Afib Team Brings Home the Gold with Quality Achievement Award

Our atrial fibrillation (Afib) team has received the Get with The Guidelines-Afib Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Heart Rhythm Society. According to Dave McManus, MD, director of our Atrial Fibrillation Program, “I hope that our community members and patients are able to see this award and derive confidence that when they come to our Medical Center they are getting A+ level care.” Hospitals receiving gold level have reached an aggressive goal of treating afib patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard for 24 consecutive months.

Health Watch: Learn about Benefits of Oral Chemotherapy

Oral chemotherapy has revolutionized the treatment and the quality of life for cancer patients. In this Health Watch segment, Brendan Sendrowski, PharmB, oncology clinical pharmacist, discusses the benefits of oral chemotherapy and how a growing number of cancer patients can now take chemotherapy drugs in pill or liquid form. Free oral chemotherapy counseling services are also available to patients and families seeking assistance managing the medications and schedule.

Medical School’s Commencement Events Begin Tomorrow

With the Medical School’s 44th Commencement on Sunday, June 4, the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing will kick off three days of celebration to honor graduating students’ achievements starting Thursday, June 1. Keynote speaker physician, scientist and academic health leader Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, humanitarian and businessman Víctor Grífols, and renowned pediatric surgeon and cancer researcher Patricia Donahoe, MD will receive honorary degrees during the commencement. Learn more. General seating begins at 11 am, the processional march at 11:45 am and formal exercises at noon. Visit the 2017 commencement website. Watch the event live.

Pediatric Cardiologists and Endovascular Team Save 14-Year-Old

Dr. Schanzer and patient Thomas Reardon (Telegram & Gazette photo)

On Christmas Eve, 14-year-old Thomas Reardon suffered life-threatening injuries from a car accident, including a tear in his aorta. Thanks to the quick reaction from our pediatric trauma expert and surgeon, Michael Hirsh, MD, and endovascular surgeon, Andres Schanzer, MD, Thomas is alive today. According to Dr. Hirsh in a recent Telegram & Gazette story, “I’ve taken care of a couple of patients with an aortic rupture, but I had never seen a patient this young.” The situation was extremely rare, but the team excelled. On a visit with pediatric cardiologist David Kane, MD, it was discovered that Tommy’s heart had moved and he needed additional surgery. Today, Thomas is back playing sports and getting ready to enter ninth grade. Read story.

Bring the Kids to Safe Summer Fun Day; Get Free Bike Helmets!

Kick off summer this Saturday, June 3, at the 19th annual Safe Summer Fun Day at UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital from 10 am to 2 pm. This free community event promotes good health during the summer months for kids and families. A premier activity of the day is a booth where bicycle helmets are properly fitted by trained hospital staff and distributed for free to children. Safety organizations such as the fire department, police department, local ambulance companies and Life Flight will be joined by a variety of interactive booths and activities that promote safety, health and well-being as part of this fun community event. Learn more.

‘13 Reasons Why’ Raises Concern about Teen Suicide

The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” has caught the attention of concerned school districts and parents. In a recent Telegram & Gazette article, Lori Simkowitz-Lavigne, director, Intensive Youth Services, UMass Memorial – Community Healthlink, said schools and parents need to be armed with the right type of information when discussing suicide with teens. “For schools in their health classes to be talking about depression, for their literature classes to be talking about characters who are depressed, that’s really helpful. We just need to be careful about how we talk about it, that suicide isn’t seen as a solution,” Simkowitz-Lavigne said.

Simply Well Blog: What You Need to Know about Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammation that can affect any joint in the body. It usually appears in people between the ages of 30 to 50, but can begin as early as childhood. Since symptoms vary from person to person, it’s sometimes misdiagnosed as gout, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Read our Simply Well blog to learn more about psoriatic arthritis, how it’s caused and how you can treat it. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

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