Open Enrollment is Coming:Time to Review Benefits Options

This year’s open enrollment period is October 29 through November 16, so it’s just around the corner! Benefits-eligible employees: Get a head start on open enrollment by reviewing plan options in the 2019 Benefits Guide. The guide was mailed to you recently so you can be ready to enroll when the time comes using MyBenefits. For 2019, we will no longer offer the Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) Plan through Health Plans Inc. (HPI). Refer to your benefits guide for more information about what you need to do if you’re enrolled in an HPI plan. And don’t forget that Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) require enrollment each year in which you wish to participate. For more information about this year’s open enrollment, visit MyHR. For benefits questions, email or call 508-334-8511.

Learn About Cancer Caregivers and Services Across Our System

The 2017 UMass Memorial Health Care Annual Report of Cancer Services is now available, showcasing not only the cancer care provided at our Medical Center, but also the cancer care and services available across the UMass Memorial Health Care system. Read the annual report to meet some of the dedicated members of our cancer care team and learn about the high-quality, compassionate diagnostic and treatment services they provide. You’ll also find information about our mammography technology, the Healing Garden, the UMass Cancer Avatar Institute, cancer rehabilitation services and much more. Watch for additional information in future editions of News & Views.


Congrats to Susanne Frisch, RN; Named October Daisy Awardee

Pictured from left, front row, are members of the West 3 team: Melina McCarthy, RN, Patty Dresley, RN, and Kaitlyn Letourneau, RN; back row, Brandi Cormier, RN, Anna Elliott, RN, Kathryn Burstall, RN, Judy Best, RN, Suzanne Frisch, RN, Christine Campaniello, RN, and Holly Hevy, RN.

Congratulations to Suzanne Frisch, RN, (pictured back row, center) who was recently presented with the October 2018 DAISY Award at a special event on West 3. Suzanne was nominated by her colleague Melina McCarthy, RN, (pictured front row, left) who shared, “Suzanne is one of the most dedicated nurses I have had the pleasure of working with!” She also noted Suzanne’s excellence in educating patients and teaching them new skills, as well as her compassionate bedside manner. “She cares for each of her patients as if he or she were her family member,” Melina said. “She is also a mentor and a role model for her peers.” The DAISY award is designed to reward and celebrate the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care nurses provide every day. Nominate a nurse today.

Love Those Lashes; Are They Safe? Dr. Faustina Explains

Long, luxurious lashes? Yes, please! Many women are running to their estheticians in the quest to elongate their lashes. But is this quickly growing trend safe? Misha Faustina, MD, director of oculoplastic services at our Eye Center, went live on Facebook to share her expertise on altering your eyelashes, including what dangers they pose – from glue allergies to eyelid balding – and suggestions for safe application and wear.


Meet Your Carpool Match at MassRIDES Event Tomorrow

MassRIDES is hosting its Meet Your Match event tomorrow, October 24, noon to 1:30 pm, Memorial One Conference Room. Attend the event for an overview of the benefits of ridesharing, information about commuter resources, and an opportunity to “meet your match” by connecting with other caregivers who interested in carpooling. Light refreshments will be provided. Caregivers who find a carpool match will be entered into a drawing to win preferential parking. Sign up online now using the code: UMass_10.24.18, if you plan to attend. Questions? Email MassRIDES Outreach Coordinator Patrick Higgins. See the flyer.

Lamar Soutter Library Goes 3D with New Printing Exhibit

The Lamar Soutter Library on the University Campus is hosting an exhibit from now through November 30 titled “3D Printing for Better Patient Care” featuring recent projects by UMass D3Health. D3Health – the Medical School’s Center for Data Driven Discovery and Healthcare – has been working on a variety of projects that incorporate three-dimensional (3D) printing, one of the many tools used for its engineering and prototyping solutions. The 3D-printed items on display include a custom wrist brace; models of an aneurysm, trachea, skull and knee; and multiple stages of the printing process for an intensive care unit communication device. Want to see a 3D printer in action? Email Clay Mangiameli. Questions about the exhibit? Email Miri Goldberg. Learn more. The exhibit is co-sponsored by D3Health and the Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity Disability Subcommittee.

Stay Up to Date on Medical Center Policies Now Posted on OurNet

Visit the OurNet policy page to view all Medical Center policies, as well as the latest policy newsletter, frequently asked questions, 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:

  • Policy 2210: Monitoring Refrigeration, Freezing and Warming of Medications
  • Policy 2516: Automatic Substitution by Pharmacists
  • System Policy: Code of Ethics and Business Conduct
  • System Policy: Fraud and Abuse Reporting
  • System Policy: Non-Retaliation/Non-Retribution

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