Celebrating Completion of 100 Complex Aortic Cases! 

Pictured (from left): Marcel Droz, PA; Lauren O’Connell, ACNP; Andres Schanzer, MD, FACS; Devon Robichaud, ACNP; Jessica Simons, MD; Shauneen Valliere, NP

Pictured (from left): Marcel Droz, PA; Lauren O’Connell, ACNP; Andres Schanzer, MD, FACS; Devon Robichaud, ACNP; Jessica Simons, MD; Shauneen Valliere, NP

Our Center for Complex Aortic Disease announces an exciting milestone: the completion of 100 complex fenestrated/branched endovascular aortic aneurysm repairs. Under the leadership of Andres Schanzer, MD, the program is a nationwide leader in the repair of complex aortic aneurysms, involving the aorta and arteries to the kidneys and intestines. The center is one of six centers in the United States that has access to custom-made endografts (covered stents placed inside the aneurysm to keep it from rupturing) and one of three centers in the country that can use physician-modified endografts through a clinical trial. The team boasts a success rate higher than 90 percent and a 30-day mortality rate under three percent.

Share Your Story: National Cancer Survivors Day Is June 5 

butterfly art1Our Medical Center is proud to recognize cancer survivors and support cancer patients. Join us in celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day Sunday, June 5! Are you or a loved one a cancer survivor? We want to hear from you. According to the National Cancer Survivors Day website, there are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the United States today, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide. Share your story with us on Facebook; don’t forget to include a picture!  ‪Use hashtags#‎ CancerCrusher and ‪#‎NCSD2016. Read our annual cancer report to learn more about the services by our extraordinary cancer team.

Moms: Get Tips for Your Daughter’s First Gynecology Appointment

first-gyne-apptThink it might be time for your daughter’s first gynecologist appointment? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a young lady’s first visit should be between ages 13 and 15, annual breast exams should begin at age 19, and Pap tests begin at age 21. If your daughter is due for an exam, why not schedule your appointments together? Make it a girl’s day out. Check out this article authored by Julia Johnson, MD, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and also visit our Simply Well blog for some tips to share with your daughter on what to expect during her first visit. Early detection is the best prevention.

Living with Diabetes? You’re not Alone.

Livongo-Logo-Earlier this month, UMass Memorial Health Care launched the Livongo for Diabetes program for employees enrolled in our health insurance plans. If you or a family member is living with diabetes, you should know that the UMass Memorial diabetes care team offers assistance from support groups, to courses to help you manage diabetes better, to our diabetes newsletter Stick to It, we’re here to make sure you don’t have to do it alone.

Teddy Bear Check-ups Educate Kids at Health Fair

Sandra Ordway, office supervisor (left), and Patricia Stuart, RN, at the event.

Sandra Ordway, office supervisor (left), and Patricia Stuart, RN, at the event.

South County Pediatrics in Webster participated in a Teddy Bear Clinic at the Annual East Meets West Health Fair and Business Expo at Bartlett High School recently. The “patients,” including teddy bears, dolls, kitties and puppies, received a healthy check-up certificate after their exams. Staff had great fun with the kids and included Patricia Stuart, RN; Sandra Ordway, office supervisor; Eileen Aubuchon, NP; Lisa Carson, NP; Deanna Richmond, MD; and Jennifer Bram, MD.