Celebrating All of You – Our Caregivers

Patty-BonnetteThis week, as we mark National Hospital Week and Nurses Week, we celebrate all employees for your important work. Starting today, we launch a new program that recognizes your valuable contributions to our health care system. Everyone Is a Caregiver highlights the unique way each of us – no matter our responsibilities or title – share in caring for our patients and each other. Dozens of caregivers, nominated by their colleagues who see their work firsthand, are featured through images and stories visible across our facilities and in our communications and initiatives, including (pictured) Patty Bonnette, RN. These, and additional caregivers that will be featured throughout the year, represent each of us. “I hope each of you know the important role you fill for our patients and their families on a daily basis,” said President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, in his blog today.

UMass Memorial Health Care Is Tops at Heart Walk

heart walk collage 2016Team UMass Memorial Health Care is the top fundraising team for this year’s Heart Walk surpassing our $50,000 goal by raising $62,096. But our success doesn’t stop there. Congratulations to the Stepdown team that raised the most money for the walk; UMass Memorial had four teams in the top 10. Despite the damp day, members of our Human Resources team (top left) are ready to walk; friends and family of the Heart and Vascular Center (bottom left) gathered for a photo opportunity; and volunteers from nutrition (right) handed out healthy snacks and nutrition information. Thanks to all our participants, donors and volunteers!

Take Back Control from Diabetes; Learn about New Employee Program

Livongo-Logo-Diabetes doesn’t have to control your life, and myHealth Matters can help. If you are enrolled in the Medical Center health plan and have been diagnosed with diabetes, you, myHealth Mattersyour spouse or dependents qualify for a new initiative called Livongo for Diabetes. This program provides support to participants at no cost. There are no copays on checking supplies shipped to your home. Plus you receive support from a dedicated team of certified diabetes educators. Visit the Livongo for Diabetes website to learn how this program can help your family take back control from diabetes.

Register for 2016 Cancer Walk & Run: Early Birds Save! 

Cancer-Walk-Early-BirdRegister early for the 18th Annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & Run and save! The Walk & Run is Sunday, September 25, 2016. Be an early bird; start your fundraising page today to save on registration fees!

  • Walkers register for free.
  • Runners save $10 off your run registration fee.
  • Complete your online registration.
  • During payment you will have the option to enter this discount code: earlybird
  • Discount code is valid through May 31.
  • Visit the website to register today.

Facility Guidelines Institute Appoints Swenson to Board of Directors

The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) announces the appointment of Dana Swenson, PE, MBA, to its Board of Directors. Currently senior vice president and chief facilities officer for UMass Memorial Health Care, Dana is a leader in the health care industry and an advocate for maintaining the FGI Guidelines as a vital, fundamental standard of care for planning and design of the health care built environment. In his new position on the FGI Board of Directors, Dana believes he will be better able to bring the health care facility owner’s perspective to the overall governance of FGI. Read press release to learn more.

Achoo! Learn what Dr. Richmond Shares about Allergy Season

Dr. Richmond

Dr. Richmond

Nasal congestion. Sneezing. Itchy, red or watery eyes. Throat irritation. Wheezing. These might be the symptoms of a run-of-the-mill cold – or seasonal allergies could be the culprit! While the snow was still falling in New England not too many weeks ago, it won’t be long before pollen will be whirling in its place. Many folks will be burdened with the symptoms of allergic rhinitis (or hay fever). Read more about ways to lessen allergy symptoms in the latest Simply Well blog post. Thanks to our guest blogger, Deanna Richmond, MD, primary care pediatrician, South County Pediatrics, for contributing. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department.

National Arthritis Awareness Month Is Recognized in May

arthritis foundationNational Arthritis Awareness Month is recognized each year in May. It is the number one cause of disability in the country, a growing disease that currently impacts more than 50 million adults and an estimated 300,000 children. By 2030, the number of Americans suffering from arthritis is expected to grow to 67 million. Arthritis affects not only the joints, but the skin, eyes, heart and lungs. Learn more about symptoms and the various forms arthritis and rheumatic diseases. If you suffer from any of the noted symptoms, speak with your physician today to help ease the pain and live a fuller life. Visit our website to learn more.

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