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.

Five Choices to Extraordinary Productivity; Register for Class Today

The difference between sinking and soaring is our ability to make wise choices. In FranklinCovey’s Five Choices to Extraordinary Productivity course, participants learn how making five fundamental choices will dramatically increase their ability to achieve extraordinary outcomes. Backed by science and years of experience, this course will produce a measurable increase in productivity and an inner sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. This time and life management workshop will help you make the right choices as you plan your day, week and life. The next session is Wednesday, July 19, 8 am to 4:30 pm, University Campus. Self-register through E-Learning 4U. Questions: Call 508-793-5626.