People Helping People: Learn about Employees’ Holiday Generosity

happy holidaysEach holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our employees’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide “True North” principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). This is why it is so important that News & Views brings you the information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care, and the best place to get care. Today’s and last Monday’s News & Views issues note how our departments and teams truly do care about our patients, greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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Department of Respiratory Care Helps Family after Tragedy

Family and team meet (from left): Ryan Shipe, MD; Ms. Ruffin’s sister, Jaime; mother, Carolyn; grandchild, Khilani; Rachel Carragher; Luanne Hills; Mike O’Brian; Jeff Gillis; Diane Putek; MaryLou Bousquet; Jessica Wood; Dolly Levasseur

Family and team meet (from left): Ryan Shipe, MD; Ms. Ruffin’s sister, Jaime; mother, Carolyn; grandchild, Khilani; Rachel Carragher; Luanne Hills; Mike O’Brian; Jeff Gillis; Diane Putek; MaryLou Bousquet; Jessica Wood; Dolly Levasseur

“Thank you, team, for your thoughtfulness and generosity,” said Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, meeting Khilani.

“Thank you, team, for your thoughtfulness and generosity,” said Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, meeting Khilani.

Residents of Central Massachusetts were shaken recently when they learned of a tragedy that struck a local family. On October 26, Christina Ruffin and her infant son, Noah, were killed in a horrific car accident on Route 20 in Charlton. Ms. Ruffin’s two sons were treated after the accident at the Medical Center by a team that included members of the Department of Respiratory Care. Affected deeply by the experience and the accident’s impact on the family, the respiratory care team bought gifts and contributed more than $1,000 and $600 in gift cards to support the family this holiday; the children’s grandmother and Ms. Ruffin’s sister traveled to meet the team and receive their gifts. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of my staff,” said Rachel Carragher, BBA, RRT, clinical supervisor, respiratory care, who received this message from the grateful family: “You all are the true definition of heroes. My family and I can’t thank you enough for everything and your dedicated work.”

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The Department of Radiology Group Practice conducted a donation drive for the Worcester County Food Bank.

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The Geriatric Division donated hats and gloves to Elder Services of Worcester that will be provided to seniors who receive Meals on Wheels.

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The Anticoagulation Clinic collected items for our troops and helped support the Gastrointestinal Clinic efforts.

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Pictured from left: Danielle Garvey, coding auditor; Jennifer Havalotti, project coordinator; Rashedah Tatum, program director, BAMSI; Laila Begum, data analyst; and Jane Haddad, practice improvement facilitator

Pictured from left: Danielle Garvey, coding auditor; Jennifer Havalotti, project coordinator; Rashedah Tatum, program director, BAMSI; Laila Begum, data analyst; and Jane Haddad, practice improvement facilitator

This year, when presenting BAMSI its gift, the agency shared a collage of photos of the carnival event (pictured right).

When presenting BAMSI its gift, the agency shared a collage of photos of the carnival event.

The Office of Clinical Integration, located at 306 Belmont Street, carried on a tradition that was implemented last year, and held an internal raffle and raised $330 for BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc.). BAMSI, located in the office space next door at 350 Plantation Street, provides services to both adults and children who have a combination of physical and mental disabilities and/or illnesses. This particular location provides day service needs for adults. Last year, the team raised more than $300, and with this money the agency hosted a carnival-themed event for family and friends.

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The Department of Transplant on the University Campus participated in a collection for Friendly House Shelter in Worcester.

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The Managed Care Operations Department adopted a family through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest and purchased items on the family’s wish list.

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West Boylston Family Medicine organized a collection for Toys for Tots.

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Abby’s House collection for Thanksgiving

Employees from Central Scheduling, 855-UMASS-MD and the Information Systems team on 67 Millbrook Street organized a Thanksgiving collection for Abby’s House. The team collected about $800 and donations included a new microwave, gift cards and several bins of paper goods.

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The UMass Memorial Medical Group at Milford donated to the local food pantry.

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The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology organized a mitten drive through its participation and sponsorship in the Night of Sharing dinner event at Mill Swan School to benefit Head Start students and families in Worcester.

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Emergency Medicine Administration faculty and staff have donated to the Worcester County Food Bank for the past few years. This year the team collected $2,700.

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Coats For Kids drive

The Department of Anesthesiology and Hospital Administration participated in the Coats For Kids drive sponsored by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation.

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This year, Nuclear Medicine employees decided to eliminate buying gifts for each other and instead made a group donation to the Worcester County Food Bank.

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Oncology and Research Pharmacy adopted a family through the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. Team members pitched in and got everything on the wish list including clothes, toys, crafts, a small Christmas tree with ornaments, gift cards for groceries.

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South County Pediatrics adopted three families.

South County Pediatrics in Webster adopted three families and completed each family’s holiday wish list with children’s toys, gifts, necessities and supermarket gift cards.

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For the past several years, the Critical Care Operations Committee has organized a Critical Care Community Holiday Giving Project that assists the most vulnerable in Central Massachusetts via the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) Fuel Assistance Program. This program targets assistance to households with the lowest incomes and highest average energy costs. During the 2014-2015 heating season, donations from the UMass Memorial Critical Care Community supported 19 different households in Central Massachusetts which federal fuel assistance benefit had been depleted.

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Robin Demasi, coordinator for the Hand and Physical Therapy Department holiday fundraiser, is pictured with gifts for the team’s adopted family.

Robin Demasi, coordinator for the Hand and Physical Therapy clinics holiday fundraiser, is pictured with gifts for the team’s adopted family.

The Physical Therapy and Hand Therapy clinics, Hahnemann Campus,  adopted a family of four with children ranging in age from 11 months to 13 years old. Working with Friendly House, the department fulfilled the family’s specific requests for special gifts, collecting about 50 gifts, as well as hundreds of dollars in gift cards.

 

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