Celebrating National Doctors’ Day: Patients Share ‘Why I Love My Doc’

whyilovemydoc-hospital-slideHappy Doctors’ Day to all of our physicians! For the month of March, we asked our patients, employees and community to celebrate our doctors by participating in our #whyilovemydoc campaign. More than 120 patients and employees shared why they love their doctor on the Medical Center’s Facebook page. See some patient comments below – and watch for more in the coming weeks!

  • “Dr. Justin Maykel: Best surgeon ever! Thank you from the Greene Family.”
  • “Dr. Quinlan is the best. He made my life easier with his sweet and caring manner. I will be forever grateful to him.”
  • “I want to thank Dr. Catherine Phillips in neurology and Dr. Ralph Seymour in psychiatry. They have given me the best care for 25+ years.”

Paramedics Show Support for Public Safety and Fallen Trooper  

Our paramedics (pictured in brown uniforms, from left, back row): Steffan Welch, John Bain, Bryan Urato, Adam Towner, Charles Pim, (second row, third from left) Michael LaPorte and Christian Grant.

Our paramedics (pictured in brown uniforms, from left, back row): Steffan Welch, John Bain, Bryan Urato, Adam Towner, Charles Pim, (second row, fourth from left) Michael LaPorte and Christian Grant.

Thousands of police and public safety officials locally and from around the country, including our very own UMass Memorial Emergency Medical Services paramedics, paid their respects to Trooper Thomas Clardy, 44, of Hudson, who was killed March 16 in a Massachusetts Turnpike crash in Charlton. In a show of support for their public safety colleagues, seven of our paramedics, pictured in brown uniforms at the burial service, were chosen as squad leaders to assist at funeral services. Our paramedics routinely work closely with State Police providing emergency medical support to the State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) and collaboratively with both agencies’ peer support teams. See Telegram story.

#timetotalkaboutit: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Almost Over!

Colorectal_March_30There’s one more day of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Have you learned all you need to know? Some of the early warning signs include a change in bowel habits that last more than a few days, bleeding or blood in the stool, cramping or stomach pain, vomiting, unexpected weight loss and the feeling of fullness that does not go away after you have a bowel movement. Although there are other available options, a colonoscopy is the preferred method of screening for most patients. Take advantage of our employee screening program that will reimburse you for the copay of your first colonoscopy!

Sharing Stories: Learn What Nourishes Susan Papalia’s Soul

Susan Papalia, RN, BSN, pictured with her running shoes, has 23 cardiovascular research studies in various phases. (Photo courtesy of Worcester Business Journal)

Susan Papalia, RN, BSN, pictured with her running shoes, has 23 cardiovascular research studies in various phases. (Photo courtesy of Worcester Business Journal)

Susan Papalia, RN, BSN, cardiovascular research nurse manager, was recently featured in the Worcester Business Journal about her volunteer work and career as a researcher in our heart and vascular center. She enjoys her job where she gets to combine cutting-edge research with hands-on patient care. She’s also a committed volunteer who supports multiple organizations for both humans and animals in Massachusetts and around New England. This year, she is co-running the complex finish line medical operation for the Boston Marathon. “It nourishes my soul,” she said. “I get enjoyment out of all this … I go to bed at night feeling fulfilled because I’m allowed to do all these things.” Read the article.

Share Stories: Email News & Views!  Submit information about how your colleagues or you are involved with after-hour community endeavors (not second jobs!) and unique work stories helping/supporting patients or each other!

Medical School to ‘Light It up For Blue’ Friday for Autism Awareness  

light-it-up-blue-2014Members of our health care system, the Medical School and greater Worcester communities are invited to join together for autism awareness when the Medical School joins thousands of iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe to Light it Up Blue, shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism. The annual event’s proceedings are Friday, April 1, 5:30 to 8 pm, Albert Sherman Center. RSVPs requested. The event kicks off with a resource fair and family activities and ends with the blue lighting of The Cube in the Albert Sherman Center after dusk. Learn more.

Raising MS Awareness; Join Our Team in Journey of Hope Walk

MS Walk logoMarch is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month, a disabling neurological condition that affects more than 2.5 million people worldwide. At the UMass Memorial Multiple Sclerosis Center, our goal is to help you reach maximum independence through healthy lifestyle adjustments, medications, rehabilitative treatments and clinical trials. Our team works with our patients to provide comprehensive education and support throughout every phase of treatment. If you’re interested in raising awareness about MS, learn more about the MS Walk: Massachusetts Journey of Hope 2016 Saturday, May 7, and find out how you can get involved. Visit the UMass Memorial team page for details.