Medical Center Steps in to Host DCF Holiday Party

The Department of Nursing jumped in to assist with a venue and volunteers when they recently learned that the annual holiday party for the Worcester Area Department of Children and Families (DCF) Foster Families was being canceled. The holiday party for families of foster children ages infant to 12 is scheduled Saturday, December 19, Memorial Campus. The party will include lunch, activities for the children, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Each family will receive a gift bag including a toy for each child. Volunteers from many departments are making this happen. Thanks go out to teams/departments including: nursing, Medical Center leadership, facilities, housekeeping, food services/Sodexo, marketing and communications, volunteer services, child life and security.   

Now Learn How You Can Participate! There are several ways you can get involved! Interested employees are encouraged to contribute a $20 toy for a child. A list of needed gifts is available by contacting Gina Gardner or Lori Peasley (details below). Donations of new children’s hats, mittens and gloves are also appreciated. There are also a number of volunteer opportunities, which include wrapping gifts and assisting on the day of the party. Deadline for donations is Wednesday, December 16.

Contact Gina or Lori for details to donate, volunteer or learn more:

  • Gina Gardner: email or call 774-441-6329
  • Lori Peasley: email or call 508-334-1172

Goal of Population Health: Keeping Patients Home and Healthy 

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD

Increasingly, a hospital’s quality is judged on its ability to coordinate the care of complicated patients. Readmissions and multiple visits by the same patient for the same condition is neither good for our patients or health care system. See Telegram & Gazette story. The UMass Memorial Health Care population health initiative works to identify patients who use a large amount of health care and works with them to assure that the care is coordinated and that we do everything we can to keep them home and healthy. “UMass Memorial has always been and will always be the safety net for the region’s sickest patients. The challenge for our population health team is keeping people from ever needing it,” said Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care.

Dr. McManus Featured in Boston Globe on Medical Breakthroughs 

Dr. David McManus

Dr. David McManus

Researchers could transform treatments for conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s to depression, heart disease to cancer. A recent Boston Globe article focuses on medical breakthroughs happening in the Boston area for these diseases and more. David McManus, MD, director, Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Program, spoke about advances being made in monitoring heart disease, such as smartphone apps and smart vests that can be worn as wearable EKGs. “If the disease is diagnosed in time,” Dr. McManus said, “(afib) can go from life-threatening to an inconvenience – something you die with, not from.” Read the story.

Marketers Discuss Changing Consumer Trends, Online Presence


Ted Kolota, director of market planning and analysis

Two members of our Marketing and Communications Department were interviewed in a recent article focusing on changing trends related to the Affordable Care Act and direct-to-patient marketing. Ted Kolota, director of market planning and analysis, talked about how consumers are taking a more active role in health care decision-making: As they pay more out of pocket for their health care, they behave more like retail shoppers. Peggy Thrappas, director of marketing, discussed some of our online marketing initiatives and why it’s become easier to target consumers online than via more traditional mass communications. Read story (see page 21).

Celebrating Cultures and Each Other at International Dinner 

7 East staff and their family members

Employee and family members

Barbara Roy, RN

Barbara Roy, RN

The 6th annual International Dinner, sponsored by the 7th Floor, University Campus, and Unit Practice Council, celebrated cultural heritage last month with food, dancing and quality time among employees, friends and family. International flavors included Costa Rican, Albanian, Italian, Indian, Kenyan, Liberian, Ghanaian, Lithuanian and Swedish. During the event, Barbara Roy, RN, 40-year employee, was recognized by her peers for her ongoing support and mentoring. Special thanks go out to Barbara and the committee members for organizing the celebration. Members include: Jessica Deprospo, RN, Patricia Lynch, RN, Diana Johnson, RN, Patricia Diggs, PCA II, Marcela Jimenez, RN, Erjona Mehillaj, human resources, Nickelda Chiari, RN, and Lorna Prince, RN, nurse manager, 7 East.

Employees Invited: Join Free Introductory Mindfulness Program

center-for-mindfulnessOur UMass Memorial Health Care  and Medical School employees are invited to join a two-hour introductory mindfulness program Wednesday, December 16, Memorial Campus Amphitheater, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Learn what mindfulness is – and is not – and how it might be of value to you or someone you care for who is suffering from stress, pain, anxiety or illness. Mindfulness teaches you how to cultivate a different relationship between yourself and the things that challenge you in your life. Register now. Learn more about the Center of Mindfulness.


Don’t Forget! Share How Your Team Helps Others during Holidays! 

sharing-giftsIs your team or department participating in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this holiday season? As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions dedicated to promoting such efforts in our December 21 and 23 issues. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are welcome!) describing your team’s efforts by Wednesday, December 16. Please note that items received after this date may not be included.