Medical Center Employees Ready to Join Hurricane Relief Efforts

As volunteers nationwide head to Texas to provide emergency assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, our own Gina Smith, RN, director of Emergency Management Preparedness, remains on standby. Gina, also the team leader for Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) MA-2, spoke about her team in an interview. Watch segment. DMAT MA-2, one of two groups in Massachusetts, are often called upon to assist in national disasters. Should DMAT MA-2 receive an activation notice, up to 43 team members, many Medical Center employees, will travel to Texas. For more information about medical support, visit the National Disaster Medical System.  To donate to the relief effort, visit the Red Cross website.

Flag Display on University Campus Heightens Overdose Awareness

Overdose Collage

A close-up photo of the flags that represents opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts last year and, right, an image of Charter TV 3 covering the event.

Today marks International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held each year to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. Stop by the quad on the University Campus to see purple flags representing the 2,069 opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts last year. With the support of families and friends touched by overdose, the Department of Psychiatry created the display which will be up through tomorrow morning. Recovery coaches are available on-site today from 12 to 4 pm to answer questions and provide information on services and prevention. For event information, contact Richard Kenny. Read Telegram & Gazette story. Learn more about the opioid epidemic.

Health Watch: Shelley Taft Offers Expecting Moms Breastfeeding Tips

With more mothers choosing to breastfeed, Shelley Taft, LPN, joins this Health Watch to talk to expecting moms. Shelley details the benefits, how long to breastfeed, and how to tell a newborn has had enough milk. She also shares what role fathers can take on while mom is breastfeeding.

Nurse Shares Story: Witnesses Outstanding Sportsmanship

Photo courtesy of CBS Channel 6.

Susan Papalia, RN, BSN, cardiovascular research nurse manager, has been volunteering as a medic for road races for 10 years but it was the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine that had her in awe. Learn more about Susan. Jesse Orach thought he was at the home stretch when he fell to the ground twice, both times picking himself back up. Rob Gomez grasped his arm before he could fall a third time and pushed him across the finish line, allowing Jesse to finish first. “It was an incredible demonstration of sportsmanship and human kindness that I, along with thousands of others, witnessed at the finish line,” said Susan, who was the first medic to arrive at the scene. Read the story.
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Last Chance to Enter Simply Well World Flavors Recipe Contest!

If you haven’t submitted your recipe in the Simply Well Flavors of the World calendar contest, you still have until next Wednesday, September 6! Here’s why you should enter:

  • You’ll be eligible to win a picnic backpack and Trader Joe’s gift card.
  • Everyone who submits a recipe also receives a UMass Memorial gift.
  • The top 12 recipes will be featured in the 2018 calendar.
  • You can earn 150 myHealth Matters wellness points.

A UMass Memorial nutritionist/dietician will certify the top 24 “Simply Well Made” recipes, which our Facebook community will vote on between September 22 to October 9 to choose the winning 12 recipes. Visit the gallery to see submitted recipes.

Order Discounted Tickets for Disney on Ice and Cirque du Soleil

The DCU Center is offering UMass Memorial Health Care employees discounted tickets in October and December:

  • Disney on Ice Dare to Dream: October 27 to 29
  • Cirque du Soleil Crystal: December 7 to 10

To purchase tickets, go to Learn more about other discounts available to employees by visiting the Employee Activities and Discounts page on MyHR (located under Our Workplace tab). If you have questions, contact the Benefits Contact Center at 508-334-8511.

Making Everyday Epic: Watch the Video!

Epic is coming, bringing many advantages for us and for our patients. Learn in this new Everyone, Everyday video how our shared patient record will transform our everyday work, helping us as caregivers to make every day epic.

Have You Had a Chance to Visit the Epic Playground?

If you’ve attended Epic training, you should be familiar with the Epic Playground. It is a replica of the Epic system that allows physicians and employees to practice what they learned in Epic training so they are better prepared for our October 1 launch. Log in using the usernames and passwords included in the classroom information sheet given to you during training. If you do not see the Epic Playground icon (pictured left) on your desktop, restart your computer. If it still does not appear, contact the IS Support Center. For more information, visit the Training page on IS/Epic Central.

Mark Your Calendar for Pink: Lighting the Way for Women’s Cancers

Registration is now open for the 2017 Pink: Lighting the Way for Women’s Cancers. This event is Wednesday, October 11, 5:45 pm, Hanover Theatre in Worcester. This special evening honors cancer survivors and remembers those who fought well. It is presented by the PINK Revolution as part of a community wellness initiative for women. There is no cost but preregistration is required. Once again this year, luminaries will be available for purchase. Visit the website for more information or to register.

Win Two Free Race Entries to Join the Canal Diggers 5K!

If you’re a runner and looking to join a local race, don’t miss out on our Facebook contest! Visit our Facebook page to enter to win two free race registrations for you and a friend for the 11th annual Fallon Health Canal Diggers 5K in Worcester, Saturday, September 9. Visit our Facebook page and fill in the blank: “I run because_____.” It can be one word, a memory or a story of who/what helped you begin your running journey! The two prize winners will be randomly selected Wednesday, September 30 at 8 pm, and will be contacted via Facebook. Enter to win!