Dr. Hirsh to Receive Prestigious Massachusetts Medical Society Honor

Dr. Hirsh

Michael Hirsh, MD, chief of pediatric surgery, co-director of pediatric trauma services and surgeon-in-chief at the Children’s Medical Center, will be honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2017 recipient of its Men’s Health Award. The award recognizes an individual who has advanced the cause of men’s health. Dr. Hirsh will be presented with the award during the group’s 2017 Men’s Health Symposium, Waltham Conference Center June 15. The symposium is open to clinicians who can also earn CME credits by attending. This year’s symposium focuses on male fertility, marijuana, gun violence and safety, and nutrition and physician conditioning. Learn more and register.

Our Team Takes on Challenge to Train Students Hands-only CPR

UMass Memorial Medical Center staff helped train nearly 2,000 college students in the 2016-2017 Communitywide College Challenge. “I want to thank everyone for their role in making Central Massachusetts a healthier, safer community,” says Blair Young, senior director, Central Massachusetts Heart Association. Medical Center staff trained people during events at students’ colleges and in the community. Heart and vascular team members who lead the effort include: Jay Cyr, RN, chair of the challenge’s committee; Kati Korenda, MSN, NP, senior director; Nicole Navis, NP; Donna Suter, RN; Pam Burgwinkle, RN; Cynthia Ennis, MD; and Cynthia Audet, RN. June 1 to 7 marks CPR and AED Awareness Week. Do your part and watch this video on hands-only CPR.

Community Baby Shower Provides Opportunity to Meet New Families

Jennifer Bram, MD, pediatrician at South County Pediatrics in Webster, greeted moms-to-be at the recent Community Baby Shower in Southbridge.

Staff from South County Pediatrics, including pediatrician Jennifer Bram, MD, and Patricia Stuart, RN, were on hand to meet and talk with young and growing families at the 11th  Annual Community Baby Shower, a fun and informative event for families held May 24 at Notre Dame La Salle Hall in Southbridge. During the event, new and expecting parents were able to learn more about the pediatric medical home and children could have their stuffed animals examined by Dr. Bram. Dr. Bram and Deanna Richmond, MD, are both accepting new patients at South County Pediatrics located at 336 Thompson Road in Webster. Book an appointment online or call 855-UMASS-MD.

Join Your Colleagues and Find a Wellness Challenge That Suits You

This year, more and more of your fellow caregivers are registering on the myHealth Matters website and taking positive action toward their well-being. More than half of UMass Memorial Health Care caregivers have signed up, and a whopping 500 participants registered in the last year alone. This means that when you complete challenges to reduce stress and manage your weight, you’re joining your colleagues to create a healthier, more engaged work community. Whether you’re visiting the portal for the first time or catching up on a missed workout challenge, make summer 2017 active, healthy and fun!

Kudos to Our Top Heart Walk Fundraising Team!

Pictured, from left, are Medical Center Vice Presidents Sergio Melgar, Bob Feldmann and Judy Laroche at an ice cream social.

Congratulations to the Hungry and Helping Hearts at 306 Belmont Street for raising the most money as a team for UMass Memorial Health Care at the Central MA Heart Walk. Combined with the Albanian Helping Hearts, the teams at 306 Belmont Street raised more than $11,000 for the walk with a soup cookoff, an Albanian luncheon and more. Team Captains Donna Sides, Tom Callahan and Bedrana Flamuraj want to thank everyone for their participation in raising money and awareness for heart disease. Many of our senior leaders joined in to support the Heart Walk with the 306 Belmont Street team.

Hear Stories of Our Care from Patients at Friday’s Schwartz Rounds


Our Medical Center presents Schwartz Center Rounds, “In the Words of Our Patients: Stories of Compassionate Care,” Friday, June 9, noon to 1 pm (lunch served at 11:45 am), Faculty Conference Room, Room S1-342, University Campus. At this forum, the importance of compassion when providing care to our patients is expressed through stories told by our patients. Preregistration is not required. Schwartz Rounds provides a multidisciplinary forum for caregivers to discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients. Learn more or visit OurNet for a full list of rounds.