Dr. Finberg Talks about Research to Help Predict and Treat Flu

Medical School researchers have been awarded a five-year grant of approximately $10 million from the Department of Defense to better predict and treat the flu virus. See story. Researchers will aim to develop new technologies and strategies that will anticipate and predict drug resistance and susceptibility in influenza. “Our goal is personalized medicine for viruses,” said Robert Finberg, MD, chair, Department of Medicine. “We believe that by looking at the sequence of a virus that we should be able to make predictions based on our understanding of its structure and certain sequences that will allow us to predict whether it will be resistant to a vaccine or an antibody.

Our Annual United Campaign Way Campaign Moves to Spring

United WayThe United Way Campaign, which you may recall occurs every fall, moves to a new season starting spring 2016! Changing the campaign timeframe allows us to align more closely with other UMass Memorial Health Care charitable and community initiatives. Employees who currently donate to United Way via payroll donation can continue their donations from January 1 through April 30, 2016, while the campaign preparation is underway. If you would like to extend your pledge, simply respond by email before Tuesday, December 15. Questions: Email Rebecca Martella. We thank our employees for their generosity and continued support of the United Way of Central Massachusetts.

Our Food Services Excels in Culinary ‘Best of Best’ Contest

From left, Clinical Nutrition Manager Katherine Saunders, Executive Chef John Lemoine, Executive Chef Jason Botelho and Retail Manager Stephen Harrington

From left, Clinical Nutrition Manager Katherine Saunders, Executive Chef John Lemoine, Executive Chef Jason Botelho and Retail Manager Stephen Harrington

Congratulations to our Food and Nutrition Services Department, selected as one of 12 culinary teams to compete in the “Best of the Best” competition at the Massachusetts Health Council’s 2015 Annual Awards, Dining With the Stars! The November 3 event in Boston was themed Healthy Food that You Serve Your Customers. Our team presented a vegetarian roasted vegetable sushi that will be featured on the patient menu. According to Steven Guerin, director, Food and Nutrition Services, “The competition was stiff and we, unfortunately, did not medal, but we received praise for our strict adherence to the wellness criteria and vegetarian offering. We have a better understanding of our competition and are determined to put forth a gold medal presentation in 2016.”

Employee Shapes Relationships with East African Nations

Sean Collins, NP, center, poses with the Kenyan medical delegation.

Sean Collins, NP, center, poses with the Kenyan medical delegation.

Sean Collins, NP, PhD, Diabetes Center of Excellence and an Air Force colonel from the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, recently attended the African Surgeon General Symposium at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The conference supported senior leader engagement with the surgeons general of invited African nations and corresponding U.S. state partners, known as the State Partnership Program. East African nations make significant contributions to medical support operations, including peacekeeping, disaster response, national health care, and United Nations and African Union operations. Collins said, “This was an incredible opportunity to sit face-to-face with our new partners and start building a relationship surrounding training.” Visit Facebook to learn more.

Neurology/Neuropsychiatry Care Practice Hosts Open House 

CNS lobbyCommunity Neuroscience Services (CNS), a multidisciplinary medical office specializing in the care of neurology and neuropsychiatry patients, hosts an open house, Wednesday, December 9, 6 to 8 pm. The practice, located at 33 Lyman Street, Suite 400, Westborough, is a member of the UMass Memorial Managed Care Network and the UMass Memorial Accountable Care Organization. CNS accepts all insurances and seeks to provide quick access to the clinical neurosciences for all prospective patients. Learn more about CNS.

Learn about Successful Launch of Perioperative 101 Course for Nurses

Students of the first session of Perioperative 101 Course

Students of the first session of Perioperative 101 Course

UMass Memorial Health Care successfully launched the Perioperative 101 course in October for nurses across our health care system to enroll. The participants have a wide range of experience including SACU, PACU, NICU, maternity, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology and medical surgical floors. The program uses various learning modalities. Stay tuned for details for a spring course. Students’ feedback about the program includes:

  • “This is such a great program; I am so glad that I am a part of it.”
  • “The best choice I made for my career.”
  • “So excited to begin this next step in my career.”
  • “I finally feel happy.”
  • “We have an awesome cohort.”
  • “It is an amazingly thought-out program.”

Holiday Celebration Guidelines: Be Safe and Inclusive of Peers

Our Medical Center and the Medical School are communities of diverse cultures comprised of people who celebrate a variety of holidays this time of year. In recognition and celebration of our diversity and to promote a civil, respectful and safe holiday season, all employees are encouraged to learn about different cultures and traditions. We understand that departments may want to celebrate the holiday season and recognize the valuable contributions of their employees. To ensure that these celebrations are enjoyable, inclusive and safe for everyone, and adhere to our policies, please review the holiday celebration guidelines developed by our Diversity and Inclusion Office.