Employee Benefits

At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, we understand that you have a life beyond your commitment with us. And because we know that the work you do is not only for the good of the patients we take care of — but also for the good of you and yours — listed below are just some of the many amenities we provide to make sure you're taken care of, too.


Employees who are regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in the Employee Benefits Program. Employee benefits begin on your date of hire. 


During your first month of employment, you may elect coverage in several insurance options. The amount you pay each week for health, dental and vision premiums will be paid with pretax dollars.

Health & Dental Plan Choices

Through Harvard Pilgrim Health Insurance you can elect the following health plans: Domestic & Community, HMO Plus, or Tiered POS. When you elect a medical plan, you are automatically enrolled with Caremark for your prescription coverage. Our dental insurance is through Delta Dental, offering a Low and High plan. We offer two vision plans through EyeMed Vision Care.

Other Benefit Programs
  • Health and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Employee Life Insurance
  • Spousal and Dependent Life Insurance
  • Critical Care
  • Hospital Indemnity
  • Pre-Paid Legal Insurance
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance 
Earned Time

Earned Time (ET) is a program in which traditional sick, vacation and holiday hours are combined to provide you with maximum flexibility in determining the use of your paid time-off benefit. You are eligible for earned time if you are regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. Based on the current ET accrual rates, full-time employees scheduled to work 40 hours a week accrue 28 days annually. You will earn additional days as your years of service increase. ET is pro-rated for regular part-time employees working less than 40 hours per week.

Tuition Reimbursement

After you have completed six months of employment, you may receive reimbursement of tuition costs for approved work-related courses for up to $1,500 during each calendar year. After five years of service, the amount increases up to $2,250 per year. Direct patient care employees are eligible for additional funds. This amount is pro-rated for regular part-time eligible employees.

MBTA Pass Program

Benefits-eligible employees may enroll in the employer-subsidized monthly MBTA pass program by the 10th of the previous month. BIDMC subsidizes cash sales at 45 percent, and passes purchased through payroll deduction are subsidized at 50 percent up to $125.

Parking (Paid by You)

Off-site parking with shuttle service to the hospital campus is available to employees. Please check with Commuter Services for exact availability. On-site parking is very limited. Cost for the various lots/garages varies, and the fees will be deducted from your paycheck.

401(k) Plan

Eligible employees may save and invest pre-tax money (up to annual IRS limits) in the BIDMC 401(k) Plan through Fidelity Investments. After one year of service, eligible employees will receive a weekly matching contribution equal to 60 percent of the first 4 percent of eligible pay you defer to your 401(k) Plan account. Also, after one year of service eligible employees will receive an annual CORE contribution equal to a percentage of your eligible pay ranging from 2 to 5 percent based on your age and years of service. You do not need to contribute to the 401(k) Plan to receive the CORE contribution. The match and CORE contributions are vested immediately.

403(b) Plan

In addition to the 401(k) Plan eligible employees may also save and invest pre-tax money (up to the annual IRS limits) in a 403(b) Plan through Fidelity Investments. There is no match or CORE contribution to the 403(b) Plan.

Dependent Care is a program offers backup childcare and adult-care services for those times when regular care arrangements are not available (i.e. holidays when regular day care center is closed, between camp and school schedules).

Direct Deposit

You may sign up immediately for direct deposit and have your net pay electronically transmitted from our payroll department to the bank account(s) of your choice. Deposits will begin approximately three weeks after you have signed up. In the interim you will be paid by check.

Discount Opportunities

Another great incentive for our BIDMC employees is our discount opportunities. Discount movie tickets as well as seasonal ski and water park tickets are available through the BIDMC Gift Shops. Wireless discounts are offered through the Telecommunications Office. As the Official Hospital of the Boston Red Sox, employees can use their ID badge to obtain up to two tickets for $5.00 each a half-hour after the start of a home game. Please note the Red Sox tickets are based on availability only.

Employee Assistance Program

You and members of your household may take advantage of the hospital's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which provides confidential counseling for issues small or large. The EAP also provides free legal and financial consultation as well as helpful work/life resources.

Workforce Development

The Office of Workforce Development in Human Resources offers a number of opportunities for employees to enhance their job skills. This office provides free career and academic counseling, college placement testing, on-site pre-college prep courses in math, reading and English and college-level science courses. Workforce Development also offers free on-site English classes for non-native English speakers.

Workforce Development also oversees BIDMC's Pipeline Programs that sponsor employees' education and training for specific jobs at BIDMC, such as Patient Care Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, Nurse, and Research Administrator.

For More Information

This summary is intended to be a general outline of benefits available to you as an employee of BIDMC. Though every effort has been made to see that it is accurate, BIDMC reserves the right to change, amend and/or discontinue benefits or policies at any time. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the Human Resources Office at (617) 975-9800. In the event of inconsistencies, the plan documents will govern

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