Join Our Innovation Celebration Friday on Memorial Campus

Ian Averback, organization and people development, and Ana Mechlin, patient experience, shared updates about the Standards of Respect during last month’s event.

Stop by the next Innovation Celebration to learn about and celebrate Medical Center initiatives, ideas and projects! The next Innovation Celebration is Friday, February 16, Memorial Campus, across from the cafeteria. Drop by anytime between noon and 1 pm to check out the latest innovations! Learn more about IS Desktop Services, one of our three 2017 Innovators of the Year award-winning teams! Join us in celebrating MC 2020, and a new idea for a nursing newsletter and more! Refreshments will be provided.

Pastoral Care Recognizes Ash Wednesday Services Tomorrow

The Pastoral Care Department will offer Ash Wednesday services Wednesday, February 14 for our patients, staff and families.

  • Mass and ashes are offered at noon at the Meditation and Prayer Room, Memorial Campus (first floor, East Building) and at the Lazare Auditorium, University Campus.
  • Ashes are also offered in the foyer of the Hahnemann Campus from 7 to 8 am; at the Infusion Center in the Ambulatory Care Center, University Campus, 11:30 am; and at Psychiatric Treatment and Recovery Center at 1 pm.
  • Chaplains and servers will be visiting inpatient units on both Memorial and University campuses for the imposition of ashes on patients from 1 to 2 pm.
  • Local parishes Mass times: The Parish of St. Anne in Shrewsbury, near the University Campus, has Ash Wednesday Mass at 9 am, noon and 7 pm. Our Lady of Providence, near the Memorial Campus, has Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:15 am, noon and 7:30 pm (Spanish Mass).

Epic Reporting Workshops Now Available; See Schedule

Are you interested in increasing your Epic reporting skills? Epic reporting workshops are available the first and third Wednesdays of the month through April 8. These workshops can be attended via WebEx or in person at 100 Front Street, Room 231. Topics include inpatient, radiology, ambulatory, billing/revenue and more. To learn more about these workshops and view the schedule, visit the Reporting and Analytics page on IS/Epic Central website.

Employee Discounts Available for Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

Ride into winter with employee discounts provided by Wachusett Mountain. As the mountain’s health and safety sponsor, UMass Memorial Health Care employees will once again be offered Wachusett Mountain discounts. Get $10 off your lift ticket or learn to ski/ride package by entering the code UMASS at checkout. Or, bring a friend and get $30 off the “Bring a Friend for Fun Package” by using the code UMASSBFF. Note: The coupon code is valid for online purchases only. Enjoy the mountain, fresh air and fun with your friends and family this winter! Watch our health and safety video too!

Did You Know Medical Plans Offer Cash Back for Fitness?

Did you know that all UMass Memorial Health Care medical plan members can receive cash reimbursements for gym memberships?

  • For Blue Cross Blue Shield plan members: Visit the MyBlue website to find out what programs qualify for a $150 reimbursement and to access reimbursement forms.
  • For Health Plans, Inc. plan members: Get reimbursed up to $300 per person and $600 per family every year toward fitness club memberships, Pilates, yoga and more. Visit to submit a reimbursement request online.

And if that weren’t enough, starting February 26, join a gym and complete the “Manage Your Weight” challenge on the myHealth Matters website to earn 1,000 points!

Medical Center Newborns Celebrated Super Bowl in Style!

Two Maternity Center nurses made sweet hats and blankets for our tiniest Patriots fans.

A big thank you to our Medical Center mother-baby nurses, Susan Contonio and Suzanne Golas, who, for the second year in a row, made 60 cozy Patriots blankets and adorable pom-pom hats to give to moms and their new little Patriots fans on Super Bowl Sunday! Last year’s image of our Patriots babies decked out in their hand-made fan gear went viral and garnered a great deal of media attention!

Simply Well Blog: Give a Charley Horse the Boot

Most of us have experienced the pain of a muscle cramp or “charley horse.” Muscle cramps – involuntary muscle contractions – are common. But even though they can be quite painful, they don’t usually cause damage. Learn ways to help give those charley horses the boot in a recent Simply Well blog post. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

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