Monica Lowell Joins Newly Formed Mass. Latino Advisory Commission

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Congratulations to Monica Lowell, vice president of Community Relations, for recently being sworn in as a member of the Massachusetts Latino Advisory Commission. Governor Charlie Baker recently signed an executive order to establish the commission which is tasked to address concerns of the Massachusetts Latino community and promote economic prosperity and well-being. In a statement released by the governor’s office, Baker said, “Our administration is committed to creating opportunities for all our citizens in every corner of the Commonwealth to drive economic growth and success, and I’m confident this commission will add meaningful value to our goal to make Massachusetts the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

Local Family and Florida Nonprofit Deliver Toys to Young Patients

Christian Campero, of Northborough, who was an oncology patient at the Children’s Medical Center for three years, was joined by his mom, Tricia, and brother, Alex, to present more than 100 toys and games to the Children’s Medical Center earlier this week. The toys were donated by Smith Smiles Toy Donations, a Florida nonprofit that has previously only donated in its home state. While delivering the toys, Christian and Alex, video chatted via FaceTime with the Smith family, which founded Smith Smiles, so they could watch the toys being donated. See the Worcester News Tonight segment, below,  Community Advocate article and the Children’s Medical Center’s Facebook post.

Nurse Explains Protocol for Preserving Evidence after an Assault

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Laura Maguire, RN, PhD (Photo courtesy MassLive).

Following a rape or sexual assault, victims across the state receive a standard sexual assault evidence collection kit, which helps to preserve evidence. To ensure that all victims receive the same care, these kits are administered by Emergency Department nurses and physicians, and specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), like Laura Maguire, RN, PhD, a forensic clinical nurse at our Children’s Medical Center. Laura recently spoke with MassLive to explain what an evidence collection kit is and the care and compassion that goes into preserving this evidence. Read MassLive article.

New Caregiver Orientation White Belt Training Moves to WBC

New employees Gloria Peterson, Cheryl Harrington, Christine Osborn and Kelly Urick completed the Mr. Potato Head exercise during the first White Belt training at Worcester Business Center.

Through September 29, Lean White Belt training for new employees has temporarily moved to Worcester Business Center, 67 Millbrook Street, to accommodate Epic training at 367 Plantation Street. Share this information with new employees, who are encouraged to complete Lean White Belt the Friday of their first week on the job as part of their New Caregiver Orientation. White Belt training educates new employees on Lean thinking and how to identify problems and utilize Idea Systems to solve them. According to President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD: “To become the best place to give care and the best place to get care, we need an army of problem solvers and innovators.”  Questions? Email Kianna.Ostrander@umassmemorial.org.

Learn Why Governor Proclaims Hurricane Preparedness Week

Did you know that Massachusetts is typically at risk for hurricanes and tropical storms between August and October? Gov. Charlie Baker has proclaimed that July 16 to 22 is Hurricane Preparedness Week, providing us the opportunity to educate ourselves on how to be prepared at home and work for severe weather emergencies. To get started, visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) website for information and learn about the free app, Massachusetts Alerts. Visit the Emergency Preparedness site on Ournet to find information to prepare at work including the severe weather incident response guide and three phases of our emergency operations plan.

Where to Go When Your Primary Care Provider Isn’t Available

We tend to think of summer as a generally healthy time of year, but the long, hot days come with their own set of health and safety concerns. Being outside often causes minor illnesses and injuries which urgent care can treat if your primary care physician is unavailable. Visit one of the seven UMass Memorial Health Care-affiliated CareWell Urgent Care centers in our region for summer concerns, including allergies, hay fever and asthma; bug bites and stings; burns; cuts/lacerations; heat exhaustion, dehydration and heat rash; and swimmer’s ear and ear infections.