Pledge Now! Only Hours Remain in United Way Campaign

Think you missed your chance to participate in this year’s United Way campaign? Good news! The campaign deadline has been extended to 5 pm today, so there’s still time to change lives for the better by making your pledge. If you do, not only will you be helping community members in need, you’ll also be entered into the final prize drawings for a chance to win an iPad, a Knights Limousine package, $100 cash or a $25 restaurant gift card.

Take the 2018 Caregiver Survey; Enter Pizza Party Raffle

UMass Memorial Health Care is excited to announce its second systemwide caregiver survey! Check your email (from April 16) for the link and password to access the survey, which takes less than 15 minutes to complete. The survey is conducted by a third-party vendor, Press Ganey, and is completely confidential. Each week during the three-week survey period, we’ll be raffling off pizza parties based on your team’s participation. Any team that reaches 55 percent participation in week one, 65 percent in week two and 75 percent in week three will be entered in that week’s raffle. Other incentives are also available once you complete the survey. Ask your manager for details. You have until May 7 to participate in the survey and tell us what you think!

Medical Center Makes 2018 Top Hospitals List

Our Medical Center has achieved seven quality award distinctions in the last 12 months from Healthgrades. Healthgrades recognizes America’s 50 and 100 best hospitals – the top one percent and two percent, respectively – for delivering superior patient care across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures. Read related blog post from President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD. Congratulations to our caregivers.

Clinical Quality Awards:

  • Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award
  • Critical Care Excellence Award
  • America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care Award
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award

Hospital Quality Awards:

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award
  • Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

Center for Complex Aortic Disease Celebrates 200 Cases

Members of the vascular surgery team, pictured from left, are Jillian Andrews; Rose Zinkus; Deb Orr; Jeanne Malgliaro; Erin Perkins; Donna Carleton; Cheryl Andres; Michele Bernard; Andres Schanzer, MD; Elias Arous, MD; Shauneen Valliere, NP; Patricia Gillies; Mollynda McArthur; Kristie Capurso; Jeffrey Perras, NP; and Devon Robichaud, NP.

The Center for Complex Aortic Disease announces an exciting milestone – the completion of 200 complex fenestrated/branched endovascular aortic aneurysm repairs. “It is an honor and a privilege to have been able to offer 200 patients minimally invasive repair of their complex aortic aneurysms. These patients have come to us from all over the United States and Europe to receive this transformative repair strategy, and at our current volume we are now positioned as the second busiest complex aortic center in the United States,” commented Andres Schanzer, MD, chief of vascular surgery.

Dr. Scornavacca Talks Patient Satisfaction with WBJ

Dr. Scornavacca

Thomas Scornavacca, DO, senior medical director at the Office of Clinical Integration and Population Health, is quickly becoming a go-to source for news outlets covering value-based care, patient engagement and quality of care measurements. Recently he spoke with the Worcester Business Journal about how primary care offices measure how well they are treating patients. Increasingly the industry is using surveys for direct patient feedback. “We have found that simply sharing the comments that come in these surveys carry exponentially more weight to providers and staff members,” Dr. Scornavacca said during the interview. Read story.

Join Innovation Celebration Thursday on Hahnemann Campus!

Meghan Tortora of Community Health Link, pictured here with Erjona Mehillaj, organization and people development, celebrated her project at the last Innovation Celebration.

Erin Proudman, Capital Planning Department, shared updates related to the metal detectors project last month.

Join us at the next Innovation Celebration Thursday, April 19, Hahnemann Campus lobby, noon to 1 pm, to celebrate Medical Center initiatives, ideas and projects. Drop by anytime during the hour-long event to learn about recent innovations and initiatives like the work of the unit-based teams, the dermatology team and Lean green belts! Also celebrated will be the upcoming Heart Walk, wellness initiatives and capital planning projects! Refreshments will be provided.

Watch and Win: Check out Eye Center Video; Take Pop Quiz

Last month, Everyone, Everyday film festivals at our Medical Center celebrated breakthrough ideas and the teams of caregivers behind them. One of the teams featured was the Eye Center team at the Hahnemann Campus. Watch the video to learn more about the team, then take the pop quiz to test your knowledge and enter for a chance to win a Dunkin Donuts gift card! You can also meet the team through a profile story now featured on our Everyone, Everyday website.

Contact Campus Police if Solicited for UMass Memorial Fundraising

It has been brought to our attention that members of our community may be receiving telephone calls from individuals claiming to be affiliated with UMass Memorial Health Care to solicit financial donations as part of fundraising efforts. Please note that neither the UMass Memorial Foundation, nor any of its employees, are conducting fundraising efforts or soliciting donations within the Central Massachusetts community, except as part of alumni relations efforts for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Should you receive a telephone call from a community member asking about UMass Memorial fundraising efforts or a request for financial donations, contact UMass Memorial Campus Police at 508-334-8568.

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