Perks and Benefits
NVRH offers highly competitive wages and a variety of benefits. We feel it is important to try to include services in our benefit plans that will reach all of our employee needs. All employees working .5 FTE (40 hours per two week pay period) will be eligible to receive benefits. These benefits include, but are not limited to, medical, dental, short term disability, life insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, and employee wellness benefits. Every employee regardless of their assigned FTEs (including per diem statused employees) are eligible for our 401(k) retirement plan. Refer to the Benefit Overview below for a more detailed explanation of NVRH’s benefits.
NVRH Benefit Plan Overview
HEALTH & DENTAL INSURANCE
Regular full and part time (with benefits) employees will have hospital sponsored health insurance benefits. Coverage will begin on the first of the month after thirty days of employment. The hospital offers coverage for employee, employee +1, or employee and family. Medical procedures performed at NVRH are covered for benefitted employees and their dependents at an enhanced benefit level.
HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT
Employees who choose to enroll in the NVRH High Deductible Health Plan are eligible to participate in a Health Savings Account and receive an HSA Debit Card to pay for health care expenses and prescription costs.
Employees covered under our health insurance plan may purchase prescription items using payroll deductions for the applicable co-pays. For those employees not covered by our health insurance (or during the benefit waiting period) pharmacy items may be purchased at cost plus $10. Non-prescription items are also available at cost plus 10%.
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SHORT TERM DISABILITY
Regular full and part time (with benefits) employees, on the first of the month after thirty days of employment, may receive short term disability benefits starting on the fifteenth day of continuous illness and ending after twenty-six weeks, at which time long term disabiltiy benefits may apply. NVRH pays the cost of this insurance.
LONG TERM DISABILITY
Regular full and part time (with benefits) employees, may receive long term disability benefits starting after twenty-six weeks. This benefit may continue to age sixty-five depending on conditions. NVRH pays the cost of this insurance.
Employees are eligible for income reimbursement following three consecutive lost time days and medical expenses if injured at work.
Regular full and part time (with benefits) employees, on the first of the month after thirty days of employment, are eligible to receive a life insurance benefit of two times annual salary.
SUPPLEMENTAL LIFE INSURANCE
Regular full and part time (with benefits) employees have the option of purchasing additional, voluntary life insurance on themselves, their spouses and children, at group rates.
FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT
Employees who choose to participate in the flexible spending account program may set aside up to $2,550 on a pre-tax basis for medical expenses and up to $5,000 per family for dependent care costs. This is available on the first of the month after thirty days of employment, with a change in family status, or at open enrollment every year.
UMBRELLA CHILD CARE REFERRAL ASSISTANCE
On employment, employees (Moms or Dads) are eligible to consult with Umbrella child care referral specialists. They will help assess your needs, furnish you with a list of available providers, and consult with you during your search. The $75 fee for this service will be paid by the hospital.
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Employees are immediately eligible for a baseline physical exam and associated lab tests (CBC and UA at the NVRH lab only). This benefit is available on an annual basis. If the employee is covered under the NVRH medical plan, NVRH will pay the co-pay; if not, NVRH will cover the cost of the physical.
EMPLOYEE AND FAMILY REIMBURSED PROGRAMS
NVRH will reimburse each employee or member of their family who is on the NVRH health plan, or eligible to be on the health plan, an annual amount of $200 per fiscal year (before taxes) for:
- Weight Watchers or another weight reduction program that is supervised and has a fee associated with it.
- Any aerobic fitness program or aerobic activity in which must pay a fee. This would cover any health clubs, aerobic programs, tennis, swimming, skiing or fees for usage of cross country skiing/hiking/biking trails. A detailed receipt must be produced.
- Any activity from the NVRH Wellness Calendar. Please ask for a receipt for your participation.
- NVRH Heart Healthy Benefit.
NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING ASSISTANCE
The hospital registered Dietician directs programs for both adult and adolescent weight management. Employees are eligible to particpate at no charge.
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RECFIT ST. JOHNSBURY MEMBERSHIP
Limited memberships to RecFit in St Johnsbury is available to all NVRH employees provided they use the club on a regular basis. RecFit offers cardio equipment, weights and classes. Some, but not all, classes are included with membership.
ST. JOHNSBURY ACADEMY FIELDHOUSE PASSES
Twelve free passes to the St. Johnsbury Academy Fieldhouse are available to employees and one guest on a daily basis. The Fieldhouse has an olympic-sized swimming pool, basketball courts, a weight room and cardiovascular equipment room.
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NVRH CARDIAC REHAB AEROBIC EQUIPMENT
Free employee use of the aerobic equipment in Cardiac Rehab on the third floor during non-patient hours.
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Chaplaincy services are availalbe on a full time basis for any patient, family, or employee requiring assistance or guidance. A Chapel is located on premises for private consultation.
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Employees are immediately eligible to participate in a confidential employee assistance program (EAP), Casey &Associates. This program provides private counseling for employees & their families on many types of issues, personal or professional. Also, through our EAP, you and your family will have access to an on-line service called LifeHub. (Click on the link on the right hand side of this page for more information on LifeHub.) LifeHub is a website that can help you with all of your life managment challenges including information and trianing on stress, career skills, health & fitness, child care, elder care, parenting, personal finance, relationships and more. Visit Casey and Associates.
Click here to visit Casey & Associates.
401(k) RETIREMENT PLAN
Employees are participants in the NVRH 401(k) Retirement Plan the first of the month after thirty days of employment.
NVRH automatically contributes 3% of your annual income into investment that you choose. If you contribute at least 1 and 1/2 % of your income into the 401k plan, NVRH will match another 1 and 1/2 %. That means a total 4 and 1/2 % contribution from NVRH.
Employees who work on the evening, night, or week-end shift are eligible for this hourly pay supplement for eligible hours when working the appropriate shift and when percentage of worked hours on shift criteria is met. The differentials are $1.75/hour Evenings; $4.00/hour Nights; $1.75/hour Weekends.
Hourly employees, when working in excess of 40 hours per week, are eligible to receive time and one-half your average base hourly rate.
Employees with accounts may opt to have their paycheck, or a portion of their paycheck, automatically deposited to their local bank. Electronic paystubs are also an available option, eliminating usage of a paper paystubs.
NORTHERN LIGHTS CREDIT UNION
Employees wishing to join may become members of the Northern Lights Credit Union and enjoy benefits extended to members through payroll deductions.
HOSPITAL BILL PAYMENT PLAN
For employees incurring NVRH hospital bills, a consistent, interest free payment plan may be arranged through the Credit Department. An additional option of payroll deduction is also available.
Time Off From Work
Regular full and part time employees are eligible to accrue earned time immediately. Earned time may be used as per policy on the first of the month after thirty days of employment. You may accrue 25, 30, or 35 days annually depending on length of service, hours worked, and employment status.
EARNED TIME CASH IN
Employees, when eligible to receive earned time, may cash in a portion of their earned time on a twice yearly basis. Restrictions apply on the number of hours that may be cashed per calendar year.
LEAVES OF ABSENCE
Employees, on the first of the month after thirty days of employment may receive an approved absence from work without loss of seniority. In addition, as required by state and federal law, a “Family Leave” of up to twelve weeks may also be granted.
Regular full and part time employees, on the first of the month after thirty days of employment, are eligible to receive three consecutive days off with pay for an immediate family member and one day for funeral attendance for other family members.
Regular full and part time employees, on the first of the month after thirty days of employment, are eligible to receive the difference between normal earnings and dollars received for military or jury duty.
Employees are immediately eligible for time off to vote if no other arrangements are available.
PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS/CONTINUING EDUCATION
All employees will be eligible to receive paid time to attend approved educational sessions, with management approval.
TUITION FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Regular full and part time employees, after 3 months of employment, are eligible to receive $4,000 per academic year, subject to availability of funds as reviewed each fiscal year. Your department manager and Vice President of Human Resources must approve the tuition request prior to the start of a course.
The Medical Library at NVRH is available to all employees. In addition, our Medical Librarian is able to assist employees with computer searches for technical information.
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Cafeteria benefits are extended immediately to all employees, which includes payroll deducted meals, a free meal on their birthday, and free meals on Christmas and Thanksgiving.
EMPLOYEE GIFT FUND
Employees wishing to join may become members of the Employee Gift Fund immediately and will recive gifts on indicated occasions.
Employees wishing to join the NVRH Activities Committee may participate in planning employee social activities held throughout the year.
The hospital provides garden space, if available, for use by employees.
The hospital maintains a parking lot with ample space for employees to park their cars within close proximity to the hospital.
The Cherry Wheel Gift Shop is supported by our hospital volunteers and is open for employee and visitor shopping convenience.
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CENTRAL SUPPLY PURCHASES
Items at cost plus 10% may be purchased from the NVRH SPD department by all employees immediately upon employment.
The hospital will finance up to $1,000, interest free, for the purchase of computer hardware. Repayment is made using the payroll deduction program.