Our Medical Center and Merger with Medical School Turns 20!

The agreement to merge the clinical operations of the University of Massachusetts Worcester, including its teaching hospital, and Memorial Hospital to form UMass Memorial Medical Center is now 20 years old. As part of this merger, it created three campuses for our Medical Center: Memorial, Hahnemann and University. Caregivers who were a part of the organization recently shared some background on the early days of the newly merged entity with the Worcester Business Journal. “It has come a long way and has changed dramatically,” said Stephen Tosi, MD, senior vice president and chief physician officer, who was chairman of the Surgery Department at Memorial Hospital at the time of the merger. “We were smaller then and we’re a system now.” You can read all about the merger and its impact.

Meet Our Medical Center’s Father-Son Surgery Team

Drs. Elias and Edward Arous

On Father’s Day, NBC Boston aired a story about Edward Arous, MD, and his father Elias Arous, MD, both vascular surgeons and working at our Medical Center, and both top of their class. Dr. Arous, the son, says it wasn’t his intention to follow in his father’s footsteps, but he kept getting drawn back to vascular surgery. The segment also aired on New England Cable News. Watch the interview.

Hahnemann Campus Is Home to New Fitness Center

Pictured at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, from left, are Christine Runyan, PhD, associate director of Behavioral Health, Donna Dinoto, Thomas Ward and Lisa Tomaiolo.

A recent ribbon-cutting celebrated the opening of the new fitness center and meditation area available via badge access to caregivers on the Hahnemann Campus. The event included raffles, refreshments and tours of the center’s amenities including exercise equipment; a dedicated stretching, yoga and meditation room; lockers; and a changing area. Caregivers from the Office of Capital Planning came up with the idea to eliminate costs of storing unused exercise equipment and make better use of underutilized space. The team collaborated with human resources, health and wellness, facilities and housekeeping to complete the transformation. Questions: Call 508-334-8168. Benefits-eligible Hahnemann Campus employees can earn myHealth Matters points by utilizing the new fitness center.

Dr. Keaney Collaborates with WPI on Blood Vessel Research

Dr. Keaney

A Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) research team is using vascular tissue engineering techniques to create vessels that exhibit characteristics of vascular conditions such as aneurysms and blockages. John Keaney Jr., MD, chief of cardiovascular medicine, is collaborating with the research team. The anticipated outcome is to provide scientists a better way to try new medications and speed up treatments. In a recent WPI news brief, Dr. Keaney said, “One of the hallmarks of making advances in medicine is to have models of the diseases so you can develop new treatments. Testing medicines and procedures in patients is both risky and time consuming. Having models that accurately reflect what is happening in patients’ bodies is very advantageous.” Read more about the research.

Don’t Wait! Sign Up for the HealthyWage Step Challenge Today

The Step Challenge has begun, but it’s not too late for you to sign up! Register by June 22 to start stepping with your co-workers, friends and family. How it works: Track your steps on your smartphone, Fitbit or step-counting app. By August 6, increase your step count by 25 percent to win your share of the pot money. Benefits-eligible employees: Visit the myHealth Matters website to earn 500 points for your HealthyWage participation under the “Fitness Center Challenge” and log your steps in the “Track 9,000 Steps Daily” challenge for 15 weekly points.

Medical Publishing Fellowship Opportunity for Chest Physicians

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Dr. Irwin

The Journal CHEST is launching the Richard S. Irwin Medical Publishing Fellowship to acquaint early career clinicians with key aspects of medical publishing and research design. The program will honor the journal’s longtime editor-in-chief, Richard Irwin, MD, and build a cohort of engaged and informed clinician researchers who understand the increasingly complex and expanding demands on the validation and dissemination of clinical research. Learn more about program and how to apply.

Ask the Expert: Dr. Busconi Answers Shoulder Pain Question 

Dr. Busconi

Does your child complain of shoulder pain from throwing while playing softball or baseball? He or she might be suffering from an overuse injury or a stress fracture. In this week’s Ask the Expert video, Brian Busconi, MD, chief of sports medicine and arthroscopy, explains signs and symptoms. Be sure to follow our spring sports Ask the Expert series on our Facebook page and stay tuned for future topics in the fall. View video.

Artists in Residence Exhibit Features ‘Critters of South Africa’

Dr. Jacobson and Denise Brouillette-Jacobson

The Lamar Soutter Library Artists in Residence Series presents “Critters of South Africa” by Allan Jacobson, PhD, and Denise Brouillette-Jacobson. Visit the exhibit between June 19 and August 30, first floor of the library, University Campus. Dr. Jacobson and Denise have been part of the Medical School family for more than four decades. A founding member of the Medical School faculty, he is the Gerald L. and Zelda S. Haidak Professor of Cell Biology and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems. The couple enjoys taking photographs of wildlife during their travels but entered a new dimension of photography when they visited Africa in 2016. Learn more.

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