Nurses Share What Being a Caregiver Means to Them 

Pictured, top row, from left, are Ernie Norton, Darlene Sejour, (bottom row) Patty Bonnette and John DiCicco.

Pictured, top row, from left, are Ernie Norton, Darlene Sejour, (bottom row) Patty Bonnette and John DiCicco.

Every employee or “caregiver” at our organization, no matter the responsibilities or title, fill an important role for our patients and their families. As part of the Everyone Is a Caregiver program, our caregivers are featured at UMass Memorial Health Care through images and stories visible across our facilities and communications initiatives. This week, we celebrated Nurses Week and invite you to learn more about four caregivers featured on our Everyone, Everyday website:

  • Patty Bonnette, RN, Medical Center: “Any time I can make a patient more comfortable or feel better” is the most meaningful part of her job.
  • John DiCicco, RN, Community Healthlink: “I’m a believer that as a caregiver, the goal of well-being is something you always have to keep top of mind to best serve the individual.”
  • Ernie Norton, RN, Medical Center: “Seeing people respond to the way I care for them, seeing people get better – that’s probably the most satisfying part of my job.”
  • Darlene Sejour, RN, MSN, program director, Geriatric Medicine Psychiatry Program, Clinton Hospital: “During the short time that I do have with patients, I make it a point to give them a moment of joy so they can be satisfied with their care.”

The ED and Respiratory Care Innovate; Come Celebrate May 17

Innovation Celebration banner - springJoin us at the Innovation Celebration, a monthly celebration of employee initiatives, ideas and projects complemented by games, prizes and refreshments! The Innovation Celebration is on our University Campus, Tuesday, May 17, in the hallway near the pharmacy on the first floor, from noon to 1 pm. All employees are invited to stop by and learn about the emergency department’s implemented idea, Epic updates, the Simple Scripts program, and respiratory care’s 5S! Learn about how to share your accomplishments by having a table at an Innovation Celebration or submit a team for celebration!

Health Watch: Dr. Keaney Discusses Second Opinion Heart Clinic

When should you seek a second opinion for a heart problem? Find out in this Health Watch segment  on our newly launched Second Opinion Heart Clinic. John Keaney, MD, chief of cardiovascular medicine and medical director of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence, explains why patients seek another opinion on their care, and how trust and comfort in the physician goes a long way in making decisions.

Women’s Health Week: Recognizing Menopause #Heyladies 

#Heyladies_05-13-16Hot flashes? Mood swings? Fatigue? It may be Friday the 13th … or you may be experiencing menopause! As we wrap up Women’s Health Week, let’s talk about menopause. It’s nothing to be afraid of. Every woman experiences it! Think you may be entering menopause? Take this quiz and talk to your doctor. Then, join our women’s health conversation on Facebook by using #Heyladies to share your tips with other women going through a similar time.

Last Call to Register: Join Orthopedic Evening of Education

spring into actionDon’t forget to resister for our one-night special evening of orthopedic health education Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. Come hear two of our own Medical Center orthopedic experts discuss various treatment options to alleviate joint pain and increase mobility of your hips, knees and shoulders. Registration is required. To register, visit or call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763). Light refreshments will be provided.

Ready to Keep Weight Off for Good? Learn about Research Study!

weigh center fruit on scaleInterested in keeping weight off for good? Why not consider joining the Medical School’s Keeping Weight Off research study? You may be eligible if you are between 25 and 60 years old, and have intentionally lost weight over the past year without surgery. The deadline to sign up is June 10. If eligible, you will be enrolled in one of two eight-week programs offered June 21 to August 10, as well as three research visits. Compensation is provided. To find out if you’re eligible, take the prescreening survey or email Details: Call 508-856-1225 and visit website. (Docket: H0000180)

Join Talk/Book Signing: Stories as Medicine, Medicine as Stories 

Dr. Louise Aronson

Dr. Louise Aronson

Louise Aronson, MD, author of A History of the Present Illness will read from her work and discuss how true, fictional, personal, provider and patient stories can be used for advocacy, education, self-care, learning, fun, and to improve health and health care Wednesday, May 18, Faculty Conference Room, University Campus. The event includes a reception and book signing at 5:30 pm and talk at 6 pm. Books will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by: Worcester District Medical Society, Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library, and the Beechwood Hotel. Learn more.