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  • Benefits Programs

  • The benefits outlined below are available to employees working standard hours of twenty or more per weekly pay period. Most benefits become effective on the first of the month following date of hire. Where applicable, benefits are pro-rated for employees working less than 40 standard hours but more than 20 standard hours per weekly pay period.

    Rhode Island Hospital also offers special programs for nursing and allied health professionals.

    Learn more about the following benefits:

    Benefit Choices

    • Health Insurance
      Your choice of health insurance includes Lifespan Blue or cash in lieu of coverage when proof of alternative medical coverage is provided.
    • Dental Insurance
      Your choice of dental insurance includes Delta USA Plan A, Delta USA Plan B, or no coverage.
    • Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance
      Employees are automatically enrolled at 60 percent of annual base pay to a maximum of $5,000 per month (at no cost to the employee), or may choose 70 percent of pay to a maximum of $5,000 per month (at a cost to the employee). If you are unable to work for more than 30 days, LTD coverage coordinates with other sources of income and with benefit payments you receive from other disability programs like TDI, Workers Compensation, or Social Security to bring your income up to 60 or 70 percent of your base pay, depending on the option you choose.
    • Employee Basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
      Employees may elect coverage equal to one, two, three, four or five times annual base pay up to a maximum of $500,000, or no coverage. For those employees who take supplemental coverage, free will preparation services are available.
    • Dependent Basic Life Insurance
      Coverage for your spouse and dependent children up to the age of 19 (or age 23 if a full-time student) is available in the following amounts:

      Spouse: $10,000, $25,000, or $50,000
      Child: $5,000* or $10,000*

      *Children 14 days to 6 months of age will have a benefit equal to $1,000. At 6 months of age, the benefits will equal the coverage amount selected.

    CHOICE Retirement Plan

    • The CHOICE Core Account provides an annual contribution from 2% to 6% of annual pay based on years of credited service. You become eligible on the first day of the month after you complete one year of service and worked at least 1,000 hours in the 12-month period starting with your first day on the job. After three years of service you become vested.
    • The CHOICE Savings Account allows employees to save pre-tax dollars through automatic payroll deduction. There is no waiting period.
    • The Supplemental Tax Sheltered Accounts allows employees to tax-shelter savings in TIAA-CREF.

    Paid Time Off

    • Ten Paid Holidays
      Employees are eligible for the following paid holidays:
    • Vacation Time
      Employees working standard hours of 8 or more per week are eligible to accrue vacation hours. Vacation accruals begin as of the employee's date of hire. Annual accruals are determined based upon the employee's weekly standard hours, union status and position.
    • Sick Leave
      Employees working standard hours of 20 or more per week are eligible to accrue 10 sick days per year.

    Work/Life Benefits, Resources and Programs

    Lifespan’s Work/Life Initiative can help you get more out of both. We are working to make sure that all employees feel welcome at Lifespan and have the resources necessary to be successful in their jobs. We also recognize that our employees’ personal lives play an important role in Lifespan’s culture and success and we are committed to providing the support needed to balance work and life.

    Workplace Flexibility

    Lifespan values its employees and supports each department manager’s decision to offer flexible work arrangements to his/her employees provided they are able to continue to provide the highest quality patient care and/or the highest quality customer service and fulfill the missions of the department and Lifespan.

    Health and Wellness

    • Working Healthy
      A variety of health promotion programs are offered to employees such as smoking cessation, on-site yoga, on-site weight watchers, free health screenings, monthly lectures, walking and running clubs, and more. Since 1998, Lifespan has been an annual recipient of the “Worksite Health Award,” sponsored by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and BCBS of RI. Newport Hospital is the recipient of the “Gold Level Well Workplace” award for 2005-2008 and each other Lifespan affiliate is the recipient of the “Silver Level Well Workplace” award for 2006-2009 as designated by the Wellness Council of America.
    • On-Site Fitness Center
      The YMCA is located on the campus of Rhode Island Hospital. Employees can join for $5.00 per week with payroll deduction and one-time joiner’s fee of $25.00.
    • Employee Health Services
      Optimal health services are provided for Lifespan employees, promoting occupational effectiveness through a multi-disciplinary approach to support health and minimize risks, and providing medical guidance with an understanding of Workers’ Compensation laws, occupational health safety, and regulations pertinent to accreditation requirements.
    • Employee Assistance Program
      This program is a free, confidential service available as a benefit to all employees and their family members who need information, or assessment and referral to counseling or other resources. In addition they offer a resource and referral program for child care, elder care and legal and financial services.
    • Lactation Support Program
      Lifespan is dedicated to fostering healthy babies and families, and is proud to offer parents additional support through our Workplace Lactation Program. Rhode Island Hospital has been recognized by the Department of Health as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace, winning the 2007 Silver Award.
    • Workplace Conveniences and Perks

    Child Care, Elder Care & Family Support

    • Resource and Referral Services
      The Employee Assistance Program offers resource and referral services for child care and elder care in addition to its confidential service to employees and their family members who need information, or assessment and referral to counseling or other resources.
    • On-Site Child Care
      Bright Horizons child care center is located on the campus of Rhode Island Hospital and offers priority placement and discounted tuition fees to employees.
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
      Employees can contribute, on a pre-tax basis, up to a maximum of $5,000 over the course of the year to be used as reimbursement toward eligible expenses such as child and elderly day care, day camps, preschool and after-school care.
    • Dependent Life Insurance
      Coverage is available for your spouse and dependent children up to the age of 19 (or age 23 if a full-time student).
    • Long-Term Care Insurance
      Long-term care is not one service, but many different services aimed at helping people who have chronic conditions and are unable to care for themselves. Services may be needed within the home for day-to-day activities or in a nursing home when special attention is needed. Long-term care services are not always covered by major medical plans or are severely limited within Medicare and Medicaid.

    Work/Life Benefits

    • Education Assistance
      Full-time non-union employees are eligible for reimbursement of 75 percent of approved tuition and costs up to $1,250 per calendar year. Part-time employees are eligible for reimbursement of 75 percent of tuition costs up to a maximum of $625 per calendar year. Union employees should refer to their contract for tuition assistance program details.
    • Relocation Assistance
      Individuals who are offered, accept and begin full-time employment may be eligible for reimbursement towards approved relocation expenses.
    • Computer Purchase Discount Program
      Employees can purchase computers and related products at discounted prices.
    • Legal Services and Financial Planning
      With legal services you can help protect your rights in some of life's most frustrating situations. You can protect yourself and your financial security if expensive legal services ever become necessary. Legal services participants are also elgible for financial planning services plan.
    • Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts
      Employees can contribute up to a maximum of $3,000 (tax-free) over the course of the year to be used as reimbursement toward eligible expenses such as deductibles, coinsurance, and co-payments, as well as other health expenses that are not paid by insurance, such as vision care, eyeglasses and contact lenses.
    • Personal Insurance Program
      Employees receive a group rate for homeowners, car, and boat insurance and can participate through payroll deduction.
    • HIV Insurance
      HIV insurance provides you with a lump sum payment should you test HIV positive while covered by the plan. The benefit provides 24-hour coverage and is payable in full at the time of the claim. If you elect this coverage, the insurance company will require a confidential, valid, negative test result for HIV. The test must be performed by a representative from the insurance company.
    • MyHealthAdvocate
      This service provides expert help, guidance and support to make sure employees get the most from their Lifespan health and pharmacy plan.
    • Employee Fund
      Whether it be a fire that has destroyed your home or a serious illness that has stricken your child, your fellow employees want to help. The Employee Fund was created to provide financial assistance when an unexpected catastrophic event has left them with nowhere else to turn. Unlike employee loan programs, money granted through the Employee Fund does not have to be paid back. The fund is managed by a committee of diverse employees who determine whether to grant or deny a request based on established guidelines.
    • Work/Life Lunch and Learn Sessions
      Each Lifespan affiliate offers quarterly programs on topics such as College Planning, Caring for Elders, Balancing Work and Family, Advance Directives, How to Talk to Your Children About Risk Taking, Managing the Holidays, Gardening 101, Adoption and Foster Care, and more.


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