Our Medical Center Trauma Centers Earn Level 1 Status

The Adult and Pediatric Trauma centers at our Medical Center were recently reverified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as the only combined Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma centers outside of Boston. This comes after low admissions at the time of the Medical Center’s last reverification in 2014, which meant that the pediatric division was only eligible to qualify as a Level 2 center. The recent reverification found zero critical deficiencies and no significant weaknesses in both the Adult and Pediatric Trauma divisions, and our Injury Prevention programs were cited as a model by the ACS verification team. Both trauma teams are to be congratulated for their hard work and this wonderful success!

Community Medical Group Recognized 9th Time for Performance 

Continuing its run of recognition by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), UMass Memorial Medical Group Community Practices (CMG) was recently named a 2017 “Better Performer” in the areas of value and operations. This is the ninth time that CMG has received an MGMA distinction since 2003. The recognition places CMG in the top 12 percent of the 3,000 practices across the country who submitted reports. Evaluation is based on participation in multiple surveys with medical practices rated in four key areas: operations, profitability, productivity and value. Congratulations!

Like Flu Season, the Next Flu Fair Is around the Corner

Come to one of our flu fairs for free flu shots next week on the Memorial and University campuses. Remember to bring your Kronos badge to the flu fair to expedite the process.

  • Monday, November 13, 7 to 11 am, Amphitheater, Memorial Campus
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2 to 8 pm, Pharmacy, University Campus
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Richard Bennett

Flu vaccinations can be declined as allowed by the Influenza Immunization Policy 5034 through the online declination form. However, the flu shot is the most effective method for preventing the flu. For a complete list of upcoming flu fairs, or to learn more about providing proof of immunity for flu immunizations received elsewhere, visit the flu season page. Pictured with his flu prize, Richard Bennett, quality informatics, was one of five randomly chosen “Flu Fighter” caregivers for getting their flu shots. Other recently vaccinated winners include Bonnie Mann, nursing; Pramodini Puthran, patient financial services; Donna Hayden, plastic surgery; and Ana Silvia, phlebotomy.

Report Your Community-Related Activities to Community Relations

Were you or your department involved in a work-related community activity in fiscal year 2017? If so, we need to hear from you! As a not-for-profit system, UMass Memorial Health Care is required to report community benefits activities to the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Attorney General Office. Community benefits are programs, activities or services that improve the health of the community in response to an identified need. Reportable activities must be directly associated with UMass Memorial. They cannot include employee volunteerism conducted on personal time or activities considered part of regular patient care. To report Community Benefits occurring between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017, please complete this form and email Kim Reckert by December 4. Questions? Call 508-334-7641.

Are You a myHealth Matters Gold Challenge Winner? Check Your Inbox!

If you reached the myHealth Matters Gold Challenge goal of 3,000 points before November 1, you may have won a $100 Amazon gift card! Emails went out Tuesday, November 7, so check your inbox (and spam folder, just in case) to see if you’re a winner. The subject line reads “Congratulations! You’ve won a $100 Amazon gift card.” Within the next two weeks, the Limeade Support Team will send you a gift card redemption email, which will contain an activation code to use on Amazon.com. Thanks for staying active and taking charge of your health this year!

Welcoming Drs. Berrios Morales, Huttinger, Judelson and Rotker

The Medical Group welcomes, from left, Drs. Berrios Morales, Huttinger, Judelson and Rotker.

Neurologist Idanis Berrios Morales, MD, earned a medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship programs at the Medical School. She is board certified in neurology. Her clinical interests include multiple sclerosis, neuroimmunology and neurolupus. Currently, Dr. Berrios Morales specializes in neurology and neuroimmunology on the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Berrios Morales, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Neurologist Francis Huttinger, MD, earned a medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed a residency program in neurology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. In addition, he completed a fellowship program in neuromuscular medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, Dr. Huttinger specializes in neurology at Belmont Street Neurology and UMass Memorial at Northborough Crossing. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huttinger, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Vascular Surgeon Dejah Judelson, MD, earned a medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She completed a vascular surgery residency program at the Medical School. Currently, Dr. Judelson specializes in vascular surgery on the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Judelson, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Urologist Katherine Rotker, MD, earned a medical degree from the Medical School. She completed a urology residency and surgery fellowship in male reproductive medicine and programs at Brown University – Rhode Island Hospital. Currently, Dr. Rotker specializes in urology with a focus on male infertility, men’s health and erectile dysfunction on the Memorial Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rotker, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Andrea Pastick’s Photography on Exhibit through December

The Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library presents “What the Eye Sees and the Heart Feels,” a photography exhibit by Andrea Pastick through December 31. Andrea is an administrative assistant for the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Andrea’s exhibit features two themes; one is of vibrant images of close-up flora in woodlands, and the second captures the emotions and feelings of others through portraits. Andrea said about her work: “Taking what my eyes see and transporting that into an image that moves me. Photography has popped in and out of my life as my life has ebbed and flowed.”

On the Beat: Heart-Healthy Tools and Tips at Your Fingertips!

In the recent edition of On the Beat, our Heart and Vascular Center offers a tracking tool to keep your heart healthy, recommends a slow cooker recipe for chicken cacciatore and explains eight mistakes heart patients make. The e-newsletter is designed to help keep your health on track with tips and inspiration mailed straight to your inbox. On the Beat is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Learn how to sign up today and read the recent issue.