BOISE (Idaho Capital Sun) — Two Idaho residents have filed a federal lawsuit against the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare alleging discriminatory policies for denying transgender individuals Medicaid coverage for gender reassignment surgery, according to the complaint.
The transgender women go by TB and MH in the court documents and are 18 and 21 years old, respectively. They have requested that the court allow their names to be sealed in court records to protect them from harassment, threats or acts of violence.
Idaho Legal Aid Services attorney Howard Belodoff is representing the individuals, and the complaint names Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen and Idaho Medicaid Medical Director Dr. Magni Hamso.
Niki Forbing-Orr, spokesperson for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, said the department does not comment on pending or current litigation.
Idaho Medicaid is a health insurance program jointly funded by the state and the federal government that provides medical coverage to eligible low-income residents. The Department of Health and Welfare manages the state Medicaid program.
According to a press release about the complaint, the named officials have enforced a policy of unreasonably delaying and denying authorization for treatment of gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is known as the distress that a transgender person experiences by having a gender identity that conflicts with the sex they were assigned at birth, according to the Mayo Clinic. The symptoms of dysphoria can be resolved through genital reconstruction surgery, the complaint says.
“While cisgender people receive the same or similar health care as a matter of course, defendants Jeppesen and Hamso refuse to cover the identical care for transgender Medicaid beneficiaries, under a policy of characterizing gender-affirming surgery as ‘cosmetic’ and not medically necessary,” the complaint states.
Belodoff wrote in the complaint that the policy is discriminatory and in violation of the provisions of the Medicaid Act, the Affordable Care Act, and the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment.
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According to the complaint, 17 months have passed since the 21-year-old plaintiff identified as MH requested coverage for surgery that her providers said is medically necessary. The department, according to the complaint, has not provided a final decision or opportunity for a hearing to challenge the denial or delay.
The complaint states the 18-year-old plaintiff identified as TB was told the department considered her surgery cosmetic, despite her health care providers stating it was medically necessary. The department has not granted a hearing to appeal the denial more than four months later, it says.
The parent of TB submitted a supporting statement saying between the ages of 11 and 12, TB was twice admitted to mental health facilities “due to not wanting to live in the world where she could not be true (to) herself.”
“The long delay in receiving Medicaid approval for her gender affirming surgery has made TB very mentally fragile and I am afraid she will once again lose hope and attempt to take her life,” the statement said.
The parent, whose is unnamed, said TB has already experienced bullying in high school and in other areas of her personal life and said some people in their community have said transgender people are “evil” and “just want attention.”
“There are local Idaho legislators and government officials who have openly supported discrimination against transgender people and are against providing them with legal protections against discrimination in health care, employment and housing,” the parent wrote. “The atmosphere fostered in my community by these officials make us feel we don’t belong in Idaho, and they don’t care about TB’s and our well-being and safety.”
The complaint asks the court to prohibit any further enforcement or application of the alleged practices and to enter a declaratory judgment that the plaintiffs have been discriminated against on the basis of sex, including gender identity, sex stereotypes and sex characteristics. It also asks for an unspecified amount of compensatory damages to be paid to the individual women, along with attorneys’ fees.
The defendants are required to respond by Oct. 20, according to federal court records. The case has been assigned to Magistrate Judge Raymond Edward Patricco Jr.
Two young transgender women are suing state health officials after they say the department of health and welfare discriminated against them because of their gender identity.
The two women, only identified in the lawsuit by their initials, are 18 and 21, and both are enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program.
They said the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which oversees the program alongside the federal government, is refusing to pay for gender confirmation surgery.
The women claim the state has refused to let them appeal their denial of coverage or has refused to issue a decision at all to authorize or deny the surgery.
According to the lawsuit first reported by the Idaho Capital Sun, the state deems the procedure “cosmetic,” even though the women’s doctors say it’s medically necessary to treat their gender dysphoria.
Gender dysphoria is a condition in which a person’s gender doesn’t align with their sex assigned at birth. It can lead to significant mental distress and even self-harm.
One of the women was admitted to two mental health facilities “…after she attempted to take her life because of [redacted] due to not wanting to live in the world where she could not be true herself.”
According to the Movement Advancement Project, an LGBTQ advocacy group, 26 states explicitly cover transition-related care through Medicaid, while nine ban it.
Idaho has no explicit law to cover or ban the procedure, according to the group.
The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction barring Idaho from withholding access to the surgery for all transgender people enrolled in Medicaid
An IDHW spokesperson told the Sun they couldn’t comment on pending litigation. They didn’t immediately respond to a request from Boise State Public Radio.
For the 15th time, the American Heart Association recognized Kettering Health’s stroke program with its “Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke” quality achievement award.
The award honors programs where all stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines. Those guidelines ensure stroke patients receive efficient and coordinated care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, fewer readmissions, and shorter recovery.
All Kettering Health medical and emergency centers met the guidelines for 2021, with several earning additional honors.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival and recovery after a stroke event,” says Megan Smith RN, neuroscience manager at Kettering Health.
Bruce Chan, Kettering Health Executive Director of Brain & Spine said, “2022 marks the fifteenth year that the American Heart Association has recognized Kettering Health for its stroke quality excellence. This consistent recognition helps cement what we already know about our teams—that their diligence and commitment to quality makes the difference.”
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday condemned the “cynical, disgraceful tactic” of Southern Republican governors busing asylum seekers to Chicago, adding that resources are needed to offset the “considerable” costs to the county’s health care system.
Preckwinkle, who is up for reelection next month, called on the federal government to address the influx of migrants at the southern border. She said the governors of Texas and Florida have used the busing tactic as a preelection stunt.
At first, migrants were sent to Chicago on one or two buses per day, she said. Now they are arriving on five or six buses per day.
More than 3,000 asylum-seeking immigrants have arrived in Chicago since the first bus arrived at Union Station on Aug. 31, according to the city’s Department of Family and Support Services.
“This is a cynical, disgraceful tactic by fellow Americans in Texas and Florida who are sending us asylum seekers,” Preckwinkle said after giving a State of the County address at the Union League Club of Chicago.
The county health system supports the migrants with healthcare screenings, treatment and vaccinations. Diapers, formula, clothes and shoes are being provided by the Cook County Health Foundation, Preckwinkle said. After saying the aid costs a couple hundred thousand dollars per week, Preckwinkle added: “I can’t tell you how much it’s costing us. It’s a considerable amount of money.”
Services are provided at Stroger Hospital and the county’s Belmont Cragin clinic, which offers bilingual services for the Hispanic population on the Northwest Side.
“We need the help of the federal government to meet this challenge,” Preckwinkle said. “I just wish the elected officials in Texas and Florida would be approaching the Biden administration, trying to work through some of these challenges rather than putting these people on buses to come here.”
Since the end of August, buses of asylum-seeking immigrants have arrived in Chicago, part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to send people arriving at the southern border into Democrat-led cities such as New York and Washington, D.C.
The Treasury Department is probing whether DeSantis improperly used federal pandemic aid to fly migrants to Massachusetts as part of his effort to transport immigrants to sanctuary cities, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a disaster proclamation last month allowing the state to speed up procurement of resources for migrants sent to Illinois.
“How long this will go on, I can’t tell you. ... I anticipate this will be an ongoing challenge,” Preckwinkle said, adding that the busing was probably a political stunt by Abbott and DeSantis for the upcoming midterm election. “There’s a chance when we get to Nov. 9, they’ll decide it’s not in their interest to do it anymore,” Preckwinkle said.
“But we’re a welcoming city and a welcoming county and we’re going to do our best to serve the folks who come to us, as we have,” Preckwinkle said.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden’s administration announced it would begin returning Venezuelans seeking asylum at the border. The Department of Homeland Security said the U.S. and Mexico would create a new parole program requiring Venezuelans entering the country to have a sponsor living in the U.S.
Chicago-based Resurrection Project said it was “perturbed” by the move to expand the use of Title 42, an enforcement technique that started as a health measure during the coronavirus pandemic, to expel migrants at the border and called for a “humanitarian parole program” that would allow asylum seekers to enter the U.S. without a sponsor.
“Seeking asylum is a fundamental right that the United States should guard,” Resurrection Project said in a statement.
Also Thursday during her State of the County address, Preckwinkle said she plans to continue funding the county’s guaranteed income pilot program after federal COVID-19 relief funding runs out. She said she hoped the pilot proves successful and becomes a national model.
Contributing: Elvia Malagón
NASHVILLE -- State officials have given the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga the official nod to proceed with selecting a designer and construction manager/general contractor for the new home of its School of Nursing program.
The planned $60.8 million health sciences building, which was included in Gov. Bill Lee's $52.6 billion budget, received unanimous approval from State Building Commission members on Thursday.
When complete, UTC officials have said, the estimated 92,192-square-foot facility will serve as the new home of the university's School of Nursing, also providing simulated lab space. Their hope is it will help the nursing program's enrollment to grow by 60%, providing badly needed nurses not only in Chattanooga and Hamilton County but other parts of Southeast Tennessee.
"It'll not only be helpful, it'll be incredibly impactful for the region around Chattanooga," UT System President Randy Boyd told the Chattanooga Times Free Press as he left a Cordell Hull State Office Building meeting room after getting the official approval to proceed. "We have a desperate need for more nurses, and this will supply us the ability to create a lot more nurses."
Boyd estimated it will likely take two years before it's built but quickly added, "I don't know the exact date, we're just now getting architects and the project designed."
State Senate Finance Committee Chairman Bo Watson, R-Hixson, a physical therapist and the market director for therapy services at HCA Parkridge Medical Center, said the new nursing school and lab building "comes at a critical time in the state's strategy to address workforce development challenges in the health care sector, especially nursing.
"The new building and lab will incorporate technological advances in nurse training that simply aren't possible in an older facility," Watson said in a text on Friday. "The new nursing building deepens UTC's footprint in the clinical health care space along with well-established doctorate-level physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, athletic training and public health programs."
According to the State Building Commission, the project seeks to use the construction manager/general contractor procurement method "due to the need for multiple bid packages to accelerate the schedule" as well as help in "keeping the budget in check."
The state budget is providing $55.93 million for the building, while the remaining $4.84 million would come from university sources and/or donor gifts.
University officials have long sought a new nursing building to expand the nursing program and train more nurses for what officials say is a medically underserved Chattanooga and Southeast Tennessee region.
The project fits in with Chattanooga's effort to work with academia and the health care industry through its Third and Fourth streets "medical corridor." That's an effort to link downtown-headquartered BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee with UTC, as well as Erlanger Health Services, Siskin Children's Institute, CHI Memorial and Parkridge Medical Center along with physicians' offices.
Two other major projects are included in the state's 2022-23 budget.
One is a $40 million renovation of the seven-story, 174,000 square-foot former Interstate Life Insurance Building at 540 McCallie Ave., a 1950s era Art Moderne-style structure that later became a state office building before it was ceded to UTC.
The other UTC project provides $10.2 million in upgrades to Brock Hall at 623 Vine St. Plans call for replacing building systems, including heating, air conditioning and lighting, as well as upgrading restrooms while also addressing Americans With Disabilities Act issues along with repairs to the building's outside, including masonry and roofing.
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Walking from the parking lot, as they approach their worn and dated gymnasium – which opened in 1966 – the four seniors and nine juniors who make up the Doherty varsity girls’ volleyball team often steer their eyes away from the impressive building construction site nearby.
Born just a little too soon, these upper-class Highlanders ponder. Ah, those lucky freshman and sophomore jayvees.
Why the sighs? Because inside the new Doherty High, which, when completed for the Fall 2024 opening, will be an 18,000 square-foot gym, big enough for two full-sized basketball courts and bleachers with a capacity to sit the entire student body.
An easy fit for a nice new volleyball court. Or two.
But quickly, those sad, missing-out feelings are replaced by joyous thoughts of what’s happening now. Although the Highlanders practice and play home matches on a 56-year-old court in a cramped gym, wonderful, lasting memories are being created. They are the 2022 Inter-High champions at 9-0 and own a lofty 13-2 overall record so far.
Doherty roared from the start of the season in early September, winning nine straight matches before a 3-2 loss to Oxford. Then came four wins in the next five matches including Friday’s 3-1 victory over Fitchburg, a fundraiser match with proceeds going to colon cancer research.
“A mother of a former player of ours recently was diagnosed with colon cancer, so we decided that’s where we wanted to direct our donations from that game,” said Doherty coach Kathryn Coporale.
The Highlanders are led by their foursome of seniors: captains Julia Prendergast, Kate McCarthy and Sophia Guerra, along with Evelynn Rogers.
“We build on every match, and we have just kept on getting better throughout the season,” said the 6-foot Prendergast, a middle hitter and the President of the Class of 2023, who had five aces and seven kills in a exact win over North. Prendergast would like to study pre-law in college.
A top student in math and biology, Guerra, a valuable setter, who had four aces against North and who has rebounded from a severe ankle injury that kept her out of action for her entire sophomore season, added, “Everybody likes being on this team and that reflects in how we play.”
Outside hitter McCarthy, who would like to be a teacher someday, and who had seven aces and a kill in a win at Main South, noted how special the team bonding is.
“We’re all really good friends, and that carries over off the court,” she said. “We have team dinners and we talk a lot about school and being seniors. There’s not a lot of drama here.”
In the 3-1 win over rival Burncoat, Rogers had a couple of aces and blocks and three kills. “Volleyball is all about communication, and we have that, plus good friendships. We work well together.”
Rogers added that she has been dealing with chronic headaches for a long time, and volleyball helps. “Somehow playing this game is a great outlet for me from some of the darkness that comes with my headaches,” she said.
Emma Delia, a junior libero who had 10 aces against North, is one of the top players among the contingent of juniors including outside hitters Analiesse Collins, Madison Minor, Lydia Mele and setter Angela Dhima, middles Abby Harito and Kiara McCray and back row specialist Johanna Hoang.
For Doherty outside hitter Reece Creamer, another junior, the win over South in the team’s nine-match winning streak was special. There in the stands was her father, Jeff Creamer, South High’s Principal.
“My dad kept saying that he couldn’t remember which team to cheer for,” said Reece with a laugh.
“We have a great group here and everyone is serious about academics too, taking a lot of honors courses,” said Coporale, who teaches math at Doherty and is a former four-year varsity player at St. Peter-Marien.
In a tough challenge, Doherty hosts 13-2 Grafton on Wednesday at 5 p.m. In the 1966 gymnasium.
Coporale is thrilled to have her mother, Sheila Marshall, as her assistant coach along with junior varsity coach Kayla Coonan.
Marshall successfully coached the Worcester Tech girls' and boys' volleyball teams for several years before her retirement and for a decade was assisted by her daughter, Coporale.
“It’s a nice role reversal now, having my mother as my assistant coach,” Coporale said. She began playing volleyball years ago when she was a student at Fitchburg State, and later she gave me the bug when she got into coaching. I’ve been playing ever since I was a kid, and I still play once a week in a recreational league."
The MIAA fall golf championships are set for the following dates and courses: Div. 1 Central: Oct. 17 at Heritage CC in Charlton; Div. 1 West: Oct. 17 at Franconia GC in Longmeadow. Div. 1 state championship: Oct. 25 at Renaissance GC in Haverhill.
Div. 2 Central: Oct. 18 at Maplegate CC in Bellingham; Division 2 West: Oct. 18 at The Ranch GC in Southwick. Div. 2 state championship: Oct. 25 at Maplegate CC.
Div. 3 Central: Oct. 18 at Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge; Div. 3 West: Oct. 17 at The Country Club of Wilbraham. Div. 3 state championship: Oct. 25 at The Ledges GC in South Hadley.
New England Championship (by invite only): Oct. 31 at Mohegan Sun GC in Baltic, CT.
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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – The Achievement Centers for Children recently partnered with Horses for Mental Health to bring the equestrian and mental health sectors together in a peer to peer awareness and fundraising campaign called Seen Through Horses.
The Achievement Centers for Children’s Camp Cheerful has offered a Therapeutic Horsemanship Program for many years and is certified as a Premier Accredited Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). This program is one of only a few such accredited centers in Ohio that provides quality professional equine-assisted activities while meeting established industry standards. All of Camp Cheerful’s Therapeutic Horsemanship instructors are certified and registered by PATH.
Camp Cheerful’s Therapeutic Horsemanship Program provides a unique and healing environment for both children and adults in an outdoor, nature-based setting. Interacting with horses creates space for participants to experience mental, physical, cognitive and emotional growth through professionally facilitated activities that include:
- Experiential and outdoor education has been proven to reduces stress, increase physical activity and Boost brain function -Individuals with disabilities have an enriching experience bonding with a horse, while improving their physical, cognitive and emotional health -Skill development in areas such as decision making, social interaction, problem solving and communication carry over outside of the program into everyday life -Students develop peer relationships in a non-competitive and non-judgmental environment, helping to increase self-confidence in a very unique way -Weekly group lessons provide social support for parents and caregivers while their loved ones participate in activities -The River Rock Adult Day program participants gain responsibility, confidence and pride by feeding and watering the horses on a daily basis -Volunteers become a part of the strong fabric of dedicated people who bond to support the program -The community has an opportunity to participate in, and rally around a worthy charitable endeavor with a broad reach through volunteer interaction and financial support
Mental health does not discriminate. It touches every person alive either personally or through a loved one. The National Alliance on Mental Illness released data findings that shed light on how relevant this issue is to all of us: One in five people will be affected by mental illness in their life, with depression becoming the leading cause of disability worldwide. The truth is all of us are affected -- either personally or through someone we love.
The need to continue to provide more innovative solutions like this for mental health services is paramount. That’s why Horses for Mental Health brought the equestrian and mental health sectors together for the first time in this awareness and fundraising campaign. To make a donation to Seen Through Horses go to https://www.classy.org/campaign/seen-through-horses/c419697. You can also go to
www.campcheerful.achievementcenters.org to the Donate Now button at the top of page and designate your donation to Therapeutic Riding. Together we can realize a world where all mental health needs are met.
Book sale: The Strongsville Library Book Sale is back. A special sale is planned to celebrate their new normal. The sale dates are Sat., Oct 22, Friends Preview, 9-10 a.m. $2 a bag. All current members, renewals and new members purchased that morning at the Friends Preview will receive a coupon for a CCPL reusable bag available at the front desk. From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., bring your own bag that is no bigger than 15″ x 15″ and fill it up for $2. On Sun., Oct. 23, 1- 4 p.m., bring your own bag and fill it up for $1. On Mon., Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., the cost goes down to 50 cents a bag. The Strongsville library is located at 18700 Westwood Dr.
Outstanding musicians: Twelve Strongsville High School instrumentalists were named to prestigious regional and state orchestra and band groups.
The Strongsville High School Instrumental Music program had ten students selected as members of the 2022 Northeast Regional Orchestra. This group is an auditioned honors orchestra consisting of the best student musicians from Northeast Ohio. This select ensemble is sponsored by the Ohio Music Education Association, and will perform on Nov. 6, at E.J. Thomas Hall at the University of Akron.
These talented musicians include: Audrey Greer (Violin), Jamil Halabi (Oboe), Natalie Hantz (Violin), Jade Lum (Violin), Adrianna Kostyack (Percussion), Avaneesh Polaconda (Violin), Sofia Ruff (Cello), Lilly Vassel (Viola), Marissa Ventresca (Violin), Olivia Wingler (Viola).
Four musicians from the Strongsville High School Symphony Orchestra were selected as members of the 2023 All-State Orchestra, making this the 19th year in a row an SHS Orchestra student has been selected for this elite ensemble. The All-State Orchestra consists of the best high school orchestra musicians from all of Ohio, and will perform at the 2023 Ohio Music Education Association’s Professional Development Conference in Columbus in February.
These musicians include: Audrey Greer (Violin), Adrianna Kostyack (Percussion), Avaneesh Polaconda (Violin), Marissa Ventresca (Violin).
Congratulations to Abby Maher (Clarinet) for being selected as a member of the 2023 AllState Band! The All-State Band consists of the best high school band musicians from all over Ohio, and will perform at the 2023 Ohio Music Education Associations Professional Development Conference in Columbus in February. Abby is a member of the Strongsville High School Marching Mustangs, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.
The SHS Music Department is proud to recognize percussionist Andrew Maloney, who was selected as an alternate for the 2023 All-State Jazz Band. The All-State Jazz band consists of the best high school jazz musicians from around the State and will perform at the Ohio Music Education Association’s Professional Development Conference in Columbus later in February.
Congratulations to all these amazing student musicians.
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Clark State College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Obstetrics and Gynecology program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), which is the non-invasive use of high frequency sound waves to image anatomic structures within the body, is an abdominal, obstetrics, gynecology and vascular ultrasound program.
Getting this accreditation has been a group effort with many individuals at the college and in the community, said Megan Platfoot, program director.
“Accreditation through CAAHEP will open the door for many more opportunities for our students before and after graduation. I look forward to continuing in my role as program coordinator as we help bring the next generation of sonographers to the workforce,” she said.
The exact peer review, conducted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors, recognized the program’s compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards.
“The accreditation is external recognition that our DMS program is a quality program for our students and is based on a review of the program as it currently stands,” said Rhoda Sommers, dean of health, human and public services.
Sommers added that employers in the region have been supportive of the program, and one of the current students was hired as a “student sonographer” over the summer and has already signed on for a full-time position after graduation in December.
Sonographers are specially trained individuals who work under the close supervision of radiologists, cardiologists and vascular surgeons to help them in determining a medical diagnosis and treatment plan for patients. They are responsible for acquiring diagnostic images of normal and abnormal structures and report findings to the supervising physician.
The program combines didactic and clinical learning experiences that are within the legal scope of responsibility of sonographers. The college accepts a limited number of DMS students per year with technical classes beginning each fall.
After graduation, sonographers may be employed by hospitals, private physician practices, diagnostic imaging centers, research departments and ultrasound machine manufactures.
Platfood said the accreditation ensures the college is providing the best DMS program for its students and the community.
“We will continue to provide the best education for our DMS students and to work closely with our clinical affiliates to help bring more sonographers to the workforce,” she said.
For more information, visit the college’s website under academics, degrees and certificates, school of health, human and public services, then diagnostic medical sonography.
WELLESLEY, Mass., Oct. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Life U.S. has been recognized by Ragan Communications' Video, Visual & Virtual Awards for its 2021 Sunny Summer Games program as the "best virtual employee engagement event." Now in its second year, the Sunny Summer Games are a virtual competition that allows colleagues to team up – either in chosen groups or randomly assigned teams – and compete in a series of contests. Employees of all levels of the organization, no matter where they are located, are able to take part in this event at Sun Life.
The games were created by a group of Sun Life employees in the summer of 2021, with the pandemic wearing on, as a fun way to engage employees in a virtual setting and take a break to socialize with colleagues. The event aligns with Sun Life's commitment early in the pandemic to prioritize employee flexibility, support, well-being and engagement. That culture of support has remained strong as offices reopen and employees embrace the new Future of Work approach, which gives employees the choice to work at an office or from home each day.
"We believe that a little fun in the workplace improves creativity, communication and collaboration," said Tammi Wortham, senior vice president, Human Resources, Sun Life U.S. "Happy employees are healthier, and we love bringing some fun into the summer work weeks with the Sunny Summer Games. Everyone can participate together regardless of where they are, and it gives our hardworking employees some time to connect, have fun, and get to know their colleagues."
This year's Sunny Summer Games produced an added bonus – bringing together employees new to the Sun Life family through exact acquisitions, and building comraderie across businesses and geographies in a way that the regular workday cannot.
The Sunny Summer Games consist of six to seven weeks of various games, such as trivia, tune challenges, or virtual escape rooms. The weeks of play culminate in a championship event to determine gold, silver, and bronze winning teams, who win great prizes and of course, bragging rights. Other prizes and incentives are given out throughout the games for bonus rounds and through random drawings.
The Sunny Summer Games are an original virtual employee engagement event at Sun Life, using external tech platforms to hold competitions with live hosts who facilitate each round. Approximately 1,000 employees have participated each year.
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