Learn How Dr. Pappas’ Legacy Continues to Live on


Dr. Arthur Pappas

Last week, the Massachusetts Senate adopted a bill designating the Massachusetts Hospital School as the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children. Filed by State Rep. William Galvin, the Canton-based hospital will be named after Arthur Pappas, MD, who spent 41 years as chairman of the Massachusetts Hospital School Board of Trustees. Dr. Pappas was also memorialized by the Red Sox who honored him during opening day ceremonies. Serving as both our first chairman of orthopedics and as the medical director of the Red Sox for more than 25 years, he is remembered as “the first UMMS surgeon” and as a father of modern sports medicine. Learn more about his lasting contributions.

Spring into Action: Register Today for Orthopedic Seminar! 

spring into actionEnjoy a free evening of orthopedic health education from 5 to 9 pm, Tuesday, May 17 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. First, Dr. Jeffrey Metzmaker will present “New Knees and Happy Hips” that explores various joint replacement options to relieve pain in your hips and knees and improve function. Dr. Daniel Aaron will present a second seminar, “Why Live with Shoulder Pain?” that explains how shoulder problems can be treated to alleviate pain and increase mobility. Registration is required. Register online or call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763). Light refreshments provided.

Join International Festival May 6: Food, Performances, Vendors and More!

Join the UMass Memorial Health Care and Medical Center Annual International Festival, coordinated by the Diversity and Inclusion Office, Friday, May 6, University Campus, Medical School Lobbies. Download poster to learn more and post in your work areas. See related story. The fun-filled event, from 9 am to 4 pm, includes:

  • Complimentary samples of  Pakistani and Cuban cuisine, Brazilian desserts and international teas starting at 11:30 am in the Faculty Conference Room
  • Performances from around the world, 11:30 am to 1 pm in the New Medical School Lobby
  • Vendors with crafts from around the world, 9 am to 4 pm in the Old Medical School Lobby
  • Raffle ticket sales: 9 am to 2 pm to benefit the Kelly Backpacks Program (Visit them in the Old Medical School Lobby)

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Why Donate? Learn What the Heart Walk Supports

MC_Homepage_slide_Heart-Walk (2)The funds raised by participating in this year’s Heart Walk will support projects like these:

  • Putting up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so they can better prevent and treat heart disease among patients.
  • Groundbreaking pediatric heart and stroke research: About 36,000 babies are born with heart defects each year and research is the key to saving babies’ lives.
  • Getting life-saving information to those who need it most. This includes information that can save a life, like how to eat better, how to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack and how to talk to a doctor about critical health choices.

Donate today to any of the teams by visiting the UMass Memorial Health Care system fundraising page.

Nurses to Be Recognized for Climbing PACE Clinical Ladder

The Professional Advancement of Clinical Excellence (PACE) Clinical Ladder Review Board invites employees to attend the PACE recognition gathering Wednesday, May 4, 10 am to noon, Memorial One Nursing Conference Room, Memorial Campus. Stop by at your convenience to congratulate our candidates and review their portfolios. Candidates can also pick up their portfolios at this time. Refreshments will be served.

Teen Struggling with Weight? Learn about Good Fit Clinic Orientation

TransformationIs your teen struggling with his or her weight? The Good Fit Teen Weight and Wellness Clinic at our Children’s Medical Center may have the answer you’ve been searching for. If your teen has a body mass index (BMI) great than 35, his/her weight is affecting quality of life, or he/she is experiencing medical problems related to obesity, join us Wednesday, May 4, 6 to 7 pm, University Campus, Hiatt Auditorium (S1-608) to find out more about our interdisciplinary program with medical, dietary and surgical expertise! To learn more and reserve your seat, call 508-334-9000 or email goodfit@umassmemorial.org.

Why Everyone Is a Caregiver at UMass Memorial Health Care 

Coming Soon Signs_MC (2)Did you know that each and every one of our employees at UMass Memorial Health Care is considered a caregiver? No matter our role or responsibilities, together we are all moving toward the same goal: everyone, everyday working to provide great patient care and experience. So, who is a caregiver? Along with the person who delivers the care, it’s all the people who make it work … and make it better. Caregivers give everything that helps patients heal, from expertise to extra attention. They give clean, comfortable rooms. Fast, accurate answers. And an easier, less stressful experience. They give warm, reassuring smiles. And helping hands. Everyone is a caregiver and starting Hospital Week, May 9 to 13, a number of caregivers across the organization will be recognized for their personification of these words. Watch for them!

How Our Medical Community Participated at the Boston Marathon

Team of Providers Offers Medical Support on the Scene
Broadhurst-team-marathonMore than 30,000 runners participated, and approximately 750 received treatment in one of the course or finish area tents at the 120th Boston Marathon. One of our teams of providers, including physicians, fellows, residents and students, volunteered to staff general medical, critical and intensive care, massage therapy and psychology support. They included (pictured from left): Dr. James Broadhurst, Valerie Valant, Dr. Kylee Eagles, Dr. Tina Runyan, Dr. Kim Sikule, Timothy Boardman, Dr. Pierre Rouzier, Dr. Chat Beattie, John Sooy, and Dr. Laura Fralich. Missing from photo: Dr. Matthew Collins, Dr. Louis Fazen, Dr. Christina Hernon, Dr. Adam Darnobid, Dr. Maurine Williams and Dr. Joy Rosenblatt.

Testing Runners’ Electrolyte Levels
Another member of our team, JoAnn Crain, RN, volunteered to run blood tests to monitor runners’ electrolyte levels. Joann is the manager of the Point of Care Testing Department and was stationed in the main course tent, which was especially busy due to the heat. “This is my third year volunteering,” said JoAnn, “and it is a great experience.”

Julie Everett, RN

Julie Everett, RN

Dr. Alonso

Dr. Alonso

Nurse and Physician Lace up for Race
Julie Everett, RN,
ran the marathon as a charity runner for the Krystle Campbell Scholarship Fund. All funds raised go toward scholarships for female UMass students in the name of Krystle Campbell, one of the victims of 2013 marathon bombing.“We run for those who can’t,” said Julie. “This is my first time running a marathon, and I’m truly honored to do it for such a great cause.” Laura Alonso, MD, also ran the marathon and while not running for charity, she wore a diabetes T-shirt, getting some national exposure for our diabetes program just like she did when she ran the previous marathon. “I got a lot of crowd support from it,” she said.

Susan Papalia, RN

Susan Papalia, RN

Nurse Works at Complex Finish Line Operation
Susan Papalia, RN, BSN, cardiovascular research nurse manager, worked at 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.” See News & Views blog on Susan’s volunteer work.


UMass ALS Cellucci Fund Helps Marathon Team
The UMass ALS Cellucci Fund participated in the non-profit marathon program for the sixth year in a row, allowing the Medical School to give five official race numbers to marathoners, provided they commit to raising at least $7,500 each for the fund. Runners on behalf of the Cellucci Fund have raised more than $225,000 since its inception, and have raised awareness of ALS (amyotropic lateral sclerosis) on a national level. The Cellucci Fund was established to build a $10 million endowment intended to fund ALS research, while also promoting awareness. Learn more about the 2016 runners.

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One of Our Own Revered as Nurse of the Week!

Jane Palermo, RN (photo courtesy of Worcester Magazine)

Jane Palermo, RN (photo courtesy of Worcester Magazine)

Jane Palermo, RN, a case manager is named Nurse of the Week by Daily Nurse and its community of more than 200,000 readers. Palermo was recognized for her heroic actions coming to the aid of a fellow passenger on a flight from Chicago to Boston. nurse-of-the-week-logoShe and two first responders also on the flight administered lifesaving CPR and used a defibrillator to revive the passenger. Palermo’s areas of responsibility includes the 2 Lakeside ICU, neurology patients and medical surgical patients on 6 East. Last week, Palermo spoke with the son of the fallen passenger who called to thank her for helping save his father’s life. Read dailynurse.com.

Experiencing a Mid-year Life Event? How Does It Affect Your Benefits?

If you experience a qualifying life event during the year, you may be able to make changes to your benefits. The Internal Revenue Service places certain restrictions on when you can make changes outside your initial eligibility for benefits and the annual open enrollment period, and the changes you may make depend on the type of life event that occurs. For example, if you are getting married, you may add your new spouse to your existing medical, dental and vision coverage, however, you would not be able to move from one medical plan to another. Learn more. If you have a qualifying event and wish to make changes to your benefits, contact the Benefits Contact Center at 508-334-8511 or benefitscontactcenter@umassmemorial.org. All required paperwork must be received by our office within 30 days from the event.