Oncology Patient Treated to the World Series

Clinical social worker, Claudia Neithercut surprises oncology patient, Ryan Doyle, with tickets to the World Series courtesy of Walsh Brothers Construction. (Photo courtesy of Telegram & Gazette)

As if being discharged from the hospital wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, Children’s Medical Center oncology patient, Ryan Doyle, was presented with four tickets to game two of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers! Claudia Neithercut, pediatric clinical social worker, had the pleasure of presenting the tickets to Ryan on behalf of Walsh Brothers Construction of Boston. Ryan says his favorite player is Red Sox catcher, Sandy León! See the story in the Telegram & Gazette.

Dr. Gustafson Reflects on the ‘Start of a Meaningful Journey’

Dr. Gustafson

Last week, Medical Center President Michael Gustafson, MD, shared his thoughts about his first six weeks at our Medical Center in an email to all caregivers. Describing his time here as “the start of a meaningful journey,” Dr. Gustafson said, “If I had to choose one overarching observation, it would be that we are blessed with countless talented and committed people, from front-line staff to dedicated senior leaders, who are doing amazing work across the organization.” In his message, Dr. Gustafson relayed some of his early experiences and interactions with Medical Center caregivers, as well as an inspirational story that highlights our vision to be the best place to give care, and the best place to get care. Read Dr. Gustafson’s message. Share an inspirational story.



Dr. Irwin Delivers Keynote at CHEST 2018

Dr. Irwin, left, shared family photos during his keynote address about patient-focused care at CHEST 2018.

Richard Irwin, MD, FCCP, chair, critical care operations, recently delivered the keynote address at the CHEST 2018 American College of Chest Physicians annual meeting. Dr. Irwin’s address, “My Journey to Patient-Focused Care and Lessons Learned Along the Way,” focused on the evolution of patient-focused care and explored the definition of patient-focused care through both academic and personal lenses. Dr. Irwin’s address, which you can see in the video, earned him a standing ovation. Dr. Irwin is also the editor-in-chief of the CHEST journal.

Attend Community Health Needs Assessment Event

All are invited to attend the public release of the 2018 Greater Worcester Community Health Assessment on Monday, October 29, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, at the Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence Street in Worcester. The assessment was conducted by our organization in partnership with Fallon Health and the Worcester Division of Public Health – the lead agency of the Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance. Conducted every three years, the assessment is designed to provide a comprehensive view of the region’s health status, assets and needs. Its findings will be used to update the Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan, which serves as a road map for the future health of the region and with which our Community Benefits Strategic Implementation Plan aligns. Refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend. View flyer.

Complete Your Epic Upgrade Training

In preparation for the Epic Double Upgrade on November 3, 2018, an Upgrade Training Dashboard has been distributed to all Epic users. Use the dashboard to complete the training required for your role and attest to its completion. In addition, check out the Epic Playground (PLY), which has been updated to version 2018. A job aid explaining how to access the Upgrade Training Dashboard, review training materials, and attest to training completion, as well as list of generic usernames and passwords you can use to access the Epic Playground, are available on the Training Page of IS/Epic Central. Questions? Email Epic training.

Medical School Seeks Participants for Asthma Study

If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, you may be eligible to participate in a research study at the Medical School that compares two programs designed to increase asthma control and improve quality of life. If you are interested and eligible to participate in the study, you will be randomly assigned to one of the two programs. Each involves coming to eight, weekly 2½-hour classes, one all-day class on a weekend day, and some time spent on home assignments. An assessment of your asthma control and lung function will be completed before you start the classes, and again at six, 12 and 18 months after your initial visit. The assessments involve completing questionnaires at home, using a peak flow meter for two weeks, and having lung function tests done in the pulmonary clinic. Participants will be compensated for their time. If you are interested and would like more information, email Dante Simone or call 508-856-8384.

Medical Group Welcomes New Physicians

Drs. Bedrosian, Cotter, Deren and Dheyab

Hospitalist Lauren Bedrosian, MDearned her medical degree and completed an internal medicine residency program at the Medical School. Dr. Bedrosian specializes in internal medicine on the University and Memorial campuses, as well as at UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital. See online profile; visit website.

Urologist Katherine Cotter, MD, earned her medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She completed a residency in urology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a urological reconstruction fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Cotter’s clinical interests include urethral stricture disease, male incontinence, urinary diversion and cancer survivorship. She sees patients on the Memorial Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cotter, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Orthopedic Surgeon Matthew Deren, MD, earned his medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed a residency program at Brown University – Rhode Island Hospital, an orthopedic adult reconstruction fellowship program at the Cleveland Clinic, and an orthopedic trauma fellowship at Brown University – Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Deren specializes in orthopedics/total joint replacement on the Memorial Campus. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Deren, call 855-UMASS-MD. See online profile; visit website.

Internist Abduljabbar Dheyab, MD, earned his medical degree from the Al-Anbar University. He completed an internal medicine residency program and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship program at the Medical Center. Dr. Dheyab’s clinical interests include non-tuberculous mycobacterial disease, venous thromboembolism and other pulmonary diseases. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Dheyab specializes in pulmonary and critical care disease on the University and Memorial campuses. See online profile; visit website.

Decorate for the Holidays With Safety in Mind

It’s that time of year again when the holidays that begin in the fall inspire us to decorate our work areas. To keep our patients safe and to comply with various fire regulations, there are some basic decoration-related guidelines we all must follow at the Medical Center. For a full list of the guidelines, open and print this Safety Chat. As a reminder, some of our guidelines include:

  • Decorations, including fake trees, are not permitted in egress corridors.
  • Electrical decorations, unless battery operated, are not permitted in any area; extension cords are prohibited.
  • Exits shall not be obstructed by decorations, and decorations should not be placed near any sources of heat including lights and heaters.
  • Lighted candles, natural evergreen trees, wreathes, garlands and foam decorations are prohibited.
  • All decorations must be nonflammable or flame retardant.

Simply Well: Six Tips to Boost Your Immune System

Sneezing, coughing, a runny nose … It’s not until you feel better that you’re thankful for your regular everyday health. No one likes to have a cold or flu, so in the latest blog post, Simply Well offers six tips that could help build your immune system and keep the germs away. It’s not just about handwashing. Visit Simply Well to learn more, and sign up to receive future blog posts in your email box.