Dr. Dickson Named a Central Massachusetts Power Player

power playersUMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, has been selected as a 2015 Central Massachusetts Power Player by the Worcester Business Journal. Under his leadership, the organization has made many numerous steps in the right direction. In 2015, the health care system unveiled new service lines, improved access to its world-class doctors, invested in the latest technologies and received more than 13,000 ideas from its people on how to take even better care of its patients. Dr. Dickson credited the hard work and commitment of the 13,000 employees for the organization’s success. See feature on Dr. Dickson and story on all five power playersCaption: Dr. Dickson, center, is pictured with (left) Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella, (right) Robert Johnson, president of Becker College,  (bottom row, from left) Christina Andreoli, vice president of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Amy Lynn Chase, owner of the Crompton Collective.

Annual Ball Supports Transplant Patient Assistance Fund

winter ball 2015Community members turned out to celebrate and support our Medical Center and Medical School during the annual black tie Winter Ball gala December 4. The event raised $880,000, and more than $200,000 will directly benefit the Transplant Patient Assistance Fund (TPAF). TPAF, this year’s fund-a-need beneficiary, was created to provide short-term assistance to transplant recipients and donors who encounter financial hardships as a result of their illness or organ donation. More than 150 individuals have received assistance with utility payments, groceries, transportation and other expenses that can make it difficult to continue with essential pre- and post-operative care. Learn more about our transplant care.

NICU Patient and Family Advisory Council Offers Hope for the Holidays 


NICU graduate families posted their favorite encouraging quotes on a Hope for the Holidays tree currently on display in the NICU. For example, one quote stated, “Nobody said life would be easy; they just promised it would be worth it,” by Harvey MacKay. With hopes of helping our current NICU families during this holiday season, graduate families chose moving quotes that they say helped them during their NICU journeys. The inspirational tree was the idea of NICU Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) member Jill Peters, who also created the display with the help of the fellow PFAC members. See the NICU PFAC Facebook page.


Medical Group Welcomes Drs. Mahmoud, Puglia and Rajpal 

  • Drs Mahmoud_Puglia_RajpalHospitalist Mohamed Mahmoud, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the Medical School, received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. Dr. Mahmoud completed his residency at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, and is board certified in internal medicine. Currently, he is a hospitalist in the gastroenterology department on our University Campus. See online profile; visit website.
  • Neurologist Joan Puglia, MD, received her medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York. Dr. Puglia completed a residency in neurology and an electroencephalography fellowship at the University Health Center of Pittsburgh. Currently, she specializes in neurology at 67 Belmont Street, Worcester. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Puglia, call 855-UMass-MD. See online profile; visit website.
  • Anesthesiologist Gaurav Rajpal, MD, who earned his medical degree from University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, completed an internship from Staten Island University Hospital. He completed a residency program in anesthesiology and fellowships in obstetric anesthesiology and regional anesthesiology from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Rajpal is specializing in anesthesiology on our University, Memorial and Hahnemann campuses in addition to Marlborough Hospital. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rajpal, call 855-UMass-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Participate in Ski Pass Raffle to Support Employee Bereavement Fund

wachusett logoInterested in participating in a raffle for Wachusett Mountain ski passes? Tickets will be sold from Monday December 14 to Wednesday, December 23; winners. All the proceeds benefit the Employee Bereavement Fund. They are $2 each or three for $5. For ticket information:

Memorial Campus
Tammy Kallio: 508-334-45858; tammy.kallio@umassmemorial.org
Barbara O’Connor: 508-334-6269; barbara.oconnor@umassmemorial.org

University Campus
Helen Nolin: 774-441-6094; helen.nolin@umassmemorial.org

306 Belmont Street
Bernadette Scott: 508-334-5305; bernadette.scott@umassmemorial.org

Worcester Business Center
Jessica Calderon: 793-5660; jessica.salderon@umassmemorial.org

‘Tis the Season to Decorate: Review Our Safety Guidelines

It’s that time of year again when employees celebrate the holidays by hanging decorations in work areas. To keep our patients and each other safe, and to comply with various fire regulations, we all must follow Medical Center safety guidelines. For a full list of the guidelines, download Safety Chat. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Decorations, including fake trees, are not permitted in egress corridors.
  • Electrical decorations are not permitted in any area and extension cords are prohibited.
  • Exits shall not be obstructed by decorations and decorations should not be placed near any sources of heat including lights and heaters.
  • Lighted candles, natural evergreen trees, wreathes, garlands and foam decorations are prohibited.
  • All decorations must be nonflammable or flame retardant.

Sign Up Now for Study to Lose Weight after Holidays

Interested in keeping weight off for good? Why not consider joining the Medical School’s Keeping Weight Off research study? You may be eligible if you are between 25 and 60 years old, and have intentionally lost weight over the past year without surgery. The deadline to sign up is January 8. If eligible, you will be enrolled in one of two eight-week programs offered January 26 to March 17 and asked to come in for three research visits. Compensation is provided. To find out if you’re eligible, take the prescreening survey or email keepitoff@umassmed.edu. Details: Call 508-856-1225 and visit website. (Docket: H0000180)

Check out What Policies Have Been Recently Updated

Visit the OurNet policy page to view all Medical Center policies, the latest policy newsletter, FAQs, and policy and procedure templates. Have any policy updates? Email the policy administrator with necessary changes.

The following policies have recently been updated and posted:

  • Policy 1089 – Medical Staff Integration
  • Policy 1142 – Communication of Unanticipated Outcomes of Care Information to Patients/Families/Authorized Representative
  • Policy 2012 – Pain Management
  • Policy 2031 – Restraint (Adult and Pediatric)
  • Policy 2224 – Medication Reconciliation
  • Policy 2239 – Tracheostomy – Care of the Adult Patient
  • Policy 6018 – Hostility and Violence in the Workplace
  • Policy 6605 – Laser Safety