NICU Described as a ‘Haven for High-risk Infants’

NICU baby

A picture speaks a thousand words. Worcester Magazine recently featured our NICU in a three-part series. (Photo courtesy of Worcester Magazine)

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is nationally renowned and has a reputation for involving families in their babies’ care. Just ask the parents interviewed for this three-part Worcester Magazine feature titled, “Life in the NICU: UMass Memorial a Haven for High-risk Infants.” The only Level 3 NICU in Central Massachusetts, our caregivers follows a finely-honed routine that involves a dedicated team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and respiratory therapists who takes over the care of any baby determined to be in distress. The care team also includes physician assistants, nutritionists, social workers, pharmacists, cuddlers and others. Ellen Delpapa, MD, chief of maternal-fetal medicine, offered perhaps the highest – and simplest – praise for the NICU team, saying, “We feel privileged to practice with them.” Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the feature.

Transfusion Services Has Successful FDA Inspection

CongratulationsA recent unannounced inspection of Transfusion Services on the University Campus by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) resulted in zero deficiencies. The officer who visited observed our staff and reviewed numerous records including transfusion reactions, emergency release of blood, recalls and market withdrawals, computer validations, irradiator maintenance and exposure calculations, equipment maintenance and more. The report concluded there were no “observations of objectionable conditions and practices.” Transfusion Services has had zero-deficiency inspections for more than nine years. Congratulations to our Transfusion Services team!

Medical Group Welcomes Drs. Chang, Ferraro, Gultawatvichai, Quarshie

Emily Chang, Ferraro, Gultawatvichai, Quarshie

Drs. Chang, Ferraro, Gultawatvichai and Quarshie

Internist Emily Chang, MD, earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona and completed her internal medicine residency at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Chang specializes in internal medicine at Millbury Internal Medicine. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chang, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Obstetrician/Gynecologist Laura Ferraro, MD, earned her medical degree from our Medical School. She completed obstetrics and gynecology residency programs at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Ferraro’s clinical interests include pregnancy and complete obstetrical care; gynecological surgery, including minimally invasive surgery; and gynecologic health issues. She specializes in obstetrics and gynecology on the Memorial Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ferraro, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Hematologist/Oncologist Patan Gultawatvichai, MD, earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine at Rangsit University, Thailand. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Roger Williams Medical Center and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Medical School. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Gultawatvichai specializes in hematology/oncology on the University Campus and at UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital’s Burbank Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gultawatvichai, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Transplant Nephrologist Nicholas Quarshie, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Science and Technology, School of Medical Sciences, Kumasi. He completed his residency at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, a transplant nephrology fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine – New Haven Hospital, and a nephrology fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Board certified in nephrology and internal medicine, his clinical interests include kidney and pancreas transplants, rejection and kidney donation. Dr. Quarshie specializes in transplant nephrology at the University Campus, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital, Milford Regional Medical Center, and Fairlawn and Whittier rehabilitation hospitals. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Quarshie, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Attend Schwartz Center Rounds: Patient Disagreements

Schwartz logoAttend the upcoming Schwartz Center Rounds, “I Disagree with My Patient; How Do I Continue To Give Compassionate Care?” on Friday, October 12, noon to 1 pm in the Faculty Conference Room (S1-342) on the University Campus. Place the forum in your schedule by downloading the outlook calendar appointment. Panelists include Christina Hermos, MD, Sasha Svendsen, MD, and Vandana Nagpal, MD, FACP. One contact hour will be provided and preregistration is not required. Email us with questions, ideas for topics or to join the planning committee. See the flyer. Learn more.

Support Our Troops Over the Holidays

Do you want to help make the holidays a little brighter for the men and women serving in the military? In November, staff from our Endoscopy Clinic on the University Campus welcome your donations to their troops’ holiday collection. Items needed include books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, nonperishable snacks and candies (no chocolate), telephone cards, toiletries, shirts and socks. Donations will be accepted at the clinic on University Campus, Level A, #HA-135, between November 1 and November 26. The items collected will be sent to the troops by Whitin Community Center. For details contact Valerie Tortora, at 774-442-2154.

Let’s Keep UMass Memorial Health Care Tobacco Free

we are tobacco freeAt UMass Memorial Health Care, we’re committed to keeping our clinical and nonclinical facilities tobacco free. We believe our patients and employees are safer and healthier under our Tobacco-Free Environment policy that prohibits tobacco use on UMass Memorial Health Care premises due to the harms of second-hand and third-hand smoke. If you or a caregiver you know needs help managing tobacco-related cravings, contact Employee Health Services for information on the myHealth Matters tobacco craving management program.

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University Campus Sidewalk Repairs Begin Tomorrow

under constructionCapital Planning will begin a project to repair the campus sidewalks at the University Campus tomorrow, September 10, that is expected to be complete before the winter sets in. Sidewalks will be repaired at the Emergency Department entrance, the main entrance, the quad area and the Ambulatory Care Center Building/South Garage area. Access to all the buildings will be maintained throughout the project but may be altered slightly. Barriers and signage will provide direction. See the areas that will be affected highlighted on this map. Questions? Contact Paul Patrick or Michelle O’Leary