United Way: Help Improve Lives for Those Who Need It Most


Dr. Dickson

In his most recent blog post, President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, noted that as a health care organization,the Medical Center addresses about 20 percent of a patient’s overall health needs, but that close to 80 percent of overall health is shaped by social determinants that can act as barriers to good health. “To succeed in providing true overall health to our patients, we must address the social determinants within our patient population that have a negative impact on health,” he said. “This is the reason we team up with the United Way of Central Massachusetts every year.” Read the Everyday Innovators blog to learn more.

Make your United Way pledge by Friday, April 13 for a chance to win an iPad or one of five $100 American Express gift cards.


Hot Topic at Schwartz Rounds: Stress


Attend the upcoming Schwartz Center Rounds, “Providing Compassionate Care in Times of Stress,” Friday, April 13, noon to 1 pm (lunch 11:45 am). Place the forum in your schedule by downloading the outlook calendar appointment. Located in the Faculty Conference Room, S1-342, University Campus, this event is an opportunity to discuss the role stress plays in providing compassionate care. Featured panelists include Thomas Guggina, MD, Boris Lorberg, MD, Christine Runyan, PhD, and Jennifer LaFemina, MD. One contact hour will be provided for nurses and physicians, and preregistration is not required. Email SchwartzRounds@umassmemorial.org with questions, ideas for topics or to join the rounds planning committee. Learn more.

Dr. Schaal Featured in Retina Today


Dr. Schaal

Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of the Ophthalmogy Department and one of only four female retinal specialists in the United States serving in the role of ophthalmology department chair, was recently featured in a Retina Today article titled, “Women in Retina, Leading the Way.” In the article, Dr. Schaal expresses her gratitude toward her mentors for giving her opportunities for growth, and assures other women that they are capable of chairing a department if that’s what they aspire to do. She also encourages women to establish relationships, and seek guidance, advice and inspiration from other professional women who face similar challenges.

Celebrate Breakthrough Ideas: Visit Everyone, Everyday Website


credo-bits-2If you weren’t able to attend an Everyone, Everyday film festival last month, learn more about the featured teams being celebrated for their breakthrough ideas on our revamped Everyone, Everyday website. We want to hear your team story! Share an innovative idea that has resulted in better access to our services, improved quality of care, or enhanced the patient or caregiver experience. Send in the name of your team, department or unit, campus and your idea by April 30 and you’ll be considered for inclusion in a future phase of Everyone, Everyday!

You can contact us one of two ways (include a team photo if possible):


New Name, New Phone Number and New Hours for the Clinical Help Desk

UMass Epic_RGBThe Clinical Help Desk is now called the Epic Support Center, which is staffed by a team of highly trained Epic workflow experts who can answer questions about Epic and applications that integrate with Epic (e.g., AGFA). Think of the Epic Support Center as your virtual “at-the-elbow support.” Staff are available at 4-Epic (508-334-3742 or 4-3742) between 7 am and 9 pm. Voicemail messages are accepted outside of this timeframe. “The Epic Support Center has been wonderful in helping to solve Epic issues in the clinic,” said Susan Begley, ambulatory manager, Barre Family Health Center. “They are friendly, patient and super helpful! I rave about them to staff.”


Join the Fetal Anomaly CNE Program for Nurses

Fetal Anomaly: Caring and Preparing, a continuing education program for nurses, will be offered Saturday, April 28, 9 am to 1:30 pm in the Amphitheater on the Memorial Campus. Program participants will learn to describe genetic counseling approaches for patients following the diagnosis of fetal anomaly, learn about local consultation services for families, participate in case discussions, identify strategies for prenatal education, and discuss certification for the emerging specialty of fetal nurse coordinator. There is a $30 fee registration fee to attend, and participants will earn four CNE contact hours. Contact Cathy Violette with questions or register online by Saturday, April 14.


Medical Group Welcomes Physicians Hobart, Cleary, Holdorf, Gargodhi


Psychiatrist Marie Hobart, MD, received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed a psychiatry residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Board certified in psychiatry, her clinical interests include severe and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities, public sector psychiatry, and the integration of medical and psychiatric care. Dr. Hobart specializes in psychiatry at Community Healthlink Inc. in Worcester and Fitchburg. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hobart, call 508-860-1260 in Worcester and 978-343-6957 in Fitchburg. See online profile; visit website.

Surgeon Muriel Cleary, MD, earned her medical degree from New York Medical College, and completed residency and fellowship programs at Yale New Haven Hospital. Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Cleary specializes in general and pediatric surgery on the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cleary, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician Jonathan Holdorf, MD, received his medical degree and completed residency and fellowship programs from the Medical School. His clinical interests include pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease and chronic respiratory failure. Dr. Holdorf specializes in pulmonology and critical care medicine on the University and Memorial campuses. See online profile; visit website.

Anesthesiologist Galal Gargodhi, MD, earned his medical degree from Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi, Libya. He completed his residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in pain medicine at Steward Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a Tufts University affiliate program. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Gargodhi specializes in anesthesiology and pain medicine on the University Campus and at the Spine Center on the Memorial Campus. See online profile; visit website.

Pictured, from left, are Drs. Hobart, Cleary, Holdorf and Gargodhi.



Learn about the Caregiver Survey: Join an Info Session This Week!

This year’s caregiver survey, open from April 16 to May 7, combines engagement survey items with additional items on safety culture and nursing excellence to make it a “one ask” survey. This means if you’ve had to complete multiple surveys in the past, you’ll receive just one survey this time that addresses the areas applicable to your role. To learn more, attend an information session on Thursday, April 12. Registration is not required. Beverages and snacks will be available. View flyer for full list of sessions during the survey period.

  • University Campus
    • 7 to 8 am, Amphitheater III
    • 10:30 to 11:30 pm, Lazare Auditorium
  • Hahnemann Campus
    • Noon to 1 pm, Second Floor Conference Room

Calendar of Events

National Minority Health Month, Bridging Health Equity Across Communities – April 11
PEP Talk 4: What’s Eating You – April 11
Huddle Workshop – April 19
Innovation Celebration (Hahnemann Campus) – April 20
Black Lungs Black Lives: documentary film and discussion – April 23
Fetal Anomaly CNE Program for Nurses – April 28
Diabetes Day – May 1
Annual Alumni Reunion – May 4 and May 5
The Professional Advancement of Clinical Excellence (PACE) – May 9
Huddle Workshop (University Campus) – May 10
Annual Local Business Fair – May 17
Innovation Celebration (Memorial Campus) – May 18
Veterans Memorial Remembrance Ceremony – May 29
Emergency Neurological Life Support Course – June 14
Huddle Workshop (University Campus)– June 14


Artist in Residence Exhibit: A Picture of Serenity by Parijata Jain Through May 30
Monday Midday Mindfulness Session with Dr. Dickson
Quest for Excellence – Third Thursday of the month
Diversity and Inclusion Office Event Calendar
UMass Medical School Faculty NewsWire
Childbirth Education Classes