Health Watch: Dr. Lavena Discusses Mindfulness Meditation

Do you suffer from migraines, hypertension, stress or other conditions? Consider mindfulness meditation, the practice of paying close attention to one’s inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience and compassion. In the Health Watch segment below, Marianela Lavena, MD, family physician at Main Street Bolton Primary Care, explains the benefits of practicing mindfulness meditation and how it can help alleviate the symptoms of many conditions. Learn how you can practice mindfulness by joining the 15-minute Monday Mindfulness session with President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, and other system leaders. Learn more.

Learn Hands-Only CPR at the Central MA Heart Walk

CPR saves lives. Learn how to save a life at this year’s Heart Walk at Quinsigamond State Park on May 12. Dedicated instructors are hoping to train or retrain more than 1,000 people right before this year’s walk. According to Jay Cyr, RN, MSN, MBA, senior vice president, surgical services, “Through a series of hands-only CPR events throughout our communities, including the Heart Walk, we hope to teach close to 10,000 people this easy-to-learn lifesaving skill.” Now is your chance to learn. Register to walk with a UMass Memorial Health Care team. Receive your free UMass Memorial Health Care t-shirt if you sign up by Friday, April 20.

Celebrate Earth Day: Home Electronics Collection and More

Join in this year’s Earth Day celebration Wednesday, April 25, 10 am to 2 pm, University Campus, Medical School lobbies and Faculty Conference Room. With a theme of reuse, the Earth Day 2018 celebration will feature a mix of regional companies and organizations focused on sustainable products and practices. Check out this year’s exhibitors and resources. Back this year is the opportunity to bring your unused, unneeded or outdated home electronics to the Pine Tree parking lot for recycling or reuse. Learn more about the home electronics collection and Earth Day celebration.

Cardiac Surgery Represents Medical Center at Conference

Pictured from left are Elizabeth Houk, NP; Donna Soja, NP; Colleen Cattaneo, PA-C; Stephanie Mayberg, PA-C; Julie Pappalardo, PA-C; Margo Wood, NP; Maureen Maloney, NP; and Ricardo Bello, MD.

More than 350 registrants from around the world recently attended the annual meeting of the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery in Florida. Our Medical Center had an incredible showing of team members, sending 14 people, including advanced practice providers Chris Bianchi, PA-C; Maureen Maloney, NP; Yuliya Ariskin, NP; Betty Houk, NP; Margo Wood, NP; Donna Soja, NP; Colleen Cattaneo, PA-C; Julie Pappalardo, PA-C; and Stephanie Mayberg PA-C. Also representing the Medical Center were physicians Dejah Judelson, MD, vascular surgery; Ricardo Bello, MD, PhD, cardiac surgery; Nikos Kakourous, MD, interventional cardiology; Mohammed Akhter, MD, cardiology; and Ulises Torres, MD, trauma and critical care. Six of our caregivers were invited to give podium presentations. The meeting’s focus was on the latest treatments and frontiers in critical care and cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgeries.

Drop by Info Tables for Patient Experience Week; Enter Drawing

Join us in celebrating Patient Experience Week April 23 to 27. To show appreciation for all your hard work and dedication, our Patient and Family Advisory Councils will be setting up tables on the Hahnemann, Memorial and University campuses. Make sure you stop by for giveaways, information about our various Patient and Family Advisory Councils and enter a free drawing. For more information, email Ana Mechlin or Melissa Spinazola.

  • Monday April 23, noon to 2 pm – University Campus Cafeteria
  • Wednesday April 25, noon to 2 pm – Hahnemann Campus Lobby
  • Friday April 27, noon to 2 pm – Memorial Campus Lobby

Avoid Needlestick Injury to Prevent Pathogen Exposures

The Sharps Injury Prevention Committee has identified 17 needlestick injuries related to recapping needles after lidocaine injections. Oftentimes, more than one dose of lidocaine is needed for patient comfort. The committee now recommends drawing up several separate syringes of lidocaine before beginning a procedure to prevent recapping and reusing the same needle. Needlestick injuries incur both monetary and psychological costs including medical follow-up costs (ranging from $695 to over $5,000 per needlestick), anxiety about blood-borne pathogen exposure, missed work time and potential end to one’s health care career. In contrast, the cost of a few extra needles and syringes is negligible. Have questions about sharps injuries or blood-borne pathogen exposure? Contact Employee Health Services at 508-793-6400.

Know Where You Stand: Check Your Credit Report

What’s quick and easy, your federally mandated legal right, and sure to help you plan your financial future? Checking your credit report! Your credit report is a record of your financial history – good and bad. Your report can help you decide if you need to manage your expenses or pay off a credit card, or maybe you’re ready to take out that new loan you’ve been considering. You can also discover suspicious activity and report fraudulent charges. Benefits-eligible employees: Complete the Settle the Score by Checking Your Credit challenge on the myHealth Matters website for 25 points.

Employees across System Invited to Join New York City Bus Trip!

Never been to New York City (NYC) but always wanted to go? This is your chance! The UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital Activities Committee is offering a NYC bus trip, Saturday, May 19 that is open to all UMass Memorial Health Care employees. Tickets are currently on sale for $40 a seat. The bus departs at 6 am from the Marlborough Hospital parking lot, 157 Union Street, Marlborough. Estimated arrival time in NYC is 10:30 am. The bus will leave NYC at 8 pm with a 12:30 am estimated arrival back at Marlborough Hospital. Interested? Contact Sue Richmond at 508-486-5404. Read flyer.