Take the Survey: Improving the Caregiver Experience Starts with You

Dr. Dickson

All employees are invited to take the 2018 Caregiver Survey between April 16 and May 7 to share the opinions, experiences and feedback needed to enhance the caregiver experience at our Medical Center. In his latest blog, President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, said, “What I would most like to learn from this year’s survey is how well you feel leadership in your area listens to you and works with you to solve the problems that you face in your department or unit. I also want to know if you feel that you are treated with respect by the leadership team in your work area and by the organization as a whole.” Read the Everyday Innovators blog for more about the survey from Dr. Dickson.

Shape Children’s Futures in Partnership with the United Way

Our United Way campaign is underway! Summer Strong – through which an anonymous donor and UMass Memorial matches every new or increased pledge up to $50,000 – has evolved into Summer Strong and Beyond to not only ensure that children in need reap the academic and physical benefits of summer camps, but also to support the United Way Women’s Initiative Dollar $cholars program and provide backpacks and school supplies to children in need. See how United Way of Central Massachusetts touches 66,000 lives every year in the video below. The campaign runs through April 13. Pledge by Friday, April 6 for a chance to win a $500 American Express gift card. Pledge electronically, use a pledge form, pledge via email, or text your pledge to 774-224-GIVE (4483). Watch video.

Dr. Busconi Honored with Prestigious Athletic Trainers Award

Dr. Busconi, right, accepts the award.

The Medical Center is pleased to announce that Brian Busconi, MD, chief of sports medicine and arthroscopy, is this year’s winner of the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association 2018 Moyer Award. Dr. Busconi was nominated by his peers for this prestigious award, which was bestowed in 1984 to Dr. Busconi’s mentor, Arthur Pappas, MD, founding chair and professor and chair emeritus of the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation. Dr. Busconi has served the athletic training profession as an educator and an advocate, and is actively engaged in the community in which he lives and works.

Join Annual Pancreatitis Education Program: What’s Eating You?

What you eat and how you prepare it can help or hurt your pancreatitis. In collaboration with the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), the Division of Gastroenterology will present the fourth annual pancreas education program, “PEP Talk: What’s Eating You?” on Wednesday, April 11, 5 to 8 pm, Sherman Auditorium, University Campus. The event will feature Medical Center and NFP experts sharing information and leading discussions about  pancreatitis, as well as a live cooking demonstration with Chef Adam Orn, a recipe review, information about transitioning to home, question-and-answer session and 2.4 contact hours for nurses as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in nursing (244-CMR 5.04).Complementary valet parking will be available. Register online or call 855-UMASS-MD to reserve your spot today!

Dr. Restuccia Weighs in on the ‘Man Flu’ Phenomenon

Dr. Restuccia

Moms can’t get sick days, so why can dads? Do men really suffer more from cold and flu symptoms than their female counterparts? In a recent NBC Boston story that described the symptoms of the man flu as exaggeration of illness, whining and excessive couch time, Marc Restuccia, MD, emergency medicine, was asked if respiratory illnesses affect men and women differently. “Professionally, as an emergency physician, I don’t see a huge difference,” he said. “Privately, I think there’s probably some truth to it.” The conclusion? More research is needed to find out if there is a biological explanation for the man flu phenomenon. Watch video.

Health Watch: Dr. Baima Discusses Injections for Joint Pain  

What types of joint conditions can be treated with injections? Can patients continue physical therapy while receiving injection treatments? In a recent Health Watch segment (see video below), Medical Center physiatrist and rehabilitation expert, Jennifer Baima, MD, answers these questions and explains common types of joint injections available to patients.

What You Need to Know about 1099-HC and 1095-C Tax Forms

In February, Blue Cross Blue Shield MA and Health Plans Inc. sent Massachusetts 1099-HC forms to plan members who were enrolled in 2017 health insurance benefits through UMass Memorial Health Care. If you need a duplicate copy, contact Blue Cross Blue Shield at 800-932-8323 or Health Plans, Inc. at 844-998-6642. As is required of large employers, UMass Memorial Health Care sent federal 1095-C tax forms to employees who were eligible for health care benefits last year. This form is not required for filing income tax returns; simply keep it with your other tax documents. Questions: Read the FAQsvisit the ACA website or call the Benefits Contact Center at 508-334-8511.

Stick to It: Set Goals to Control Your Diabetes for Life!

Diabetes care is best managed in partnership with your health care team. As captain of your team, you should set goals and establish a plan to achieve success. Each member of your team will bring his or her expertise to help guide and support you through this journey. Your primary care provider is the coach who coordinates your care with other team members across many health care settings. Learn more in the latest edition of Stick to It, the Diabetes Center of Excellence e-newsletter produced by the Marketing and Communications department. Sign up to have the newsletter delivered to your inbox.

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