UMass Memorial Babies Break the Internet!

Victory is sweet, but our babies are even sweeter! A photo of our most adorable good luck charms dressed in Patriots blankets and pompom hats garnered some serious media attention yesterday with more than 19,000 shares and 1.9K comments on Facebook as of press time! The photo was shared on national news outlets and on local media in 31 states. It even made its way to Canada! And, our Facebook feed is being flooded with comments and photos of more Pats babies from across the country! A big thank you to UMass Memorial Medical Center mother-baby nurses, Wendy Childs, RN, Suzanne Golas, RN, Jill Brigham, RN, Kim Moody, RN, Betty Chviruk, RN, Angela Przymusik, RN, Cynthia Sandstrom, RN and retired NICU nurse Anna Golas, who made Patriots blankets for all our babies, and to the night shift nurses who made the Patriots pompom hats to give to moms and their new little Patriots fans!

New Thyroid Center Launched

Three Medical Center endocrinologists, Chris Coyne, MD, Eyad Hamoudeh, MD, and Mira Torres, MD, have launched a Thyroid Center on the University Campus that was accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. This accreditation validates that the team meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound examinations. The physicians, certified in neck ultrasound from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, provide care for both common and complex disorders including nodular thyroid disease, thyroid cancer, and hyperthyroidism, and offer ultrasonography, biopsy, and molecular testing to patients. Learn more about the center. Appointments: 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763)

Fundraising Efforts Bring Local IVF Clinic Closer to Realization

Dr. Johnson in the space designated for the Medical Center’s future IVF Clinic (photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette)

Julia Johnson, MD, chair of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is edging close to her fundraising goal of $500,000 to build a 2,500-square-foot in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic at the Medical Center. Complete with a procedure room to extract eggs and implant embryos, a recovery room, a laboratory to fertilize eggs and grow embryos, and spaces to collect samples, the new clinic would be the first of its kind in Worcester, allowing families to undergo the IVF procedure closer to home. UMass Memorial Health Care will match Dr. Johnson’s raised funds with an additional $500,000 to bring the clinic online. Read the Telegram & Gazette article. To donate, visit

Do Your Part; Know Your Heart!

February is American Heart Month, and there’s no better time to get to know your heart a little better and learn a few ways to keep it healthy! After all, it’s the only one you have. The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. Take a free heart health risk assessment. Did you know there’s a type of fat you shouldn’t cut back on in your diet? Where does all the sodium in your diet come from? And ladies, let’s make sure you are all aware of the silent heart attack. Don’t wait, learn more about your heart health today.

Enter Valentine’s Basket Raffle; Support the Bereavement Fund

Our Employee Activities Committee has coordinated a Valentine’s Day gift basket raffle to benefit the Employee Bereavement Fund. Tickets are $2 for one ticket and $5 for three. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, February 13, in the afternoon. Stop by the Memorial Campus cafeteria on Thursday, February 7, or Wednesday, February 13, noon to 1 pm, to purchase your tickets. You may also contact the following committee members to buy your tickets:

  • Tammy Kallio, Human Resources – 508-334-5858
  • Barbara O’Connor, Nurse Staffing – 508-334-6269
  • Heidi Smart, 67 Millbrook Street – 508-793-5660
  • Bernadette Scott, 306 Belmont Street – 508-334-5305
  • Joanne Petmezis, University Campus Shaw Building – 508-856-4913

Hear from Medical Students at Schwartz Rounds

Schwartz logoAttend the upcoming Schwartz Center Rounds, “The Impact of Interprofessional Teamwork on the Patient Experience: Insights from Our Next Generation of Caregivers,” on Friday, February 8, noon to 1 pm. Lunch will be served at 11:45 am. Place the forum in your schedule with the outlook calendar appointment. Held in the Faculty Conference Room, S1-342, University Campus, the event will feature panelists from our Medical School including third-year students Thomas Carroll, Marc Polanik and Shruthi Srinivas. One contact hour will be provided for nurses and physicians. Preregistration is not required. Email with questions, ideas for topics or to join the rounds planning committee.

Increase Your Productivity Through Training

The difference between sinking and soaring is our ability to make wise choices. In Franklin Covey’s 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity course, participants learn how making five fundamental choices will dramatically increase their ability to achieve extraordinary outcomes. Backed by science and years of experience, this course will produce a measurable increase in productivity and an inner sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. This time- and life-management workshop will help you make the right choices as you plan your day, week and life. The next session is Friday, March 1, 8 am to 4:30 pm, University Campus. Self-register through E-Learning 4U by Friday, February 22. Questions: Call 508-793-5626.

Watch for your 1099-HC Tax Form in the Mail

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts and Health Plans Inc. (HPI) recently mailed Massachusetts 1099-HC tax forms to plan members who were enrolled in 2018 health insurance benefits through UMass Memorial Health Care. This form is required for filing Massachusetts state income tax returns! New this year: You can request an electronic copy of the 1099-HC form from your carrier. Simply log onto your account on the BCBSMA or HPI website to submit a request for your electronic copy of the tax form. Questions: Contact Blue Cross Blue Shield at 800-932-8323 or Health Plans, Inc. at 844-998-6642.

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Medical Center News Transitions to the Hub Next Week!

Your Source for Medical Center InformationFor many years, News & Views has been the primary communications tool for Medical Center caregivers. As UMass Memorial Health Care has grown as a system, however, our communications channels need to grow and evolve as well. Next week, when our new intranet site – the Hub – is launched, the type of content you’ve relied on News & Views for, from news to features and event listings, will be available on the Hub. The Hub represents a major step forward for UMass Memorial, our system and caregiver communications. Loaded with helpful tools and timely content, it is supported by state-of-the-art technology and designed to help you communicate and work more efficiently. The Hub puts the most relevant news, updates, calendar listings, tools and information right at your fingertips – along with a variety of fun and engaging new features. No need to worry – the content you rely on via News & Views is not going away; it’s simply moving to a new, better location. You’ll receive more information about the Hub next week including job aids and FAQs that’ll make using the Hub easy!