Patrick Muldoon Describes Caregiver Program (and More!) in Q&A Feature

caregiver collage issac and daveIn a one-on-one Telegram & Gazette feature, Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon shared details about his role, responsibilities, career and also details about our Everyone Everyday program. He said, “The concept is that whether you’re Patrick Muldoon, who sits in an office most of the time, or a nurse at the bedside, or the cafeteria worker who is greeting everyone, in one way or another, we are all caregivers.” Learn about two of our caregivers:

  • Isaac Jensen, houseworker, Medical Center: “I saw a woman in the lobby who was having trouble. I asked her in sign language if she was deaf. She was, so I walked with her and helped her to make an appointment.”
  • Dave Bilotta, director of facilities, HealthAlliance Hospital: “My initiative, I would say, is to be able to create a sacred space for each patient to be able to recover and heal in the most positive atmosphere possible.”

Visit our Everyone, Everyday website to nominate a caregiver and to learn more about the program.

Pitches to Fund Innovative Ideas Goes ‘Shark Tank’

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, questions a presenter during the Shark Tank project of the Physicians Leadership Development Program at WPI. (Telegram & Gazette photo)

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, questions a presenter during the Shark Tank project of the Physicians Leadership Development Program at WPI. (Telegram & Gazette photo)

For the final project of the fourth Physician Leadership Development Program, participants pitched funding of an innovative idea that would improve patient experience and/or employee engagement at UMass Memorial Health Care. The pitches, made to the UMass Memorial leadership team, were a half-day exercise in partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The event was called the Shark Tank as it mirrored the ABC television show. “We do not just hand the team their funds but rather partner them with individuals within the organization to ensure that the plan is sound,” said Michele Streeter, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Medical Group. Read story.

New Date, Time and Location for Memorial Campus Cup and a Chat

A Cup and a ChatThe employee forum originally scheduled for May 20 on the Memorial Campus has been changed. Join Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon for A Cup and A Chat, Friday, May 27, 9 to 10 am, Administration Board Room, South One. Please print and post flyer. Continental breakfast provided. Learn the latest on important patient and employee initiatives such as Epic, the Medical Center “Refresh” Project and more. Bring your questions and suggestions. Don’t miss other scheduled forums:

  • Tuesday, May 24: noon to 1 pm, University Campus, Amphitheatre 1 (S2-102)
  • Friday, May 27: noon to 1 pm , Worcester Business Center, Ford and Thom McAnn Conference Rooms

Join ‘Indoor No More’ Challenge to Earn Wellness Awards!

indoor no moreThere’s a new myHealth Matters challenge for benefits-eligible employees, and it’s getting more tempting as the sunny days get longer. Indoor No More is a simple challenge: Spend at least an hour outside three times a week. Many of you are walking to work, to the store or taking the opportunity to play with your kids outside. myHealth MattersIf you’re at a loss, try one of these walking routes: Hahnemann Campus, Memorial Campus, University Campus, Front Street and Worcester Business Center or any of the other
walking paths listed under the challenge! You may just meet some friends along the way.

Our Physicians Applaud New FDA Regulations on Tobacco

Several of our physicians applauded a recent Food and Drug Administration decision to prohibit the sale of all tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18, including e-cigarettes. The regulations ask for further research to close the knowledge gap about the effects and potential health risks of e-cigarette vapor, a largely untested and unregulated product that is sometimes marketed as a smoking cessation aid. The new regulations clear the way for additional measures that will curb the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers. Physicians Joseph DiFranzia, MD, Douglas Ziedonis, MD, Judith Ockene, PhD, and Lynda Young, MD, were interviewed by UMassMedNow.

Get Your BJ’s Membership Discount Today; Deadline Is May 26

Our Medical Center employees can sign up today for BJ’s Wholesale Club membership discount offers: $15 off the $50 Inner Circle Membership or $25 off the $100 Rewards Membership, plus you’ll receive one free bonus month for 13 months total. If you’re already a BJ’s member, submit an enrollment form with your payment, and your current membership expiration date will be extended for an additional 13 months. Scan the completed, Membership Enrollment Form, including your credit card information, to the benefitscontactcenter@umassmemorial.org or send via interoffice mail to: Kelly Zalegowski, HR/Benefits Department, Worcester Business Center, 2nd floor. Click the link for a temporary shopping pass and the new discount rates flyer. Deadline to submit is Thursday, May 26.