Recognition Luncheon Honors Our Volunteers

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Last week, our Medical Center celebrated National Volunteer Week with a special luncheon at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. At the event, many were recognized for achieving milestone hours and years in their service as volunteers, including 40-year volunteer Ada Hoyer of Westborough. See the list of honorees. “Volunteers are an essential part of the UMass Memorial family,” said Jeff Smith, MD, JD, MMM, Medical Center interim president. “Their primary goal is to make a trying experience as easy and pleasant as possible for our patients and their families. This annual luncheon is one small way to thank these amazing individuals who provide so much to our hospital community.”

Celebrate and Support: Events Scheduled for Nurses Week!

Nurses are living proof that superheroes exist, leading the charge for our patients’ health and wellness with care and compassion. There are many reasons to celebrate our nurses, and what better time than during National Nurses Week! May 7 through May 11, we’ll be celebrating National Nurses Week with events, giveaways and more. Show your support for our nurses who make a difference to everyone, everyday by participating in our scheduled celebratory events. See flyer. 

Monday, May 7       

  • Leadership meet and treat: Ice cream treats will be delivered to all nursing units on all shifts.
  • Zumba class fundraiser for the Community Closet, University Campus, Faculty Conference Room, 4 to 5 pm. Email nursing excellence to register. Community Closet is a new, self-sustaining charity on the University and Memorial campuses that provides basic clothing at no cost to patients without access to clothing prior to discharge.

Tuesday May 8   

  • On-site medical/surgical certification review course, University Campus, amphitheater 3, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Pre-registration required.

 Wednesday, May 9 

  • Spin-a-thon fundraiser for the Community Closet, University Campus, Medical School Fitness Center, 4 to 6 pm. Email nursing excellence to register.
  • Recognition gathering of the Professional Advancement of Clinical Excellence Clinical Ladder Review Board, Memorial Campus, Memorial One Conference Room, 1 to 4 pm.
  • On-site medical/surgical certification review course, University Campus, amphitheater 3, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Pre-registration required.

Thursday, May 10  

  • Nurses Week open house and Daisy award presentation, University Campus, Faculty Conference Room, 8 am to 2 pm; mindfulness meditation presentation by Christine Buckley, 1:30 pm.

Friday, May 11        

  • Nurses Week open house and Daisy award presentation, Memorial Campus, behind amphitheater, noon to 2:30 pm; mindfulness dedication presentation by Christine Buckley, 2 pm.

Register Today to Join Our Evening of Heart Health Education

Join us on Tuesday, May 1 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester for an evening of free heart health education programs presented by expert physicians from our Medical Center. From 5:30 to 6:30 pm, learn about peripheral artery disease from vascular surgeon Dejah Judelson, MD. From 7 to 8 pm, learn about getting off coumadin from electrophysiologist Kevin Floyd, MD, MS, and cardiologist Bryon Gentile, MD. Registration is required. Register online or call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763) to register for one or both programs. Light refreshments will be provided and parking is free.

Reminder: Take the 2018 Caregiver Survey; Enter Pizza Party Raffle!

If you haven’t yet taken the caregiver survey, there’s still time to tell us what you think! Check your email from Monday, April 16 for your link and unique password to access the survey. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete and closes Monday, May 7. The survey is completely confidential and conducted by third-party vendor, Press Ganey. Each week during the three-week survey period, we’re raffling off pizza parties based on team participation. Congratulations to the following departments that won pizza parties because most of the team participated during the first week: Nursing Professional Development (55 percent participation); Physical and Occupational Therapy, Memorial Campus (60 percent participation); and Labor and Employee Relations (60 percent participation). Complete the survey and find out by the end of this week if your team won the raffle!

Welcome Family Medicine Physicians Collins, Del Rosario, Lavena

Dr. Collins

Mark Collins, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine. He completed residency programs at Loyola University Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital and Resurrection Medical Center. Dr. Collins specializes in family medicine at Main Street Bolton Primary Care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Collins, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

 

Dr. Del Rosario

Henry Del Rosario, MD, earned his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. He completed a residency program at West Suburban Hospital Medical Center and is board certified in family medicine. Dr. Del Rosario’s clinical interests include adult inpatient medicine, obstetrics/maternity care, and adult and pediatric care. Dr. Del Rosario specializes in family medicine at the Hahnemann Family Health Center and on the Memorial Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Del Rosario, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Dr. Lavena

Marianela Lavena, MD, earned her medical degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and completed a residency program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Lavena specializes in family medicine at Main Street Bolton Primary Care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lavena, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Pediatric Patient Gets Musical Send-off after Completing Treatment

Thiago with his Certificate of Bravery

Seven-year-old Thiago was smiling ear to ear as staff from our Children’s Medical Center cheered him on during his last chemotherapy visit. Following his final treatment, Thiago’s team of elated caregivers presented him with a Certificate of Bravery and a wonderful send-off song before inviting him to ring the celebration bell signifying the end of his chemotherapy treatments. Congratulations, Thiago! Watch the video.

 

 

 

Physicians: Have Your Photos Taken at Scheduled Photo Sessions

Employed physicians who need to create or update their profile images for the online Find- a-Physician directory are encouraged to attend upcoming photography sessions on our University and Memorial campuses. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. Email or call Michelle Carrier at 508-334-5173 for more information. Sessions are offered:

  • University Campus:
    Monday, April 30, noon to 1:30 pm, Conference Room A (H1-777)
    Monday May 21, noon to 1:30 pm, Endosurgery Conference Room
  • Memorial Campus – Memorial One Conference Room:
    Monday, May 14, 11:30 am to 1 pm
    Monday, June 11, 11:30 am to 1 pm

Join Us at the March for Babies This Sunday, April 29

Show your support for our tiniest patients at this weekend’s March of Dimes March for Babies. Staff from our neonatal intensive care unit and mother-baby unit will be greeting participants and taking part in the three-mile walk to raise awareness and support for premature infants on Sunday, April 29 at 3 Eaton Place in Worcester. Congratulations to our team for raising more than $6,000 to date! There’s still time to join our Healthy Babies walking team and/or make a donation. If you’re at the walk, be sure to stop by our tent to say hello!

Experiencing a Mid-year Life Event? Report it through MyBenefits

If you are benefits-eligible and experience a qualifying life event during the year that allows you to make changes to your benefits, remember to report it online through MyBenefits. Examples of qualifying life events include marital status changes and the gain or loss of dependent coverage to name a few. Visit MyHR for the full list of applicable life events. Qualifying life events must be entered in MyBenefits within 30 days of the date of the event to be accepted for processing. View the step-by-step instructions. Questions? Call the Benefits Contact Center at 508-334-8511.