Dedicated Employees Honored at Service Recognition Event

Left photo: 40-plus-year caregivers join UMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO, Eric Dickson, MD, in a photo, from left, Susan Mellen, maternity, Deborah McDuff, information services, Elaine Burke, surgery, Cindy Connors, Nursing 4 West, Mary Ann Johnson, hematology, Paula Paradis, renal dialysis, Mary Halley, cardiac short stay. Right photo: Maria Payne, RN, is pictured with Dr. Dickson, Medical Group President Stephen Tosi, MD, and Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon.

More than 270 Medical Center employees were recently honored for 25 to 55 years (in five-year increments) of service at the annual Employee Service Recognition celebration at the Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort. Maria Payne, RN, renal dialysis, who has served our patients for more than 55 years, was celebrated at the event and talks about her work experience in the video below. Congratulations to our dedicated employees for their long-time service to our Medical Center! View the full list of service recognition recipients and watch a photo slideshow of the event.

Join Virtual Mindfulness Session with Dr. Dickson; Earn Wellness Points

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD

Join CEO Eric Dickson, MD, and system leaders in a virtual mindfulness session from the convenience of your desk today at 12:10 pm. Led by UMass Center for Mindfulness teachers, Monday Mindfulness sessions are held every Monday from 12:10 to 12:25 pm to provide our caregivers the opportunity to reduce work-related stress and anxiety. Join by video conference or audio dial in (call: 408-638-0968 or 646-558-8656; meeting ID: 282-353-218). Benefits-eligible employees can earn myHealth Matters points by participating in these sessions as well as in-person meditation practice sessions. Add this event to your calendar and visit the Center for Mindfulness for more information.

Physicians in Hot Seat as Pitch to Fund Innovative Ideas

Darren Brennan, MD, radiology, pitches an idea.

Participants of the fifth Physician Leadership Development Program recently pitched innovative ideas last week to the UMass Memorial Health Care leadership team to improve physician engagement, patient experience, quality improvement and/or academic excellence and innovation. The event was called the Shark Tank as it mirrored the ABC television show, and the half-day exercise marked the end of a green belt-earning leadership program sponsored by the Medical Group and led by human resources in partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute. If awarded funding for piloting presented programs, President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, explained to presenting physicians: “Once the pilot is done and you’ve received a return on investment, this leadership training will stay with you for the rest of your career.”

Overseas Vacation Planned? Family Travel Clinic Open in Northborough

Are you and your children heading out of the country? Visit our UMass Memorial Medical Group Family Travel Clinic at Northborough Crossing, 333 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough, to ensure your health is protected. The clinic offers immunizations for the entire family, country-specific information about disease risks and prevention, reviews of disease risks based on travel itinerary, information about disease prevention and medications to prevent disease, and immunization record updates. Appointments should be made at least six weeks prior to travel for vaccines and required preventive measures to be most effective at time of travel. To make an appointment, call 855-UMASS-MD or 774-442-3947.

Celebrate Men’s Health Month; Wear Blue Day Is June 16

June is Men’s Health Month, an international effort to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Common male diseases include testicular, prostate and lung cancers, as well as cardiovascular disease. Men are encouraged to seek regular checkups while eating healthy, exercising and making prevention a priority. Honor the men in your life; support Wear Blue Day Friday, June 16 and raise awareness to encourage men to live longer, healthier lives. Follow us on Facebook as we celebrate and bring awareness to men’s health this month.

Stick to It: Don’t Miss Diabetes Health Tips and Inspiring Story

Our Diabetes Center of Excellence wants to ensure its patients are educated on their medication and treatment. In the May edition of Stick to It, understand your medication and find a support system to help you manage diabetes. Read Theresa Murray’s story about how she overcame diabetes and get our healthy recipe of the month. Stick to It is designed to help you keep your health on track with tips and inspiration mailed straight to your inbox. Stick to It is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Learn how to sign up today and  read the recent issue.

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