Tomorrow’s Colors Are Blue and Green

Wear blue and green on Friday April 13 to celebrate Donate Life America’s annual Blue and Green Day. This day is set aside each year during National Donate Life Month to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue donation, and to spread the word about the extreme need for more registered organ donors. Show your support, and don’t forget to submit your photos to the Medical Center Facebook page. You can also enter Donate Life’s Photo Contest for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Change People’s Lives: Pledge Today!

There’s just one more day to pledge or renew your weekly pledge to United Way! Our United Way campaign ends tomorrow, and just a little bit from a lot of people adds up to desperately needed help for thousands of less-fortunate men, women, children and families living in Worcester and its neighboring areas. And don’t forget about Summer Strong and Beyond. Send underprivileged kids to camp. Buy the school supplies they can’t afford. Create brighter futures for vulnerable young women. Together we have the power to change thousands of lives!

Make your United Way pledge by 5 pm Friday, April 13 for a chance to win an iPad or one of five $100 American Express gift cards.

Telegram Touts Watchman Procedure for Reducing Stroke Risk

Pictured from left are electrophysiology team members Nikos Kakouros, MD; Bryon Gentile, MD; Kevin Floyd, MD, MS; and Nicole Navis, NP.

It took Kevin Floyd, MD, electrophysiologist, and his team only about 20 minutes one day last April to negate a major threat to the health and possibly even the life of 86-year-old Northboro resident Bucky Rogers. That threat came from what Dr. Floyd terms a “nuisance,” a small part of the heart’s anatomy called the left atrial appendage. It serves no good purpose anyone knows of, but its existence can be deadly for people like Bucky, whose heartbeat can sometimes become disorganized and chaotic. Luckily for him, a procedure using the Watchman device has been done 60 times at our Medical Center, allowing for atrial fibrillation patients to get off blood thinners while reducing the risk of stroke. Read the full article in the Telegram & Gazette.

March for Babies Fundraiser at Wormtown Brewery

Join the Medical Center’s March of Dimes Healthy Babies team to show your support at Wormtown Brewery, 72 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, Monday, April 23, 7 to 10 pm. Tickets are $15 and include admission, one beer, appetizers and one entry into a raffle for a pair of Red Sox tickets! Additional refreshments and raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the event. Contact Sarah Flynn-Savoie with questions. Can’t take part, but would like to donate to the team? Visit UMass Memorial Healthy Babies.

Dr. Choueiri Develops New Autism Screening Test

Roula Choueiri, MD, chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, recently developed the Rapid Interactive Screening Test for Autism in Toddlers (RITA-T). The new tool, which takes only 10 minutes to administer, aims to trigger a reaction from children through play in order to study their ability to make eye contact and share enjoyment, surprise and attention. This information helps providers identify the signs associated with autism in toddlers as young as 18 months old, resulting in earlier access to treatments and better integration at school and in other areas. Watch the Worcester News Tonight interview below.

Join in a Fun and Healthy Way to Fight Heart Disease

Looking for another reason to participate in the 2018 Heart Walk? Jay Cyr, RN, MSN, MBA, senior vice president, surgical services, explains its importance. “Our participation in the 35th Annual Central MA Heart Walk helps the American Heart Association reach its research and community education goals,” he said. “Walking on May 12th at Lake Quinsigamond provides participants with an opportunity to enjoy a healthy event while helping to raise funds and awareness to end heart disease.” To take part and raise money for a great cause, visit the heart walk’s website to register or form a team, or donate to a UMass Memorial Health Care team! For more information, check out the Central MA Heart Walk flyer.

Honor Our Awesome Volunteers During Health Care Volunteer Week

Got a minute? Thank one of our awesome volunteers for all they do for our patients, families and caregivers. Next week, 463 Medical Center volunteers will be honored during Health Care Volunteer Week. According to Jody Stark Cornetta, director, volunteer services, Medical Center volunteers donated 90,000 hours last year across our University, Memorial and Hahnemann campuses, as well as at Tri-River Family and Barre Family health centers. Next Tuesday, many of our volunteers will be recognized for their years and hours of service at a recognition luncheon at the Beechwood Hotel. Don’t forget to take a moment to thank our volunteers for their contributions that enhance our patient and family experiences.

Anticoagulation Clinic Recognized as National Center of Excellence

Our Anticoagulation Clinic has been designated by the Anticoagulation Forum as an Anticoagulation Center of Excellence! In addition, our clinic’s patient self-testing program is listed among the examples of excellence on the Anticoagulation Forum’s website. The Anticoagulation Forum is the leading organization of health care professionals working to improve quality of care for patients taking antithrombotic medications. Its rigorous assessment program required our anticoagulation staff to measure our clinic’s practices against five key areas of patient care. Participation in the program demonstrates the ongoing goal to achieve the highest level of care and the best possible outcomes for patients on antithrombotic medications. Learn more about our anticoagulation clinic.

Check Out Updated Policies Now Posted on OurNet

Visit the OurNet policy page to view all Medical Center policies, as well as the latest policy newsletter, FAQs, and policy and procedure templates. System policies are also found on OurNet. Email the policy administrator with necessary policy changes.

The following policies have recently been updated and posted:

  • SYSTEM Policy: Travel and Expense
  • Policy 1090: Root Cause Analysis and Regulatory Reporting Guidelines
  • Policy 1098: Pet Therapy Program
  • Policy 1439: Social Security Number and Insurance Account Number Safeguards NEW!
  • Policy 1440: Patient Discrimination Grievances NEW!
  • Policy 2004: Chemotherapy Biotherapy Management
  • Policy 2052: Day Surgery Discharge Criteria
  • Policy 5000: Reporting of Communicable Diseases