Nurses Week: More Than 2,500 Reasons to Celebrate!

It’s Nurses Week, and we’d like to send a sincere “Thank You” to the more than 2,500 Medical Center nurses who teach, heal, advocate and care for our patients every day. We know how special our nurses are, but don’t just take our word for it. The following is a sampling of what our patients had to say:

  • “Thank you to Nikole who made it her mission to see me while I was down about my newborn being rushed to the NICU [Neonatal Intensive Care Unit]. She helped me through a hard time with her kind words and support. [And] Laura who works in the NICU who took very good care of my first born, who was born at 29 weeks, and my last born who was sick at delivery. UMass Memorial rocks [as do] all the amazing nurses in the maternity ward.”
  •  “As a registered nurse, I was amazed at my entire experience. [It’s] five-star and [I’m] letting others know about it.”
  •  “All the great nurses in Endo at Memorial Campus [are] #1 top of the line!”

Share your own stories. Simply comment on this blog story or click on the Facebook Nurses Week post (see below). Remember, there are a variety of celebratory events planned all week. Come show your support for our nurses and have fun at the same time!

Telegram Features a One on One with Lisa Colombo

Lisa Columbo (photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette)

In honor of Nurses Week, Sunday’s edition of the Telegram & Gazette included a feature about our own Lisa Columbo, DNP, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer. Lisa, the “voice of nursing,” said that “No two days are alike so there is not a typical day. It is a dynamic environment as we deal with how to provide timely care and get the health outcomes that we want.” The article gives insights into Lisa’s decision to pursue a career in nursing, where this career path led her, her current roles and responsibilities and her views on delivering high-quality care. “The trust given us is an incredible gift and it’s never to be taken for granted,” Lisa said. Read the article.

Simply Women: Weekend Warriors Reap Long-term Benefits

As we age, it takes a little longer to recover from exercise. But in a recent feature of the Simply Women’s series on the Simply Well blog, Patty Byler, PT, and Minne Henry, PTA, from UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital physical therapy share that the effort weekend warriors put in is truly beneficial to their bodies in the long run, and a little soreness shouldn’t deter you from lacing up those sneakers. Read the post to learn how regular exercise may even add a few years to your life!

Don’t Delay Annual Required Education; Deadline Is May 18

The May 18 deadline to complete this year’s annual required education is fast approaching. Don’t wait until the last day to complete the modules! You’ll find the assignments under your “To Do” tab in E-Learning 4U. If you were hired before January 1, you have until May 18 to complete your annual required education. If you were hired or rehired after January 1, 2018, your due date is 30 days from your date of hire. If you attended new caregiver orientation this calendar year, you’ll receive credit for some of these courses. Learn more about these and other e-learning modules on MyHR. Questions? Email the Human Resources Information Systems team.

Heart Walk: Earn Wellness Rewards; Buy Bracelet to Support

  • Earn myHealth Matters Points: You and your family are invited to join the 2018 Central MA Heart Walk Saturday, May 12. Registration begins in the Quinsigamond State Park at 8:30 am and the walk starts at 10 am. You can also register online. Benefits-eligible participants, register by May 31, earn 250 myHealth Matters points for the Heart Walk under the UMass Memorial Heart Walk challenge.
  • Bracelets for Sale to Benefit Heart Walk: For just five dollars, you can buy a bracelet handmade by members of the Heart and Sole team to benefit the Heart Walk. Chris Saucier, RN, came up with the idea to sell them in the Cardiovascular Clinic to raise money. The response was so huge that more staff started helping out. Bracelets will be sold at the Heart Walk for cash only. If you can’t attend the walk, but would still like a bracelet, contact

Appreciate the Arts Right Here at Our Medical Center

Hosted by our Capital Planning and Food Services departments, members of the Society of Mosaic American Artists recently visited our Memorial Campus and Ambulatory Care Center as part of their Boston 2018 conference. “We would like to express our deepest gratitude to UMass Memorial for allowing us and our conference attendees to view the amazing collection of art that has been assembled there,” the event co-chairs wrote in a letter of thanks. “We feel that this is very beneficial for the patients, staff and families, and our tour attendees really enjoyed it, every one of them!” Conference attendees were particularly impressed with the diversity of art and the use of talented regional artists.

NICU Team Celebrates Literacy Awareness Month

Staff from the NICU kicked off Literacy Awareness Month by dressing up in character costumes from favorite Dr. Seuss and Curious George books!

Last week, the Children’s Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) kicked off Literacy Awareness Month with the launch of our Reach Out & Read program. Research shows that reading to babies in the NICU has many benefits, from early language development, to school readiness, to increased comfort, bonding and emotional competence. During the event, siblings were treated to a story hour and crafts, and families were given a book to read to their babies during their NICU stays. Check out our Facebook post for more details and photos from this fun event.

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