$109 Million MassDevelopment Bond Funds Major Improvements

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, has issued a $109,865,000 tax-exempt bond for UMass Memorial Health Care. This bond will be used to finance renovations and purchase equipment at hospital campuses throughout our s­ystem, as well as to refinance previously issued debt. Read the press release to learn about specific improvement projects on the Memorial Campus, University Campus, and at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital – Leominster Campus. “Comfort and convenience are very important components in creating a positive patient experience,” said Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care. “These much-needed improvements will ensure that our facilities are on par with any in Massachusetts and will benefit our patients, their families and our caregivers for years to come.” Read Worcester Business Journal story.

Dr. Hirsh Mentors Worcester Teen on Gun Violence Solutions

Dr. Hirsh

Though gun violence is spiking across the country, Worcester has seen a decline in gun-related homicides thanks in part to the Goods for Guns buyback program co-founded by Michael Hirsh, MD, chief, division of pediatric surgery, director of pediatric trauma, and surgeon-in-chief at our Children’s Medical Center. After learning of local student Rohan Krishnan’s passion and research to prevent future gun violence, Dr. Hirsh began mentoring the Worcester Academy sophomore and believes that Rohan’s work has the potential to spare many people from experiencing the personal tragedy of gun violence. Read the MassLive story.

Health Watch: Dr. Alavi Discusses At-home Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer claims more than 50,000 lives in the United States every year, but early detection can make a difference. In this Health Watch segment, Karim Alavi, MD, division of colon and rectal surgery, shares an overview of at-home screening kits that make it easy to test for colorectal cancer without the dreaded prep of colonoscopy.

Join Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention Safety Fair

The Workplace Violence Committee invites caregivers to stop by an upcoming workplace violence prevention and intervention safety fair. Learn different ways to reduce the risk and occurrence of violence, as well as ways to deal with a crisis or escalating behaviors. Meet representatives from the Employee Assistance Program, Employee Health Services, Human Resources, Public Safety and Risk Management, and gain tools to build awareness, skills and an environment of safety.

  • University Campus: Tuesday, June 5, 10 am to 4 pm, near the outpatient pharmacy
  • Memorial Campus: Wednesday, June 6, 10 am to 4 pm, across from the cafeteria
  • Hahnemann Campus: Thursday, June 7, 10 am to 2 pm, in front of the cafeteria

For more information, view the flyer or contact Johnna Cox at 774-442-4884 or Johnna.Cox@umassmemorial.org.

Dr. Richmond Shares Pros and Cons of Online Mom Groups

Dr. Richmond

Social media parent groups offer moms quick access to others’ experiences, advice and support. But in the latest issue of the Simply Well Blog, Deanna Richmond, MD, pediatrician at South County Pediatrics, cautions that while these online communities are a great platform for mom-to-mom communication, parents need to be aware that there also is a lot of misinformation spread in these groups, especially when it comes to health matters. So, when is it appropriate to turn to other moms for guidance, and when should you rely on your doctor? Read the article to find out, and don’t forget to visit our new Simply Women web page for easy access to lots of helpful information. #SimplyWomen

Focus on Men’s Health in June; Raise Awareness, Join Rounds

Did you know that women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventative services? Men need consistent care too, and June – Men’s Health Month – is a time to focus on the preventable health problems men face and encourage action. Raise awareness by wearing blue on Friday, June 15, and attend the next Schwartz Center Rounds Friday, June 8 that will focus on men and the challenges that caregivers face when providing care to patients who haven’t prioritized their health. And, do you have special memories with your father? Show your dad you care this Father’s Day by emailing News & Views a photo of your favorite memory with him. Photos will be posted to the Medical Center Facebook page.

Invest in Yourself with New Growth Training Opportunities

The organization and people development (OPD) team is pleased to present the May to December training calendar. These learning events are designed to support you in your everyday work to help UMass Memorial Health Care become the best place to give care and the best place to get care. Coming up in June: “Nonviolent Crisis Intervention,” a two-day course designed to offer a solid foundation of violence prevention and intervention approaches. Visit MyHR to browse other courses, then visit E-Learning 4U to register and find more information about course content, times and locations. You can search the catalog using key words. Questions? Contact OPD by email or at 508-793-5606.

Calendar of Events