The Ribbon Is Cut: Celebrating the Opening of 7 West

Cutting the ribbon to officially open 7 West are, pictured from left: Jeff Smith, Ryan Burns, facilities project manager; Dr. Dickson and Liz Rekowski, RN, nurse manager, 7 West.

Patient rooms on 7 West offer a comfortable, caring environment with decorative glass door panels, nature-themed artwork and hospitality-style bathrooms with showers.

It was standing room only yesterday, as Medical Center staff celebrated the grand opening of the University Campus 7 West nursing unit. The event included a ribbon cutting and remarks from Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care, and Jeff Smith, MD, interim Medical Center president. This is the first medical/surgical unit on the University Campus to be revitalized as part of the MC2020 modernization. The unit features nine private rooms showcasing the ultimate in privacy, safety and comfort for patients and their families. Caregivers will welcome the unit’s first patients later this week.

T&G Features Medical Center Patient Seeking Liver Donor

Kimberly Kinney Callan and her daughter Katie (photo courtesy of Telegram & Gazette)

Medical Center patient Kimberly Kinney Callan of Worcester has end-stage liver disease and recently shared her story with the Telegram & Gazette. The mother of an eight-year-old daughter is in desperate need of a liver transplant and is actively searching for a donor. In the article, Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, chief of the division of organ transplantation, notes that our Medical Center performs minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to procure living donor livers, which decreases complication risk and shortens donor recovery time. Watch a video about laparoscopic living liver donation. Ours is one of a select few centers in the country with the sophisticated technology and specialized skill set needed to perform this revolutionary technique. Read the article and watch Worcester News Tonight segment.

Simply Women: Power of Mindfulness in Your Everyday Life

How many balls do you have in the air today? As women, we’re often juggling kids, a job, a spouse, a home, aging parents and more. Multitasking on so many fronts can be enormously stressful, which, in turn, can contribute to a host of health problems. In a recent Simply Well blog post, Anita Perry, author, yogi and educator, who teaches yoga at the Clinton Campus of UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, explains the benefits of mindfulness: being present and in the moment, here and now. This blog post is part of our Simply Women initiative that caters to the unique health care needs of women and their families. Read the article.

Safeguard Protected Health Information: Take EL4U Course

As part of our continuing security awareness program, Privacy and Information Security is providing access via E-Learning 4U (EL4U) to Wombat Security Awareness Training. This month’s topic is “Organization Protected Health Information (PHI).” Learn how to safeguard PHI to meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accontability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus rules that include new regulations in addition to the former HIPAA and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act standards. Learn about PHI identifiers and receive practical guidance for using, disclosing, transmitting and storing PHI. Register for course; log onto E-Learning 4U and use “wombat” as a search word in the catalog tab.

Look for Farm-fresh Produce Now in Our Cafeterias

This week marks the start of our food and nutrition department’s partnership with the Worcester Regional Food Hub that brings locally grown produce to our cafeterias. “New England has a great selection of good and local farms,” said Steven Guerin, director of food and nutrition, University Campus. “Not only does working with the Worcester Regional Food Hub reduce our carbon footprint and strengthen the local economy, it also ensures a fresher product with better taste and nutritional value.” Be on the lookout for the fresh produce featured at our salad bars, action stations and entrée stations.

Students Create Fun Way to Mobilize Pediatric Patients

Responding to a special request from nurses at our Children’s Medical Center, sophomores from the woodworking class at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School recently designed, created and delivered nearly a dozen “lily pads” to help some of our youngest patients get where they need to go in a fun, creative way. Painted with contemporary artwork, the lily-pad-shaped platforms rest at the bottom of children’s IV poles so they can sit or stand on the base and easily be wheeled around the unit. See our coverage on Facebook and watch the Worcester News Tonight story, below.

Your Health Matters: Keep Your Summer Allergy Free

Do you suffer from bothersome seasonal allergies? You’re not alone. Many of your fellow caregivers deal with allergies too, and the summer months can be especially bad. If you’ve had symptoms for at least two weeks, talk to your primary care provider or an allergist to determine what’s causing them. Allergy testing or a personalized treatment plan may be your ticket to saying good-bye to your allergies. Benefits-eligible employees: See your doctor about allergies to earn 25 points on the myHealth Matters website under the “Address Your Allergies in the Summer” challenge.

Heart Walk Supporters Enjoy a Day at the Game

Carmen Paquette, patient accounts, and her husband Steven traveled first-class to Fenway Park after winning the Bleacher Madness event. Left photo, the couple pictured at Fenway Park.

Congratulations to Carmen and Steven Paquette, winners of the Bleacher Madness event sponsored by our 306 Belmont Street Hungry & Helping Hearts Heart Walk team. The couple was treated to a limosine ride to a pre-party at the Baseball Tavern in Boston courtesy of Acre Bridge Transportation before heading to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox play the White Sox.

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