Time to Go Red to Raise Women’s Heart Health Awareness!

GoRed-web-banner-2Throughout our system, we are celebrating Go Red for Women, a national movement to raise awareness about women and heart health and to raise funds to support the American Heart Association. Here’s how you can take part:

  • Raffle baskets: Win any of our 40 baskets. Visit our website for details.
  • Wear Red Day: Friday, February 5. Download the flier.
  • Visit our website for tips and more on women and heart health.
  • Deck the halls: Look for red decorations throughout community offices and in waiting areas.
  • Cafeteria: Try some heart healthy menu options on February 5.

Go Red Baskets Just One of Features at Innovation Celebration

This “make a salad” basket is just one of many featured in the Go Red raffle.

An example of a Go Red basket.

Join your colleagues in learning about current initiatives and innovations across the Medical Center at the Innovation Celebration, Tuesday, February 2, 12 to 1 pm, University Campus, in the cafeteria. Go Red raffle tickets for baskets, SWAP Recycling, and the “Ask Me” Greeter Program are featured! Play True North trivia, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and enter a drawing to win a week of free valet parking! Spend a small portion of your day to recognize everything we each do to make this the best place to give care and the best place to get care. Learn more about Innovation Celebration!


Ladies, Help Others Dress for Success: Time to Clean Closets!

The Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care sponsor the fourth annual Dress for Success event to help women re-entering the work force. Take advantage of this opportunity to clean out your closets while helping others! Donations of women’s clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories can be dropped through Friday, February 12 at the following locations:

  • University Campus: Near gift shop, Medical School lobby, Albert Sherman Center (second floor atrium) and  Lazare Research Building lobby
  • Memorial Campus, east lobby near the gift shop
  • Hahnemann Campus, lobby waiting area near coffee cart
  • Medical School’s South Street Campus: next to the mailroom, main entrance lobby, cafeteria and IT entrance

Donated clothing will be sold at the Famous Donated Clothing Boutique Sale Thursday, February 25, Brazil Conference Room and cafeteria, South Street Campus, Shrewsbury. See flier to learn more.

Physicians Share Views How to Interpret Blood Pressure Readings

Blood-Pressure-CuffThree of our physicians were recently interviewed by Telegram & Gazette about changes to the way doctors interpret blood pressure readings. Stephen Martin, MD, family medicine, Barre Family Health Center, encouraged at-risk patients to purchase a cuff monitor. Gerard Aurigemma, MD, a cardiologist, lead site investigator for the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) study in coordination with the Medical School, said he was surprised at the magnitude of the benefit from the study. Glenn Kershaw, MD, nephrologist, Hypertension Clinic, said he hopes the SPRINT study will bring a uniform voice on targets for blood pressure. Read story.

Drug Fact Week Shines Light on Opioid Safety

Pills-for-Opioid-brochureThis week marks Drug and Alcohol Fact Week. With opioid abuse being a constant headline in the news due to the high number of deaths stemming from opioid overdose, UMass Memorial Health Care is joining efforts with the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) and emergency departments across the state to reduce the rising misuse of opioid medications. Locally, emergency departments across our health care system are taking steps to control opioid abuse by limiting the length of prescriptions along with doing due diligence regarding a patient’s opioid history before writing out a prescription. Learn more about MHA’s efforts to improve safety related to opioid prescriptions.

Your Opinion Counts! Medical Staff Take a Quick Survey

As part of its accreditation by the College of American Pathologists, the Departments of Pathology and Transfusion Medicine is asking all medical staff to help evaluate the services the department provide. Complete the Survey. The survey was developed by the respective laboratories, and should take no more than five minutes to complete. Survey responses will help the department in developing its future goals. Deadline to complete survey is February 8. For more information, Contact James McKinney: Email or call 774-442-9008. Thank you for your time and input!

Why BMI and Waist Size Are Key to Your Healthy Weight 

myplate_blueDo you know your Body Mass Index (BMI) or waist size? BMI and waist size are key indicators in determining if you are at your ideal weight. Knowing this is the first step to celebrating Healthy Weight Awareness Month. Take this week to evaluate your individual health and decide what body weight is the healthiest for you. Set goals, but also enjoy the journey to reach them. Visit choosemyplate.gov for nutrition and fitness information. If you are struggling to reach your goals, our teams at the Weight Center and in Nutrition Services are here to help.

Dr. Bird Interviewed by CBS on Risks of Shoveling and Heart Attacks

Dr. Bird

Dr. Bird

Steven Bird, MD, an emergency medicine physician at our Medical Center, was recently interviewed by CBS News on risks of shoveling and heart attacks as a result of the weekend blizzard that hit the east coast. He talked about why shoveling could cause health concerns. He added that frostier temperatures may make the heart work harder, too. “In the cold, your blood vessels contract, and it may cause the pressure in your arteries to increase. Therefore, the heart has to pump against that increased resistance,” Dr. Bird said. According to the report, at least 10 people died of shoveling-related heart attacks in New York City. Read story.

Unite to Fight Heart Disease; Sign Our Banner Today and Tomorrow!

heart-balloonShow your commitment to heart health. Head to the cafeterias on our Hahnemann, Memorial and University campuses today and tomorrow, January 27 and 28, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, to sign a banner that shows your support for healthy hearts. The banners will be hung near the main entrances of our Hahnemann, Memorial and University campuses for the month of February to celebrate American Heart Month. Stayed tuned for more updates and tips in News & Views and OurNet!

Time to Order Daffodils from American Cancer Society

daffodil-daysBanish those winter doldrums and support a good cause! Order daffodils from the American Cancer Society, the largest non-government fundraiser of cancer research and an integral part of our cancer team. Cost is $14 per bunch of 10 freshly cut daffodils. Daffodils will be delivered Tuesday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 9. Or you can send a bunch of daffodils to a patient staying at the Hope Lodge in Worcester where patients getting treatment for cancer stay for free. Order your daffodils:

  • Visit the University Campus cafeteria today, January 27, 11:15 am to 1 pm
  • Call or email: Mary Turvey at 774-441-8618 or email by Friday, January 29, at noon OR Shelia Burque at 508-334-5274 or email by Thursday, January 28, by 4 pm.