Hospice Patient Gets Wish Fulfilled at Our Medical Center 

Patient Edgar Harris enjoys his Boynton Restaurant pizza request while members of the South 2, Memorial campus team join him for a group photo.

Patient Edgar Harris enjoys his Boynton Restaurant pizza request while members of the South 2, Memorial campus team join him for a group photo.

Edgar Harris was released from our Medical Center and into hospice care last week. Prior to his discharge, Tzvi Jonas, MD, asked if there was anything we could do for him. The Vietnam veteran and longtime Worcester resident made a special request. “He said I would like a slice of my favorite pizza from The Boynton restaurant,” said Dr. Jonas. The restaurant does not normally provide delivery service but the manager was more than willing to make the trip. He refused to accept payment for the food or the delivery service. Mr. Harris said he felt “privileged” and lucky for the support from our caregivers and The Boynton restaurant. See media coverage: Worcester News TonightWCVB Channel 5 and Worcester Magazine.

Dr. Sharone Green Begins Research on Zika Virus

Sharone Green, MD, infectious diseases expert at the Medical Center and Medical School, is paying close attention through her research to the suspected link between the Zika virus and microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with small heads and underdeveloped brains. Visit our website to learn more about the Zika virus. Learn more about the Medical School’s research.

Children’s Medical Center Facebook Page Reaches 1,000 Likes!

Clare, left, and Liam Dunne are the happy recipients of a new battery-operated car, thanks to their mom, Erin, sharing a funny conversation, and helping our Children’s Medical Center Facebook page reach 1,000 likes!

Clare, left, and Liam Dunne are the happy recipients of a new battery-operated car, thanks to their mom, Erin, sharing a funny conversation, and helping our Children’s Medical Center Facebook page reach 1,000 likes!

A recent contest on the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center Facebook page aimed to “drive” up our Facebook presence and exceeded our goal of 1,000 likes! Folks were invited to share their silly Car Conversations with their children on our page, and they delivered! Congratulations to follower, Erin Dunne, for winning our contest! Erin wrote, “I asked my three year old what a green light meant. He said “go.” I asked what a red light meant. He said “stop.” I asked what a yellow light meant. He yells “GO, GO, GO!” LOL. I hope that is not a reflection on my driving. LOL!”

We Celebrate Patient Safety Week; Stop by Tables to Learn More!

patient-safetyThis week, we celebrate National Patient Safety Week to recognize our work to keep patients safe. In agreement with this year’s theme, “United for Patient Safety,” Paula Bigwood, RN, Nurse Senior Quality Officer said: “From patients to care providers, front-line staff to executives, we are all united in the goal of keeping patients and those who care for them free from harm.” Don’t miss our information tables that celebrate Patient Safety Week from 11 am to 1 pm at the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, March 14 – University Campus, Remilliard Pavilion lobby
  • Tuesday, March 15 – Memorial Campus, across from cafeteria, and Hahnemann Campus, outside cafeteria
  • Wednesday, March 16 – Ambulatory Care Center, first floor, across from elevator

Don’t Miss Education Program in April on Chronic Pancreatitis 

Pancreas slideIn collaboration with the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), the Division of Gastroenterology, the only designated NPF Center of Central Massachusetts, will host the second annual PEP Talk 2: Coping with Chronic Pancreatitis, Wednesday, April 27. Experts from our Medical Center and the National Pancreas Foundation will be on hand to share important information and answer questions about pancreatitis. Topics include: endoscopic pain therapy, psychology of pain, patient perspective and nutrition. Light refreshments will be served. Check-in opens at 5 pm in the lobby of the Albert Sherman Center; the seminar begins at 6 pm in the auditorium. Register today!

Lt. Gov. Polito Keynote Speaker at Women’s History Month Event

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

The Diversity and Inclusion Office is pleased to announce Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito is the guest speaker of this year’s annual Women’s History Month Celebration. The event, Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service, is Tuesday, March 29, noon to 1 pm, Faculty Conference Room, University Campus. Ms. Polito has worked hard to promote jobs and economic development, especially encouraging young people to explore careers in science and technology. She has served on the Robert H. Goddard Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, and hosted the annual “Women in Science” Conference in Worcester. Register today.

Dr. Susan Moran Celebrates 36 Years as Primary Care Provider 

Dr. Moran with flowers at her retirement party

Dr. Moran with flowers at her retirement party

 

February 29 marked the last day of work for Susan Moran, primary care physician of our Medical Group. The staff of Millbury Internal Medicine organized an open house celebration in her honor during which more than 200 patients gave her a warm send-off and wished her a well-deserved retirement. She dedicated 36 years of devoted service to patients, primarily in the Millbury area. Happy retirement, Dr. Moran!

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