Who Is a Caregiver? Everyone at UMass Memorial Health Care

Everyone_Everyday_05-03-16Beginning Hospital Week, May 9 to 13, caregivers of all kinds will be spotlighted across our system. When you see them, you’ll know you’re at UMass Memorial Health Care, where everyone, in their own unique way, plays an important part, everyday. For example, a clean environment means fewer germs. Fewer germs mean there is less likelihood of infection. Less likelihood of infection allows patients to heal better. Watch for this caregiver who helps patients heal better.

Meet Dr. Adhikari: Patient Care Is Based on Trust

Swetha Adhikari, MD, a primary care physician at UMass Memorial Medical Group at Northborough Crossing, is the latest focus of our primary care campaign. In the video, below, Dr. Adhikari, a mother of two who enjoys art and painting, discusses what she considers to be the most important part of care: “As a primary care physician, I believe that care is based on trust. It’s very important for patients to trust me, and I need to trust my patients.” To find a doctor or learn more about our primary care services, call 855-UMass-MD or visit our website.

COO Jeff Smith Discusses Shift from Inpatient to Outpatient Care

When asked to comment on the proposed restructuring at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, RI, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Smith, MD, said he believes that the national health care industry’s focus is shifting from inpatient to outpatient care. But, the question is how quickly that will happen. Dr. Smith said there are multiple factors affecting why that tends to be the case, most notably the advances in care and changing finances. “The trend is moving toward payment of quality of care that’s provided rather than quantity of care that’s provided,” he said. Read Pawtucket Times to learn more about Dr. Smith’s thoughts on the changing health care landscape.

Enjoy Free Orthopedic Health Education on Tuesday, May 17! 

spring into actionWe hope you’ll join us from 5 to 9 pm, Tuesday, May 17 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester when two of our foremost orthopedic specialists will present various treatment options to alleviate joint pain and increase mobility. First, Dr. Jeffrey Metzmaker will present a seminar on “New Knees and Happy Hips.” Dr. Daniel Aaron will present a second seminar on “Why Live with Shoulder Pain?” Registration is required. Visit www.umassmemorial.org/healthseminars or call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763). Light refreshments will be provided.

Our Medical Center Walks for Healthy Babies 

NICU staff members, pictured from left,  Malisa Frakes, RN; Lisa Audette, RN, nurse manager; and Leane Hammond, RN; take a moment to smile for the camera during the walk.

NICU staff members, pictured from left,  Malisa Frakes, RN; Lisa Audette, RN, nurse manager; and Leane Hammond, RN; take a moment to smile for the camera during the walk.

On April 24, staff members from our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) participated in the annual March of Dimes March for Babies, marking our 14th consecutive year of involvement in the event. The March of Dimes fund is dedicated to raising money and awareness for neonatal health with much of it going to research on premature birth and infant health. More than 700 people turned out at City Hall in Worcester, including many NICU graduates and their families. Our March for Babies team raised nearly $5,500 of invaluable funds toward neonatal care. Congratulations! Learn more about our  NICU and the March of Dimes.

 

306 Belmont Street Team Puts Heart into Fundraising

Pictured (front row, from left) are Claire Hsiao, Andi Loce, Andrew Hill, (back row from left) Sofjola Manco, Safia Giwa, Thomas Callahan, Donna Sides, Joffrey Bremond, Melida Graham and Vahnessa Pace. Missing from photo: Myrna Rubackin.

Pictured (front row, from left) are Claire Hsiao, Andi Loce, Andrew Hill, (back row from left) Sofjola Manco, Safia Giwa, Thomas Callahan, Donna Sides, Joffrey Bremond, Melida Graham and Vahnessa Pace. Missing from photo: Myrna Rubackin.

The team name says it all: 306 Hungry and Helping Hearts. Known for enjoying food, the Heart Walk team at 306 Belmont Street is making fundraising fun. Led by team captains Donna Sides and Thomas Callahan, the group has held a pizza party, bake sale, breakfast and ice cream social. “Not only are we each asking for donations, but we hold social events that bring people together,” says Donna. “We are enjoying our experience while raising awareness for the American Heart Association. Without all of the employees at 306 Belmont Street supporting us, we wouldn’t be successful.” Donate today. Learn more about this year’s event on Saturday, May 7.

Physician Photo Sessions Scheduled on Memorial and University Campuses

Physicians are invited to attend photography sessions on our Memorial and University campuses. Employed physicians who need to create or update their profile images in our online Find a Physician directory are encouraged to attend. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary. Email or call Deb Richardson at 508-334-5173 for more information. Photo sessions are scheduled for the following dates and times in May and June: 

University Campus, Endosurgery Conference Room (H1-776)

  • Monday,  May 9 –7 to 9 am
  • Monday, June 6– 7 to 9 am

Memorial Campus, Memorial One Conference Room (RMB1.037)

  • Monday, May 16 – 7 to 9 am
  • Monday, June 20 – 7 to 9 am

Find Updated Medical Center Policies Posted on OurNet

Visit the OurNet policy page to view all Medical Center policies, the latest policy newsletter, FAQs, and policy and procedure templates. Have any policy updates? Email the policy administrator with necessary changes. The following policies have recently been updated and posted:

  • Policy 1430 – Annual Medical Staff Administrative Obligations
  • Policy 2021 – Chain of Command in Patient Care Management
  • Policy 2111 – Inpatient Adult Continuous Telemetry Monitoring
  • Policy 2227 – Clinical Staff Self Treatment and Treatment of Family Members
  • Policy 2233 – Deep Sedation
  • Policy 4093 – Massachusetts Earned Sick Time (New!)
  • Policy 6202 – Prisoner-Patient Management

The following policies have been retired:

  • Cardiac Mechanical Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Short-Term Support (2219)
  • Personal Wireless (Radio Frequency) Communication Device Usage Guidelines (1140)
  • Memorial ED Medical Admission Process (2058)