Survey Shows Why e-Visit Is a Benefit to Employees

e-Visit_logoSince launched in October, 106 employees (or their covered dependents) have logged onto our e-Visit health service website. Of those who used the service and received a diagnosis and/or treatment plan, a sampling completed a short user survey. Those surveyed reported: They were very likely to use the service again, and would recommend it to a colleague and/or family member! E-visit provides free, online diagnosis and treatment for routine medical conditions such as colds, flu and sinus infections. You’re eligible to use e-Visit if you are a UMass Memorial Health Care employee or covered dependent, have a Medical Group doctor, get your health plan through UMass Memorial (Fallon Direct is not available at this time) and initiate your online visit while physically located in Massachusetts. Learn more about e-Visit today!

Dr. Alavi: What You Should Know About Red and Processed Meats

Recently, the World Health Organization issued a warning against the consumption of red and processed meats. In this Health Watch, Kareem Alavi, MD, Division of Colorectal Surgery, discusses the implications of the warning, which meats are included and who should watch their intake.

Gift of Life Celebration Honors Organ Donors and Recipients 

GOLLast week, transplant department members and their patients gathered for the annual Gift of Life Celebration. This event honors those who have so graciously donated lifesaving organs to a family member, friend or stranger in need of a second chance. The master of ceremonies, Isabel Zacharias, MD, introduced the speakers, including patients who shared heartfelt stories. Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, chief of solid organ donation, said: “This event is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing power of organ donation, and the patients and donors who serve as daily inspiration to each and every member of our team. For us, there is no greater joy than seeing our patients get a second chance.” Learn about our transplant care.

Medical Group Welcomes Radiologists: Drs. Rex and Watkins

  • Drs  Rex_WatkinsRadiologist David Rex, MD, PhD, earned his medical degree and doctor of philosophy (PhD) from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He completed his residency training and diagnostic neuroradiology fellowship at Stanford University Hospital and Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and interventional neuroradiology/endovascular neurosurgery fellowship at UCLA. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology and neuroradiology. Currently, Dr. Rex specializes in interventional neuroradiology on our Memorial and University campuses and at Clinton and Marlborough Hospitals. To schedule an appointment, call 855-UMass-MD. See online profile; visit website.
  • Radiologist Jade Watkins, MD, received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed her residency and mammography fellowship at the Medical Center/Medical School and her clinical interest is mammography. Currently, she is specializes in diagnostic radiology at our University and Memorial campuses and at Clinton and Marlborough hospitals. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Watkins, call 855-UMass-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Holiday Construction Never Tasted So Good

Gingerbread Collage 12 15Earlier this week, the Haven Country Club sponsored a festive gingerbread house-building activity with our Children’s Medical Center patients. Our little builders had a great time erecting gumdrop walls, candy-covered walkways and gingersnap roofs! Dozens of patients also took part in some gingerbread cookie decorating, last week. “It wonderful to see the children having such a fun time participating in the holiday festivities and bringing their delicious projects to life,” said Melissa Luman, Child Life program director. See the story on Worcester News Tonight. Pictured, patients Gabby Mwanda, left, and Analisa Richard and mom, Cara, right, show off their exceptional decorating skills at Monday’s Gingerbread House event.

Deadline Extended: Report Fiscal Year 2015 Community Activities

If you or your department were involved in a work-related community activity between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, we need to hear from you! Our Medical Center is required by the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Attorney General Office to report community benefits programs and outcomes vital to maintaining our not-for-profit status. Activities reported need to be directly associated with our Medical Center and cannot include employee volunteerism conducted on personal time or functions that are considered to be part of regular patient care. To report any clinically related or nonclinical activity or contribution that benefited the community during this period, please complete this form and email it by December 28. Questions: Call Kim Reckert at 508-334-7641.

Learn about New Mindfulness Meditation Practice Sessions

center-for-mindfulnessExplore how to improve your health and well-being through new Mindfulness Practice Sessions offered at various Medical Center and Medical School locations in the Worcester area.  The next scheduled session is Monday December 21,  5:30 to 6 pm, Memorial Campus Amphitheater. Join weekly practice sessions at the Center for Mindfulness, Hoagland-Pincus Building, 222 Maple Ave, Shrewsbury  Mondays, 7 to 8 pm and Wednesdays 7:30 to 8:30 am.  Other locations will be added as volunteers and locations are identified. If you are interested in being trained as a practice session leader for your work location, email Jean Baril. Learn more about updates of practice sessions.  Learn more. Visit the Center of Mindfulness website.