Three Times Is a Charm for Annual Caregiver and Family Bike Ride

Top left: Posing with President and CEO Dr. Dickson (from left) are Jennifer Windgate, pharmacy, Kimberly Barannikov, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Brittany O’Neill and Rachel Jackson, Emergence Medical Services. Cyclists begin their ride from Clinton Hospital (top right) and line up for the start of the race (bottom).

Our third annual UMass Memorial Health Care Caregiver and Family Bike Ride started out with showers that turned to clear skies for 28 riders Saturday. Cyclists participated in four routes starting at Clinton Hospital. Led by President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, riders participated in five-, nine-,19- and 31-mile routes through Sterling, Princeton and Wachusett Mountain. Special thanks to the volunteers who helped ensure this event ran smoothly. Want to learn about upcoming group rides? Join the UMass Memorial Health Care Cyclists Group on Facebook. Benefits-eligible employees: Log your weekly rides under the “A Taste of Cardio” challenge on myHealth Matters website for an easy 15 points.

A Show of Stamina, Strength and Mobility from Our EMS Team


Left photo, the team participates in the ambulance pull. Center photo, Katie Flavin, Katherine Howard and Brittany O’Neill push the sled. Top right, Lisa Horowitz, David Silva and Heidi Roy-Choquette roll the tire. Bottom right, Brittany O’Neill and Katherine Howard work on sit-ups.

For the fourth year in a row, Josh Bennett, paramedic, organized a 12-week fitness challenge for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department. Each weekly challenge was designed to connect back to the job, such as 261 push-ups, sit-ups and squats; a reminder of the 261 badges earned by team. The challenge ends with an 11-event relay race at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute athletic fields and includes a team ambulance pull of 15,000 pounds! So far, seven of the 10 teams have completed the relay race. The winning team will receive a $500 gift card paid out of the EMS Relief Fund. Check out the media coverage by our social media teamTelegram & Gazette and MassLive.

Dr. Dickson Joins Pedro Martinez to Honor Student Athletes and Coaches

Dr. Dickson and Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez flank 2017 Hometeam Coach of the Year Leanne Roy.

Last week, Best of Hometeam, co-sponsored by UMass Memorial Health Care, celebrated the accomplishments of every high school all-star athlete in Central Massachusetts. It was truly an all-start event as Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, former Red Sox pitcher, was the guest speaker. Martinez said to the students: “Chase your dream and don’t let it go. Don’t let anybody get in the middle of it.” The event also honored “best of the year” athletes, scholar-athletes, teams and coaches. President and CEO Eric Dickson said he was “proud of the effort and sportsmanship displayed by these student athletes” and was “honored to partner in this important event.” Read the Telegram & Gazette story.

Simply Well Blog: Is It More than Just a Fever and a Rash?

Rash, redness, fever and then your doctor tells you your child has Kawasaki disease and you think, “What is that?” Kawasaki disease is a type of inflammation of the blood vessels most commonly seen in children, and if it’s left untreated it can eventually lead to heart disease. In this Simply Well Blog post, guest blogger Michael Fahey, MD, pediatric cardiology, talks about this rare disease, it’s symptoms, and what can be done to treat it so your child can live a healthy and happy life. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

Our Audiology Team Gets Involved at Summer Special Olympics

At this year’s Special Olympics Summer Games at Harvard University, our audiology team from across all our Medical Center campuses conducted hearing screenings for 60 athletes. Kristen O’Connor, AuD, Hahnemann Campus, has been the clinical director of the Massachusetts Healthy Hearing Program for the Special Olympics for two years. She was inspired by her daughter Callie, who has Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Callie participated in the gymnastics portion of the Special Olympics. Kristen’s two sons, Braden and Declan, also volunteered at this year’s Summer Games. Pictured in photo: bottom row, from left: Delvina Labrecque, AuD; Nichole Germain, AuD assistant; Braden O’Connor, volunteer; Kristen O’Connor, clinical coordinator; Declan O’Connor, volunteer; Bianca Berkenwald, AuD; Callasandra O’Connor, gymnastics participant; and Julianne Harris, AuD; second row, audiology graduate students Devon Kulinski, Rachel McCurry, Maria Freitas, Sarah Hill, Sara Chaffee, Kate Broughton and Tarja Berry; Eva Bero, Lahey Clinic, and Tina Codere, CCC-A.

Joint Commission Review: Process for Telephone and Verbal Orders

Do you know the process for telephone and verbal orders?

  • Write down verbal/telephone orders in the order section of the medical record as it is being said.
  • Read back what is written, verify accuracy, then document VOV (verbal order verified) or TOV (telephone order verified).
  • Each order is flagged for signature and is be signed/authenticated by a licensed independent practitioner.

Learn more on the SafeCare page on OurNet.

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