Healthcare Appreciation Month

May Should Be Called ‘Healthcare Appreciation Month’

The entire month of May might as well be called “Healthcare Appreciation Month”. The largest recognition celebrations in the industry occur during it’s 31 flower-filled days.

Official month-long celebrations include National Critical Care Awareness & Recognition and Oncology Nursing Month, calling out two prominent sectors of the healthcare workforce.

National Hospital Week

National Nurses Week: May 6th – May 12th
During this week, recognize the important role nurses play in providing crucial patient care. Find out more on the American Nurses Association website.

National Hospital Week: May 8th-14th
Taking a broader approach to healthcare appreciation, National Hospital Week celebrates all individuals with careers related to or involving healthcare. The AHA suggests using National Hospital Week to surprise your many employees with learning sessions, prizes and more, while promoting the support of the community you serve. Hospital HR Staff: Royal Recognition offers many creative gifts and prizes to recognize your hard working team. Reach out to us for ideas! 

National Emergency Medical Services Week: May 15th-21st
The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians established EMS week to bring “together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s ‘frontline'”. Check out the ACEP website for more information.

Neuroscience Nurses Week: May 15th-21st
Neuroscience nurses attend to some of the most vulnerable patients in healthcare. This special week highlights their influence on patient care and other areas of the hospital. The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses has a list of potential activities on their website.

There are many, many more healthcare recognition holidays throughout the year. But most importantly, if you’ve had a great experience at any hospital (no matter what the circumstance) – thank the staff. They’ll appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.

What does tax season have to do with employee awards?

Royal Recognition knows a thing or two about tax deductible employee awards.

In the United States, the IRS allows businesses to deduct up to $1,600 for qualified employee achievement awards in any given calendar year. But what makes an award qualified?

In sum, qualified award means an item that is given to an employee by an employer to honor an achievement.

To help you draw the line between deductible and non-deductible, we’ve created a little quiz. We hope you enjoy it!


Is it deductible?

Question #1: Gift Cards

Gift cards, while more presentable than cash, are still considered money. Gift cards are not tax deductible.

Question #2: Achievement Plaque

An achievement plaque is absolutely tax deductible.

Question #3: Safety Award

Safety Awards do qualify for tax deductions with caveats. According to the IRS:
An award for safety achievement will qualify as an achievement award unless one of the following applies.It is given to a manager, administrator, clerical employee, or other professional employee. During the tax year, more than 10% of your employees, excluding those listed in (1), have already received a safety achievement award (other than one of very small value).
Please visit the IRS' website for more information on Safety Awards.

Question #4: Money or Cash

Money is treated as an exchange of currency, and therefore is taxable.

Question #5: Vera Bradley Bag

A Vera Bradley bag, or any other high-end brand bag, if part of a qualified Length of Service award program is tax deductible.

Question #6: Weber Genesis Grill

If the gift is part of a qualified Length of service award program and given as part of a meaningful presentation, the item is tax deductible.

Question #7: Travel Vouchers

Travel vouchers will be taxed.

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The above quiz was created by Royal Recognition for advertising purposes and is not meant to be used as legal advice. For actual IRS guidelines, please visit irs.gov.

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Royal Recognition Success Stories, Issue 1

Royal Recognition is proud to broadcast our first audio case study!

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Introduction to Gundersen Health Systems

Gundersen Health System is where caring meets excellence through a comprehensive health network of wholly owned services and regional partners. It’s where nationally recognized quality meets dedicated, compassionate professionals, caring for patients in all stages of life.

Royal Recognition’s Project

Gundersen also cares deeply for its employees. Royal Recognition breathed new life into Gundersen’s corporate culture through our personalized approach to recognition, support and wide variety of program customizations.

Issue 1 of our audio case study introduces our colorful cast of characters, how Gundersen implemented their original High Five & REWARD recognition programs and how far they’ve come.

Contact us today for the download link!

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