Come and Celebrate Innovations Friday on Memorial Campus!

Trish Shreve and Pam Burgwinkle from the Anticoagulation Clinic with their display at the the last Innovation Celebration.

Join us at the next Innovation Celebration Friday, May 18, Memorial Campus alcove across from the cafeteria, 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 Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital “fast-track” project, Child Life team updates, total joint bundle improvements, perioperative projects, wellness initiatives, capital planning projects and more! Refreshments will be provided.


Health Watch: How Proper Lifting Prevents Back Pain

Does your back hurt when you pick up your children or pick up heavy groceries? Back pain from improper lifting is very common. In this Health Watch, below, Paul Canavan, physical therapist, discusses proper body mechanics to protect your back when lifting. “Come close to the object with wide feet, look forward and bring your elbows in 90 degrees, then lift up with your back and legs. When turning, it’s important not to twist, keep your legs with your trunk.”

New Program Helps Expecting and New Moms with Depression

Drs. Byatt and Moore Simas

Women suffering from depression during and after pregnancy may be helped by a new program created at the Medical School called Lifeline4Moms that helps obstetricians and other primary care providers screen, diagnose and refer women for treatment. Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, and Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, obstetrics and gynecology, created Lifeline4Moms based on the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP for Moms), which has helped more than 4,000 women statewide since its 2014 launch. Drs. Byatt and Moore Simas discussed the importance of women having honest conversations about their feelings in a recent Facebook Live event you can see in UMass Med Now. To learn more, visit the Lifeline4Moms and MCPAP for Moms websites.

Complete Annual Required Education This Week

Have you completed your Annual Required Education yet? The clock is ticking toward the May 18 deadline, so find your assignments under the “To Do” tab in E-Learning 4U and complete the modules this week. The May 18 deadline applies to employees hired before January 1, 2018. Those hired after January 1 must complete their assigned education modules within 30 days of their date of hire. Those who attended new caregiver orientation this calendar year will 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.

Dr. Ito Discusses Balloon Sinuplasty for Sinus Surgery

Dr. Ito

Balloon sinuplasty, a procedure in which a small, flexible, balloon-tipped catheter is inserted through the sinus passages to open inflamed or obstructed sinuses, is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure requiring only local anesthesia. Christopher Ito, MD, otolaryngology, said, “There has been a lot of success in it, especially in patients with less severe diseases.” In more advanced cases, Dr. Ito prefers traditional sinus surgery. Of concerns that balloon sinuplasty is being overused, he said, “With any new device, people are going to use it to see how helpful it is and use it in new situations to see if it improves patient care.” Read story in the Telegram & Gazette.

Track Activities Outdoors With the myHealth Matters App

Spring is finally here! Benefits-eligible employees: The myHealth Matters Limeade app for iOS brings the portal right to your phone screen, so you can log points while you walk your dog, stroll in the park or take a hike. You can log completed challenges, leave comments, sync your fitness tracker and more. Search for Limeade in the App Store, then use the code “umassmemorial” once the app is downloaded. All the points you’ve previously logged will be waiting for you in the app. For non-iOS users, access the website on your smartphone at

Thanks for Taking Survey; Congrats to Pizza Party Winners!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete this year’s “one ask” Caregiver Survey. Congratulations to the following teams that won pizza parties for reaching at least 75 percent participation the final week of the survey: Benedict Family Medicine (82 percent participation); Mammography, Memorial Campus (77 percent participation); and Sterling Family Medicine (88 percent participation). Stay tuned to learn about the survey results, which will be communicated later this summer.

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