Dr. Straight Kicks off Women’s Health Month Series

May is Women’s Health Month! Women spend so much time taking care of others that they tend to put themselves last. That’s why this month is dedicated to women and their health, and why our Medical Center created the new Simply Women webpage, a resource for women of all ages to access health information and request appointments. We’ll feature tips and personal stories stressing why it’s so important to listen to our bodies. To kick us off, let’s start a conversation about postpartum depression. In the episode of Health Watch, below, Celeste Straight, MD, obstetrics and gynecology, shares that it’s never too early to express concerns about postpartum depression to your doctor. Watch the video and learn more at Simply Women. #SimplyWomen

Boston Herald Features Medical School End-of-Life Care Curriculum

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The Medical School is one of four institutions in the state revamping the curricula to better prepare future physicians for difficult end-of-life care conversations with patients and family members. Featured in the April 30 edition of the Boston Herald and orchestrated by the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, the initiative makes Massachusetts the first in the nation to reach a statewide commitment to quality of life. “The Medical School’s Simulation Laboratory is already starting to be used for skills that extend beyond sewing and suturing,” said Jennifer Reidy, MD, chief of palliative care. Read story.

Caregiver Survey Ending Soon; Take It Now and Enter Raffle!

The 5 East and PICU teams celebrated their Caregiver Survey team participation with pizza and cake.

If you haven’t yet taken the caregiver survey, now is the time! 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 the second week: 5 East/Pediatrics (75 percent participation); 5 ICU/Pediatrics (71 percent participation), Coding Services (73 percent participation); and Regulatory and Public Reporting (71 percent participation). Complete the survey and find out by the end of this week if your team won the raffle!

Nurses Week Starts Monday; Caregiver Month Events Coming

  • We’re counting down to our week-long celebration of Nurses Week! A series of events designed to recognize and thank all our talented nurses will take place next week, May 7 through 11. See what’s happening and when – from ice cream treats and educational opportunities to award presentations and fun ways to support a good cause – in last week’s News & Views feature or the Nurses Week schedule of events flyer.
  • Did you know that May is Caregiver Month at the Medical Center? We are celebrating this observance for the second year. Stay tuned for more details and “Fun Fridays” coming soon!

Medical Group Welcomes Five New Radiologists

Pictured from left: Drs. Amornsiripanitch, Buch, Cross, Harman and Rodrigues.

Nita Amornsiri-panitch, MD, earned her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. She completed a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital and fellowship programs at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Amornsiripanitch specializes in diagnostic radiology on the University Campus and at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital and UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital. See online profile; visit website.

Karen Buch, MD, earned her medical degree from our Medical School. She completed a residency program at Boston University Medical Center and a fellowship program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Board certified in diagnostic radiology. Dr. Buch specializes in that field on the University Campus and at UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital and UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital. See online profile; visit website.

Patricia Cross, MD, earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship programs at the Medical Center and is board certified in diagnostic radiology. Her clinical interests include musculoskeletal MRI and sports medicine imaging. Dr. Cross specializes in radiology on the University Campus and at UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital. See online profile; visit website.

Aaron Harman, MD, earned his medical degree from the Medical School. He completed his residency program at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital and a fellowship program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Harman specializes in interventional radiology on the University Campus, Memorial Campus, UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital and UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital. See online profile; visit website.

Katyucia De Macedo Rodrigues, MD, earned her medical degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. She completed fellowship programs at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Medical School. Dr. Rodrigues specializes in diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology on the University Campus and at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital. See online profile; visit website.

Diapers Needed: Annual Drive Continues through May 11

The Women’s Community Committee, a group within Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is asking for your help to support local community health organizations that provide baby diapers to shelters for families in need. The annual diaper drive is now underway and will continue through May 11. Please drop off your donation of unopened, disposable diapers to Christina Vanderburgh, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Memorial Campus, Jaquith 2, JB2-024. Help make a difference in the lives of local moms, babies and toddlers.

Celebrate Different Cultures at the Annual International Festival

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The Diversity and Inclusion Office is hosting the annual International Festival Friday, May 11, 9 am to 4 pm, University Campus Medical School lobby. All are invited to attend this celebration of cultures around the world.

  • Noon to 1 pm: Enjoy performances by students, staff and members of the Worcester community and sample international cuisine and teas in the Faculty Conference Room.
  • Throughout the day, visit craft tables displaying and selling international crafts.
  • Don’t forget to stop by the raffle table and purchase tickets for the chance to win a variety of great prizes. All raffle proceeds benefit a local nonprofit organization.

Sign Up for BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership Discount Today 

Sign up today for BJ’s Wholesale Club membership discount offers:

  • $15 off the $55 Inner Circle membership fee, plus one free month of membership (13 months total)
  • $30 off the $110 Rewards membership, plus one free month of membership (13 months total)
  • If you are already a BJ’s member submit an enrollment form with your payment, your current membership expiration date will be extended for an additional 13 months.
  • If you are enrolled in BJ’s auto renewal program, you must contact BJ’s and unenroll to take advantage of these offers.
  • New members can enroll for $25 for 12 months for the Inner Circle membership or $50 for 12 months for the Rewards membership.

To get your discounted membership, scan and email the completed application, or send it by interoffice mail to: Benefits Contact Center, HR/Benefits Department, Worcester Business Center, second floor. Learn more. Deadline: Submit by Friday, May 18.