‘Miracle’ Micro-preemie Born in Our NICU Defies All Odds

Miracle baby Daniel Gagnon (Photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette).

When Ashley Gagnon began experiencing blurry vision, loss of smell and fainting spells at 20 weeks pregnant, she became very concerned. She enlisted the help of Heidi Leftwich, DO, ob/gyn, maternal and fetal medicine, at our Medical Center who quickly discovered that Ashley’s baby had stopped growing at 19 weeks gestation and diagnosed Ashely with pre-eclampsia, which can be fatal to both mom and baby. When the baby went into distress at 27 weeks, Dr. Leftwich, along with our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) team successfully delivered a 14-ounce, 10.8-inch “miracle” baby boy, Daniel, the second smallest micro-preemie born in our NICU. Read about Daniel’s story of survival in today’s Telegram & Gazette.

Dr. MacGregor: How to Stop Overthinking Before It Gets Negative

Dr. MacGregor

It is perfectly normal to give a lot of thought to things that can impact our lives, but there is a fine line. We can become guilty of overthinking, according to clinical psychologist Kirstin MacGregor, PhD. In a Aaptiv Magazine article, she explains there is a difference between thinking a lot about something in order to come to a suitable solution, and “ruminating” – replaying a thought or a memory or a situation over and over again with no resolution. “By continuing to replay negative situations over and over again in our minds, all it stands to do is make whatever negative feelings attached to that situation worse,” she said. Read the article.

Community Gardens Help Families Overcome Food Insecurities

Have you ever heard the term “food insecurity?” In this episode of Health Watch, Grace Sliwoski, director of programs for the Regional Environmental Council, explains why so many Worcester families struggle to put healthy foods on their families’ tables and shares how community gardens are helping them overcome these food insecurities. She says, “Giving people the skills to be able to grow food themselves is really allowing them to take control of their diets, take control of their food budget, and it’s also a great way to help get children and the family more excited about eating fruits and vegetables.”

Knowles Hall Entrance Upgrade Improves Accessibility and Safety

The upgraded Knowles Hall entrance to the Jaquith Building

Have you noticed anything different about the Knowles Hall Entrance of the Memorial Campus Jaquith Building? The canopy and ramp have been upgraded to improve accessibility to our Medical Center and enhance patient and visitor safety safety during inclement weather. In addition, newly constructed common space adjacent to the entrance now has a parking pay-station and a food and beverage vending area for all to enjoy.


Simply Well: Talking to Your Teen Daughter About Menstruation

Watching your daughter grow into a young adult is exciting, but talking to your pre-teen about the changes her body is about to experience isn’t always easy, leaving many parents and their children feeling a little embarrassed or uncomfortable. In a recent Simply Well blog post, Lourdes Uy, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, offers some tips for getting the conversation started and key topics to cover. Visit Simply Well to learn more and sign up to receive future blog posts in your email box.

Submit Nomination; Recognize an Outstanding APRN/NP/PA!

The September 10 deadline to submit nominations to the Advanced Practice Council for the Clinical Practice Recognition Award and the Paulette Seymour-Route Exemplar Award is fast approaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to recognize the leadership and outstanding contributions of an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA). Download the Clinical Practice and Exemplar Leadership criteria documents for details. Submit nominations and questions to Donna Gladney, NP.

Clinical Engineering Shares Ideas, Wins Pizza Party; Learn How!

Clinical Engineering Department members, from left, Matt Caron, Shelley Sartini, Cori DeLisi, Joseph Wagner and Kurtis Donovan pose in front of their electronic idea board.

Have you forgotten to tell us about some of the ideas generated at your idea board huddle? If yes, it’s time to enter our #whatwasthatideagain contest. That’s what members of the Clinical Engineering Department did, and they won a pizza party! For example, the team tracks ideas using an electronic idea board so team members can easily monitor their progress. You could win pizza for your team too, just by bringing us up to date on your ideas. Each week, one submission will be randomly selected to win a Papa Gino’s gift card. Join in on the fun! There are two ways to enter:

  • Let us know if your team has met or exceeded your implemented ideas goal!
  • Tag or direct message @umassmemorialhealthcare on Facebook or Instagram. Include hashtag #whatwasthatideaagain and tell us about or share a photo of an idea that the team implemented in the past, but forgot to count until now.