Health Watch: Stretch It Out, Exercises for Back Pain

“Back pain can often be tempered or eliminated with stretching and muscle strengthening,” said Paul Canavan, physical therapist at the Medical Center. In a recent Health Watch segment, Paul shares some simple exercises that you can do at home to relieve back pain.

Make Your United Way Pledge Today!

Last year’s Medical Center and Medical Group United Way campaign was the most successful on record! With this year’s campaign underway, featuring our Summer Strong and Beyond initiative, the goal is to do even better and become United Way of Central Massachusetts’ top supporter. Imagine the good we can do if every employee contributes just one dollar a week through payroll deduction to help people less fortunate than ourselves. The United Way campaign runs through April 13. Pledge by Friday, April 6 for a chance to win a $500 American Express gift card.

Dr. Gilchrist Elected 2018 President of Mass Academy of Family Physicians

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David Gilchrist, MD, MBA, FAAFP, CPE, medical director, Hahnemann Family Health Center, has been elected president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP). MassAFP represents more than 2,000 family physicians, residents and medical students who provide compassionate, high-quality health care throughout the Commonwealth. Dr. Gilchrist and four other family physician officers will lead MassAFP’s 2018 strategic initiatives, including family medicine advocacy, physician leadership and resiliency in family medicine. Learn more.

Ask the Expert: Facebook Live with Dr. Sabato

Sudden cardiac arrest is the most common life-threatening medical emergency. In some instances, it can take up to seven minutes or longer for EMS teams to arrive on the scene of an emergency, making immediate bystander CPR the most important factor in determining survival. According to the American Heart Association, Hands-Only CPR can double, or even triple, a person’s chances of survival. Be prepared to help by tuning in to Ask the Expert: Hands-Only CPR on Facebook Live on Facebook Live, Thursday, April 12, at 2:30 pm, hosted by Joseph Sabato, MD, emergency medicine.

Attend an Idea Huddle Workshop: Get the Most from Your Idea Huddles

Plan now to attend an upcoming Idea Huddle Workshop! This one-hour, interactive experience will bring participants and members of the Idea System team together in a collaborative environment. Its focus on huddle behaviors and best practices will teach participants how to use our idea system to its fullest potential. Working together and thinking creatively to identify improvement ideas is a great way to enhance the care we provide for patients and each other. Workshops take place on the University Campus in the Endosurgery Conference Room, H1-776. Sign up on E-Learning 4U. Contact Lora Dumas for details. Workshops will be held on:

  • April 19: 3 to 4 pm
  • May 10:  8 to 9 am
  • June 14: 8 to 9 am

Choose Menu Item of the Day to Support Our Heart Walk Team

The 35th Annual Central MA Heart Walk will take place on May 12 at DCR’s Quinsigamond State Park, and there are many opportunities throughout the month of April to support our Heart Walk Team. Every Friday, purchase the featured menu item of the day in any Medical Center, Medical School or HealthAlliance cafeteria and one dollar will be donated to our Heart Walk Team. In addition, you can donate a dollar at cafeteria registers during all three meals each Friday. Go the extra mile and register to be a part of our Heart Walk Team.

Earn CEUs: Register for Free Clinical Nutrition Education Program

The Clinical Nutrition Department is presenting “Detecting Adult Malnutrition Through Nutrition-Focused Physical Assessment: Elevating the Role of Nutrition for Improved Patient Outcomes,” Tuesday, April 17, in the University Campus Amphitheater, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. This free event is an opportunity to earn CEUs while expanding your knowledge of nutrition and a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to care. RSVP to by Thursday, April 12.

Pulmonary Hypertension Program Advancing Treatment

High blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, or pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), is a life-threatening disease that can lead to right heart failure and death. The time interval from onset of symptoms to accurate diagnosis is usually long, and there is considerable unmet need in the management of this complex disorder. Our Pulmonary Hypertension Program team offers expedited appointments, new therapies and clinical trials to meet the needs of patients with PAH. Team members work with patients to improve right ventricular function, minimize mortality risk, halt disease progression and improve quality of life. Call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763) for information and appointments.

Do the Market’s Rough Seas Have You Feeling Queasy About Your 401(k)?

Despite the relatively calm waters last year for financial markets, 2018 is providing 401(k) savers and investors with conditions that may cause account values to rise and fall more dramatically. Fidelity believes that with a long-term investing strategy, you can ride out the shorter-term ups and downs of the financial markets. Read flyer for more insights. Want more information? Listen to a recent HerMoney podcast episode, in which personal finance journalist Jean Chatzky talks about how to navigate unpredictable financial markets with personal finance author and expert David Bach. And remember, help from Fidelity’s retirement planners is a benefit offered by the Medical Center. Schedule your one-on-one appointment with a retirement planner by calling 800-642-7131.