Expanding Our Growth with Opening of The Surgery Center

The Surgery Center in Shrewsbury

UMass Memorial Health Care, Shields Health Care Group and Reliant Medical Group are opening a new ambulatory surgery center that will provide high-quality, cost-effective outpatient surgery to patients in our community. The Surgery Center, located at 151 Main Street, Shrewsbury and opening Monday, June 4 with a slow ramp-up during the summer, provides a lower-cost setting for certain minor surgeries. A key step in the systems’ overall growth strategy, The Surgery Center will improve our ability to recapture surgical market share leaving our region, as well as provide our patients with the right care, in the right place and at the right cost. Stay tuned for information on several new surgeons joining our Medical Group in the coming months. These physicians will operate at the Medical Center and are another component of our growth strategy. Visit the website.

Celebrate National EMS Week with Paramedic John Schofield

 This week is National EMS Week, the perfect opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the skill, compassion and dedication Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams bring to every call. Our own Worcester EMS team recently hosted a MassLive reporter for an ambulance ride-along to showcase the services it provides to our community day in and day out. In the MassLive article, you can follow Paramedic John Schofield, Worcester EMS supervisor, as he responds to overdoses, cardiac arrests and car accidents. When an emergency occurs, our teams make the health and safety of our patients their top priority. Read the article, watch the video (below) and see photos.

World’s Smallest Pacemaker Implanted at Our Medical Center

Micra, the world’s smallest pacemaker

The world’s smallest pacemaker, Micra, has made its debut at our Medical Center thanks to our heart and vascular team. Electrophysiologist Robert Hayward Jr., MD, who recently performed our first Micra implant, said, “For appropriate patients, this eliminates the need for a skin incision on the chest and for pacing leads, or wires, running from the inside of the heart to the chest.” The pacemaker is placed using a minimally invasive approach, and unlike other pacemakers, Micra is completely self-contained. It’s 93 percent smaller than conventional pacemakers, has an average 12-year battery life, and is FDA-approved for certain MRI scans. Congratulations to the heart and vascular team for bringing this technology to our patients. Watch an animation.

Health Watch: Gynecology 101 with Celeste Straight, MD

A woman’s health care can be complicated. As we navigate different stages of life, our health needs change, as do the screenings we get and the physicians we see. For example, your daughter just began menstruating; when should she see a gynecologist? You and your partner are thinking about starting a family; when should you consult with an obstetrician? Your mother is in her 70s; does she need to continue seeing a gynecologist annually? Celeste Straight, MD, obstetrics and gynecology, helps simplify the answers to these questions and more in this segment of Health Watch. Watch the video, below, and visit Simply Women for easy access to additional women’s health resources. #SimplyWomen

Register Today to Join Our Evening of Health Education Programs

Join us Thursday, May 31 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester for an evening of free heart and orthopedic education programs presented by expert physicians from our Medical Center. From 5:30 to 6:30 pm, orthopedic surgeon Christian DiPaola, MD will present “Why Would You Need to See a Spine Surgeon.” From 7 to 8 pm, cardiologist Ira Ockene, MD, will present “The Clock Is Ticking, So Is Your Heart – Keep It That Way.” Register online or call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763) to register for one or both programs. Free parking and light refreshments will be provided.

Join Clubs for Colorectal Cancer 7th Annual Golf Tournament

The Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery presents the seventh annual Clubs for Colorectal Cancer Golf Tournament on Friday, June 8 at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton. Join us as a sponsor, golfer or dinner guest to support the colon and rectal surgery team in its efforts to prevent, treat and cure this disease. “Your support is a wonderful opportunity to have an impact on colon and rectal cancer research being done right here at our Medical Center,” said Paul Sturrock, MD, colon and rectal surgery. The day includes registration at noon, shotgun start at 1 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm. To register, print and mail your completed registration form.

Ask the Expert: Dr. Busconi Answers Female ACL Questions

Dr. Busconi

Why are female athletes prone to ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries? Can female ACL injuries be prevented? In this week’s Ask the Expert video, Brian Busconi, MD, chief of sports medicine and arthroscopy, explains ACL-injury consequences, prevention and treatment. Be sure to follow our spring sports Ask the Expert series on our Facebook page. Every week there will be a new video posted with a different question answered by Dr. Busconi. Watch the video.


Medical Terminology Class Expands Caregivers’ Knowledge

Participants of our Medical Center’s most recent Medical Terminology course

As part of their professional development, 18 caregivers from various departments recently completed the 10-week Medical Terminology course offered by the Medical Center. Several participants had no previous clinical background and­­ enjoyed the opportunity to explore the medical field in a different light. If you would like to participate in the next class being offered in September, email the organization and people development team.

Check Out Updated Policies Now Posted on OurNet

Visit the OurNet policy page to view all Medical Center policies, as well as the latest policy newsletter, FAQs, and policy and procedure templates. System policies are also found on OurNet. Email the policy administrator with necessary policy changes. The following policies have recently been updated and posted:

  • Policy 1040: Neonatal and Fetal Death Reporting and Disposition of Remains
  • Policy 1413: Observers of Patient Care Activities
  • Policy 1441: Use of Elevators
  • Policy 2053: Adult Critical Care Units Discharge Criteria
  • Policy 2217: Inpatient Fall Risk and Injury Prevention Assessment
  • Policy 2222: Specimens to be Submitted to Pathology and Specimens Exempt from Microscopic Examination
  • Policy 4020: Staff Requests to Be Excused from Patient Care
  • Policy 4085: Emergency Assistance Support for Employees Fund