Our Volunteers Honored for Their Dedicated Service!

Last week our Medical Center honored hundreds of volunteers in observance of National Volunteer Week during a special luncheon at the Beechwood Hotel, Worcester. Longtime volunteers were recognized for their years and hours of service. Read the press release. So what drives these volunteers to give their time so selflessly?

  • Donna Perkins, primary care volunteer (Benedict Building) celebrating 15 years of service: “I’m honored; it’s a great way to get to know people.”
  • Patricia Horgan, who used to work in geriatrics on the Memorial Campus, saw an ad to volunteer in her church bulletin. That was 10 years ago, and she volunteers her time in pastoral care, passing out communion on hospital floors.
  • Joyce Handy, mammography volunteer celebrating 1,500 hours of service: “I used to work as a candy striper at [the former] Hahnemann Hospital. I decided to volunteer again to meet people.”
  • Barre Family Health Center celebrated its longest volunteer, Ruth Robinson, for her continuous service of 29 years and more than 5,300 hours. “Thank you for your service and dedication,” said Susan Begley, ambulatory manager at the center.

Guest speaker Colleen Harrington, MD said: “Volunteers are role models for peers and the next generation. They encourage others to be the best they can be.” Many thanks to our volunteers who so generously donate their time!

Mindful Monday Sessions with Dr. Dickson Moves to Lunch Time!

VisFor your convenience, Monday Mindfulness sessions with President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, have moved to 12:10 to 12:30 pm. This schedule change allows more employees the opportunity to join the sessions during their lunch break. As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our caregivers at our health care system and Medical School community, these sessions are open to all employees and everyone is encouraged to join by live video conference from your computer or audio dial-in (call: 408-638-0968 or 646-558-8656; meeting ID: 282-353-218). You may join the program on any Monday. The sessions will provide instructions and opportunities for reflection, mindfulness practice, dialogue, and conceptual and experiential learning. Learn more and how to add this to your Outlook calendar.

Kudos to Maternity Nurses; Earn National Certification

Some of our maternity nurses who were recently certified in inpatient obstetrics are: left photo, from left, Michelle Krzcuik, BSN, and Daphne Lambert, BSN; right photo: Erica Klisky, BSN, and Danielle Ferguson, BSN.

Join us in congratulating 26 registered nurses from Labor and Delivery, Postpartum and Neonatal Intensive Care units for earning certification from the National Certification Corporation. The exam involved months of review and study of content specific to their areas of work. The certification demonstrates the nurses’ expertise and dedication toward their practices and continuing education to stay current with latest practices. Some of the certifications our nurses earned include inpatient obstetrics, maternal-newborn nursing and neonatal intensive care.

Accreditation Site Visit for Life Flight Scheduled June 5 and 6

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) will conduct an accreditation site visit of Life Flight Monday and Tuesday, June 5 and 6. The site visit will evaluate the program’s compliance with nationally established medical transport standards. Site visit results will determine if accreditation should be awarded to Life Flight. CAMTS accreditation standards deal with patient care and safety of the transport environment. Anyone who believes they have pertinent or valid information may request a public information interview with CAMTS surveyors to occur at the time of the site visit. Requests for public information interviews must be made in writing no later than 10 business days before the site survey. Learn more.

PICU Team Organizes Raffle to Assist Visiting Families

The nurses of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) are dedicated to the care of their patients, but also the care of the family members surrounding them. Families visit their children as much as possible while their children are sick, but sometimes the financial strains such as paying for food and parking become a burden. To financially help families visiting their children, the PICU is hosting a raffle to help raise money for families in need of assistance. Tickets will be on sale in the University Campus cafeteria and in the PICU May 8, 9 and 12, 10 am to 2 pm. Raffle items include Red Sox and New England Revolution tickets, a photography session and a family four-pack to the Ecotarium. Tickets are $1 for one, $5 for seven and $10 for 15. Winners will be selected May 15.

Knee, Hip Pain? Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Joint Replacement

Do you have knee or hip pain that’s becoming too painful to ignore? In planning your treatment, your doctor will consider many things, including your age, activity level and general health. If nonsurgical treatment methods, such as medication and physical therapy, don’t relieve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend total joint replacement surgery. If you’ve considered joint replacement surgery, read our latest blog post to see a list of questions you should ask your doctor when considering whether surgery is right for you. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

Join Gestational Diabetes Cooking Demo Today on Memorial Campus!

Are you a pregnant woman with gestational diabetes? If so, margaritas might be off the table this Cinco de Mayo, but delicious Mexican food certainly is not! Join our dieticians and a Sodexo chef for a free cooking demonstration today, May 5, 1 pm, Memorial Campus cafeteria, and food tasting designed especially for you. Learn how to eat healthy for you and your baby and take home tasty recipes at this fun new cooking series for diabetic mothers! Call 508-334-6206 with questions.