Support and Celebrate National Donate Life Month with Us!

Organ donor tony and pamOur Medical Center is filled with caregivers giving the gift of life. Are you one of them? In preparation of National Donate Life Month, we want your help in recognizing just how special we are. We are inviting all registered organ, eye and tissue donors to stop by our cafeterias to have their photos taken as part of our National Donate Life Awareness campaign. If you are not a registered organ donor but would like to register, a representative from Donate Life will be on hand! Visit our cafeterias at 11:45 am to 1:15 pm:

  • Friday, March 18, University Campus
  • Monday, March 21, Memorial Campus
  • Wednesday, March 23, Hahnemann Campus

Oh Poop! Everything You Need to Know about Your Number 2

Oh-Poop-NewsViewsDid you know paying attention to your bowel movements is a great way to keep an eye on your health? Our experts in colon and rectal surgery want you to pay attention the next time you sit down for a number two. A bowel movement is what’s left after your digestive system absorbs the nutrients and fluids your body needs to function properly so things like texture, color, and frequency can all be good indicators of possible digestive issues or dietary needs. Check out our infographic. Learn about our employee screening program that will reimburse your copay for your first colonoscopy!

Leaders Support Healthy Latino Eating at Cooking Workshop

Pictured from left: Matilde Castiel, MD, UMass Memorial Medical Center; Nader Acevedo, Hispanic-American Institute; Congressman James McGovern; Michael Savage, Rockland Trust; Monica Lowell, UMass Memorial Health Care Community Benefits; Cristina Alvarado Nieves, MD, and Samir Malkani, MD, Diabetes, UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Pictured from left: Matilde Castiel, MD, UMass Memorial Medical Center; Nader Acevedo, Hispanic-American Institute; Congressman James McGovern; Michael Savage, Rockland Trust; Monica Lowell, UMass Memorial Health Care Community Benefits; Cristina Alvarado Nieves, MD, and Samir Malkani, MD, Diabetes, UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Last week, the Medical Center hosted a healthy eating workshop with some local dignitaries in attendance. To help address the issue of nutrition in Latino and other low- and moderate-income households, the Healthy Food Outreach Program of the Hispanic-American Institute brought together a group of community figures, ranging from corner grocery stores to supermarkets, health care providers, the media and Congressman James McGovern. The workshop focused on how to prepare healthy, nutritious and affordable Latino-themed meals and awareness about food insecurity.

Patient Safety Week: ‘Ask Me Three’ Helps Patients Take Active Role

patient-safetyOne of the key themes of National Patient Safety Week is the Ask Me Three initiative, designed to help patients become active members of their health care teams. These three specific questions will help patients and family members work together with their caregiver team to create an environment of safety, trust and communication (Watch video):

  1. What is my main problem?
  2. What do I need to do?
  3. Why is it important for me to do this?

Sign up for a free National Patient Safety Foundation webcast Thursday at 1 pm.

Don’t Miss Seafood Display in Cafeterias to Celebrate Nutrition Month

nutrition month 2016The Medical Center and Sodexo continue celebrating National Nutrition Month with a New England flair on Mondays. Did you know that our Food Services Department is investing in local food sources? From the Boston Fish Pier to Worcester, come meet Red’s Best Seafood Company on Monday, March 21, in the cafeterias on our University and Memorial campuses. Don’t miss the featured display of local fish species and discussion about the partnership between Red’s Best, Sodexo, and our Medical Center serving local fish in the cafeterias. Catch-of-the-day will be served at our action station using a Mindful by Sodexo recipe, including the Hahnemann Campus cafeteria.

Learn Firsthand at Integrative and Complementary Therapies Expo

The 8th Annual Integrative and Complimentary Therapies Expo is Monday, March 21, University Campus, Albert Sherman Center. Medical Center and Medical School employees, physicians and students are invited to attend. The free event includes an expo from 3:30 to 6 pm in the multi-purpose room, and lectures from 6 to 8 pm in the second floor auditorium. You can receive personal complementary treatments, as well as experience therapies that are becoming increasingly integrated into modern medicine. The free event is coordinated by the Medical School’s Student Complementary and Integrative Medicine Elective, Integrative Health Academic Interest Group and the Department of Psychiatry. Got questions? Download flier or email Mike Williams.

Sign Up Today for NP Professional Seminar and Earn CEUs

The UMass Memorial Nurse Practitioner Council hosts a day-long professional seminar Friday, April 1, 7:30 am to 4 pm (lunch provided), University Campus. Participate in a day of seminars; most are led by our clinical experts, which focus on pediatrics, primary care and urgent care. Keynote speaker is Rev. Cheryl Leshay, MDiv, who will discuss the unique role played by professional chaplains in addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of patients. All nurse practitioners, physician assistants and students are welcome to attend! Earn CEUs. Download the event flier to learn more.

Resolve Workplace Accountability Issues; Sign Up for Training

crucial accountabilityJoin us for the next step in Crucial Accountability training. Our one-day companion course builds on the skills learned in Crucial Conversations and introduces a powerful set of new skills to resolve your most challenging accountability issues. These additional skills are perfect for holding anyone accountable (regardless of position or personality), diagnosing underlying causes of misaligned or bad behavior, and motivating without using power. The next session is Friday, April 8, 8 am to 4:30 pm, University Campus. Prior completion of Crucial Conversations is required. To register, complete the registration form and fax to 508-793-5655, email to or self-register through E-Learning 4 U. Questions: Call 508-793-5626.

Know a High School Student Interested in Nursing?

The Nursing Schools Expo, hosted by the Worcester Nursing Pipeline Consortium and UMass Graduate School of Nursing is Monday, April 4, 4 to 7 pm, Medical School Lobby, University Campus. This is a free event for high school students, as well as their parents, teachers and guidance counselors. The event includes 13 nursing schools with exhibits, admission coordinators and nursing students along with a program highlighting different aspects of the nursing field.  Visit UMass Graduate School of Nursing website to download event flier. To register or for more information, contact Isabella Dunphy: Email or call or 508-856-5801. Deadline to register is March 31.