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September 23, 2014

Contact numbers

Health & Wellness Center

Front Desk/Appointments: 561-969-6663 Appointments@myffbenefits.com

Pharmacy: 561-337-3353 Pharmacy@myffbenefits.com

Clinic/Medical Records Fax: 561-721-3106 MedicalRecords@myffbenefits.com

List of Available Medications from Wellness Center

Ask for

LAB CORP

When having blood drawn at the doctors office

or

To Locate a Provider

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It’s your responsibility to inform your doctor!!!

It’s not just for employees!

All participants of the PBC FF’s Employee Benefits Fund are eligible to use the EAP network of over 20 local providers.  Wide variety of counseling services are available, and the best part…………

It’s absolutely free and

100% confidential

Call Ellen Flaum, Administrator of the EAP @ 561-968-1505 to get started today, or call the Fund office to get a list of providers in our EAP network.

Newborn

Cord Blood (Stem Cell)

Benefit

Adult Stem Cell

Benefit Fund News

  

 

Health & Wellness Center Hours

 

Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm

*Saturday 9am - 5pm

 

*Saturday hours reserved for non-firefighter physicals,

Primary Care and Urgent Care visits.

Closed 3pm-6pm 1st Wednesday of each month for training

     

Haven't been to the clinic yet?

Maybe you thought we only do firefighter physicals. Below is a link to a 24 minute documentary on the Health & Wellness Center describing some of the services we offer and our philosophy on providing medical care. 

 Click here for the Video

 

 

Filling Prescriptions at the Firefighters

Health & Wellness Center

The response to having prescriptions filled at the Health & Wellness Centers Pharmacy has been fantastic and we have been filling several hundred prescriptions a month.  We have also added several new medications available from the pharmacy, and a new list of medications is available on the web-site and through the link provided in this email.  Filling prescriptions here gives the Fund an opportunity to save several hundred thousand dollars a year, in addition to you saving on co-pays. Saving money on prescriptions will assist us in keeping insurance costs down and, in turn, keep premiums reasonable in an otherwise out of control medical market.

Since each prescription needs to be written by one of the clinics providers, when refills are not available, they are asking that you please give them ample time to accomplish the task.  When you have refills available on your medication then of course the process is easier and can usually be accomplished and be ready for pick-up or to be mailed within 24 hours.  When the provider needs to write a new prescription, the process can take up to 96 hours since not all providers are on duty every day, in addition to the fact that they are quite busy during the hours that the clinic is open to see patients, in some instances repeat of blood work or other labs may be necessary to make sure the medication continues to be correct.

We strongly encourage you to not wait until you’ve taken your last dose of a medication to get the refill process started. 

We try to dispense most maintenance type medications to give you a minimum of a 90 day supply and would recommend you starting the refill process no later than 2 weeks before you run out, it will be less stress on you, and us, to have your new supply in hand well before you run out.  Additionally, if any blood test or other tests are needed prior to your refill it will give everyone ample time to complete the tests before medications run out.

We encourage you to inform us of medications you are taking that we do not have on our list; this can be done by emailing Chrystal at pharmacy@myffbenefits.com.  As a reminder, while we try to stock all generics that our participants are taking, brand medications generally produce no saving for the Fund and therefore are not regularly stocked; also we do not carry any scheduled drugs.  We also carry breast milk pumps, nebulizers, glucometers and testing supplies in our pharmacy.

Thank you again for all of your support of the Health & Wellness Center, we continue to be excited to offer you a better medical experience and hope that in most cases it is exactly what we are accomplishing.

Link to pharmacy medication list

     

Health & Wellness Coordinator

  

The Board of Trustees of the Employee Benefits Fund is proud to introduce the newest member of the Health & Wellness Center staff. Melissa Drappi, RN.  Melissa will fill the role of Health & Wellness Coordinator and will be working with patients one on one to help manage long term chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, COPD, and depression just to name a few.  Melissa will also be available to assist with other health issues such as weight loss, smoking cessation and maternity management.

We are very excited to finally be able to offer these services in house and give you the opportunity to sit face to face with such a knowledgeable individual such as Melissa who has many years experience in helping patients manage their health issues.

We encourage you to reach out to Melissa and schedule a time to sit with her and go over your particular situation, she is available Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm and can be reach through the main number 561-969-6663.

Melissa is a University of Delaware alumna, and brings a wealth of experience to the Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Health & Wellness Center.  With 10 years of clinical nursing experience her professional career has included staff nurse positions in Labor & Delivery, Operating Room & Behavioral Health Units followed by school health.  Most Recently, Melissa worked as a Clinical Nurse Educator for a major pharmaceutical company.  Education of patients, families and other health care professionals has been a constant thread throughout her career.  As the Health & Wellness Coordinator Melissa will give you the opportunity to work one-on-one with a personal health coach and create an individualized action plan.  Whether you want to manage stress, lose weight, improve fitness and nutrition or quit smoking she will provide you with the information and encouragement you are looking for. The coaching sessions are flexible for your busy schedule and are conducted onsite, via the telephone or through e-mail. If you are interested in creating a dynamic partnership with someone who can help you reach your short and long term wellness goals, this program is for you.

When Melissa is not at the Fire Fighters Health & Wellness Center she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons as well as digital photography, practicing yoga and taking walks.

Melissa is a member of the National Nurse’s Association as well as the Florida Nurse’s Association.

Wellness Coordinator Video

 

 

MAMMOGRAM BUS RETURNS

It is recommended that women over 40 get annual mammograms as their first defense in detecting breast cancer. The Benefits Fund has arranged for Jupiter Medical Center to offer mammograms to our participants via their Wellness in Motion Mobile Mammogram Bus! For women over 40 years of age, no prescription is required.

 

Jupiter Medical Center's Wellness in Motion invites you to their Mammography Day, which is scheduled from 8am - 5pm on:

  

November 13, 2014

December 18, 2014

 

The bus will be located at our office:

Palm Beach County Firefighters Employee Benefits Fund Clinic

7240 7th Place North

West Palm Beach, FL 33411. 

 

Wellness in Motion mobile unit will be parked in the front parking lot for the event.  There is no cost to participants of the Fund and the entire process, registration and exam, takes about 30 minutes.

 

Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling 561-263-4636.

What's New at Benefits Fund
Benefits Fund Gets CT Machine
        New Computed Tomography (CT) Placed In Service On Friday, February 28, 2014, The Health & Wellness Center's brand new GE 64 slice CT scanner went operational. Read More...
Pharmacy Contact Information
Health & Wellness Center Pharmacy Contact Information   The PBC FF's Health & Wellness Center Pharmacy now has its own email and phone number. Any questions about prescriptions or prescription refill requests should go through one of these methods. Read More...
Disaster Averted
  Tenet Hospitals and Physicians Sign Contract with United Health Care     As expected, Tenet Hospitals and Physician Services reached an agreement with United Health Care to remain in network.  The new contract is for 3 years and is effective August 1, 2014. Read More...
Health & Wellness Center First Wednesday Each Month
Please be advised that the Health & Wellness Center will be closed for Training, equipment upgrades, staff meetings and various other items the 1st Wednesday of every month from 3pm – 6pm.  The clinic will reopen at 6pm and remain open until the normal 8pm closing time.  This monthly closing will begin on April 2nd. Read More...
Unscheduled Health & Wellness Center Visits
Unscheduled Health & Wellness Center Visits    One of the main goals of the Board of Trustees of the Employee Benefits Fund when they opened the Health & Wellness Center was to provide our people with a better medical experience. That goal is a never ending work in progress. Read More...

EXPECTING? 

If you are currently expecting a new baby in your life don’t forget about the Benefits Fund Cord Blood harvesting and cryogenic storage program.  For only $100 out of your pocket you can protect your newborn from numerous health issue’s.  The Fund will pick up the balance of the cost for harvesting the stem cells and storing them for 18 years…….. It’s well worth the small investment on your part.

Call the Fund office to get a brochure and contact information for the Stem Cell Cryobank  located at the Bethesda Health City on Hagen Ranch Road in Boynton Beach.

We will also cover your future storage fees if you had your child's cord blood stored with another vendor prior to the Fund implementing the program in January 2011, call the Fund office for more details.

 

UMR.COM Access 

We hope that you have had an opportunity to experience the enhanced services on umr.com and will find that the new features increase the productivity of your day-to-day benefit-related tasks.

Please remember to use your new login information to access umr.com.

Click here for a flyer that you can use as a reminder to set up your new access to umr.com.


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