Donation Aims to Reduce Anxiety for Pediatric Patients

Our Children’s Medical Center recently received a donation of four weighted blankets from the Todorov family in memory of their mother, Elizabeth. The blankets serve as a wonderful tool for our pediatric patients who have autism or anxiety. The hospital is such an unfamiliar and often scary place, and weighted blankets help some patients feel more secure and less anxious. The blankets will be available to caregivers of patients on the pediatric floor, in our pediatric clinics, in the emergency department and in the surgical areas. Pictured from left: Kris Bruneau and Trish Jonason, Child Life Services, with the new weighted blankets that were generously donated to our Children’s Medical Center by the Todorov family.

Spread the Word About Talent Tuesdays Recruitment Open Houses

Do you know someone who would be a great fit for our organization? The talent acquisition team is now hosting Talent Tuesdays recruitment open houses on the first Tuesday of every month for anyone interested in career opportunities at our Medical Center. The next open house will take place Tuesday, August 7 at the University Campus, 11 am to 1 pm i lobby of the Remillard Pavilion. Team members will be on hand to answer questions and share information about available positions. No appointment needed! Read flyer.

We Welcome Drs. Brochu, Davis, Shanmugham and Shohet

Pictured from left: Drs. Brochu, Davis, Shanmugham and Shohet.

Radiologist Brian Brochu, MD,earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed residency and fellowship programs at the Medical School. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology. Dr. Brochu specializes in diagnostic radiology at UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital, on the University and Memorial campuses, and at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Pulmonologist Steven Davis, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his residency program at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and completed a fellowship program at Brown University-Rhode Island Hospital. He is board certified in pulmonary disease, sleep medicine and internal medicine, and his clinical interests include asthma, interstitial lung disease and all aspects of sleep medicine. Dr. Davis specializes in pulmonary disease and sleep medicine on the Memorial Campus. To schedule an appointment, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Radiologist Lakshmi Shanmugham, MD, earned his medical degree from Stanley Medical College, India, Chennai. He completed fellowship programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Shanmugham specializes in radiation oncology on the University Campus. See online profile; visit website.

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist Jason Shohet, MD, earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He also completed hematology/oncology fellowship programs at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Shohet is board certified in pediatric hematology/oncology. His clinical interests include pediatric leukemia, lymphoma and solid tumors with an additional focus on neuroblastoma translational research treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shohet, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Learn How to Maintain a Safe and Secure Work Environment

Privacy and Information Security provides access to Wombat Security Awareness Training via E-Learning 4U (as part of our continuing security awareness program. This month’s topic is “Organizational Physical Security.” Complete the training to gain a better understanding of your role in maintaining a safe and secure work environment. Learn how to prevent and correct physical security breaches, and apply best practices that will help keep our people, areas and assets secure. Register for the course by logging onto E-Learning 4U and using “wombat” as a search word in the catalog tab.

Earn College Credits On-Site Through Pathway to College Program

The Pathway to College program gives caregivers with a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) the opportunity to earn up to nine college credits that can be applied to a variety of undergraduate degree programs including business, allied health, nursing and psychology. Classes will be held on-site at our Medical Center, where participants will receive individualized support, guidance and academic advising. There are minimal upfront expenses, and up to 80 percent of program costs may be covered by tuition benefits. The first session begins this fall, and the deadline to register is August 15. To learn more, visit the Pathway to College MyHR page, email the organization and people development team or drop by to speak with the team at the information tables:

  • Worcester Business Center: August 7, 9 to 11 am, Willow Conference Room
  • Memorial Campus: August 10, 11 am to 1 pm, outside the cafeteria
  • Hahnemann Campus: August 13, 11 am to 1 pm, lobby
  • University Campus: August 15, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, lobby next to the pharmacy

Enjoy Six Flags on Family Day; Discounted Tickets Also Available

  • Six Flags Family Day: If you missed the July 21 Health Care Workers Family Day at Six Flags New England, be sure to take advantage of the next family day coming up Sunday, August 12! The $46.18 per person price (plus state meal tax and processing fee) includes free parking, all-day admission to Six Flags New England and Hurricane Harbor Water Park, and an all-you-can-eat buffet. Order tickets now using the promotion code UMASS2018.
  • Discounted tickets: If you can’t make that date, regular day tickets are also available at a discounted price of $42, and picnic in the park tickets are available for $49.38 on specific dates. Both are subject to state meal tax and processing fees. Order tickets now by logging in with username “UMassma” and password “sixflags2.” To learn about other employee discounts, visit the Employee Activities and Discounts page. Questions? Email or call 508-334-8511.