Thanks to Epic Launch, We’re Recognized for Our EMR Capabilities

With the rollout of Epic, UMass Memorial Health Care made a giant step forward with our electronic medical record (EMR) capabilities, and others are taking notice. HIMSS Analytics, which scores hospitals and ambulatory sites around the world relative to their EMR capabilities, announced we achieved level 6 recognition out of a possible 7-level scoring model. “I am so proud of what our entire organization has accomplished over the past two years as we complete the transformation of our information system, merging hundreds of disparate software platforms into one seamless patient record,” said Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care. See press release for more information.

Metal Detector Now in Place in ED on Memorial Campus

Left photo, the Securitas team oversees the metal detector screening; right photos, signage is provided in the visitor parking garage and entrance to the Memorial Campus ED.

In support of caregivers and patient safety, a metal detector is now operating in the Emergency Department (ED), Memorial Campus. Manned by Securitas, a local security company, the metal detector, which is located adjacent to the triage area, began screening for metal objects 6 am Monday, November 27. Patients and visitors to the ED are now greeted at multiple entry points in the parking garage, the valet, and the ED entrance with signs alerting them to the new screening process. The no weapons policy means visitors can either leave weapons in their car or have them stored safely during their stay. Two metal detectors will be in operation on the University Campus ED beginning December 11.

Gift Collection Underway for DCF Holiday Party

Officer David Cerreto and Sergeant Nikkya Jackson collected gifts at the Stuff-a-Cruiser fundraiser for foster children of the Worcester-area Department of Children and Families.

Members of our campus police departments and the Children’s Medical Center stuffed nine cruisers full of gifts for foster children of the Worcester-area Department of Children and Families (DCF) at the Stuff-a-Cruiser event at Toys R Us in Auburn during Thanksgiving weekend. The gifts will be presented to children at the annual DCF Holiday Party, which is hosted by the Medical Center and the Department of Nursing. Anyone interested in donating additional gifts can drop them off in the collection boxes located in the main lobbies on the University and Hahnemann campuses, or outside the cafeteria on the Memorial Campus. Gifts will be collected through Thursday, December 21.

Volunteers Needed! Sign up to volunteer at the event on Saturday, December 30. Contact:  Email Gina Gardner or call 774-441-6329 or email Lori Peasley or call 508-334-1172 with questions.

Innovation Celebration: Join Event; Share Input to Win Gift Card

Cliona Archambeault, Center for Innovation and Transformational Change (CITC); Cara Strock, pathology; Elise Hebert, perioperative services (receiving her Green Belt); and Mary Page, CITC; gather for a group photo.

Kate Behan, clinical affiliations, seeks feedback from employees.

Monthly Innovation Celebrations are a time where caregivers come together to learn about and celebrate our initiatives, ideas and projects! The November 17 event on the Memorial Campus featured Kate Behan’s Green Belt project to increase employee participation rates for the United Way campaign. Kate sought feedback about why only 7 percent of employees donate to the annual campaign. Share your feedback on the topic and be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Dunkin Donuts gift card! Don’t miss the next Innovation Celebration Friday, December 15 in multiple locations across our health care system, noon to 1 pm; learn about the Innovators of the Year “Sweet 16” teams! Download flyer.

Medical Group Welcomes Drs. Alsayid, Camann and Fidrocki

Welcome, from left, Drs. Alsayid, Camann and Fidrocki.

Internist Muhammad Alsayid, MD, earned a medical degree from University of Aleppo, Syria. He completed a residency program at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, and his clinical interests are gastroenterology and hepatology, colon cancer screening, FIT screening programs and health disparities. Currently, Dr. Alsayid specializes in internal medicine on the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Alsayid, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Anesthesiologist Zachary Camann, MD, earned a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, and completed residency and fellowship programs at Tufts Medical Center. He is board certified in anesthesiology, and specializes in anesthesiology/pediatric anesthesiology on the University Campus and at Marlborough Hospital. See online profile; visit website.

Emergency Medicine Physician James Fidrocki, MD, earned a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed a residency program at the Medical School. Currently, Dr. Fidrocki specializes in emergency medicine on the University and Memorial campuses and at Marlborough and UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton hospitals. See online profile; visit website.

6 ICU Team Donates Clothing to Kids in Need

Presenting a donation of children’s clothing are, from left, Tetyana Laprade (6 ICU), Sue Fleck (6ICU), Steve Nordborg (6 ICU), Terry Nordborg (5 East), and Eda Bennet (6 ICU).

Staff members from 6 ICU on the University Campus held a clothing drive for our 5 East pediatric patients in need. “The nurses on 5 East strive to have extra clothes on hand, many times reaching into their own pockets to purchase clothing for less fortunate children,” shared Steve Nordborg, RN, CCRN. As part of the 6 ICU employee engagement initiative, Steve and his teammates decided to help by collecting and donating nearly 10 bags of new and gently used children’s clothing sizes 12 months to 5T, including sleepwear, play clothes, shoes, socks, sweaters and even a few winter jackets!

Gun Ownership and Patients: Tough Questions at Schwartz Rounds

Attend the upcoming Schwartz Center Rounds, “Gun Sense or ‘Non’-sense: Broaching the Topic of Gun Ownership with Patients,” Friday, December 8, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (lunch 11:15 am). Place the forum in your schedule by downloading the outlook calendar appointment. Located in the Faculty Conference Room, S1-342, University Campus, this event is an opportunity to discuss the barriers faced when asking patients about gun ownership. Featured panelists include Jonathan Green, MD, Patrick Lowe, Medical School student and Mike Weisser, author and blogger with the Huffington Post. One contact hour will be provided for nurses and physicians and preregistration is not required. Email SchwartzRounds@umassmemorial.org with questions, ideas for topics or to join the rounds planning committee. Learn more.

Find Updated Medical Center Policies Now Posted on OurNet

Visit the OurNet policy page to view all Medical Center policies, as well as the latest policy newsletter, FAQs, and policy and procedure templates. Email the policy administrator with necessary changes. The following policies have recently been updated and posted:

  • Policy 1096: Patient Complaints/Grievances
  • Policy 1405: Federal and State Withholding Forms
  • Policy 1406: Supplemental Taxation
  • Policy 1421: Breach of Confidential Information – Reporting, Investigation and Notification of Incidents Requiring Regulatory Reporting
  • Policy 2018: Patient Identification (for Select Interventions)
  • Policy 2030: Medication Administration
  • Policy 2037: Model of Delivering Critical Care by Attending Intensivists
  • Policy 2513: Inhaled Antibiotics Not Manufactured in Aerosolized Dosage Forms
  • Policy 2522: Medical Futility and End-of-Life Care
  • Policy 2528: Clinical Research Protocols (New)
  • Policy 4079: Human Resources Employee Personnel Records and Reference Requests
  • Policy 5030: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and other Prion Diseases
  • Policy 6001: Hearing Conservation Program