Cheers for 40K Ideas and Benedict Primary Care Team!

Members of Benedict Primary Care team huddle at their Idea Board.

Benedict Primary Care was recently featured on the Medical Center and system Instagram channels as part of the #cheersfor40kideas social media campaign coordinated by the Center of Innovation and Transformational Change and Marketing and Communications Department. The Benedict Primary Care team credits the Idea System huddles for promoting positive change and caregiver engagement within the team’s area. Knowing they have a set time weekly to talk about problems and ideas gives everyone the opportunity to work toward becoming the best place to give and get care. To celebrate our Idea System and the 40K ideas implemented across our system, we will share photos that feature some of the caregivers, teams, idea boards and idea huddles that brought these 40K ideas to life. Want to see your idea system huddle featured? Email Lora Dumas. Learn more.

Summer Fun and New Challenges with myHealth Matters


Find new challenges now posted on myHealth Matters website.

Make the most of your wellness this summer with new challenges on the myHealth Matters website. Complete a full range of wellness activities designed to make healthier living fun and easy. Reduce stress and get some fresh air in the “Go Somewhere Wild” challenge, or get a solid night’s sleep in the “Stimulant-Free Sleep” by avoiding coffee after noon. Other challenges like “A Tech-free Meal” and “Don’t Overthink It” ask you to make small lifestyle changes that can have a big impact. Benefits-eligible employees: Log points each week to qualify for a $300 wellness reimbursement account deposit and other great rewards.

Share Photos of Baby’s First July 4 with Us on Facebook!

Do you have new baby – or one within your family or circle of friends? Is so, remember, it’s time to share babies’ first July 4 photos with us on our Medical Center’s Facebook page. Share in the comments of the Facebook post below! Don’t forget to include the hashtag #imaumassmemorialbaby when posting your milestone pics on Facebook or Instagram!


Health Watch: Dr. Hirsh Discusses Summertime Burn Safety

In this archived Health Watch segment, Michael Hirsh, MD, chief of pediatric surgery and pediatric trauma, talks about burn safety. He discusses burns that originate from a variety of sources including fireworks, sun, open flames, microwaves and ovens. Learn about prevention and treatment by watching this segment.

Gestational Diabetes Cooking Continues with Summer Celebration

A beautiful summer salad with salmon from our June demonstration.

Join Sanjay Aurora, MD, and Ellen Delpapa, MD, Medical Center dietitians and a Sodexo chef Friday, July 7, noon at a “Summer Celebration” cooking demonstration for pregnant women with gestational diabetes in the Memorial Campus cafeteria. This free demonstration and food tasting is designed especially for expecting moms with diabetes who are interested in learning how to eat healthy for themselves and their babies. The program is open to all pregnant women. Recipes will be distributed. Infants/toddlers welcome and parking will be validated. Call 508-334-6206 with questions.

Throwback Thursday: Share Your Medical Center Photos!

Do you recognize current and former marketing and communications team members captured in this #TBT photo?

Are you ready for Throwback Thursday? We want to take a trip down memory lane and we’re looking for your help to do it. Send us your #umassmemorialTBT photos and we’ll share it on our Facebook page! So far, the Marketing and Communications team has thrown it back all the way to 2001 when the team was doing a photo shoot for the former employee newsletter, Messenger. Email our social media team or private message via the Medical Center’s Facebook page with photos from the past. Some photo ideas include your team, nursing school or Medical School graduation, your first day on the job! What photos do you have in your archives?

Dr. Aurigemma Talks about Lesser-known Causes of Heart Attacks

Most heart attacks are caused by blood clots, but are there other causes that you don’t know about? In this Health Watch, Gerard Aurigemma, MD, cardiovascular disease, talks about some of the lesser-known causes. Learn whether breast or lung cancer can play a role since both are so close to the heart. Dr. Aurigemma also covers whether grief, anger and other strong emotions can cause a heart attack.

Importance of Finding the Right Fit for Our Volunteers

Volunteer Renee Leoncini has some “fun time” making sundaes.

Our Medical Center was featured recently in a Worcester Business Journal article about the benefits of volunteerism. Jody Stark Cornetta, director of volunteer services, who managed 801 Medical Center volunteers last year, stresses the importance of finding the right match. “You want to have a volunteer who likes what they’re doing and are fit for the department.” According to Stark Cornetta, the right match results in a greater patient experience and volunteer satisfaction while maximizing hospital performance. One of these volunteers is Renee Leoncini, who retired at 55 and quickly found her niche volunteering in the emergency and in pediatric units. She helps patients in the emergency room feel more comfortable, and makes ice cream sundaes (her “fun time”) for pediatric patients, their families and the staff. Read the story.

Joint Commission Survey Support through Our Communication Centers

Have a question during the Joint Commission Survey? The Communication Centers are your source for help and information. When calling, be prepared to give your name, contact telephone, exact location, nature of the issue, etc. The centers are staffed through the survey, 7 am to 5 pm, by the Office of Quality and Patient Safety and Regulatory:

  • University Campus (covers all satellites) – HB-354, Tel: 508-334-7777
  • Memorial Campus (also covers Hahnemann Campus) – IT Training Room located off the Homer Library, Tel: 508-334-8877
  • Email –

Additional resources are available on the SafeCare page.

Physicians: Deadline Extended to Apply for PACE Award

The deadline for Medical Group physicians to submit their letter of intent for the Prize for Academic Collaboration and Excellence (PACE) Award has been extended two weeks. The first of its kind, the fund supports cutting-edge research between departments and showcases our commitment to academic research. One prize of $200,000 will be awarded over the course of two years to help fund research. Winners will be chosen based on merit, collaboration, growth opportunity and use of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. New deadline for submission is July 14. For more information, read the hand-out or contact Max Rosen, MD, or Shlomit Schaal, MD, with questions.