Kudos to Our Black Belts: New Candidates and Coaches of the Year

From left, Lori Pelletier, PhD, Ernest Byers, and Richard Pavao, MD

Black Belts are presented with their certificates.

Our health care system recently celebrated the work and accomplishments of our 24 black belts (see list) who completed the fifth annual black belt training program! Guests were invited to join with congratulating Coaches of the Year – Neil Gilchrist, director, pharmacy; Ellen Felkel-Brennan, associate vice president, quality and patient safety; and Penelope Iannelli, associate vice president, information services – who demonstrated excellence in paying it forward by training and coaching others. Special congratulations to our first black belts – Richard Forster, MD, chief, Hospital Medicine Division, and Terri Russo, RN, senior director, Cancer Center – who celebrate their fifth anniversaries. Visit OurNet if you have a black belt candidate in mind to nominate or to learn about other Lean training opportunities.

Health Watch: Dr. Macnow States the Facts on Concussions

Should fear of concussion stop your child from playing sports? Theodore Macnow, MD, pediatric emergency medicine, talks about the signs of a concussion as well as the steps to recovery. In this Health Watch, learn which sports have the highest frequency of concussions. “A concussion, by definition, shouldn’t have any lasting impact. It’s a temporary brain disturbance; but if you can see that it’s happening easily, that you’re getting concussions just by minor impacts in sports, it may take you out of commission as an athlete,” said Dr. Macnow.

National Blood Shortage Is Underway; Make a Donation Today

Due to a national blood shortage, all blood donation centers are in need of volunteer blood donors. If you or anyone you know is healthy and well, visit a donation center today. The nation’s blood supply is at a critically low level. Type O blood is in demand because it can be transfused to a person with any blood type. Consider stopping by the UMass Memorial Blood Donor Center or any  American Red Cross blood drive. The Blood Donor Center is located on Lakeside Wing, Level A, University Campus. To schedule an appointment, call 508-421-1950; walk-ins are also accepted. Donors receive free validated parking, refreshments and a water bottle. For hours and information, visit OurNet or Facebook page.

New Managers: Sign up Today for New Orientation Program

The Human Resources Department is now offering New Manager Orientation, which is intended to new managers grow into their managerial roles at UMass Memorial Health Care. This orientation is designed for managers who have recently been promoted into a supervisory position and for people who may have managed elsewhere but are new to managing at UMass Memorial. The course provides an opportunity to network with and learn from other managers. They will be introduced to key roles and competencies expected of them as managers within our organization. The next orientation session is Tuesday, August 15, 8 am to 4:30 pm, University Campus. Managers can self-register through E-Learning 4U. Questions: Email or call 508-334-4462.

NICU Nurse Recognized for Dedication to Opioid Dependent Infants

Mary Cook, RN, was recently presented with a plaque of the Telegram & Gazette article written about our Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) program, in honor of her dedication to the infants of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the mothers that she mentors. “Every mother loves her baby.” That’s what Lisa Audette, NICU nurse manager, says to anyone who may have strong opinions of mothers with newborns going through opioid withdrawal. Nurses like Mary ensure that the mother is 100 percent prepared to care for her baby and that she has the support to succeed. Pictured, from left,Lisa Audette, NICU nurse manager; Lisa Gillum, RN, assistant chief nursing officer; Mary Cook, RN; and Larry Rhein, MD, chief of neonatology.

Throwback Thursday Continues; Check out Hahnemann Campus in 1999!

In our latest Throwback Thursday series on Facebook, we are throwing it all the way back to 1999 when renovations began on our Hahnemann Campus to reopen as a primary care, specialty clinic and full-service outpatient surgery center. To share your #umassmemorialTBT, email our social media team or message the Medical Center or UMass Memorial Health Care Facebook pages with photos from the past. Some photo ideas include your team, nursing school or Medical School graduation, your UMass Memorial Maternity Center baby photos or your first day on the job! What photos do you have in your archives? Share your old photos today!