Our Joint Replacement Program Earns High Marks Statewide

KneeCongratulations go out to the Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center! Hospital Compare has recognized our Medical Center as having the lowest infection rates for joint replacement (hip/knee) patients in Central Massachusetts, and one of the best in the state. This means that our patients receive high quality, excellent care with extraordinary infection prevention protocols before, during and after surgery, ensuring faster, healthier recovery and best possible outcomes. Learn more about our joint replacement program. Visit the Medicare.gov/Hospital Compare website to learn more.

Check out the New Look and Feel of E-Learning 4U Today!

Our Human Resources Department announces improvements to our online learning system, E-Learning 4U, effective tomorrow, March 1. When you log onto E-learning 4U, you will see a new look and feel to the user interface. The new interface will make navigating E-learning 4U easier and can save you time completing online training. Watch the short video below to learn everything you need to know about the new interface and its functionality! Questions? Email: REGTRNING@umassmemorial.org.

Donor Remembrance Quilt on Permanent Display on University Campus

Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon stands in front of the donor remembrance quilt.

In 2011, New England Organ Bank (NEOB) embarked on an endeavor to honor the gifts of life given by our patients and their families through a donor remembrance quilt. With support from Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, pictured left, the quilt has found a permanent home at the entrance to 2 Lakeside ICU, University Campus. Working with volunteer quilters, donor families lovingly created personalized quilt squares honoring their loved ones to provide hope and inspiration to patients, families and staff. This is the first time NEOB commemorated a quilt that is specific to one hospital, illustrating the spirit of our Medical Center’s community. Learn more about organ/tissue donation.

Pay It Forward for Our Future Health Care Professions 

PrintEmployees, it’s your chance to get involved and offer advice to future health care professionals! Sign up today to participate at the Eighth Annual Health and Science Career Expo, and share your industry knowledge, experience and passion with local high school students. UMass Memorial Health Care, in partnership with the Medical School, hosts the expo Tuesday, April 12, 8 am to 1 pm, College of the Holy Cross. Join your colleagues from family medicine, hemataolgy and oncology, NICU, perioperative services, Employee Health Services, transplant surgery and other areas to make a positive impact on the lives and career choices of the 500-plus students in attendance. For more information or to participate, email Erjona Mehillaj or register online.

Emergency Neurological Life Support Course Offered in March 

ENLSShaheen Shaikh, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, and Susanne Muehlschlegel, MD, MPH, Department of Neurocritical Care, are organizing a first-of-its-kind emergency neurological life support (ENLS) course at the Medical School. The ENLS course, designed to help health care professionals improve patient care and outcomes during the critical first hours of a patient’s neurological emergency, is designated for up to 15 continuing education hours. The course is March 23, 8 am to 5 pm, University Campus. Breakfast and coffee will be provided. For details, download the brochure or contact Kellie Conway by email or call 508-334-8297.

Subscribe to On the Beat; Offering Heart Healthy Tips

On-the-BeatOur heart and vascular team launches On the Beat this month. For several years, the team has been publishing Pressure Points, an e-newsletter dedicated to topics covering high blood pressure. To engage with more consumers and widen our effort to keep hearts healthy and well, On the Beat offers videos, recipes, news and more to a wider audience. Subscribe to On the Beat today and receive it every other month in your inbox. On the Beat is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department in conjunction with the heart and vascular team.

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Weight Center Gives Patients Hope for Better Tomorrows

Steve, six foot three inches, weighed 362 pounds at his highest weight. “Being overweight made everything more difficult as I got older. Harder to sleep, harder to get up a flight of stairs, harder to get motivated to exercise. Plus, I was taking blood pressure medications and diagnosed as pre-diabetic.” The Weight Center provided Steve with the support, resources and knowledge he needed to lose weight and keep it off. Today, he’s down to 225 pounds, off his medications and making the most out of each and every day.

Attend On-site RN-to-BSN Program Information Session Monday

WSU LogoAre you a registered nurse seeking a bachelor of science in nursing degree? UMass Memorial Health Care, in partnership with Worcester State University, begins a new session of the fully accredited on-site RN-to-BSN program in the fall. Applications are due April 15. An information session, including application and tuition assistance materials, is scheduled Monday, February 29, Memorial Campus, Amphitheater, 2 to 3 pm and 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Sign up for the session via E-Learning 4U and learn how this high-quality education at a low cost can advance your nursing career. Can’t make it Monday? Contact Sarah Samolinski: Email or call 508-793-5626.

Dr. Warren Ferguson Awarded 2016 Community Clinician of the Year 

Dr. Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson

Congratulations to Warren Ferguson, MD, family medicine practitioner of the Family Health Center of Worcester, who has been honored by his peers of the Worcester District Medical Society as the district’s 2016 Community Clinician of the Year. Dr. Ferguson will receive the award at the district’s annual meeting in April. The Community Clinician of the Year Award was established in 1998 by the Massachusetts Medical Society to recognize a physician from each of the Society’s 20 district medical societies who have made significant contributions to his or her patients and the community. Read more about Dr. Ferguson’s accomplishments.