Video Tells It All: Patients Get Second Chance

Elaine came to our Medical Center after receiving the devastating news that her liver and kidneys were failing. She had already been turned down by multiple transplant programs due to the severity of her illness. Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, chief of the division of solid organ transplantation was confident that his team could give Elaine a second chance. Learn more about our transplant care.

Physicians: Don’t Miss Your Chance to Complete the Survey!

Physicians have until Wednesday, December 23, to complete the online survey. You can access the confidential survey through your email invitation from Press Ganey. Your time is valuable, which is why the survey will take only about 20 minutes to complete! This is not just another survey; it’s your best opportunity to tell us how we can better serve you. Be candid and offer suggestions to help ensure that we meet our health care system’s goal to be the best place to give care and the best place to get care.

Learn How the Innovation Fund Gives Your Ideas a Boost

idea artworkDoes your team have an idea that requires additional funding to get started? Can your idea be spread and does it impact the patient, employee or provider experience? Check out the Innovation Fund! This fund helps pilot an idea that’s outside of normal budgeted expenses. Teams have improved patient safety, experience, team communication and many other aspects of their processes through the Innovation Fund. For example, the pediatric orthopedics team on the University Campus purchased specialized car seats for patients in certain types of casts. Prior to this improvement, patients went home in an ambulance, which delayed discharge and was costly. Great job team!

Listen to Dr. Harlan Radio Interview on Diabetes Complications 

Dr. Harlan

Dr. Harlan

David Harlan, MD, chief, Division of Diabetes, and director, Diabetes Center of Excellence, was interviewed on WERS 88.9 FM on how diabetes affects communities in Massachusetts. “One in 10 people in the community suffer from the disease,” said Dr. Harlan. He goes on to say that diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness, is a risk factor for heart attacks and can result in limb amputations. “The good news is that disease-related complications can be preventable. We have very effective treatments; we just need to reach individuals so they can implement the treatments.” Listen to the story.

Share Your Musical Talents This Holiday Season

The members of the musical group, Jaques Ave. 5, performed on the University Campus. Members include (from left) Chris Spaziante on guitar; Alan Birnbaum, PhD, on flute; Adam Montieth on bass; and Torrence Hargrove on keyboard.

The members of the musical group, Jaques Ave. 5, performed on the University Campus. Members include (from left) Chris Spaziante on guitar; Alan Birnbaum, PhD, on flute; Adam Montieth on bass; and Torrence Hargrove on keyboard.

Do you play an instrument? Join Caring Talents: Healing Through Arts, an initiative at the Medical Center that makes our hospital environment a more healing and welcoming place for our patients and families through music. Caring Talents musicians volunteer to share the healing powers of a live musical performance. Concerts are held in the lobbies on the University, Memorial and Hahnemann campuses, in cafeterias, and at the bedside for our inpatients. Caring Talents welcomes performances from Medical Center and Medical School employees and students, as well as volunteers. To schedule a performance contact Ana Mechlin, email or call 774-441-6742.

Participants Sought for Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain Study

If you are less than 20 weeks pregnant and want help gaining a healthy amount of weight during your pregnancy, you may be eligible to participate in a no-cost Medical School study. The 12-week program includes group counseling and support around healthy eating and exercise through a private website. Study participation will last for four to five months. Participants will be asked to complete a study visit at the beginning and end of the program. Compensation and reimbursement for parking/bus fare provided. To learn more, email babystudy@umassmed.edu or call us at 508-334-8504. (Docket H0000890).

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