Newsletter 2017-10-01T15:04:03+00:00

NIH Philharmonia Orchestra Concert

The NIH Philharmonia Orchestra will present its first concert of the season on Saturday, October 14th at 7:30pm at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church (917 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD). The concert “RIP…Finally?” includes works by Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, and Strauss II. Tickets are FREE. For more info visit or call 240-888-6781.

Halloween Candy Needed for Patient Trick-or-Treat Program

Each year the Recreation Therapy staff takes pediatric patients and children of the adult patients to the participating units in the Clinical Center for Trick-or-Treating. This activity keeps the Halloween spirit alive and puts smiles on the children’s faces while they are here in the hospital. NIH employees are encouraged to bring individually wrapped candy to the 1st Floor Playroom in Bldg. 10 by Tuesday, October 24th. We will deliver the candy in time for the “spooktacular” event!

Children’s Inn Hosts Open House for NIH Employees November 7th

The Children’s Inn at NIH invites NIH employees to an Open House on November 7th from 11am – 1pm. There will be food trucks, festival games, giveaways and the opportunity to tour The Inn’s facility. Don’t miss this chance to treat yourself to a fun lunch break and learn more about The Children’s Inn at NIH. Contact Julie Ofrecio at if you have any questions. The Inn is Building 62 on the NIH campus.

2017 NIH Veterans Day Celebration!

In recognition of the service and continued contribution of our veterans, the NIH community is invited to the 2017 NIH Veterans Day Celebration to be held on Thurs., November 9th, from 10am – 11am in the Masur Auditorium,
Bldg. 10.  Following the celebration there will be an array of exhibits and refreshments in the Masur atrium from 11am – 12:30pm. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. James Gilman, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of the NIH Clinical Center, and retired Major-General U. S. Army.  All are welcome to come and support our veterans, their spouses, and family members. The event will be available for remote viewing via NIH Videocast at .  A Sign Language Interpreter will be provided.  Individuals with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, should contact Jayne Lura-Brown at 301-594-5392 or the Federal Relay 1-800-877-8339.

Christmas in New York City!

Spend the day sight-seeing, shopping, enjoying the holiday lights or taking in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show.  This year there are two Friday options, Dec. 1st and Dec. 8th.  The bus will depart from Mt. View Middle School (Howard County) at 7am and return at 11pm.  Spend the day on your own, $70 – transportation only or for an additional $80 enjoy the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular!  Call Susie Culler at 301-846-1093 or email to reserve your seat!  All sales final!

R&W Looking for New Notary Publics Willing to Assist NIH Employees

Are you a notary public? The R&W is looking for employees to add to our list of notaries to better serve the NIH Community. If you’d like to offer your services, free of charge, contact David Browne at with your contact information and a copy of your notary certificate. To become a notary public visit

Think You Can’t Buy LIFE Insurance? Try This Nationwide Insurance Product

Do you have diabetes, cancer, heart issues or are you overweight?  No problem!  This policy is open to anyone up to 80 years of age, no medical exam required, and rates never increase.  Policies range from $10,000 – $50,000, with limited benefits during the first 2 years.  If interested, call Lydia Umlandt at 301-474-4111 x2134 or email and get started with a simple application of just two health questions.

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 $150 (savings of over $200), paid by check or cashier’s check. This group membership provides R&W members 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 copy of your R&W membership registration. We suggest purchasing your R&W membership online and taking a copy of the confirmation to the MAC. 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 and Facebook at  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

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.

Al-Anon Provides Help for Those Involved with Substance Abuse

Al-Anon, an organization for family members of people with alcohol abuse, now welcomes family members of individuals with narcotic abuse problems to attend weekly group meetings.  Al-Anon holds two weekly group meetings; Mondays and Thursdays at noon in Building 31, Room 1B50

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