Financial Counseling: A Vital Part of Our Cancer Care

Financial Coordinator Katherine “Kathy” Orawsky, an integral part of our cancer care team, is featured on our Facebook page. Click on the comments in the post below to see the outstanding feedback she has received. Kathy works with patients to untangle financial difficulties and shares her extensive knowledge and compassion with our patients during some of their most difficult times. Learn more about her extraordinary work and the work of all on our cancer team, in the 2016 Annual Report of the Cancer Committee.

Dan Wolpert: From Heart Attack Survivor to Co-Chair of Advisory Council

Dan Wolpert

It was a medical device, the Impella, that saved Dan Wolpert’s life after he had a major heart attack in 2008. Daniel Fisher, MD, cardiovascular disease, used the Impella, a pencil-sized pump that prevents patients from going into cardiac shock, making Dan the first person in New England to receive it. Today, Dan lives an active life and serves as co-chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council, which focuses on patient experience. He was recently interviewed by the Telegram & Gazette after traveling to Washington, DC to speak with politicians about his experience with the Impella and to advocate for further use of the device. Read story.

Health Watch: Dr. Schaal Discusses Summertime Eye Protection

Summer’s long, sunny days means eye protection is a must. In this Health Watch, Sholmit Schaal, MD, chair, ophthalmology, talks about what you should be looking for when you buy sunglasses. Learn about what damage the sun may be causing your eyes, whether the color of your eyes makes a difference, as well as whether you should take extra safety measures when you’re on the beach or near water.

Make Every Step Count with the Summer Step Challenge

Looking to get more active? What if you could win money in the process? UMass Memorial Health Care has partnered with HealthyWage to bring you the Summer Step Challenge! Work in teams of two to nine to increase your daily step average by 25 percent over 60 days. The challenge runs through August 28 and registration costs $60 per person. Winners typically double their money! Learn more and register. You can even connect your Fitbit during registration for automated step syncing (manual step entry is also supported). Benefits-eligible employees: Double the rewards by completing at least 56,000 steps per week and earn 15 points in the “8,000 Steps a Day” challenge in the myHealth Matters website.

Families with NICU Babies Treated to Special Dinner!

NICUdinnerA stroke of good luck at last fall’s March of Dimes’ Signature Chef’s Auction, resulted in two complementary meals for family members of our littlest patients. Families of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients gathered for delicious dinners courtesy of Niche Hospitality Group on June 8 and 28. During each event, families were invited to visit with members of the NICU team while enjoying the mouthwatering buffet that included quinoa salad, macaroni and cheese, shrimp and vegetable sauté, beef sirloin and fruit salad. Learn more about our NICU. Pictured: Larry Rhein, MD, chief, NICU, and Patty Kady, March of Dimes, were on hand to greet families at the complementary NICU Night Out dinner.

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