Safe, Convenient Medication Disposal Helps Address Opioid Crisis


The new MedSafe medication disposal container on the University Campus

What’s that blue box outside of the retail pharmacy on the University Campus? It’s a MedSafe medication disposal container. The box provides a a secure way to dispose of unused and unneeded medications. The idea to provide the box came from surgeons Brett Baker, MD; Michael Hirsh, MDJohn Kelly, MDRichard Perugini, MD, and some of their medical students. “Since unused prescription opioids in our community represent a major route to the initiation of an opioid-use disorder, they envisioned placing a disposal box to facilitate getting these medications out of homes,” said Kavita Babu, MD, chief opioid officer. Thanks to the pharmacy, public safety, and administration, and generous support from Overdose Prevention Fund, Worcester District Medical Society, Worcester Department of Public Health, Remillard Foundation and donors. See the MedSafe flyer.


Varicose Veins: Just Ugly or Potentially Harmful?

Are those unsightly veins in your legs just a cosmetic problem or is there a deeper issue? “Varicose veins can be primarily a cosmetic issue, or they can be a marker of severe underlying disease,” said Danielle Doucet, MD, vascular surgeon. “Patients should seek treatment when they have symptoms in their legs that are affecting their activities of daily living.” Hear what else Dr. Doucet had to say in the Health Watch segment below.

Share Your Ideas About University Campus Healing Garden

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A model of the University Campus Healing Garden

All are invited to stop by the University Campus Faculty Conference Room (S1-342) on Thursday, November 29, 10 am to 3 pm, to learn about plans for a new Healing Garden near the University Campus emergency department. This garden to “inspire hope, healing and dreams” was initiated by Stefanie Gauguet, MD, PhD, pediatric critical care, who organized a committee to fill this need for our patients, their families and our caregivers. The committee has drafted plans and constructed models for the garden over the last year. The gathering on November 29 is an opportunity for members of the Medical School and Medical Center communities to learn about this exciting initiative and share their comments and feedback. For more information, email Dr. Gauguet.

Hundreds Educated at Fall Seminar Series

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Physicians from our Medical Center shared their expertise with community members at a series of educational seminars this fall.

Hundreds of community members attended the fall seminar series at the Beechwood Hotel to hear our Medical Center experts speak about shoulder issues, joint replacement, heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Many thanks to all who gave their time and expertise to make each event a big success. Our presenters included: Naomi Botkin, MD, FACC, cardiologist; Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, director, Center for Mindfulness, Brown University; Wayne Chan, MD, orthopedic surgeon; Matthew Deren, MD, orthopedic surgeon; Robert Hayward, MD, electrophysiologist; David McManus, MD, director, Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Program; and Jeffrey Shih, MD, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist.

Open Enrollment Is Here – Attend a Benefits Fair

my benefits iconDo you have questions regarding your 2019 benefit plan options? Stop by one of the benefits fairs listed below during open enrollment – October 29 to November 16 – to meet with a member of the benefits team or representatives from our carriers.

  • Memorial Campus: Tuesday, October 30, 7 am to 3:30 pm, Knowles Hall
  • 306 Belmont Street: Wednesday, October 31, 11 am to 2 pm, Executive Conference Room
  • University Campus: Thursday, November 1, 7 am to 3:30 pm, Noonan Family Concourse
  • Hahnemann Campus: Monday, November 5, 11 am to 2 pm, Ann Nemitz Conference Room
  • Worcester Business Center: Wednesday, November 7, 11 am to 2 pm, Hanover Conference Room (Center Building)
  • Biotech One: Thursday, November 8, 11 am to 2 pm, Second Floor Conference Room

Unable to attend a benefits fair? Our benefits representatives are available to answer your questions by email or telephone at 508-334-8511, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Sign Up for BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership Discount Today

bj's logoSign up today for BJ’s Wholesale Club membership discounts:

  • $15 off the $55 Inner Circle membership fee, plus one bonus month of membership (13 months total)
  • $30 off the $110 Rewards membership, plus one bonus month of membership (13 months total)
  • If you are already a BJ’s member, submit an enrollment form with your payment. Your current membership expiration date will be extended for an additional 13 months.
  • If you are enrolled in BJ’s auto-renewal program, you must contact BJ’s and unenroll to take advantage of these offers.
  • New members can enroll for $25 for 12 months for the Inner Circle membership or $50 for 12 months for the Rewards membership.

To get your discounted membership, scan and email the completed application, or send it by interoffice mail to: Benefits Contact Center, HR/Benefits Department, Worcester Business Center, second floor. Learn more. Deadline: Submit by Friday, November 9.

Physicians: Stop by a ‘Find a Physician’ Photo Session

Employed physicians who need to create or update their profile images for the online Find a Physician directory are encouraged to attend photography sessions on our University and Memorial Campuses. Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is necessary. Email or call Michelle Carrier at 508-334-5173 for more information. Sessions are offered:

Memorial Campus – Memorial One Conference Room

  • Thursday, November 29, 11:30 am to 1 pm
  • Monday, December 17, 10 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, January 14, 9 to 10:30 am
  • Tuesday, February 19, 9 to 10:30 am

University Campus – Endosurgery Conference Room

  • Tuesday, November 13, noon to 1 pm
  • Monday, December 3, 9 to 10:30 am
  • Monday, December 10, noon to 1:30 pm
  • Monday, January 7, 9 to 10:30 am
  • Wednesday, January 23, 9:30 to 11 am
  • Monday, February 4, 9 to 10:30 am
  • Monday, February 25, 7:30 to 9 am

Calendar of Events


Oncology Patient Treated to the World Series

Clinical social worker, Claudia Neithercut surprises oncology patient, Ryan Doyle, with tickets to the World Series courtesy of Walsh Brothers Construction. (Photo courtesy of Telegram & Gazette)

As if being discharged from the hospital wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, Children’s Medical Center oncology patient, Ryan Doyle, was presented with four tickets to game two of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers! Claudia Neithercut, pediatric clinical social worker, had the pleasure of presenting the tickets to Ryan on behalf of Walsh Brothers Construction of Boston. Ryan says his favorite player is Red Sox catcher, Sandy León! See the story in the Telegram & Gazette.

Dr. Gustafson Reflects on the ‘Start of a Meaningful Journey’

Dr. Gustafson

Last week, Medical Center President Michael Gustafson, MD, shared his thoughts about his first six weeks at our Medical Center in an email to all caregivers. Describing his time here as “the start of a meaningful journey,” Dr. Gustafson said, “If I had to choose one overarching observation, it would be that we are blessed with countless talented and committed people, from front-line staff to dedicated senior leaders, who are doing amazing work across the organization.” In his message, Dr. Gustafson relayed some of his early experiences and interactions with Medical Center caregivers, as well as an inspirational story that highlights our vision to be the best place to give care, and the best place to get care. Read Dr. Gustafson’s message. Share an inspirational story.