We Honor Our Employees through Caregiver Celebration Month

In the spirit of National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week, the Medical Center launches Caregiver Celebration Month to honor all our employees throughout the month of May. Meet caregivers throughout our system nominated through the Everyone, Everyday website and learn what inspired their peers and managers to nominate them! Get to know some fun facts about them through this week’s screensavers! Here’s what their nominators said about them:

  • Susana Fernandez, LPN, Employee Health Services, Hahnemann Campus: “She focuses on the needs of our customers and doing whatever it takes to meet those needs. She is truly a role model for all who know her.”
  • Daniel Ellis, MD, resident, University Campus: “He cares deeply for his patients, and ensures each and every one understands their health, treatment, and all those involved.”
  • Tricia Normandin, physician liaison, Medical Staff Services, HealthAlliance Hospital: “She puts in the extra effort to train [staff]. She is very dedicated and is a pleasure to work with as she explains things in such a way that you understand.”
  • Maureen Croteau, administrative office manager, Clinton Hospital: “She leads by example. She always has such a positive attitude, treats everyone with the same high regard, and her sunny disposition is contagious.”

Prom Is in the Air at the Children’s Medical Center

He asked. She said yes! Children’s Medical Center patient, Jonathan Tomashefsky, surprised his friend, Justina Demetry, with a surprise promposal when she stopped by to visit him at the hospital last week. Jonathan, who has been battling an acute form of leukemia, wanted to pull out all the stops when asking Justina, who he says has been a wonderful source of support for him during his treatments, to accompany him to the Westborough High School prom. With the help of his nurses, he certainly succeeded with the event being covered by Channel 7, Worcester News Tonight (see video below) and the Telegram & Gazette.

Mark Your Calendar for Events That Celebrate Nurses Week

Calling all nurses to join the celebration of National Nurses Week, Thursday, May 11, in Knowles Hall, Memorial Campus. Events include:

  • Department of Nursing slide show – 11:30 am to noon
  • Keynote address by Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Colombo, DNP, MHA, RN, “Nurses as Leaders: Current and Future State – noon to 1 pm; light refreshments
  • Nurses Week Award Ceremony – 1 to 1:30 pm

Donations are being collected for the Worcester County Food Bank during the celebration. Also, our gift shops on our Memorial and University campuses recognize our nurses with a 20 percent discount on regularly priced gifts.

We Welcome Drs. Darukhanavala, Hayward, Mathew and Singh

Pictured from left, welcome Drs. Darukhanavala, Hayward, Mathew, Singh.

The Medical Group welcomes the following new physicians:

  • Pediatric Endocrinologist Amy Darukhanavala, MD, earned her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Great River, NY. She completed a fellowship program at the University of Chicago Medicine. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. Currently, Dr. Darukhanavala specializes in pediatric endocrinology on the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Darukhanavala, call 855-UMAASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.
  • Electrophysiologist/Cardiologist Robert Hayward Jr., MD, earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed a residency program in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and fellowship programs in general cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified in clinical cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. Currently, Dr. Hayward specializes in cardiovascular disease and electrophysiology on the University Campus, and at Clinton Hospital and Marlborough Hospital. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hayward, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.
  • Hospitalist Carol Mathew, MD, received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Roseau, Dominica. She completed an internal medicine residency program at the Medical Center/Medical School. Currently, Dr. Mathew specializes in hospital medicine on the University and Memorial campuses. See online profile; visit website.
  • Internist Sonal Singh, MD, received his medical degree from Patna Medical College, Patna, India and completed a residency program at Unity Health System in Rochester, NY. He is board certified in internal medicine. Currently, he is specializing in internal medicine on the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Singh, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Mindfulness Programs Help Reduce Stress; Earn Wellness Points!

The UMass Center for Mindfulness offers great programs to help you reduce work-related stress and anxiety. Benefits-eligible employees, learn how you can earn 1,000 points by visiting myHealth Matters. You can complete the mindfulness program of your choice, or earn 10 points a week when you practice mindfulness on two separate days. To keep up with weekly practice, tune in to the Monday lunch time virtual mindfulness sessions with President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, from 12:10 to 12:30 pm by video conference or audio dial-in (call: 408-638-0968 or 646-558-8656; meeting ID: 282-353-218). Also, see the meditation practice session schedule to attend in-person sessions. Visit the Center for Mindfulness to learn more about the many health benefits of mindfulness and meditation.

Join the International Festival for Food, Entertainment and Crafts!  

The Diversity and Inclusion Office is hosting the annual International Festival, Friday, May 12, in the Medical School lobbies. See the list of activities below and download the poster to share in your work space.

  • Watch music and dance performances inspired by cultures from around the world, 11:45 am to 1 pm.
  • Visit a variety of craft tables and enter a raffle to benefit the Genesis Club Inc., 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Enjoy international dishes featuring Iraqi cuisine, Italian desserts and international teas, 11:45 am to 1 pm in the Faculty Conference Room.

Stop by Information Table; Learn about ‘Stop the Bleed’ Campaign

Did you know uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death during a traumatic event? The Stop the Bleed campaign was initiated by the federal interagency workgroup brought together by the National Security Council staff. According to the campaign, “No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.” To learn more about the campaign visit the Injury Prevention Center table Friday, May 12, 11 am and 1 pm, University Campus, near the pharmacy.

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