Congratulations to the 2018 Lean Black Belt Graduates!

2018 Black Belts

Graduates of the 2018 lean black belt training program

Our health care system recently celebrated the work and accomplishments of the 26 caregivers who completed the 2018 lean black belt training program. Among the guests at the congratulatory event were black belt alumni, program facilitators and coaches, and President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD. See our list of 2018 black belt graduates and their improvement projects. Eighty-three caregivers at our organization have been black belt trained to date supporting continuous improvement in our organization. Congratulations to all! Learn more about lean training and the Center for Innovation and Transformational Change.

Teddy Bear Clinic Gets Two Paws Up!

2018 Teddy Bear Clinic PhotosQ: What happened when 175 volunteers recently pulled together 28 interactive health and safety booths on a bright and sunny day?

A: About 1,500 energetic visitors packed the Albert Sherman Center for the annual Teddy Bear Clinic at our Children’s Medical Center! Teddy Bears were measured, weighed, imaged and bandaged. Children had their faces painted; ran through obstacle courses; visited with mascots; learned about brushing their teeth and wearing sunscreen; dressed up as doctors; toured a firetruck, ambulance and police car; and so much more. Special thanks to our partnering sponsor, Delta Dental of Massachusetts, our media sponsors from Charter TV3, Clear Channel, and WXLO, and our many volunteers!

Medical Group Welcomes New Physicians

Drs. Joshi, Maxfield, McLean-Mandell and Wong

Drs. Joshi, Maxfield, McLean-Mandell and Wong

Pediatrician Neha Joshi, MD, earned her medical degree from UNIBE (Universidad Iberoamericana), Santo Domingo. She completed her residency at MetroHealth Medical Center then pursued fellowship training at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Rainbow Babies. Dr. Joshi is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology. She specializes in pediatric pulmonology on the University Campus, and her clinical interests include cystic fibrosis, high-risk asthma and children with chronic respiratory needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joshi, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Thoracic Surgeon Mark Maxfield, MD, earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his general surgery residency program at Yale-New Haven Hospital and completed a fellowship in thoracic surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Maxfield is board certified in general surgery and board eligible in thoracic surgery. He specializes in robot-assisted thoracic surgery, minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer, benign and malignant esophageal disease, complex airway disease, mediastinal masses, chest wall reconstruction and pleural conditions. Dr. Maxfield see patients and operates at the Memorial and University campuses and at UMass Memorial Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital (Leominster Campus). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Maxfield, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Dermatologist Riley McLean-Mandell, MD, earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she also completed a residency program in dermatology and a fellowship program in procedural dermatology. Dr. McLean-Mandell is board certified in dermatology and specializes in Mohs surgery, laser and cosmetic dermatology on our Hahnemann Campus and at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital (Leominster Campus). To schedule an appointment with Dr. McLean-Mandell, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Psychiatrist/Neurologist Brenda Wong, MD, received her medical degree from the National University of Singapore and trained in pediatrics in Singapore and the United Kingdom prior to her completion of a pediatric neurology fellowship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She also received training in pediatric neuromuscular medicine at the Hammersmith Muscle Clinic in London, UK. Dr. Wong is board certified in neurology with special qualifications in child neurology. She is also is the director of the UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Program. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wong, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Sign Up for MassRIDES Meet Your Match Event

Meet Your MatchStop by the information table outside the Memorial Campus cafeteria, 11 am to 1 pm, today, or Monday, October 22, to learn about the MassRIDES Meet Your Match event coming up on Wednesday, October 24, noon to 1:30 pm, Memorial One Conference Room. The event will feature an informal overview of the benefits of ridesharing, information about commuter resources and an opportunity to connect with other caregivers interested in carpooling so you can “meet your match.” Light refreshments will be provided. Caregivers who find a carpool match will be entered into a drawing to win preferential parking. Not able to sign up at the information table? Sign up online using the code UMass_10.24.18.

Attend Advanced Practice Council Awards Ceremony

congratulationsThe Advanced Practice Council will host its annual awards ceremony on Thursday, November 8, 5:30 pm, Emergency Department Conference Room (Room LA-249) on the University Campus. All advanced practice practitioners and other clinicians are invited to attend the event to recognize advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants being awarded for their exceptional work at the Medical Center, Medical School and community at large. The Paulette Seymour-Route Exemplar Award and Clinical Practice Award will be presented to this year’s recipients at the event. Questions? Email Donna Gladney.

Required Password Change: Start Thinking About Your New One

doctor and security graphicsA third-party firm recently evaluated our health care system’s vulnerability and provided several recommendations to enhance the security of our information systems – one of which is to strengthen caregiver login/password requirements. All caregivers – 250 per day and in alphabetical order – will be prompted when they are required to change their network passwords. If you haven’t already changed your password, start thinking about your new one. No special font, case, characters/symbols or numbers are required, and the new password must be at least 15 characters in length. For example, you may choose a memorable phrase, lyrics to a song, your favorite book title, etc. A new password will be required every 365 days. A job aid and additional information are available on the security page of IS/Epic Central. If you require assistance changing your network password or have questions, contact the IS Support Center at 508-334-8800 or submit a ticket via the IS Self-Service Portal.

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