Goods for Guns Event Added Following Florida High School Shooting

In response to last week’s horrific shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which took the lives of 17 people, Michael Hirsh, MD, chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery at the Children’s Medical Center, announced that another Goods for Guns buyback event is being scheduled for June 2018. In a Worcester News Tonight segment, below, he stresses the importance of turning in any assault rifles, and notes that that this type of rifle is not ideal for personal protection. Since its inception, the program has collected more than 2,400 firearms in exchange for gift cards.

Opioid Overdose Deaths Remain Steady; Dr. Neavyn Interviewed

Dr. Neavyn,

The Telegram & Gazette recently reported that while statewide deaths from opioid-related overdoses have decreased by an estimated 8.3 percent over the previous year, Worcester’s opioid deaths have remained steady, dropping only slightly. associate program director of medical toxicology, said he is seeing is far more people coming in who have been revived with the overdose-reversing drug Narcan. While opioid-related deaths may not have changed much in Worcester, the increase in people surviving an overdose is “certainly uplifting,” he said, indicating the community is “doing the right thing.” Read story.

Get Your Free Heart Health Risk Assessment Today

The most important step you can take to protect your heart is understanding your own individual risks for heart disease. These risks differ for all of us depending on age, diet, physical condition and smoking status, just to name a few. During American Heart Month we are reminded to be vigilant in the fight against heart disease, the nation’s number one killer. Take a free heart health risk assessment. Talk with your doctor about risks for heart disease, and schedule blood pressure and cholesterol screenings to get an assessment of your current heart health. Visit our Heart Month website to learn about good fats, women and heart disease and burning calories without exercise.

Stay Informed: Follow Medical Center Campus Police on Twitter! 

Medical Center Campus Police has officially launched a new Twitter page! Stay informed on the latest public safety, parking and traffic updates from our Memorial and Hahnemann campuses along with helpful information and “Tip Tuesday” safety reminders. Want to receive real-time notification of new tweets to your mobile device via text or alert? Be sure to follow @UMM_Police on Twitter and then turn on mobile notifications under “more user options.” For police and public safety information and updates from our University Campus, visit the website.

Dr. Hermos Offers Safe (and Healthy!) Tips for Traveling Abroad 

Dr. Hermos

Planning to soothe your winter blues with a trip to far-off lands? While packing your bathing suit might seem like your number one priority, Tina Hermos, MD, pediatric infectious disease physician at the Children’s Medical Center, stresses the importance of being mindful of your health when traveling internationally and taking the proper precautions. During a recent sit-down with Worcester Magazine, she explains why vaccines are a vital part of vacation prep and shares other tips for avoiding illness. Read the article.


Your Health Matters: Fight the Blues with a Mental Health Screening

It’s tough to stay positive in winter, especially with reduced sunlight hours and freezing temperatures. Take a brief mental health screening to assess your personal mental health so you can gain peace of mind this season. The screening is anonymous and confidential, and only takes a few minutes. You’ll immediately see your results and receive care recommendations based on your answers. You can access the screening on your work or home computer, or on your mobile device. Benefits-eligible employees: Complete this activity and log 50 points on the myHealth Matters website under the “Mental Health Screening: Are You Mentally Well?” challenge.

Dr. Busconi Explains the Role and Importance of Athletic Trainers

Dr. Busconi

While an athletic trainer’s role may be unclear to many, those involved in the in college and high school sports know the role is valued, respected, vital and essential. In a recent Telegram & Gazette article, Brian Busconi, MD, chief of sports medicine and the team physician for several teams, explained, “As a sports medicine team, a sports medicine family, it’s the role of athletic trainers and team physicians to make the physical and psychosocial welfare of our athletes and our students our highest priority. We are ultimately the people who protect these athletes and make sure they’re getting the best care possible.” Read the story.

Improve Your Working Relationships Through DiSC Training 

DiSC is a personal assessment tool that helps participants understand and appreciate the styles of the people they work with and improve communication, work productivity and teamwork. The Everything DiSC Workplace program incorporates classroom training, online prework, engaging facilitation with contemporary video, and individual reports for a personalized learning experience. The result is more effective and productive working relationships.  Everything DiSC Workplace is appropriate for all caregivers. The next session is Tuesday, March 27, 8 am to noon, University Campus, Albert Sherman Center (AS5.2072 Conference Room). Please self-register through E-Learning 4U. Questions: Call 508-793-5626.