Show Off UMass Memorial Pride: Wear Fleeces Tomorrow!

fleecesAt UMass Memorial Health Care, no matter what our job title is, we are all committed caregivers who work together to become the best place to give care and the best place to get care. To celebrate our pride as UMass Memorial employees, a photographer will be on-site tomorrow at our Medical Center to take photos of staff wearing their UMass Memorial Health Care fleeces, performance jackets and vests. We are collecting employee photos systemwide this week that will be shared in employee communications, online and in social media, including our new system Facebook page. Be a part of this movement: Bring your fleece to work tomorrow, join your department/team in a photo, and demonstrate your UMass Memorial pride!

Epic Decisions Made during Collaborative Design Sessions

The second and final round of the four-day Epic collaborative design sessions (CDS) took place February 9 to 12. Approximately 1,500 subject matter experts took part in 170 design sessions, during which proposed Epic workflows were reviewed, discussed and voted upon to ensure Epic will meet the needs of UMass Memorial Health Care providers, staff and patients. An impressive 79 percent of more than 1,200 decisions were made. All outstanding decisions must be finalized by April 1. Via Epic, CDS attendees will have an opportunity to review and validate the workflows they decided upon during CDS at the workflow adoption sessions scheduled April 25 to 27, June 7 to 9 and July 26 to 28. Download the full article and share with your teams.

Congratulations to Our First Perioperative 101 Graduation Class

Congratuations to graduating class members: Marie Sargent, RN, Denise Hoyt,  BSN, Julie Gesin, BSN, Jennifer Dejordy, BSN, Deanna Recchia, RN, Lindsey Keegan, BSN, Cathy Kennedy, RN, Jeremiah Morgan, RN, Sharon O'Connor, RN, and Benjamin Pultorak, BSN

Congratulations to graduating class members: Marie Sargent, RN, Denise Hoyt,  BSN, Julie Gesin, BSN, Jennifer Dejordy, BSN, Deanna Recchia, RN, Lindsey Keegan, BSN, Cathy Kennedy, RN, Jeremiah Morgan, RN, Sharon O’Connor, RN, and Benjamin Pultorak, BSN

The Medical Center celebrates the first class of registered nurses who completed the nationally administered course Perioperative 101, sponsored by the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Of the 10 graduates, five each will work in the ORs on our Memorial and University campuses. The perioperative program, designed to equip students with the complex skills and knowledge to treat patients in a surgical environment, included 12 weeks of class time with instructors Kathleen Barber, MED, RN, and Mary Ann Camosse, MS, RN. The program also included six weeks of clinical time in ORs on our Hahnemann, Memorial and University campuses.

Dietician Anna Polucha Discusses Meal Frequency and Sizes

If you’re thinking about starting a new diet, don’t miss the recent Health Watch! Ever wonder what’s better: three large meals or six small meals a day? Anna Polucha, RD, talks about meal sizes, frequency, what time you eat and how it can impact your overall weight loss journey.

March into Wellness: myHealth Matters Participation Growing

myHealth MattersAfter the first two months of 2016, the numbers are looking good for employees participating in our wellness program, myHealth Matters. When it comes to making health matter, employees of UMass Memorial Health Care are beating records. By mid-February, more than 5,900 employees systemwide registered on myHealth Matters – with more joining every day! In fact, 739 of you have already earned 1,000 points, achieving the $300 wellness reimbursement ($100 more than last year). If you’re benefits-eligible, why not beat those numbers? Get started by taking your well-being assessment now by visiting Employee are also eating smart and saving money: So far, 1,156 shopping trips have been through the NutriSavings program. Learn more. It’s going to be a healthy year.

Friday’s Schwartz Rounds Explores Traumatic Brain Injury

Schwartz logoOur Medical Center presents Schwartz Center Rounds, Traumatic Brain Injury; When the Patient Isn’t the Only Victim, Friday, March 11, noon to 1 pm (lunch 11:45 am), Faculty Conference Room, Room S1-342, University Campus. This forum explores how difficult it can be for family members to cope and accept when a family member’s traumatic brain injury occurs. Preregistration is not required. Featured panelists include Faren Williams, MD, orthopedics and physical rehabilitation; John Weaver, MD, neurosurgery; Celeste Hedge, LCSW, care coordination; Anne Weaver, CCNR, pediatric nurse education specialist; and patient BJ Williams. Schwartz Rounds provides a multidisciplinary forum for caregivers to discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients.