Newsletter

Cookies and Goodies Needed - All-American Picnic – July 16th, 5:30 pm

Cookies and goodies are needed for the Clinical Center monthly party!  If you are interested in contributing some goodies for the party please deliver the items to the R&W office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 or the R&W in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C06 on July 16th by noon.  Fran at our Rockledge R&W store will also accept goodies if it’s more convenient to drop off there.  Please deliver to Rockledge I, Rm. 4202 by the end of the day on Wed., July 15th.

Monthly R&W Vendor Fair July 9th – Bldg. 10 South Lobby

Do you like discounts?  Are you looking for that perfect getaway?  The R&W is now providing an on-campus resource for all your discount, travel and program needs.  Every month, R&W partner vendors will visit the Bldg. 10 South Lobby to highlight their programs and special offers for NIH employees and contractors.  Take some time to find out about special promotions, events, tickets, services or just simply stop by to take a break and learn more about what the R&W has to offer. On July 9th visit the following participants: CORT Furniture, PNC Bank, Sprint, AXA Advisors, and Bethesda Dental Health.  The expo will also take place with a variety of vendors on Thursdays, Aug. 6th, Sept. 3rd, Oct. 1st, Nov. 5th, and Dec. 3rd from 10am – 2pm.

August 3rd – HHS Night at the Ballpark

Join your fellow HHS employees for an annual celebration of camaraderie and baseball with the Washington Nationals.  Last year, over 3,000 HHS employees took part in the event, bringing attention to the HHS mission.  Join us for the best HHS employee event of the year on Monday, August 3rdas the Nationals host the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Tickets are $10and only available online.  Even better its $1 Dog Night!  For more details regarding this great night at the ballpark and to order tickets visit https://www.fedesp.com/nih/events/hhs-night-at-the-ball-park/.

26th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale

Montgomery County will celebrate its agricultural heritage, promote local farms, and indulge in seasonally fresh food during the 26th Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale on Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th from 10am – 4pm at farms throughout the county.   This event takes place rain or shine; however, rain may cause some events and activities at the farms to be delayed or cancelled.  The Farm Tour provides people an opportunity to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and other local products.  Several farms have hayrides, pony rides, music, demonstrations and other fun and educational activities for people of all ages.  Spend a day or two in the country petting farm animals or having lunch by a scenic pond.  It’s a great family day outing.  For Farm Tour and Harvest Sale brochures visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/AgServices/agfarmtour.html.  For more info call 301-590-2823.

2nd Annual Charity SEC Tailgate Event: The Prelude

Celebrate the beginning of the college football season by tailgating with your fellow NIH College Football fans and football enthusiasts. Taste the savory staples provided by vendors, be entertained with games and live music, and expect guest appearances from former collegiate athletes. Proceeds will benefit Special Love Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides support and excellent programs for families with children being treated for cancer. All are welcome to join us outside Bldg. 10 courtyard and lawn on the NIH Bethesda Campus, Tuesday, August 25th from 11:30am – 1:30pm.  Help us raise money for a great charity! For more details contact brayro@mail.nih.gov.

Mark Your Calendar For The Institute Relay

This year the Institute Relay will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15th beginning on the grounds in front of Bldg. 1.  It’s time to start gathering your team together so you can pick your team name and of course, start training.  Take the next two months to gather for jogs around the Bldg. 1 race loop or visit the fitness centers in Bldg. 31 and Rockledge for a run on the treadmill or elliptical machine.  The relay is a great reason to set a new fitness goal while preparing for a fun event.  Get your sneakers ready for some action.  It’s going to be fun!

Interested In Learning How to Sail?

The NIH Sailing Association (NIHSA), an R&W supported club, offers a Sailing Basic Training course for NIH adult employees, contractors, fellows, and patients, and NOAA employees.  The summer course will be offered from July 14th – October 15th.  For details, visit http://www.nihsail.org/training/.  The in-class sessions are held on the NIH Bethesda campus and the on-board (on the water) sessions are held at Selby Bay on the South River near Edgewater, MD.  Participants must be able to provide or arrange for their own transportation to both the in-class and onboard sessions.  If you are interested in this course and would like more info, contact nihsabasictraining1@gmail.com.  If you are an experienced sailor and would like to be able to charter the NIHSA boats please contact us about joining the club and doing a check-out sail.  We are also always looking for experienced volunteers to help with both in-class and on-board instruction.  Visit the NIHSA at the Bldg. 10 R&W Community Market on July 7th.

2015 Mobile Mammography Screenings

The George Washington Breast Cancer Center will make three visits to NIH for our 2015 Mammography Screening. All NIH employees, their families, contractors, visiting scientists and others associated with NIH are eligible to participate.

The screening dates are as follows:

Thursday, September 3, 2015 – Building 10

Thursday, December 17, 2015 – Building 45

The van will be on-site from 9:30am - 3:30pm taking prescheduled appointments. Reservations can be made no more than 1 month prior of screening date. Each screening is conducted by a female technologist, and a board certified radiologist specializing in mammography will interpret the images. Appointments should take approximately 20 minutes. Most insurance companies will cover the cost (approx $350) of the screening. To see if your insurance is accepted or to make an appointment, call 202-741-3252. If there is no answer, please leave a message with your name and phone number. The GW Mammovan staff will call you back and schedule your appointment. Please have your insurance card and doctor’s information available when calling to make an appointment.

Who is Eligible?

Any woman IS eligible if she meets the following:

  • She is age 40 or older
  • She is not pregnant or breast-feeding
  • She does not have breast implants
  • She does not have any prior history of breast problems (patients who need a 6 months follow up must get a Diagnostic mammogram not Screening)
  • She is not having symptoms such as a lump in either breast or unusual breast pain
  • She has a referring physician or doctor of record (Ex. Medical Doctor, OBGYN doctor)
  • She has not had a mammogram within the last 12 months

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this screening should contact the R&W at 301-496-6061 and/or the Federal Relay 1-800-877-8339 or email wassermankt@mail.nih.gov. Requests should be made at least 10 days in advance of the appointment. For more information about mammography, breast cancer, or other types of cancer call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER or see www.nci.nih.gov.

Don Bosco Crist Rey Corporate Work Study Program

Don Bosco Cristo Rey (DBCR) High School and Corporate Work Study Program is part of a nationwide Cristo Rey Network dedicated to changing the landscape for low-income students in major urban markets.  DBCR provides these young men and women from the DC area a rigorous college preparatory program while allowing them to experience a professional work environment and earn their own tuition.  Students are placed in professional settings including law and government offices, construction firms, universities, and hospitals.  DCBR is looking for partners who want to make a difference in the lives of young people by hiring these deserving students.  DBCR makes administration easy for corporate partners by processing all payroll, legal, tax and worker’s compensation paperwork through the school’s business office.  The NIH R&W has been a part of this program since its inception and overseen more than 20 students.  If your Division or Institute would like to learn more about the program contact Kathleen Merlo at 301-891-4750 x140 or merlok@dbcr.org or visit http://www.dbcr.org/.

NIH R&W Montgomery Aquatic Center (MAC) Corporate Membership

Eligibility for MAC Corporate Memberships apply to any NIH staff member who has both a valid NIH ID badge, current NIH email address, and a current R&W membership. This offer doesn’t extend to family members.  MAC memberships under this promotion are $140 (savings of over $200).  This group membership provides joiners with full access to the MAC, ONLY.  The MAC is located at 5900 Executive Blvd; North Bethesda, MD.  To join NIH employee can sign up for their membership directly at the MAC.  You must present your NIH ID badge, as well as a current R&W membership card with sticker (purchase a new card/sticker at any R&W store location). Registration will open on September 2nd.Call the MAC at 240-777-8070 if you have questions about swim schedules, swim hours, classes, etc.  This opportunity is not part of any official federal fitness program, so neither R&W, NIH, nor any other part of DHHS can take responsibility for injuries or related problems that may develop as a result of using this facility.  Use of the MAC must also be on employee’s personal time only. Neither R&W, NIH more broadly, nor DHHS is necessarily endorsing the MAC.  Before increasing your current level of physical activity, consult with your physician.  The need for medical guidance also applies to the use of saunas and whirlpools, since some medical conditions or effects of certain medications could be worsened by sudden changes in body temperature and/or fluid levels.

AlertNIH The Official Emergency Communication Service for the National Institutes of Health

NIH public safety, human resources, public affairs, and facilities representatives, with support from senior leadership, have developed an emergency communication service called AlertNIH.  During a major crisis, emergency or severe weather event, NIH public safety officials will use AlertNIH to send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to employees’ government-owned communication devices. Employees have the ability to opt-in to receive these updates on their personal devices too.  In order to enroll your personal device, log in to the NIH Enterprise Directory (NED) and scroll to the bottom of your profile to the section titled “AlertNIH.”  Click the “Edit” button and select the personal devices you wish to receive updates on. NIH employees are also strongly encouraged to update their NED profiles.  AlertNIH has established a presence on several social media platforms and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/alertnih and Facebook at www.facebook.com/alertnih.  For questions on the AlertNIH service, please contact the Office of Research Services, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination at 301-496-1985 or visit http://alert.nih.gov.

Camp Fantastic – Special Love, Inc.

Children with cancer have to grow up much too fast.  They feel different from other children and many miss out on activities that healthy children experience daily.  This was the reason Special Love was created.  Special Love programs, including Camp Fantastic, offer children with cancer the chance to jump, play, explore, laugh, swim and make friends through a community of support, made up of patients, family, and staff who know and understand the trials and triumphs of battling childhood cancer.  We need your contributions to assist Special Love in their mission. Be a phantom camper by giving a donation.  Enjoy camp without the bugs, sunburn or snoring counselors!  Here’s how you can help.

$25 sends a hug to camp

$75 sends a child to camp for the day

$125 feeds a child for a week

$250 sends a child to camp for a weekend

$400 sends a family to camp for a weekend

$650 sends a child to camp for the week

Donations are tax deductible.  Make checks payable to the R&W Foundation and send to R&W, Bldg. 31 Rm. B1W30.  Together we can make a difference in the life of a child with cancer.