Learn about Our Sweet 16 Finalists through Video Series

Last month, the 2017 Innovators of the Year finalist teams, our “Sweet 16,” were announced to all our caregivers across the system. This week, watch the kickoff video, below – the first in a four-part series – to learn more about four of our Sweet 16 teams! As a reminder, the Innovators of the Year winning teams will be announced Friday, December 15. View flyer for details.

New Corridor and Chapel Updates Completed on Memorial Campus

East 1 corridor

Prayer and meditation space

As part of our ongoing MC 2020 initiative work, a new corridor and updates to the nondenominational chapel are now completed after nearly six months of construction on the Memorial Campus. The new 65-foot long pathway on East 1 extends the main corridor from the east to west buildings and showcases artwork from local artists adorn the cream-colored walls. Patients, visitors and employees will find easy access to the new prayer and meditation space just off the main corridor. The corridor now flows in a straight line, rather than the previous zigzag, making navigation simpler for patients, visitors and staff. Learn more about MC 2020 projects.

Dr. Hirsh Interviewed on Powerful History of Goods for Guns Program

Dr. Hirsh

“When you hold your friend’s heart in your hand, it changes you in a way that makes you understand the terrible consequences of when guns are in the wrong hands,” said Michael Hirsh, MD, chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, in a recent Sunday Sitdown with the Telegram & Gazette. In the eye-opening article, Dr. Hirsh shares a heart-wrenching account of how losing a friend and colleague to gun violence solidified his passion to improve public safety by getting as many guns as possible off the streets, which ultimately led to his co-founding of the Goods for Guns program in Worcester in 2002. Read the article.

Get Your Free Copy of the 2018 Flavors of the World Calendar!

Are you interested in trying new recipes from around the world? Simply Well presents the Flavors of the World 2018 Calendar that includes the top 12 recipes submitted by caregivers across our health care system. A free copy of the calendar is yours when you subscribe to Simply Well, our community and health wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Already following the blog? You can still get the calendar by filling out this form to update your contact information.

It’s Your Opportunity to Pay It Forward on Giving Tuesday (Today)!

You’ve heard of Cyber Monday? Black Friday? How about Giving Tuesday? With our partners at the United Way of Central Massachusetts and Worcester Public Schools, we would once again like to take care of our neighbors in Worcester. Please participate in our coat/hat/mitten drive starting today, Giving Tuesday. We will be collecting these items (new only) at University, Memorial and Hahnemann campuses cafeterias until Tuesday, December 12. Remember, if you can’t get to a store but still wish to participate in Giving Tuesday, you can always donate any amount through the United Way of Central Massachusetts website. Thank you for supporting our Worcester community. Email Kate Behan for more information. View flyer.

Avoid the Mask; It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot

Still need your flu vaccination? The deadline for Medical Center employees to receive a flu vaccine or submit a declination is December 29. Help us reach our 100 percent vaccination goal by attending the last flu fair, Thursday, December 7, Worcester Business Center, Thom McAn Room, 10 am to 1 pm. Keep in mind other last-minute options for your flu vaccination:

  • If you work on a nursing unit, ask your manager about getting a flu vaccination on-site.
  • Walk into Employee Health Services this week!
    • Hahnemann Campus, 291 Lincoln Street, Suite 100: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
    • University Campus, HB-376: Today, 1:30 to 3:30 pm and Thursday, November 30, 7 am to 3:30 pm
    • Memorial Campus, EBG-158: Monday, December 4, noon – 4 pm

If you receive your immunization outside work, make sure you get documented proof of immunity from your provider. It starts with you! Learn more on the flu season page.

Pam Burgwinkle, NP, Highlights Blood Clot Risks in National Magazines

Blood clots aren’t always a bad thing. But when they form in the wrong place, that’s when people need to worry. Are you at risk? Pam Burgwinkle, NP, Anticoagulation Clinic, was quoted throughout the piece. Some clots cause stroke while others could cause a pulmonary embolism. Prevention Magazine and Men’s Health recently ran an article on the eight groups of people who are most at risk for a dangerous clot including those who are overweight, pregnant, smoke and sit for long periods.

Update Your Information on HRConnect by End of Year

The end of the year is just around the corner. To ensure all employees receive their W-2 form, the Human Resources and Payroll departments would like to remind you to verify that your personal address on file is correct by visiting HRConnect > My File > My Address. If your address needs to be updated, simply make the changes directly in HRConnect. Should you wish to make changes to your tax information, you can do so by visiting HRConnect > My Payroll > Update My Tax Info. Take this opportunity to also update your emergency contact information via HRConnect > My File > My Emergency Contacts. Questions? Email or call the HRConnect hotline at 508-793-5675 (Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm).

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