It’s Nomination Time for Our Innovators of the Year!

The 2017 Innovators of the Year Award nominations are now open! This award recognizes teams from across UMass Memorial Health Care for their innovative contributions to the organization through a successful idea system. The deadline to submit a nomination for your team or anyone else’s team is Friday, August 18. Finalist teams will be announced mid-September with the recipient team(s) announced in early November. Visit MyHR for more details and to submit an online nomination. Questions? Email Matt Boczanowski, Human Resources Department or call 508-793-5636.

Health Watch: Nutrition Tips for Living with Diabetes

We tend to think diabetes is about how much sugar we take in, but what about nutrition as a whole? Sharon Chan, CDE, registered dietitian, joins us in this Health Watch to give tips on nutrition when you have diabetes. Find out what types of sweets you can have, alternative snacks to fruits and vegetables, the impact of alcohol and tips for eating out, or going to a picnic or barbecue.

Nurse’s Son’s Discovery Brings Treasure to Young Visitors

Aiden poses with the treasure chest.

Our care extends beyond our patients and no one seems to understand that more than Aiden Sunayama Collings, 7, son of Silmara Aquino, RN. Aiden was heartbroken when he found out that patients of 7 East, University Campus don’t always get visits from children. He learned that this is because some kids may be scared or uncomfortable to be in a hospital and see their parents sick. Upon discovering there were no toys in 7 East, Aiden took the initiative to put together a treasure chest. The chest, full of stickers, notebooks, crayons and coloring pages, provides children relaxing activity time while visiting family members.

Diaper Drive for Families in Need Continues through July 20

The Women’s Community Committee, a group within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology that supports local community health organizations and services, is holding its annual diaper donation through Thursday, July 20. Last year, 2,200 diapers were collected and more than 7,600 diapers have been donated since the initiative began in 2013. Shelters like Abby’s House, YOU Inc., Visitation House and the Baby Box initiative all benefited from the drive, helping families in need. Drop off your unopened, disposable diapers at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Memorial Campus, Jaquith 2, and help make a difference.

Stay in Motion: Get Info on Plantar Fasciitis and Back Pain Tips

Joint, heel or back pain, we’ve got you covered in the summer edition of our orthopedics e-newsletter Stay in Motion. Discover simple yoga poses to help ease lower-back pain or learn about Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Stay in Motion offers videos, recipes, health tips and more. Subscribe today and receive it four times a year in your inbox. Stay in Motion is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. To subscribe to other e-newsletters, visit our website.

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