Kudos to Our Award Winners Honored during Nurses Week

Top row, from left, winners receive their awards: Lisa Gillum, RN, ACNO (left), and Lisa Colombo, RN, SVP and CNO (right), award Michelle Ryan, RN, with the Our Patients Award. Michelle O’Rourke, NP, nurse manager, and Lisa Colombo award Alicia Worster, RN, with the Our People Award. Recipients of Our Discoveries Award are Sharon Rudinski, RN, Candy Szymanksi, RN, ACNO, and Katherine Fredette, RN, with Lisa Colombo; and Theresa Oliveri, RN, clinical coordinator/nurse education specialist, receives a gift basket for the Our Future Award for 7ICU. Bottom photo: Members of the Clinical Practice Council proudly hold their Nurses Week pins distributed to nurses last week.

In celebration of National Nurses Week, Nurses Excellence Awards were presented to nurses during a celebration event last week. The awards are based on the four triangles represented by the nursing professional practice model which aligns with our True North vision. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients and teams:

  • Alicia Worster, RN: Our People Award
  • Michelle Ryan, RN: Our Patients Award
  • Our Discoveries Awards: Katherine Fredette, RN, Sharon Rudinski, RN, and Katie Vear, RN
  • 7ICU team: Our Future Award

New Mom Celebrates Her Special Delivery on Mother’s Day

Michael and April Letendre with their newborn son Julian. (Telegram & Gazette photo)

For April Letendre, her Mother’s Day present is one she won’t soon forget as brought her newborn son home yesterday. “It’s like a special gift,” she said. “It’s funny, I’ve never actually really paid attention to Mother’s Day before.” April, 23, and her husband Michael Letendre, 26, of Spencer have already nicknamed Julian “Little Man” and “Juju,” who was born in our Maternity Center, Memorial Campus. The Letendres, who spent much of the pregnancy on opposite sides of the world, took advantage of todays’ technology to stay in touch. Michael is a senior airman in the Air Force stationed in Gunsan, South Korea. Read story.

Employees and Family Members: Join Free Program to Prevent Diabetes

If you’re at risk for diabetes or have prediabetes, invest your time in prevention! You can delay the onset of diabetes and take steps to reverse it. Our Diabetes Center of Excellence launches a Diabetes Prevention Program, an evidence-based program that can help you lose five to seven percent of body weight and make lifestyle changes to greatly reduce your risks. The 12-month program is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention curriculum. It’s free for employees and immediate family members throughout our health care system. For more information and to take a quiz, visit the website or email nina.rosano@umassmemorial.org or morgan.comee@umassmemorial.org.

Care Mobile Manager Sara Connor Honored as Erskine Award Winner

Sarah Connor, NP

Sara Connor, NP, manager of the UMass Memorial Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, was named the 2017 Katharine F. Erskine Award winner in the health, science and technology category.  Awards are granted to women in five categories annually by the YWCA of Central Massachusetts in line with its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. The Care Mobile provides preventive medical and dental services to medically underserved children and families at 11 community sites and 20 elementary schools in low-income Worcester neighborhoods. Sara received the award for her approach caring for vulnerable populations and mentorship of her staff.  In its 16th year of operation, the Care Mobile serves an average of 3,300 patients annually. Read story.

Do You Order Office Supplies? Register with Staples by May 17!

Staples Business Advantage will be our new systemwide provider for ordering office supplies starting June 15. The change will help reduce office supply spending, and benefits include easy, online ordering and fast, free delivery of thousands of products. As we prepare for the transition, employees currently authorized for ordering office supplies must register with Staples Business Advantage. Complete the online registration by Wednesday, May 17. Remember to have your cost center number ready. Learn more. Over the coming weeks, we’ll transition ordering from our current office supply vendor, OfficeMax. Starting June 15, OfficeMax accounts will no longer be available. Questions? Email Lisa Hamelin.

Make Your Appointment This Week for Free Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is one of the most common of all cancers, and melanoma, a type of skin cancer, is one of the deadliest. Early detection is critical A screening takes only 10 minutes and could save your life. Our Medical Center and the American Academy of Dermatology are partnering to provide a free skin cancer screening this Saturday, May 20, 8 am to noon, Dermatology Clinic, 4th floor, Hahnemann Campus. To schedule an appointment, call 508-334-5928 on Tuesday, May 16 or Wednesday, May 17, from 9 am to 1 pm. Walk-ins are also welcome. This event is free and open to the public; free parking is also provided.

Ladies Come First This Week to Celebrate Women’s Health!

Women are notorious for taking care of everyone else before themselves. But this week, the nation is putting women first to celebrate National Women’s Health Week! So, moms, daughters, nieces, granddaughters, sisters and female friends, be sure to take a second or two this week to concentrate on your health and wellness. Book that checkup you’ve been meaning to call about, schedule your mammogram, take a quiet walk and enjoy a little time just for you! Are you doing a good job of taking care of yourself? Take this quiz to find out and check out this womenshealth.gov infographic for easy tips toward a healthier lifestyle!

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