Medical Center Aims to Eliminate Firearms from Our Communities  

Gun-Buyback-DA-check-12-15Last Friday, 16 local police chiefs, alongside District Attorney Joseph Early, third from left; Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, second from right; and Michael Hirsh, MD, right, chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, and director, Trauma Services at the Children’s Medical Center, gathered in the trauma bay at the Medical Center to announce last weekend’s gun buyback program. Dr. Hirsh explained the benefits of this program, which has brought in more than 2,500 over the past 14 years, in a recent Health Watch (below). Mr. Muldoon noted in an interview with the Telegram & Gazette, “We are here to service the community when bad things happen with guns. But we’re also here to invest in the community to get those guns off the street.”

Donate a Gift to a Foster Child and Spread Some Holiday Cheer!

holiday party 2Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? The Worcester Area Department of Children and Families (DCF) holiday party for families of foster children ages infant to 12 is scheduled for Saturday, December 19, on the Memorial Campus. Won’t you consider donating a gift to our special guests? Interested employees are encouraged to contribute a $20 toy, games, mittens, gloves or hats for a child. Donations must be received as soon as possible. Contact Gina Gardner at 774-441-6329 or Lori Peasley at 508-334-1172 for details.

Medical Center Joins Debate Surrounding C-section Deliveries

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Dr. Delpapa (Telegram & Gazette photo)

A recent study suggests that the optimal percentage rate for cesarean sections is higher than was previously expected. Discussing the study in a recent interview with the Telegram & Gazette, Ellen Delpapa, MD, medical director of labor and delivery at UMass Memorial Medical Center, stressed that the decision to deliver by C-section versus a vaginal birth is not a numbers game, but rather a decision that should be made according to a patient’s individual needs and history. Dr. Delpapa said, “We’re not playing for percentage. In the end, we’re dealing with one patient at a time.” Also featured in the article is Nina Walsh, of our Marketing and Communications Department, who shared her plans to have a C-section birth.

Soldiers and DocAppella Deliver Holiday Spirit to Pediatric Patients

March - cropped - 12 15Some of our patients at the Children’s Medical Center aren’t able to go home for the holidays, but our community is bringing the holiday spirit to them! Earlier this month, an impressive parade of 110 soldiers from the Army National Guard, Unit 1166th Transportation Co. on Lincoln Street, marched to our Medical Center to deliver dozens of toys to our patients. And patients also were treated to the sweet sounds of DocApella, which is a group of 11 students from the  Medical School, who came dressed in Santa hats and reindeer antlers to sing some holiday favorites.

Dr. Ron Adler Offers Advice on Cancer Screenings and Over Diagnosis 

Dr. Adler

Dr. Adler

As cancer screening guidelines change and sometimes cause patient confusion, Ronald Adler, MD, family physician, Hahnemann Family Health Center, strongly advises that physicians and patients jointly discuss when and how often to be tested. Dr. Adler believes physicians need to balance screening recommendations and patient priorities with the goal of reducing overdiagnosis, false positives, and overtreatment. He said this method, called shared decision-making, “is a challenge and takes a lot of time, but it lays out the pros and cons and helps a patient explore their own values and preferences.”  Read more on UMassMed Now.

 

Mr. Potato Head: Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

Ideas to ShareCommunity Medical Group administration celebrates hard work and achievement by distributing Mr. Potato Head parts to employees who contribute to idea systems. Many have earned enough parts to construct a complete Mr. Potato Head; some even have two or three! Staff is encouraged to display the plastic potatoes and some offices place them in patient areas, which prompt patient input about making improvements. The team enjoys the spirit generated by this initiative, as it stimulates more ideas and inspires friendly competition between coworkers. Watch for more ideas to share and implement. If you’d like to spread an idea, email Lora.bouchard@umassmemorial.org.

Medical Group Welcomes Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Anselm Wong 

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Dr. Wong

Anselm Wong, MD, received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and completed his general surgery residency training at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center/Steward Healthcare in Brighton. Dr. Wong completed fellowship programs at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and a hand surgery fellowship at University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Hartford. His clinical interests include hand and upper extremity surgery, hand surgery, and reconstructive surgery. Currently, he specializes in hand, plastic and reconstructive surgery on our Hahnemann Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wong, call 855-UMass-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Deadline Is This Week to Submit Holiday Fundraiser/Collection Stories

people helping people logoDon’t miss out on the opportunity to share news of your department or team helping others this holiday season. Share your story with News & Views if your team is involved in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this season. As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are encouraged) that describes your team’s efforts the end of this week. Please note that items received after this week may not be included.