Couple Say Their ‘I Dos’ at the Medical Center

Steven and Paula planned to get married this past weekend, but the groom’s father, James Mendenhall, was hospitalized and wouldn’t be able to attend. When members of his Medical Center care team learned of the dilemma, they worked with Pastoral Care Department and other departments to arrange a venue change. Last Thursday the wedding was held in the University Campus’ chapel complete with flowers, music, photography, and most importantly, both parents of the groom! A reception was held in the family room on Mr. Mendenhall’s unit, where the family and staff were surprised by a beautiful wedding cake and refreshments. Congratulations to the happy couple, and many thanks to our caregivers who jumped in to make this a memorable patient and family experience.

Be a Part of the Multicultural Women’s Health Summit

Join us in the University Campus Medical School lobby Saturday, June 16 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm for a day-long health and wellness event sponsored by UMass Memorial Health Care and the Medical School in conjunction with Central Mass Sisters of Excellence, Centro, D. L. Plummer & Associates, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, and Pathways for Change. This program is designed to be informative, inspirational and motivational. Take advantage of our free health screenings and health and wellness presentations on topics important to women’s health. A continental breakfast and healthy lunch will be provided, along with free parking. Register online or call 508-856-4001.

Medical Center Team Earns Community Partner Award

Members of our DCF Holiday Party committee were presented with the Community Partner Award.

Our Medical Center was recently honored by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) with the 2018 Community Partner Award for the hospital’s continued commitment to the annual Worcester-area DCF Holiday Party for children and their foster families. Nominated by DCF Worcester East Area Office Director Kelly Prendergast and Worcester West Area Office Clinical Manager Dawn Wareham, our Medical Center team was recognized alongside partners from the DCU Center, University of Massachusetts Police Department, Mercantile Garage and Robert Carlin Photography for their united efforts to bring this wonderful holiday celebration to children in DCF care.

Medical Group Welcomes Drs. Cho, Ding, Elaba and Kociol

Drs. Cho, Ding, Elaba and Kociol

Urologist Patricia Cho, MD, earned her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. She completed residency programs at Massachusetts General Hospital in urology, as well as a fellowship program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cho’s clinical interests include pediatric urology and minimally invasive surgery. She specializes in pediatric urology on the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cho, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Optometrist Juan Ding, OD, PhD, earned her optometry degree from New England College of Optometry. She specializes in routine eye exams, contact lens fitting and pediatric eye exams on the Hahnemann Campus, as well as diabetic eye exams at the Ambulatory Care Center. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ding, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Pathologist Zendee Elaba, MD, earned her medical degree from the University of Philippines College of Medicine. She completed an anatomic and clinical pathology residency program at Hartford Hospital, a surgical pathology fellowship program at Yale New Haven Hospital and a dermatopathology fellowship program at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Elaba is board certified in dermatopathology and anatomic and clinical pathology. Her clinical interests include pathology of cutaneous tumors and inflammatory skin diseases. Dr. Elaba specializes in dermatopathology at the Medical Center, Biotech III. See online profile; visit website.

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist Robb Kociol, MD, earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed a residency program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a cardiovascular medicine fellowship program at Duke University Medical Center, and an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology fellowship at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Kociol is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. His clinical interests include device and medical therapy for end-stage chronic heart failure and acute cardiogenic shock. Dr. Kociol specializes in advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and transplant cardiology at the University Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kociol, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Congratulations to Our Nursing Scholarship Recipients

Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Colombo, DNP, RN (pictured in left and right photos) awards the scholarships to recipients (from left) Mary Ball, Laura Fuertes and Lisa Gardner.

Three Medical Center caregivers who are enrolled in nursing education programs were awarded scholarships as part of our Nurses Week celebrations. The Lamonda Scholarship was awarded to Mary Ball in endoscopy who is earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Laura Fuertes from clinical informatics and Lisa Gardner from the 3 Lakeside ICU were presented with the Alden P. Johnson Scholarship. Laura is enrolled in an RN to BSN program, and Lisa is pursuing her master’s degree in nursing. Congratulations!

Your Health Matters: Your Steps Count with HealthyWage

Stay fit this summer with the HealthyWage Step Challenge! The challenge runs June 8 to August 6 – the perfect time to go outside and get stepping. You’ll win a share of the buy-in pot if you can increase your step count by 25 percent or more during the 60-day program. Grab your fellow caregivers to join you­. The more participants stepping, the larger the payout. Benefits-eligible employees: Visit the myHealth Matters website to earn 500 points for your HealthyWage participation under the Fitness Center Challenge. Register today!

Our Team Was Tops at the Heart Walk

Team UMass Memorial Health Care was the top fundraising team at this year’s Heart Walk with a total of nearly $34,000 raised. Our Heart and Sole team raised more than any other team at the Walk, and The Hungry Helping Hearts@306 came in at number two. Despite the rainy day, representatives from the American Heart Association also trained 225 people how to perform hands-only CPR; even the Worcester Railers’ mascot got in on the action. Thank you to all who participated, donated and volunteered.

Attend a Financial Health Workshop for Women

As many as 90 percent of women may find themselves solely responsible for their finances, according to the United States Department of Labor. That’s why it’s vital for all women to engage in managing their financial health. To get the conversation started, UMass Memorial Health Care and Fidelity Investments invite you to a special workshop titled “Organize, Plan and Own Your Future” at the Beechwood Hotel June 7 at 5:30 pm. To register, visit the Fidelity website and select “Attending a special event,” or call 800-642-7131.

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