Leap Day Newborns Welcomed at Our Medical Center 

Leapling FlajslikLeapling GaffeyTwo “leaplings” were welcomed into the world on February 29 at our Medical Center. These two babies, born on Leap Day, will both be celebrating their birthdays on February 28 each year, and, their parents have promised two celebrations every four years! Left photo, Theodore, who is the first baby born to Kristen and Mario Flajslik of Hopkinton, surprised his parents when he made his entrance into the world two weeks early. Right photo, Sheila and Ryan Gaffey welcomed son, Andrew, into their family. Though arriving a couple of days late, Andrew will be joining his sisters, Nora and Kaley at home in Shrewsbury. Watch Worcester News Tonight segment.

#timetotalkaboutit during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

colorectal month 2016Help us raise awareness for colorectal cancer and prevention through education and conversation! Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths with over 50,000 people dying from colon cancer each year in the United States alone. Early screening is the best way to detect and prevent colon cancer.  Visit our Facebook page throughout March to learn about colon-related health information including prevention and diet. Each week we’re giving away a special prize to one randomly selected Facebook follower who likes, shares or comments on any of our posts hashtagged #timetotalkaboutit.

If You Like Energy Drinks, Watch Health Watch Video!

If you or your teen drink energy drinks, watch the recent Health Watch segment to learn about side effects and more. Timothy Fitzgibbons, MD, cardiologist, talks about the effects of energy drinks on your heart and the impact on your health. “Patients who have heart disease should not be drinking energy drinks,” he said.

Did You Know Earned Sick Time Verification Form Is Discontinued?

Since the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law went into effect in July 2015, there have been some employee (not including physicians) updates. First of all, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Verification Form has been discontinued. Managers and timekeepers who input your hours for payroll will enter the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time pay code in My Time Kronos for the pay period it was used. Second, you will notice updates on how you accrue Massachusetts Earned Sick Time and/or recent changes in your pay statement information on HRConnect. Questions: Visit Massachusetts Earned Sick Time page on My HR, HRConnect or call the Human Resources Department at 508-793-5628 (Leave of Absence Office).

Join Info Session on ‘Power of Presence’ for End-of-Life Patients

The Power of Presence (PoP) organization is looking for volunteers to sit with our end-of-life patients for a few hours and provide comfort and support. PoP, in coordination with our Medical Center and Worcester area organizations, will hold information sessions Wednesday and Thursday, March 2 and 3, 6 to 7 pm, University Campus, Albert Sherman Center, East Multi-Purpose Room. Interested individuals will get a better understanding of the program and how they can help. “Just being present is the most common way to offer comfort, but also listening to the concerns of the patient and loved ones, reading out loud, playing music, and holding hands can be helpful,” said Alex Doering, PoP program coordinator. For more information, email Alex or read press release.

Celebrate National Nutrition Month; Join Farmers’ Market Event

nutrition month 2016This month, the Medical Center and Sodexo are celebrating National Nutrition Month with a New England flair. On Monday, March 7, join the farmers’ market display in our cafeterias. Did you know that locally grown foods reach the table sooner and are often are more nutritious than the same item grown further away? The action station will feature a mindful recipe that incorporates local ingredients. Nourished by New England, Health Care without Harm is an initiative that promotes locally sourced products by featuring specific items in retail areas in health care organizations. The Medical Center is one of the participating facilities. Visit eatright.com to learn more about National Nutrition Month.

Find Updated Medical Center Policies Posted on OurNet

Visit the OurNet policy page to view all Medical Center policies, the latest policy newsletter, FAQs, and policy and procedure templates. Have any policy updates? Email the policy administrator with necessary changes. The following policies have recently been updated and posted:

  • Policy 1429 – Patient Rights and Responsibilities
  • Policy 2060 – Cadaveric Organ and Tissue Donation
  • Policy 2061 – Organ Donation after Cardiac Death