It’s Time to Talk about It: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Team members from the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery (top photo) and Eastern Avenue Endoscopy (bottom photo) get ready for Dress in Blue Day.

Colon and rectal cancers are the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, making it #timetotalkaboutit. We are kicking off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Friday, March 2 with Dress in Blue Day and the lighting of the Burns Bridge over Lake Quinsigamond. Show your support by dressing in blue and posting individual and team pictures to our Medical Center Facebook page. Be sure to include #timetotalkaboutit and #dressinblueday. For some extra fun, our Marketing and Communications Department can provide your team with temporary blue star tattoos to keep the conversation going all month long. Contact the Marketing and Communications Department to request yours. Check out our flyer to view the full list of activities including information tables in campus cafeterias, Facebook Live Ask the Experts series, #strongarmselfie campaign and employee screenings.

Health Watch: Melissa Luman Explains Importance of Child Life Program

To help support a child’s psychosocial and educational needs during a hospital stay, a visit to the Emergency Department or a clinic, our Medical Center has certified child life specialists to help children and parents cope with a potentially stressful health care experience. In a recent Health Watch segment, below, Child Life Manager Melissa Luman, CCLS, MS, explained the role of a child life specialist and some of the tactics used. Follow the Child Life Program Facebook page for the latest updates.

Get Your Raffle Ticket to Support Go Red for Women

The Marketing and Communications Department donated a gift card basket.

More than 52 baskets are available to win in support of Go Red for Women. Buy your raffle tickets this week (see below); tickets are one for $1 or six for $5. The drawing is Friday, March 2, 1:30 pm, University Campus. Visit OurNet for the list of baskets to choose from.

  • Tri-River Family Health Center – Laura Bielecki
  • Biotech 1 – Diane Leonard
  • Worcester Business Center – Heidi Smart (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Information Services, 100 Front Street – Sue Gustafson (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Memorial Campus cafeteria – Michele Foley and Marcia Amaral (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Hahnemann Campus cafeteria – Sharon Krupski and Linda Anderson (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
  • University Campus cafeteria – Kathy Green, Vilma Merkelis, Luanne Hills, Rachael Carragher (Monday through Friday)

Get Serious about Wellness; Join High-Point and Walk Challenges

Starting February 26, new high-point challenges make it easy for benefits-eligible employees to earn reward incentives on the myHealth Matters website.

  • Get your flu shot to earn 250 points or log shopping trips with NutriSavings for 500 points. You can also work out twice a week for eight weeks to earn 500 points.
  • For a serious boost – and a surefire way to earn the $300 wellness reimbursement – log 1,000 points by completing a weight management program or stress management training. Complete both programs and log 2,000 points to be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
  • If walking is your thing, there are two walking challenges underway. Sign up for the Walking in a Winter Wonderland pedometer challenge, sponsored by the Fitness Center at the Albert Sherman Center, to can help you earn 5,000 steps daily toward the myHealth Matters’ Steps Challenge. Winter Wonderland continues through March 16; participants who earn 150,000 steps are also entered in a prize raffle. Email Brittany Reyome at or call 774-455-3500 to join.

Physicians: Sessions Are Scheduled for ‘Find a Physician’ Photos

Employed physicians who need to create or update their profile images for the online Find a Physician directory are encouraged to attend photography sessions on our University and Memorial campuses. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. Email or call Michelle Carrier at 508-334-5173 for more information. Sessions are offered: 

Memorial Campus – Memorial One Conference Room

  • Thursday, March 1, noon to 1:30 pm
  • Monday, April 2, 11:30 am to 1 pm
  • Monday, May 14, 11:30 am to 1 pm

University Campus – Endosurgery Conference Room

  • Monday, March 12, 7:30 to 9 am
  • Monday, March 26, 7 to 9 am
  • Monday, April 9, noon to 1:30 pm
  • Monday, April 30, noon to 1:30 pm

Simply Well: Dr. Richmond Advocates Play over Tube Time for Kids

“Unstructured play is so important for brain development in the preschool years,” wrote Deanna Richmond, MD, pediatrician at South County Pediatrics, in a recent Simply Well blog. “It bolsters imagination, teaches decision-making skills, logic, relieves stress and improves self-confidence.” In the blog post, Dr. Richmond weighs the benefits of play time over screen time following the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 release of revised media use guidelines for school-aged children. According to the AAP, unstructured play best nurtures brain development in infants and toddlers. The AAP discourages TV and even educational videos for this age group.

Calendar of Events