General Surgery Team Members to Join Medical Mission in Haiti

Kathleen Sheridan, RN

Members of our general surgery team will leave March 3 to provide medical assistance to earthquake victims at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The team will be the first American and first general surgery group to participate with the Canadian-based Team Broken Earth initiative. Visit the team’s fundraising site. In an interview with the Clinton Daily Item, Kathleen Sheridan, RN, will join the mission with nine other employees. She said, “I love my job and work with a great bunch of people who put themselves out every day to provide the best care they can to take care of people in Worcester county and beyond.” Read story.

Heart Month Scavenger Hunt Continues; Participate for Ski Passes

Pictured, bottom left, Melissa Gardner, plastic surgery, and top right, Scott Beddia, LPN, plastic surgery.

The #oneheart scavenger hunt continues during Heart Month. Congratulations to our first round of winners who will enjoy their Wachusett Mountain lift passes! There are still 10 #oneheart tote bags up for grabs! This week, keep your eyes peeled for hidden hearts on our University Campus (fifth floor and various clinics in our Ambulatory Care Center building). Meanwhile, over at our Memorial Campus, look for the hidden red heart bags on the first and fifth floors. Did you find a heart? Look inside, read the heart-smart tip, and then follow the directions on the card inside to win! Winners will receive two lift passes to Wachusett Mountain!

Health Watch: Dr. Kara Smith Discuss Deep Brain Stimulation

What is deep brain stimulation and what type of neurological conditions can it treat? In a recent Health Watch segment, Kara Smith, MD, movement disorder specialist, answers these questions and explains which patients can benefit from this treatment option.

Pediatric Patient with Diabetes Gives Back to Other Kids

Braden O’Connor with the care packages

Eleven-year-old Braden O’Connor wanted to do something special to celebrate his first “diaversary” (Type 1 diabetes anniversary), so he and his mom stopped by the Children’s Medical Center to donate 20 bags full of supplies to help and comfort other newly diagnosed diabetic children and their families during their first admission. Each bag comes with a calculator, measuring cups, notebook, age-appropriate small trinkets and gifts, handmade stained-glass angel, and a personalized note of encouragement from Braden.


Linda Pellegrini, NP, Discusses the Fight against Alzheimer’s Disease

Linda Pellegrini, NP

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease effects roughly five million Americans today and is projected to grow to 16 million by 2050? In a recent Worcester Magazine article, Linda Pellegrini, NP, Division of Geriatrics, expressed that care and prevention is where much of the attention currently rests in the fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia. “The goal is to try to maximize what people can do daily and keep these people safe, hopefully keeping them in their own environment, if possible,” said Linda. Read article.

Are Your Savings on Track? Find Out During America Saves Week

Answering these types of questions is essential in determining whether you’ll have enough saved for the future. Now’s the time to take a closer look. Fidelity Investments can help provide the answers to these questions and help you stay on track. Looking for more tips and pointers? During America Saves Week (February 26 to March 3), get help reaching your most important financial goals. Join Fidelity Investments for a curriculum of live, online workshops on a range of topics — from budgeting and debt management to college planning and investing. View the workshop calendar. Call 800-247-6256 to register early as space is limited.

Vein Center Now Open in Southborough for Outpatient Treatment

Dr. Doucet

Are your legs as healthy as they can be? Our vascular surgery team has opened an outpatient Vein Center at 28 Newton Street, Southborough, so patients have easy access to outpatient medical and cosmetic treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. Danielle Doucet, MD, and her team offer consultation and treatments, including ultrasound, radiofrequency ablation, phlebectomy and sclerotherapy. To make an appointment, call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763). Caregivers: Referrals can be sent directly through Epic.

Dr. Benjamin Emcees Brain Bee; Grafton Student Takes Home Win

Pictured from left: Dr. Benjamin, Grafton High School teacher Michelle Bailey;  Brain Bee winner Colin Wood; Colin’s parents Tracy and Robert Wood; and Shirley and Michael Sheridan.

Sheldon Benjamin, MD, Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry, recently served as the master of cermemonies at the 12th annual Central Massachusetts Brain Bee, hosted by the Medical School. The event, which included 47 contestants from 16 Massachusetts high schools, encourages students to pursue careers in neuroscience. The 2018 Brain Bee winner was Colin Wood, a Grafton High School student who has plans to become an anesthesiologist. Dr. Benjamin presented the Andrew Sheridon Young Neuroscientist Award to Colin, who will go on to represent Massachusetts at the Society for Neuroscience meetings at the University of Maryland in March. Read story.

Calendar of Events