Medical Center and Otolaryngology Named Best of Worcester

When the final votes were tallied in the Worcester Magazine 2018 Best of Worcester survey, readers voted our Medical Center as “Best Hospital,” and our Otolaryngology Department was crowned as “Best Audiologist Office.” Medical Director of the Hearing Implant Program Aaron Remenschneider, MD, MPH, said: “The Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology could not be more proud to receive this distinction by the readers of Worcester Magazine,” said “Our surgeons and audiologists are committed to providing the highest quality care to all patients with disorders affecting the ear, nose and throat.” The UMass Medicine Cancer Walk and Run finished as runner-up in the “Fundraising Event” category. See all the Best of Winner winners.

DAISY Award Celebrates Clinical Skill and Human Compassion

Erin Tivnan, RN, center, celebrates her award with her colleagues, Nancy Simon, RN, nurse manager, left, and Lisa Colombo, DNP, RN, chief nursing officer, right.

Congratulations to Erin Tivnan, RN, clinical nurse in the intensive care unit and recipient of the inaugural DAISY Award at our Medical Center. The DAISY Award celebrates nurses who demonstrate remarkable clinical skill and human compassion. Erin joined our Medical Center in 2014 in the new graduate nurse program and is recognized for her kindness and compassion by patients, families and peers alike. She was nominated for the DAISY Award by the family of a patient for whom she cared at the end of life. The family said, “Erin was so caring and compassionate toward us. She reminded us how strong we are. We will never forget her kindness and support during this difficult time. She has made a big difference in our lives.”

Women’s Health Series: Take a Virtual Maternity Center Tour

Delivering a baby may not be “simple,” but deciding where to deliver should be! In response to an increasing demand for tours of our Maternity Center, we now offer an online tour of the Medical Center’s Mother-Baby Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In addition to providing parents-to-be with a snapshot of both units, the video includes a brief overview of what to expect when delivery time comes from Julia Johnson, MD, chair of obstetrics and gynecology, Larry Rhein, MD, chief of the NICU, and fellow parents who have experienced first-hand what it’s like to deliver here. Watch the tour and check out our other resources by visiting Simply Women. #SimplyWomen

Save the Date: Register for Free Skin Cancer Screening

Did you know that skin cancer can be a dark changing spot, a pink bump or even a sore that won’t heal? Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and incidences are rising. Protect your skin by coming to a free skin cancer screening offered by the Department of Dermatology. A qualified professional will look you over from head to toe and advise you regarding areas of concern. The screening will be held Saturday, June 2, 8 am to noon, Hahnemann Campus, Department of Dermatology, fourth floor. To reserve a space, call 508-334-5928 Tuesday, May 29 or Wednesday, May 30, 9 am and 1 pm. Parking for the screening is free.

Ask the Expert: Dr. Busconi Answers Sports Medicine Questions

Dr. Busconi

Our spring sports Ask the Expert video series is in full swing. Brian Busconi, MD, chief of sports medicine and arthroscopy, is sharing his sports medicine expertise with us. Stay tuned weekly for topics including ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and meniscus tears, and shoulder pain. Watch our first video discussing golfers’ elbow prevention and treatment before you hit the links this weekend.

Medication Reconciliation Featured at ACO Collaborative Event

“Improving Medication Reconciliation in Transitions of Care” was the topic of a recent UMass Memorial Accountable Care Organization (ACO) collaborative, cross-continuum event that drew more than 100 participants. During the event, attendees focused on best practices in their specific environments of care, the importance of coordination as patients transition from one care setting to another, and the value of pharmacist involvement at every stage of the care process. The program was presented by colleagues from the Medical Center pharmacy, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, a skilled nursing facility, and our ACO collaborative care management and post-acute work groups.

Diabetes Day Featured Education and Accolades

Our Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) recently hosted the second annual Diabetes Day to showcase accomplishments and recognize achievements of their clinical care and research teams. The event featured keynote speaker Jeffery Friedman, MD, PhD, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Presentations included the “50-Year T1D Patient Award” to patients who have lived with type 1 diabetes for 50 years or longer, and “Excellence in Research” awards to Rohit Sharma, PhD; Samantha Barry, PhD; Felipe Henriques, PhD; and Michael Brehm, PhD. Peer nominated “You Make a Difference” awards were also presented to Lisa Hubacz; Kimberly Johnson, RN, CDE; Viviana Laracuente, PCA; Paula Pelletier, ASR; and Jessin Varghese, NP. A poster session showcasing research within the DCOE rounded out the day. Learn more.

Providers: Psychiatry Clinics Welcome Patient Consult Requests

The Department of Psychiatry’s depression and bipolar specialty clinics’ experts welcome patient consult requests from all provider types. Offering consultation services catered to the needs of the referring provider or patient, services include diagnosis clarification and comprehensive treatment evaluation including difficult-to-treat mood disorders, medication regimes and the role of non-medication approaches to mood improvement. Consults assist providers in helping their patients live to their full potential. Follow-up care is not provided; patients must have a prescribing provider to receive a consult. To schedule a consult, call 508-334-5052 or use contact “hahnpsych 4 admin staff” via Epic in basket.