Expanding Eye Care Services: Northborough Location Opens Monday

Juan Ding, OD, PhD, Eye Center

The Eye Center is expanding! Beginning on Monday, April 2, our ophthalmology providers will provide comprehensive eye care at the Medical Group’s Northborough Crossing location. Services include adult and pediatric eye exams, refraction and contact lens fitting, and general and specialty care for the prevention, diagnosis and management of vision disorders. “We are pleased to offer this level of ophthalmology care in the community where our patients need it most,” said Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair, Ophthalmology and Vision Services. Eye Center providers also see patients on the Hahnemann Campus and at the Ambulatory Care Center, University Campus. To make an appointment, call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763).

MC 2020 Project Update: Refresh of South 6, Memorial Campus

On Monday, April 2, South 6 will be moving temporarily to West 2 as MC 2020 construction continues on the Memorial Campus. During this phase of the MC 2020 project, South 6 will be refreshed with new beds, soft flooring and soundproofing. The 20-bed unit will return when the new-and-improved South 6 is complete. In an effort to enhance the patient experience, all rooms on South 6 will transition from semiprivate to private patient rooms. In fact, when the MC 2020 project is complete in 2021, 85 percent of Memorial Campus patient rooms will be private.

Share Your Feedback and Enter the RENT Ticket Giveaway

Looking for a night on the town? Enter to win a four-pack of tickets to RENT at Hanover Theater Thursday, April 5. To enter, visit our #SimplyWomen web page where you can hear inspiring stories from women, get connected to women’s services at the Medical Center, and access our interactive health and wellness library. Then, tell us what you like most about the page by leaving us a comment on our Facebook post! One winner will be selected at random from all participants on Monday, April 2 at 8 am. The winner’s name will be posted in the comments section of Facebook and will be contacted via Facebook messenger. Tickets must be picked up at Hahnemann Campus in Worcester.

Medical Group Welcomes Drs. Kamel, Ito, Sheldon and Stavre

Drs. Kamel, Ito, Sheldon and Stavre

Pathologist Dhay Kamel, MD, earned her medical degree from University of Baghdad. She completed residency and fellowship programs at Boston University Medical Center and is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. Dr. Kamel specializes in anatomic pathology and subspecializes in cytopathology on the University Campus and at Biotech III. See online profile; visit website.

Otolaryngologist Christopher Ito, MD, earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed a residency program at the University of South Florida. He also completed a fellowship program in rhinology (disorders of the nose, sinuses and skull base) at Medical College of Georgia and is board certified in otolaryngology. Dr. Ito specializes in rhinology and general otolaryngology on the University Campus. See online profile; visit website.

Palliative Care Physician Martin Sheldon, MD, MA, earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and his master’s degree in theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He completed a residency program at Palmetto Health Baptist, and is board certified in palliative care and internal medicine. Dr. Sheldon specializes in palliative care on the University and Memorial campuses. See online profile; visit website.

Rheumatologist Zheni Stavre, MD, earned her medical degree from the Medical School, where she also completed her residency and fellowship training. Board certified in rheumatology, Dr. Stavre’s clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and gout. Dr. Stavre specializes in rheumatology on the Memorial Campus. See online profile; visit website.

Dr. Hermos Shares Expertise about the ‘Kissing Disease’

Dr. Hermos

Mononucleosis, also known as “mono,” is often called the kissing disease. A recent Health article noted, however, that even infants and young children can contract this common viral illness because the virus is spread through saliva. “You can pass it on when you have direct sharing of secretions, like kissing or sharing a cup,” said Christina Hermos, MD, pediatric infectious disease specialist. Read the article and check out the symptom-by-symptom checklist of what to look for and learn more about mononucleosis from Dr. Hermos.

Sports Medicine Team Provides Coverage at NCAA Tournament

Pictured from left are sports medicine team members Connor Greene, RN; Angela Lozada, RN; James Broadhurst, MD; Michael Brown, MD; Cory Mitchell, MD; Caitlin Waters, MD; and Olivia Grocott, UMMS. Missing from photo: Shane Boucher, RN; Jill Tirabassi, MD; Carson Sanders, MD; Scott Goldberg, MD; and Bryan Swaim, MD.

Our sports medicine team was in the wings and at the ready last weekend providing medical coverage for the Northeast Regional Division 1 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament at the DCU Center in Worcester. The sports medicine staff has an ongoing relationship with College of the Holy Cross, which hosted the tournament. The event included teams from Cornell University, University of Michigan, Northeastern University and Boston University.

Weight Center Dietitian Says Goodbye to That Sugar High!

Anna Grotevant

In a recent Worcester Magazine article, Anna Grotevant, clinical dietitian at our Weight Center, discussed issues related to excess sugar consumption. “Sugar itself has no real nutritional value,” she said. “There’s no recommended daily amount of sugar that you need to get.” The word sugar may bring white table sugar to mind, but most sugars are carbohydrates. It is important to understand what happens to your body once sugars are ingested. “They are broken down and put into your body’s bloodstream, tissues and muscle,” Anna said. “Your brain uses that for energy, to breathe, to think.” When you lower sugar consumption, you are also lower future health risks. Read story.

Last Chance! Buy Your Railers Hockey Tickets Today!

Saturday’s Railers game – the second-to-last game of the season – is selling out! We are going to have a great presence at this inaugural UMass Memorial Worcester Railers Night, and we invite you to join more than 350 colleagues and friends for a fun night of hockey. The game is this Saturday, March 31, 7 pm. Come and see President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, drop the puck, Trax the Railers mascot, and our 855-UMASS-MD zamboni for some great photo ops. Buy your tickets now for $13 each (a 48 percent savings), and sit in the UMass Memorial section. Tickets available for pick up at will call.

Pastoral Care Hosts Good Friday Service Tomorrow

The Pastoral Care Department will be holding a Catholic Good Friday service Friday, March 30 from noon to 12:45 pm in the first floor, East Building Meditation and Prayer Space on the Memorial Campus. All patients, visitors and staff are welcome to attend.

Dr. Dickson Shares Recognitions: Top 100 Hospital; Physician Honor Roll

Dr. Dickson

In his most recent blog post, President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, shared the good news that our Medical Center was rated by Healthgrades as one of the Top 100 Hospitals in America and that the Medical Group has been included in the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care 2018 Physician Group Honor Roll. (See story below.) Dr. Dickson said, “The quality of care we are delivering is definitely getting better thanks to the tremendous efforts of all of you – and your relentless pursuit to deliver the best possible care to our patients.” Read the Everyday Innovators blog to learn more.