Globetrotters Pay Visit to the Children’s Medical Center 

Left, Wun “The Shot” Versher teaches Luis the trick to spinning a basketball on his finger, and right, Hailey, looks on in amazement as he performs at her bedside. 

Left, Wun “The Shot” Versher teaches Luis the trick to spinning a basketball on his finger, and right, Hailey looks on in amazement as he performs at her bedside.

A special thank you to Wun “The Shot” Versher, number 44 and ambassador of goodwill for the Harlem Globetrotters, for coming to visit our patients and families in the Children’s Medical Center! Wun treated the children to a show of his outstanding talents and even shared some of his tricks! Thank you to the DCU Center for helping to coordinate this visit and for generously inviting patient Luis, pictured, and his family to sit on the bench with the Globetrotters at this Saturday’s game. See Telegram & Gazette to watch video.

It’s Fiber Friday and It’s #timetotalkaboutit

Colorectal_March_11Colorectal cancer is extremely preventable if detected early. In addition to regular colonoscopy screenings, you can look out for your colon with a well-balanced diet. Legumes are very rich in fiber, making them a great choice for your digestive tract. Visit our Facebook page to find today’s #timetotalkaboutit post and let us know your favorite: black, pinto or red beans or lentils? We’ll share a fiber-ific recipe featuring the winning legume, perfect to try out this weekend in honor of colorectal cancer awareness month. Like, comment or share any of the posts marked #timetotalkaboutit for your chance to win a special prize that your colon will love. Don’t forget about our employee colonscopy screening program that will reimburse you the copay for your first colonoscopy!

Dr. Sokoloff Joins Prostate Health Education Network at Conference 

From left, Thomas Farrington, president and founder, PHEN; Pastor Esau Vance, Mt. Olive Pentecostal Church and Dr. Mitchell Sokoloff.

From left, Thomas Farrington, president and founder, PHEN; Pastor Esau Vance, Mt. Olive Pentecostal Church and Dr. Mitchell Sokoloff.

Black men in Central Massachusetts are at a higher risk of contracting prostate cancer and are more than two times more likely than their white counterparts to die from the disease. This was one of the facts presented by Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, chair, Department of Urology, and the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) at a recent local conference. The joint leadership conference was attended by prostate cancer survivors, medical experts, clergy leaders and elected officials to bring awareness to the issue which is facing many men today. Mayor Joseph Petty issued a proclamation declaring February 29, 2016, Prostate Cancer Awareness Day in Worcester. Read Telegram & Gazette story.

Physicians, Update Your Online Profiles; Attend Upcoming Photo Shoots

Physicians are invited to attend photography sessions to create or update their profile images for our online Find a Physician directory. Reservations are not required; walk-ins are welcome. Questions: Email or call Deb Richardson at 508-334-5173. Photos sessions are scheduled for the following dates and times in February and March:

  • Monday, March 14, 7 to 8:30 am – Memorial Campus, Conference Room One (MB1.037)
  • Monday, March 21, 7 to 9 am – University Campus, Endosurgery Conference Room (H1-776)
  • Friday, April 15, noon to 2 pm – University Campus, Endosurgery Conference Room (H1-776)
  • Monday, April 25, 7 to 9 am – Memorial Campus, Conference Room One (MB1.037)

Sign Up For Weight Loss Study Just In Time for Summer!

Have you lost weight this past year, and are determined to keep it off? Consider signing up for the Medical School’s Keeping Weight Off research study. If you are between 25 and 60, and have intentionally lost weight in the last year without surgery, you could be eligible! You’ll be enrolled in one of two 8-week wellness programs (April 26 to June 16) and be asked to come in for three research visits. Compensation is provided. To see if you’re eligible, check out the pre-screening survey, and for more information, email, call 508-856-1225, or visit website. Registration ends April 4. (Docket: H00001808)

Keep Checklist in Mind When Change Clocks for Daylight Savings

This is the weekend we “spring ahead” our clocks an hour for Daylight Savings Time. In addition to changing your clocks, our Environmental Health and Safety Department recommends employees complete a spring seasonal checklist in their households to also include:

  • Change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries
  • Replace light bulbs as needed (since you’ll have your ladder out anyway!)
  • Check and replenish your family first aid kit (remember to check expiration dates)
  • Review your family emergency plan
  • Review your emergency contact list and make sure family members know where it is

Bring a Healthy and Quick Breakfast to Work in Jar 

oatmeal-in-a-jarWho doesn’t want to start off the day by eating a healthy breakfast? Here’s an option with vitamins and nutrients and no cooking is required. One of our employees adapted a recipe from Skinnytaste.com for Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar by simply changing out the fruit for fresh mango. There are lots of flavor combinations that make can easily make this one of your go-to breakfasts. Read the post on our Simply Well blog. Simple Well, a UMass Memorial Health Care community wellness blog, is coordinated by the Marketing and Communications Department.