Solving Problems and Improving Patient Care, Together

The Department of Pediatrics administrative team members are pictured with their Idea System.

The Department of Pediatrics administrative team members are pictured with their Idea System.

Idea System teams have learned that many ideas for improvement require contacting other departments. The administrative team in the Department of Pediatrics recently relaunched its Idea System. After talking about an idea that involved members of the physician referral management team at the Worcester Business Center, the pediatric group decided to visit the team’s Idea Huddle to talk about it. The Referral Management Department embraced the idea and these groups worked together to solve the problem related to recording referrals in the system prior to appointments. It’s often true that if one’s office, unit or department is encountering a problem, there’s a good chance others have as well.

Health Watch: Melanoma 101 with Dr. Maloney

Skin cancer is the result of damage caused by the harmful rays of the sun or artificial ultra violet rays found in tanning beds. And while most skin cancers are treatable, melanoma skin cancer has a higher risk of death due to its tendency to spread throughout the body. Don’t miss this Health Watch with Mary Maloney, MD, chief of dermatology, to learn about causes, prevention and signs of melanoma.

More Research and Medications Make Lupus More Manageable Today

Dr. Chopra

Dr. Chopra

With May being National Lupus Awareness Month, the Telegram & Gazette recently featured an in-depth article on the autoimmune disease. The piece reported while the disease affects more than 1.5 million people nationally with more than 16,000 new cases occurring each year, Lupus often goes undetected. It attacks both men and women, but women ages 18 and 44 are most at risk. Medical Center and Medical School researchers, including  rheumatologist Ratnesh Chopra, MD, have active clinical trials. Dr. Chopra said: “Lupus is a lot more manageable than it was 15-20 years ago. There are a few more medications out there that we can try and there’s more research. I think we don’t have to be so pessimistic.”

World No Tobacco Day Is May 31; Learn How You Can Quit!

world no tobacco dayEvery year on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners observe World No Tobacco Day. In Massachusetts alone, roughly 9,300 adults die each year from smoking. Almost 15 percent of adults and 10.7 percent of high school students in Massachusetts are smokers. This month also marks the Medical Center’s eighth year of being tobacco free, inside and out. Learn more about World No Tobacco Day, tobacco’s impact on Massachusetts or contact Greg Seward, head of our Tobacco Consultation Service. Interested in quitting? Benefits-eligible employees, learn how you can earn 1,000 myHealth Matters wellness points. Watch video to learn more.

PFAC Raises Brushes and Funds for NICU Support Services

NICU PFAC members proudly pose with the signs they created at their recent fundraising event.

NICU PFAC members proudly pose with the signs they created at their recent fundraising event.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Parent and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) recently hosted a Make and Take Sign Party, raising approximately $1,000. Led by NICU nurse Clare Harper, who volunteered her talents and services as a Life Expressions consultant, attendees used their paint brushes to create inspirational signs. The NICU PFAC provides support services to families throughout the year including dinners, ice cream parties, weekly cropping sessions, holiday events, meet and greets with NICU graduate families and blessing ceremonies. Be sure to like the NICU PFAC on Facebook for updates on future events!

Get Out Your Clubs; Sign up for Colorectal Cancer Golf Tourney

golfThe Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery presents the fifth annual Clubs for Colorectal Cancer Golf Tournament, Friday, June 3, Blackstone National Golf Club, Sutton. Join us as a sponsor, golfer or dinner guest to support research that aims to help prevent, treat and one day cure colorectal cancer. “Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States, affecting 150,000 people annually and properly funded research initiatives are crucial in combating this deadly disease,” said Justin Maykel, MD, chief, colon and rectal surgery. The day includes: registration at noon, shotgun start at 1 pm and dinner/presentations at 6:30 pm. Register online while there’s still time!

Get on the Beat with Heart Healthy News and Tips

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