Witness a Day in the Life of Longtime ED Nurse Doreen Gubber

Nurse Gubber prepares to drawn blood from a patient with patient care associate Natalia Steidle (Telegram & Gazette photo).

Trauma Center Nurse Doreen Gubber, RN, was featured in a recent Telegram & Gazette article highlighting her nursing skill, commitment to patients and 40 years of service working at the University Campus Emergency Department. Melissa Pineo, nurse manager, said, “Doreen is highly respected by all of her peers. She’s intelligent. She’s a resource to our staff and she advocates for her patients.” Throughout her years of experience, Doreen, or “Doe” as her coworkers call her, has lived through many changes in health care but still believes in the tried-and-true techniques of patient care, including eye contact, a soothing voice and a hand to hold. “You are only here to help them. This is a safe place,” she said. See photo gallery and read story.

Our EMS Honors Fallen Paramedic in National Bike Ride

Chief Haynes leads the group. (Telegram & Gazette photo)

In honor of the upcoming National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) week, several of our dedicated EMS paramedics are participating in the Muddy Angels National EMS Bike Ride from Boston to Alexandria, VA. Chief Stephen Haynes and paramedics Joshua Bennett, Charles Pim and Brittany O’Neill will ride more than 550 miles to honor Worcester EMS Paramedic John Lynch, who passed away from complications from hepatitis C contracted from a patient he was trying to save. The ride ends with a memorial service at which time Lynch’s name will be added to the national EMS memorial wall in Alexandria. You can keep track of the team’s progress on Facebook. See Telegram & Gazette and Fox 25 coverage.

Health Watch: Dr. Delpapa on Diagnosing Moms and Unborn Babies

How are doctors able to diagnose and treat woman and their unborn babies? Ellen Delpapa, MD, ob/gyn, maternal and fetal medicine, is featured in Health Watch discussing maternal health in pregnant woman with diabetes or hypertension. Learn what makes a pregnancy high-risk and how ultrasounds are used for early detection of illnesses and then treat abnormalities.

UMass Memorial Health Care Is Top Fundraiser at Heart Walk

Team UMass Memorial Health Care is the top fundraising organization for this year’s Central MA Heart Walk raising about $40,000. One of our teams, The Hungry and Helping Hearts at 306 Belmont Street, and one of that team’s captains, Donna Sides, also took the titles of top team and top fundraiser. John Keaney, MD, chief of cardiovascular medicine and chair of this year’s walk, said, “By supporting the American Heart Association’s mission to end cardiovascular disease and stroke, we can change our community and improve the lives of family, friends and neighbors.” It’s not too late make a donation to Team UMass Memorial and become part of the change. Thanks to all our participants, donors and volunteers!

Quest for Excellence Thursday: Creating Safe Environment of Care

Here’s a simple way to get prepared for our upcoming Joint Commission survey. Attend the upcoming Quest for Excellence Thursday to learn the latest important safety topics for environment of care and more. The event is tomorrow, May 18, 9:30 to 10:30 am, Amphitheater I (S2-102), University Campus. Video conference is available in the Ann Nemitz Conference Room on the Hahnemann Campus, Memorial Campus Amphitheater, Barre Family Health Center and Tri-River Family Health Center. For previous education session presentations, visit the Quest for Excellence page. Questions: Email Talia LaPointe.

Policy Owners Reminded Updates Due; Revised Policies on OurNet

We are currently in our Joint Commission survey window and all policies should be checked to ensure that policy matches practice. Visit the OurNet policy page to view all Medical Center policies, as well as the latest policy newsletter, FAQs, and policy and procedure templates. Email the policy administrator with necessary changes. The following policies have recently been updated and posted:

  • Policy 1438 – Requests for Waiver of Patient Financial Obligations
  • Policy 2003 – Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs
  • Policy 2013 – Criteria for Trauma Team Activation (Adult and Pediatric)
  • Policy 2019 – Admission of Adult Patients to Pediatric Inpatient Unit
  • Policy 2115 – Clinical Practice Guideline
  • Policy 2047 – Communication of Critical Test and Diagnostic Results
  • Policy 2236 – Clinical Pharmacokinetics Service
  • Policy 2521 – Personnel Radiation Monitoring
  • Policy 3004 – Information Services Disaster Recovery Management
  • Policy 4039 – Performance Management/Discipline
  • Policy 6056 – Photo Identification Badges

A system policy committee has been established and has begun to review policies on a system level that would be impacted by the EPIC implementation. Email the policy administrator with any policies that may apply systemwide.

Simply Well Blog: Find Your Nature Zen and Hiking Safety Tips!

What’s something you can do this summer to get exercise and enjoy everything nature has to offer? Hiking is an activity for all ages and fitness levels, whether you’re taking a stroll through a local park or summiting mountains. In the latest Simply Well blog post, Mandi Strzelewicz, marketing and communications intern, talks about proper preparation for your next hike, such as clothing, fuel, navigation and emergency supplies. Also learn “no trace” practices to keep the trails maintained. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.