Question 1 Debated at League of Women Voters Forum

Pictured from left: Donna Kelly-Williams and Teresa Rincon (photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette)

In an article last week titled “Nurse Staffing Limits Debated at Question 1 Forum in Worcester,” the Telegram & Gazette reported, “Both sides of the debate over a question on the November ballot seeking to put limits on nurse-patient staffing ratios in Massachusetts hospitals had an audience Wednesday night with the League of Women Voters of the Worcester Area. Donna Kelly-Williams, president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, spoke in favor of Question 1, which would set a maximum on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at any one time. Teresa Rincon, telehealth director of clinical operations and innovation at UMass Memorial Health Care, represented the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety, a group of hospitals and medical organizations that have mobilized to oppose the measure.” Read the rest of the article.

It Has Been One Epic Year! Share Epic Milestones and Memories!

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the systemwide implementation of Epic, we encourage caregivers to share their Epic moments from the past year through photos and stories to be included in our ONE Epic Year of #UMMHCepicmoments gallery. We encourage you to share memories, a story, anonymous patient feedback, team wins, milestones or moments from your post-go-live journey. Need some inspiration? Check out #ummhcepicmoments gallery. How to share your Epic moments:


Geriatrics Team Walks to End Alzheimer’s

Pictured from left: Josh Robinson; Amy Goguen, MA; Cheryl Trimby, RN; Jerry Gurwitz, MD; Zahra Sheikh, MD; Erika Zimmons, MD; Lynn Chickering; Mayra Tisminetzky; Sarah McGee, MD; and Linda Pellegrini

Members of our geriatrics team recently participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Quinsigamond Community College. Proceeds from this annual event support the work of the Alzheimer’s Association, including advocacy efforts, free educational programs, support groups, caregiver consultations, and dementia care coordination for patients and caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association also funds research, including two current studies at our Medical School. “Members of our division walked to honor the many patients and families we care for with dementia, as well as our family members who have been affected by the disease,” said Linda Pellegrini, geriatrics.

DAISY Award Recipient Recognized for ‘Humility and Humor’

Celebrating the DAISY Award presentation on 8 West are (left to right): Haley Burke, RN; Connie Millette, RN; Kasia Dodman, NP; Alicia Wierenga, NP; Daniel Mullaney, RN; Christine Perrone, NP; and Sylvia Reindorf.

Dan Mullaney, RN, 8 West, University Campus, was recently presented with the September DAISY Award at a special celebration attended by his colleagues and the family that nominated him for the award. At the event, the patient and her husband noted that Dan “approached his care with humility and humor, offering a warm opening greeting and constant check-in to ensure our well-being.” Congratulations to Dan and the entire 8 West team! The DAISY award is designed to reward and celebrate the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care nurses provide every day. Nominate a nurse today.


Medical Group Welcomes New Physicians

Drs. Grier, Ralto and Sorokin








Optometrist Justine Grier, OD, earned her optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry and completed a pediatric optometry residency program at the New England College of Optometry. Dr. Grier specializes in optometry for adults and children on the University and Hahnemann campuses and at Northborough Crossing. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Grier, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Nephrologist Kenneth Ralto, MD, earned his medical degree from Tufts University. He completed his residency program in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a fellowship program in critical care at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a fellowship program in nephrology at Beth Israel Deaconess. Board certified in nephrology and internal medicine, Dr. Ralto specializes in nephrology on the University Campus, Marlborough Hospital and at Worcester Nephrology. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ralto, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Urologist Igor Sorokin, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his residency program in urology at the Albany Medical Center and a fellowship in endourology and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Sorokin specializes in caring for adults with kidney stone disease, kidney obstruction, kidney cancer, enlarged prostates and prostate cancer on the Memorial Campus. His clinical interests are in the medical management and prevention of patients with recurrent kidney stonesHis surgical expertise includes percutaneous, ureteroscopic, laparoscopic and robotic techniques for kidney, ureteral and prostate operations. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sorokin, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Register for the 11th Annual STEMI Summit

Our Heart and Vascular Center is collaborating with Life Flight and Worcester Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to hold the 11th Annual STEMI (Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Summit on Saturday, October 20, 8 am to noon. The event will take place at the Sherman Center on the University Campus. The goal is to assist EMS and nursing professionals to apply current best practices during cardiac emergencies that require rapid assessment, treatment and mechanical support. The event is free of charge, and contact hours are provided. Parking will be available in the visitors parking garage. Space is limited. Learn more. Register now. Registration deadline is October 15.

Learn About Heart Failure at Free Event

What is heart failure, and how are the physicians at our Medical Center treating it? Jeffrey Shih, MD, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist, will answer these questions and more at an upcoming free health education program. Attend the seminar on Tuesday, October 9, 6 to 7 pm, Beechwood Hotel. Seminar space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided. Register today!



Take the Gift Shop Survey!

As part of ongoing efforts to improve the satisfaction of employees, visitors and patients at our Medical Center, we invite you to provide feedback about our gift shop by participating in a brief online survey. The gift shop’s mission is to provide excellent customer service and product selection. We want to know if it’s meeting your needs and hear your ideas about what products you’d like to see in the shop. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and will be available online for one week. Thank you in advance for your participation. Take the survey.

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