Kathy Green Earns Prestigious 2018 Heart Hero Award!

Kathy Green, RN, senior director of radiology services, was recently presented with the American Heart Association’s 2018 Heart Hero Award in recognition of her leadership and tireless fundraising efforts. Kathy served as the organization’s Central Massachusetts board chair from 2012 to 2016 and is a longtime, passionate volunteer. She is also part of the volunteer group that trained more than 10,000 people to perform hands-only CPR, and is involved in the automated external defibrillator placement initiative, community education and advocacy. Congratulations, Kathy! Pictured, from left, Kathy Green and Jay Cyr, RN, MBA, Heart Walk chairman and senior vice president of surgical services.

Health Watch: Dr. Babu Sheds Light on Energy Drink Dangers

 In a recent Health Watch segment, Kavita Babu, MD, emergency medicine and medical toxicology, describes the difference between sports drinks and energy drinks, cautioning parents about the dangers of children and adolescents consuming caffeine-laden beverages. “The American Academy of Pediatrics has said that children and adolescents should avoid energy drinks, really at all times, because of the potential harms or hazards associated with caffeine,” she said.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Caregiver!

Superman and Batman were among the special visitors at our Children’s Medical Center on Superhero Day.

Patients, families and visitors at our Children’s Medical Center were treated to a visit from Batman, Superman and other favorite superheroes during Superhero Day! Child life specialists provided activities such as pick your own superpower and make your own cape and shield. And our friends from Sodexo, food services vendor, swooped in to deliver a special superhero-themed lunch and gift box on each patient’s tray and wowed everyone with an amazing three-tiered superhero cake. “The energy and smiles from everyone that day were truly amazing and brought so much happiness to all who were involved,” said Kayla Gagne, child life specialist.

Dr. Busconi Advocates Athletes ‘Stick with the Plan’ for Recovery

Dr. Busconi

Brian Busconi, MD, chief of sports medicine and arthroscopy at our Medical Center, authored an article titled “Stick with the Plan” that was recently featured in the “For Athletic Trainers” e-newsletter. In the article, he noted that today’s athletes want and expect immediate results when recovering from injuries and often disregard their recovery plans. “We want them to see a direct correlation between complying fully with their rehab plans and getting to the outcome they desire – a return to competition,” he said. “At the same time, we want them to avoid taking shortcuts that are not in their long-term best interest.” Read the article.

Support Employee Bereavement Fund; Enter Raffle to Win a Gift Basket

The employee activities committee is sponsoring a summer basket raffle to benefit the employee bereavement fund used to show support for employees who have lost an immediate family member. Raffle tickets cost $2 each or three for $5. The baskets include gift cards donated by local companies including Six Flags, Peppercorn’s Grille & Tavern, O’Connor’s Restaurant & Bar, Texas Roadhouse, Broadway Restaurant, Oak Barrel Tavern, Sonoma Restaurant and Papa Gino’s. Winners will be selected Monday, July 2. Tickets will be sold during lunch outside the cafeteria on the Memorial Campus June 22, 28 and 29. Tickets can also be purchased from committee members:

  • Memorial Campus: Tammy Kallio, 508-334-5858; Barbara O’Connor, 508-334-6269
  • Worcester Business Center: Heidi Smart, 508 793-5660
  • 306 Belmont Street: Bernadette Scott, 508-334-5305

Planning a Trip? Here’s Help in an Emergency

The AXA Travel Assistance Program is a free service provided to benefits-eligible employees as part of the basic group life insurance benefit offered through Prudential. This service offers you and your dependents emergency medical and travel assistance services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year whether you are traveling together or separately, internationally or domestically (more than 100 miles from home). Services can be accessed for up to 120 consecutive days for any given trip. Read the Travel Assistance brochure to learn more or to print a card for your wallet.

 

Simply Well Blog: Stay Cool with Healthy Sweet Treats

Happy official first day of summer! Want to stay cool on the hot days to come? With just a few ingredients, you can make your own cocoa banana frozen dessert and other healthy treats. Get the recipes on Simply Well, our community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today and download the free printable download “Summer List of 50 Things to Do Under $10!”