Dr. Forkey Weighs in with People Magazine on California House of Horrors

Dr. Forkey

Heather Forkey, MD, chief, Division of Child Protection at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, spoke with People magazine in response to the shocking story of 13 children from the so-called California house of horrors who were allegedly abused at the hands of their parents, David and Louise Turpin. While Dr. Forkey shared that children can recover from such ordeals due to their resilience, she explained, “If this is all you know, you have to spend some time figuring out that this wasn’t OK and it’s OK to talk about this, and beginning to learn some words for emotion.” She continued, “Can we reverse this? Yes. But the longer it goes, the more seriously injured the brain is.” Read the full story.

PCPs and Urgent Care Centers Offer Ready Access to Flu Care

During flu season, we encourage our patients with appropriate symptoms to contact their primary care physician or visit one of our seven UMass Memorial Health Care – affiliated urgent care centers. In fact, many patients prefer our efficient urgent care centers, including five which are operated by CareWell Urgent Care, located in Fitchburg, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough and Worcester, over potential long wait times in the ED. The centers are ideal for injury or illness that is not life-threatening as they have short wait times; do not require a referral or appointment; offer extended hours, on-site labs and X-ray capabilities; and accept most insurance plans. How can our patients learn more about our urgent care centers?

Mark Your Calendar; Hear from Medical Students at Schwartz Rounds

Attend the upcoming Schwartz Center Rounds, “The Impact of Interprofessional Teamwork on the Patient Experience: Insights from our Next Generation of Caregivers,” hosted by the Medical School. NOTE THE DATE/TIME CHANGE: Thursday, February 8, 12:30 to 1:30 pm (lunch at noon). Place the forum in your schedule with the outlook calendar appointment. Located in the Faculty Conference Room, S1-342, University Campus, this event empowers learners and interprofessional team members to be agents of transformative change for the Medical Center through shared experiences and open discussion. Student panelists include Stephanie DiTommaso, Malina Filkins, Katherine Mallett and Elizabeth Tkachenko. One contact hour will be provided and preregistration is not required. Learn more.

Privacy and Information Security Launches Training in EL4U

As part of our continuing security awareness program, Privacy and Information Security is providing access to Wombat Security Awareness Training with new topics monthly. In the latest course, learn how to apply best practices related to secure handling and storage of sensitive data. This module explains how to manage physical files, documents and portable storage media, as well as technical safeguards for electronic devices and files. Participants learn techniques for properly disposing of, and destroying, confidential data. Register for the organization data protection and destruction course by logging into EL4U. Use Wombat  as search word in the catalog tab of EL4U.

Show Your UMass Memorial and Patriots Pride for Wachusett Passes!

Our Medical Center is rooting for the Patriots, are you? Show us your Patriots pride by sharing your photos to social media using #UMassMemorialblitzfor6 or by posting to our UMass Memorial Medical Center Facebook page. Eagles fans can participate too! One lucky winner will be selected at random from all participants to receive two lift passes to Wachusett Mountain! Winner will be selected on Monday, February 5, at noon.

Have You Reported Your FY17 Community-related Activities Yet?

As a not-for-profit system, UMass Memorial is required to report Community Benefits activities to the Internal Revenue Service and Massachusetts Attorney General Office. Were you or your department involved in a work-related community activity in FY17? If so, we need to hear from you! 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, complete this form and email to Kimberly.Reckert@umassmemorial.org by February 5.  Call 508-334-7641 with any questions.

If You Love Babies and Knitting, We Have the Job for You!

For the past two years, Maria Del Vecchio, MS, CGC, Department of Genetics, alongside her friends, has been making red hats for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative. In recognition of American Heart Month, these hats are given out to thousands of babies who are born in February at participating hospitals throughout the country, including at UMass Memorial Medical Center. This year, Maria could use your help! If you like to knit or crochet, consider making a red hat and sending it along to her at Room A-3 170C, 3rd Floor, Benedict Building, University Campus by Wednesday, February 14. Learn more about this program.


Received a 1095-C Tax Form? Here’s What You Need to Know

All applicable large employers are required to send a 1095-C tax form to employees eligible for health care benefits in 2017. The 1095-C informs employees what their employer reports to the Internal Revenue Service regarding their health care benefits and if the benefits met Affordable Care Act standards. No action is needed. The form is not required for filing income tax returns. Simply keep the form with your other tax documents. If you did not meet the eligibility requirements for health insurance benefits or were not enrolled in health coverage during 2017, you will not receive the form. Questions: Read the FAQs, visit the ACA website or call the Benefits Contact Center at 508-334-8511.