May the Road Rise to Meet You

UMass Memorial Medical Center President, Patrick Muldoon, FACHE, celebrated the end of his 40-year career in health care yesterday surrounded by countless colleagues, caregivers and family. Patrick has been in our system for almost 14 years and his ability to lead with grace and humility will be missed by all. The former HealthAlliance Hospital, where Patrick spent nine years, was well represented at the celebration including a former employee who drove in from New York to say goodbye. An impromptu receiving line followed the program allowing guests a moment to speak with Patrick personally. Enjoy our favorite “Muldoon Moments” that have been collected in celebration of Patrick’s time here at UMass Memorial by viewing the slideshow. Pictures above are from the retirement party.

Start a Lifetime of Good Health with Main Street Bolton Primary Care

For the Bolton community, finding convenient, high-quality health care for your whole family just got a lot easier. Our newest location, UMass Memorial Medical Group – Main Street Bolton Primary Care, is now open and accepting new adult and pediatric patients. Family medicine providers, Drs. Marianela Lavena and Mark Collins, can treat your whole family, for coordinated, seamless care. Visit our website to watch videos about the physicians and learn more. Appointments can be made by calling 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763).

Mentor Our Future Leaders at 2018 Health and Science Career Expo

Interested in meeting our future workforce? This is your chance to represent our Medical Center and your health care profession. In partnership with the Medical School, the Ninth Health and Science Career Expo is just around the corner, on Wednesday, April 4, 8 am to 1 pm, College of Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center. Join representatives from area colleges and universities, along with your fellow clinical and nonclinical health care professionals, in making a positive impact on the lives and career choices of more than 500 local students in attendance. For more information or to participate, email Erjona Mehillaj by Wednesday, March 7.

Health Watch: Get the Facts on Sciatica with Dr. DiPaola

What is sciatica? What causes sciatica, and how is it diagnosed? Christian DiPaola, MD, orthopedic spine specialist, answers these questions in a recent Charter TV3 Health Watch segment. “There are a lot of different causes and not all of them are from the back itself,” explains Dr. DiPaola. “Oftentimes, we need to take a step back and evaluate what other things could be causing the pain.”

Get Ready for Go Red Festivities This Week!

Throughout our system, we are celebrating Go Red for Women, a national movement to raise awareness about women and heart health and to raise funds to support the American Heart Association. Here’s how you can take part:

  • Wear Red Day: Friday, February 2. Post pictures on our facebook page.
  • Visit the University, Memorial and Hahnemann campus cafeterias on Friday, February 2, for heart healthy menu options.
  • Raffle baskets: Win any of our baskets to raise money for the American Heart Association. Stay tuned for details on how to buy tickets.
  • Join the Go Red movement. Print poster for your area.
  • Learn tips and more on heart health.

Calendar of Events

January Gift Shop Specials
Schwartz Rounds – February 8 (new date!)
Buprenorphine Waiver Training – Adolescent Focus (CME Program) – February 9
Strike Out Heart Disease – February 15
Innovation Celebration on Memorial Campus – February 16
Conversational Spanish: Lunch & Learn – March 1


Artist in Residence Series: ‘Simplicity,’ a Photography Exhibit by Lisa Bezokas – through February 27
Monday Midday Mindfulness Session with Dr. Dickson
Quest for Excellence – Third Thursday of the month
Diversity and Inclusion Office Event Calendar
UMass Medical School Faculty NewsWire
Childbirth Education Classes

You’re Invited! Join President Muldoon’s Retirement Party Monday

Patrick Muldoon

Join the special send-off celebration to honor Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, FACHE, for his 40-year career in health care, Monday, January 29, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, Lazare Research Building, Blais Pavilion, first floor, University Campus. The formal program with leadership team members’ remarks is 3 to 4 pm and the “Muldoon Moments” slideshow presentation will be featured throughout the event. In a recent News & Views question-and-answer feature, Patrick explained the driving force behind his decision to pursue a career in health care: “At one point, I dreamed of playing professional football, but fate intervened. My fascination with hospitals started when I had knee surgery following a high school football injury. Good decision!”

Why Do Earbuds Fall out in Winter? Dr. Sanseverino Explains

By the nature of her job, Alexandra Sanseverino, MD, emergency physician, is used to getting random physiology inquiries including a recent one from Quartzy asking why earbuds fall out during cold weather. In this article, Dr. Sanseverino explained that our ears are made of cartilage, which does not have blood vessels. Plus, the skin covering the cartilage can shrink in the cold, making the earbud fall out. Dr. Sanseverino said, “If you’re cold and your body is trying to conserve heat, your blood vessels may constrict.” Physiologically, there is nothing that can be done about the way our ears react to cold weather. Read story.

Live in the Moment with Monday Mindfulness Sessions

One approach to practicing mindfulness is by staying in the present moment and fully participating in your life. Whether you’re eating, walking or spending time with your family, you can take a moment to appreciate the sense of touch, sight and sound. Practice mindfulness today by joining the 15-minute Monday Mindfulness session with President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, and other system leaders. Join either the video conference or audio dial (call: 408-638-0968 or 646-558-8656; meeting ID: 282-353-218) Mondays at 12:10 pm. Earn myHealth Matters points by participating or attend an in-person meditation practice session. Learn more or watch previous session. Learn about other mindfulness sessions.

Our Commitment to Integrity: Review Fraud and Abuse Policy

It’s the policy of UMass Memorial Health Care and the Medical Center to provide and maintain a culture characterized by integrity, responsible behavior, and a commitment to the highest legal and ethical standards. All UMass Memorial caregivers share the responsibility of ensuring our system conducts its activities in a manner that complies with all applicable federal and state laws. This includes ensuring the integrity of all claims, reporting inappropriate conduct and protecting the rights of any individual who reports concerns. A detailed discussion of the federal and state false claims acts, the role of the compliance program in facilitating and monitoring compliance, reporting of inappropriate conduct and protection against retaliation is included in the Fraud and Abuse Reporting Policy 1414. Questions about the policy? Contact the Compliance Office at 508-334-0008.