eligible for coverage
under your plan (for instance, when your youngest child turns
age 22 and you are divorced or widowed). See your personnel office
Changes You May Make in Your Life Insurance Coverage
Did you know that you may elect or increase your Option B (additional
coverage) if you marry or have a child? You may also elect Option
C (family coverage) if one of these events occurs. If you already
have Option C coverage and your last family member ceases to
be eligible for coverage (youngest child turns age 22, etc.)
you should complete a SF 2817 declining Option C coverage. See
your personnel office for details.
Election of Living Benefits and Assignment of Life Insurance
Did you know that if you are diagnosed as having a terminal illness
you may be eligible to elect living benefits? This would allow
you to receive up to the full amount of your basic life insurance
coverage while you are still alive instead of payment going to
your survivors after your death. You may, instead, assign all
of your life insurance coverage to a viatical settlement firm
in return for a payment equal to a portion of your coverage (usually
50-80%, depending on life expectancy). That firm would then be
paid your life insurance after your death.
You may also assign your life insurance to another person
or persons, including an individual, a corporation or an irrevocable
trust in order to satisfy the requirements of a court order,
upon divorce, for inheritance tax purposes, or to satisfy a debt.
See your personnel office for details.
Designations of Beneficiary
Did you know that you may complete a Designation of Beneficiary
form for Unpaid Compensation, Life Insurance, Retirement, and
the Thrift Savings Plan, if you want the payment upon your death
to go to someone other than the person(s) entitled under the
normal Order of Precedence? Do you know if your designations
are up to date? Did you know that a designation may still be
valid, even if your family situation has changed? For instance,
if you designated your spouse and you have since gotten divorced,
your former spouse is still your beneficiary unless you file
a new Designation of Beneficiary, either canceling the previous
one or designating someone else.
To reach the Office of Human Resources Management regarding
any of these benefit concerns call 6-6924.
-Office of Human Resources Management
Participants are needed for a study to evaluate whether surgery
followed by a new medical treatment reduces pain for a longer
time than surgery alone. To qualify you must:
-have normal menstrual cycles
-have a three month history of pelvic pain
-have had no recent treatment for endometriosis
-not take any chronic medications, including birth control pills
-not be pregnant or nursing.
If interested, call 2-0851.
Male volunteers over 40 years of age and females over 50 years
of age are needed for a study to assess the effects of donating
blood on prevention of heart disease. Participants should have
donated blood no more than once in each of the last five years,
and given fewer than 15 units in their lifetime. Blood studies
and carotid ultrasound will be done. Two outpatient visits are
required. For more information, call Xin Fu at 2-4482.
CC to become site for new solid organ transplant program
The Clinical Center will become the site for an innovative
new kidney, pancreas, and islet transplant program designed in
conjunction with several major research centers.
"The Clinical Center is fortunate to be a collaborator
in this exciting scientific opportunity," said CC Director
Dr. John Gallin. "We are working closely with several organizations
to provide the necessary resources-including staff, equipment,
and space-to fully support this important initiative."
The effort is a collaboration between the CC, the NIDDK, Walter
Reed Army Medical Center, the Naval Medical Research Center,
and the Diabetes Research Institute of the University of Miami.
Program planners hope this initiative will allow tests of
novel therapies that can eliminate the need for immunosuppressive
drugs, which are taken by patients to keep their bodies from
rejecting new transplanted organs, such as kidneys.
Patients with Type 1 diabetes could also potentially benefit
from the new program. In these patients, insulin-producing cell
clusters called islets have been destroyed. In the past, islet
transplants often didn't work because anti-rejection therapies
failed. This new program could offer new treatment options to
benefit these patients.
A new Navy-NIDDK Transplantation and Autoimmunity Research
Branch will develop the actual clinical protocols involved with
the program. It is anticipated that research advances from this
branch will translate into pilot clinical trials.
The CC will be the site for these phase one and phase two
trials, which test the safety and effectiveness of a treatment
in small numbers of people. If successful, the findings uncovered
here could provide the basis for larger studies that could be
conducted around the country.
The program is expected to begin this summer.
CC Roundtable continues
The premiere of CC Roundtable, "What's New in the Imaging
Sciences," was broadcast live from the CC on Jan. 15. In
the spotlight (from left) were Dr. Brad Wood, CC Diagnostic Radiology;
Dr. Andrew Arai, NHLBI; CC Director Dr. John Gallin; Dr. R. Nick
Bryan, CC Diagnostic Radiology; and Dr. Ronald Summers, CC Diagnostic
Radiology. On February 19, Dr. Henry Masur, chief of the CC Critical
Care Medicine Department, will lead "Cutting-Edge Issues
in Antiretroviral Therapy." The programs are broadcast live
over the GE TiP-TV Healthcare Network and CenterNet-The Academic
Health Center Network. NIH staff can view the programs through
simulcast in Lipsett Amphitheater at noon. CME credit is available
and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call
CC special assistant for biostatistics dies
Dr. David W. Alling, 80, a special assistant for biostatistics
at the Clinical Center, died on January 20 of respiratory failure.
Dr. Alling was a pioneer in the application of statistical methods
to biomedical research.
Dr. Alling was born in Rochester, N.Y., and earned his medical
degree from the University of Rochester. He did an internship
in internal medicine at Arnot-Ogden Hospital in Elmira, N.Y.,
and was a resident in pulmonary diseases at Biggs Memorial Hospital
in Ithaca, N.Y.
After earning his doctorate in statistics at Cornell University
in 1959, Dr. Alling joined the NCI as a medical officer. In 1960,
he accepted the same position with the NIAID, and in 1964 was
appointed the Institute's research mathematical statistician.
In 1971 he became special assistant for biometry.
In his work at NIH, Dr. Alling assisted researchers in specifically
defining the population sample needed to show efficacy of a particular
therapeutic agent, in developing clinical protocols, in randomizing
the drug treatment, and in expert statistical analysis of the
data. He made numerous contributions to scientific journals on
mathematical and statistical theory, and trained upcoming physicians
in statistics and methodology. Dr. Alling received the Public
Health Service Superior Service Award in 1981 and the Public
Health Service Special Recognition Award in 1989.
Since 1996, the Clinical Center was fortunate to have Dr.
Alling as a special assistant for biostatistics. He was a valued
collaborator and dear friend to many.
-by Sue Kendall
CC volunteer dies after years of service to the NIH community
Mary Maze, 69, former CC employee and Red Cross volunteer,
died Dec. 23. She had asthma.
Maze came to the CC in 1985 as an employee development specialist
and retired in 1992. After leaving NIH she volunteered at the
CC with both the Blood Bank and the Red Cross desk.
"Most people knew her as a really fine humanitarian who
always had a mission," said Andrea Rander, director of volunteer
services. "She was a valuable part of my life and to others
in the hospital and her death is an enormous loss to us all."
Maze was a Massachusetts native who graduated in 1950 from
Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Newton, Mass. She received
a master's degree in education from the State Teachers College
in Boston and in 1983 completed a two-year education for parish
service program at Trinity College in Washington.
She is survived by her husband, Chester, of Bethesda; a son,
Charles, of San Diego; two daughters, Marianne Maze Bullen of
Gaithersburg, and Elizabeth Maze, of Alexandria; and three grandchildren.
Internet and e-mail use in the CC
CC employees are reminded that internet access and e-mail
are provided in the CC for government use in support of the NIH
mission. You can review the official NIH internet policy at http://irm.cit.nih.gov/policy/email.html.
In addition, the e-mail services provided by the Information
Systems Department are not secure and should not be used to transmit
confidential or sensitive information (i.e., identified patient
If you have any questions about appropriate use, call your
ISD user support representative.
Nutrition Department leads e-mail access efforts
During the grand opening celebration for the Nutrition Department
Computer Learning Center, students and mentors alike gathered
to celebrate. They included (front row from left) Stacy Mason,
Mary Buzzanell, Stacy Bates, India Payne, Jacinta Mason, and
Department Chief Alberta Bourn. Andre Williams is pictured in
the back. Not shown is mentor Patty Coffman.
Everyday as many people enter the "information superhighway,"
there are probably just as many who opt to take a back road.
Not in the CC Nutrition Department, where employees are learning
about computers through a pilot initiative aimed at providing
e-mail access to all interested employees.
"One of our organizational goals is to meet quality-of-worklife
standards regarding e-mail access set forth by the Secretary
of Health and Human Services, Dr. Donna Shalala," said Walter
Jones, deputy director for management and operations. "This
pilot program in nutrition will become an example that other
departments throughout the hospital can follow to help provide
complete e-mail access to their employees."
The Nutrition Department pilot is entirely voluntary for employees.
Mentors in the department provide several training sessions to
employees on components of the computer, accessing e-mail, word
processing, and other pertinent areas.
"The training affects approximately 50 employees in the
department who do not use computers in their day-to-day duties,"
said Alberta Bourn, department chief. "We have found that
many people are excited to have the opportunity to learn about
computers and we in turn are excited that we are able to provide
The department's dream became reality when they turned their
small conference room into the "Computer Learning Center,"
and were donated computers to provide this service to staff who
truly appreciate the opportunity to keep up with technology.
"I am fortunate to be able to use these computers because
I can find out information more quickly," said Preston Parker,
cook. "These skills will also help me in my future."
Mentors such as Jacinta Mason donate their time to teach co-workers
who don't work on computers everyday. "It's a really good
program because it helps with the morale and self-esteem of the
workers," said Mason. "It also takes a lot of pressure
off the department because if people are able to access e-mail
on their own it will save time, paper, and resources."
For more information on the CC Nutrition e-mail pilot, contact
Alberta Bourn at 6-4981.
Mentors in the program provide training to staff on e-mail and
other computer programs. Shown is mentor India Payne and trainee
-by LaTonya Kittles
Sen. John Glenn and space shuttle astronauts visit the CC
Senator Glenn made history in 1962 as the first American to orbit
the earth, and again last year when at 77 he became the oldest
person ever to participate in space flight. Joining him in greeting
attendees is Dr. Donna Shalala, secretary of the Department of
Health and Human Services.
Senator John Glenn and the Space Shuttle Discovery
astronauts visited the CC last month to discuss their most recent
mission. The NIH and NASA are collaborating on a wide range of
research areas, including investigations devoted to understanding
issues including sleep behavior and maintenance of muscle mass
Improve your quality of worklife
The CC Quality of Worklife Council encourages employees
to take advantage of career management counseling sessions at
the NIH Work and Family Life Center. These sessions will help
assist employees to more effectively direct their careers. To
schedule a confidential, one-hour appointment, call 5-1619.
If you have any suggestions for the CC Quality of Worklife
Council, just drop them in the Employee Suggestion Box located
in the hallway of the B1 level cafeteria. Watch the CC News for
more information on the Council's activities.
13 West re-opens for patients
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last month to re-open the
13 West patient care unit, which had been closed for a year for
renovations. New to the unit are three isolation rooms, larger
playrooms for the children, and better accommodations for parents
to relax and sleep in the rooms. "We are very happy to be
on this bright and cheerful unit," said Barbara Corey, nurse
manager. Among participants in the ceremony were CC Director
Dr. John Gallin, and a host of clinical staff and patients.
"Cutting-Edge Issues in Antiretroviral Therapy"
is the subject of the Feb. 19 CC Roundtable planned for noon
in Lipsett Amphitheater. CC Director Dr. John Gallin, and panel
leader Henry Masur, chief of the Critical Care Medicine Department,
will lead the live broadcast. Speakers include NIAID's Dr. Judith
Falloon and Dr. David Henderson, CC deputy director for clinical
Another open season
The Federal Employees Group Life Insurance open season will
run from April 24 through June 30, 1999. For more information,
including plan brochures, contact human resources at 6-6924.
If you are caring for an aging relative and would like to
share with other caregivers, the Work and Family Life Center
will be hosting a brown bag luncheon just for you. The Eldercare
Discussion Groups will be held on Feb. 3 and 17 from noon to
1 p.m. in Building 31, room B2B57. For more information, call
Due to the overwhelming responses received from CC employees,
the Office of Human Resources Management will again this year
provide the Personalized Statement of Benefits. Enclosed with
the benefits statement will be a customer satisfaction survey
designed to obtain feedback, ideas, and comments on the services
provided by the office. Watch for your annual Personal Statement
of Benefits and the customer satisfaction survey this month.
If you have questions or comments, call Sharon Reed at 6-6924.
Editor: LaTonya Kittles
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