Dr. Babu Featured in Telegram & Gazette

Dr. Babu

Following the September 20 announcement of Kavita Babu, MD, as chief opioid officer at UMass Memorial Health Care, Dr. Babu talked with Peter Cohan, the Telegram & Gazette’s Wall and Main contributor, about her unique role, what led her to it and the opioid epidemic in Worcester County. “For me, this role is helping to answer the question of, ‘Am I doing enough?’” said Dr. Babu. “We see the consequences of untreated opioid use disorders in the emergency departments daily. I am very excited to work with experts through the UMass Memorial medical system to do more for these patients.” Read the article.

Health Watch: eICU Is an Extra Set of Eyes and Ears

Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) are the most vulnerable and need specialized, round-the-clock care. In this Health Watch segment, Eric Cucchi, PA-C, director of our electronic ICU (eICU), explains how doctors, nurses and physician assistants can help from afar. “The eICU is a telemedicine ICU that utilizes technology to help support our clinicians monitoring patients throughout our communities in our adult ICUs,” Cucchi said. Located in an office on the Hahnemann Campus, the eICU supports all of the UMass Memorial Health Care ICUs, as well as ICUs at three remote community hospitals. The eICU teams provide an extra set of eyes and ears for the beside caregivers 24/7.

It’s Prime Time to Recognize Our Primary Care Providers

2jehggThere’s more to celebrate in October than pumpkin spice and Halloween candy. It’s Primary Care Month, a great opportunity to recognize the hundreds of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants making a difference across our health care system. Our hospital clinics, Community Medical Group, Community Health Centers, and private and independent caregivers serve more than 70 percent of Central Massachusetts’ communities and patients. The most recent figures from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services show that the UMass Memorial Medicare Accountable Care Organization ranked first in New England and 15th nationally, with much of the credit attributed to our primary care physicians. “I’m incredibly proud of our primary care caregivers,” said Daniel Lasser, MD, chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and senior vice president for primary care. “They deserve our whole-hearted recognition for delivering high-quality care to all of our patients.”

Local Vendor Provides Personal Touch

Chris Gardella, president of Printer Pro Solutions (photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette)

Chris Gardella, president of Printer Pro Solutions of Douglas, may have only 14 employees, but that didn’t prevent UMass Memorial Health Care from awarding the company a 60-month contract to manage the sizable printing needs of our organization. Though he was competing with much bigger corporations, Gardella’s company has a successful track record of creating efficient ways for us to save paper and cut costs without affecting work flow. “The advantages of having a small business is that customers appreciate the personal touch,” Gardella said. “With a large firm, you aren’t on the phone talking to the company president about your issue. Here, you are talking to a person who makes the problem go away pretty darn quick.” Read more in the Telegram & Gazette article.

Calling All Crafters: Sign Up for November Craft Fair

The Employee Activities Committee invites all employees to sell their handmade goods, show off their talents and connect with fellow creative colleagues at a craft fair being held on November 16 at the University Campus, Noonan Family Concourse, 8 am to 4 pm. Rent a table to sell your crafts, or attend the fair to find some unique holiday gifts. Table fees are $25. Proceeds support the bereavement fund. Tables are limited, so sign up nowSee the flyer.

Use the myHealth Matters App to Log Points Easily

Are you working hard to reach the 3,000-point myHealth Matters gold level before the December 10 deadline for the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card? Download the myHealth Matters app. Benefits-eligible employees: The app brings the portal right to your mobile device, so you can log wellness points on your lunch break at work, while you wait for dinner to finish cooking, or while taking a walk around the neighborhood. The app lets you log completed challenges, leave comments, sync your fitness tracker and more. To access the app, search for Limeade in your app store, then use the code “umassmemorial” to activate it after it downloads. All the points you’ve previously logged will be waiting for you in the app. And don’t forget to claim your points in the “Go Mobile: Download the App” challenge.

Register Today to Join Our Evening of Orthopedic Education

Achy knees? Sore shoulder? Join us on Monday, October 15 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester for a evening of free orthopedic education presented by expert orthopedic surgeons from our Medical Center. From 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Matthew Deren, MD, will present “Explore Possibilities in Arthritis and Joint Pain Treatment.” From 7 to 8 pm, Wayne Chan, MD, will present “Solutions for Shoulder Pain.” Seminar space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided. Register today for one or both presentations.

Sign Up for an On-site Retirement Planning Session With Fidelity

Looking for assistance with your retirement planning? Sign up now for a Fidelity Investments’ Retirement Planning Session for help. Planners are available to assist eligible participants in one-on-one sessions in person or by telephone during which they’ll get to know you and your financial goals. See when planners will be on-site for one-to-one sessions from now through December. Visit the Fidelity website to make an appointment, or call 800-642-7131. Building a financial plan for tomorrow starts with the little steps you can take today. Take advantage of this benefit and tap into the education, resources and support Fidelity Investments provides.

Stay Updated on Medical Center and System Policies

Visit the OurNet policy page to view all Medical Center policies, as well as the latest policy newsletter, FAQs, and policy and procedure templates. System policies can also be found on this page. Email the policy administrator with necessary policy changes. The following policies have recently been updated and posted:

  • System Policy: Litigation/Investigation Document Hold
  • Policy 1093: Baby Safe Haven
  • Policy 1409: Reporting and Investigation of Events, Allegations and Complaints
  • Policy 1434: Request Approval and Administration of Cellular Wireless Devices
  • Policy 4003: Voluntary Transfer
  • Policy 4080: Disability and Reasonable Accommodation
  • Policy 5021: Tuberculosis Infection Control Plan