NIH Grant Supports Medical Device Development

The Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), a joint partnership between our Medical School and UMass Lowell that helps medical-device and biotech startups bridge the gap between idea and market, has received a $7.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will be used to commence the Center for Advancing Point-of-Care Technologies (CAPCaT) to support inventors with new ideas and promising new point-of-care devices and technologies for patients with heart, lung, blood and sleeping disorders. Innovations aim to help patients better manage their well-being wherever they are, lower inpatient hospital stays and improve quality of life. David McManus, MD, director of our atrial fibrillation treatment program and co-leader of the project, said the center will “help transform the regional economy and enhance care and outcomes for patients.” Read more.

DAISY Award Recipient There ‘During the Hardest Times’

Pictured from left: Christine Buckley, RN, associate chief nursing officer; Linda Roche, RN, clinical coordinator; Cheri Nystedt, RN; Wanda McNiff, RN; Cheryl Killoran, RN, nurse educator; Michelle Tivnan, RN; Nancy Beaudoin, RN; Paula Pigeon, RN; Martine Wright, RN; Sherry Rano, RN; Ellen Rushlow, RN; Kacie McGinnis, RN; and Donna Mann, RN, nurse manager.  Right photo: Paulette Seymour-Route, RN, interim chief nursing officer, left, and Nancy Beaudoin, RN

Congratulations to Nancy Beaudoin, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), who was presented with the DAISY Award at a special celebration held earlier this week. Nancy was nominated by the family of a newborn she cared for over the course of several weeks in the NICU. While attending the DAISY celebration, the family shared their story and thanked Nancy and all the NICU caregivers for the care their baby received. “Nancy was so caring, treating our daughter as one of her own and always bringing smiles to our faces even during the hardest times,” they said. “She reminded us to be hopeful and patient with our little one. Nancy and all the nurses gave us the chance we needed to become a family.” The DAISY award rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care nurses provide every day. Nominate a nurse today.

Come and Get Your ‘Just Desserts’ on Pie Day!

Members of the Medical Center and Medical School communities are invited to attend “Pie Day” celebrations being held throughout the month of December in appreciation for their hard work and dedicated service. Join members of the Diversity and Inclusion Office and our leadership teams at one of the locations below so they can thank you in person and serve up your “just desserts” with a tasty piece of pie. Come and celebrate the season and each other at this fun event!

  • Hahnemann Campus: Tuesday, December 4, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • South Street Shrewsbury Cafeteria: Monday, December 17, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • University Campus
    • Medical School Lobby: Wednesday, December 19, 12 to 2 pm
    • Outside Clinical Pharmacy: Wednesday, December 19, 6 to 8 pm; and 11:30 pm to 1 am
  • Memorial Campus: Friday, December 21, 12 to 2 pm; 6 to 8 pm; and 11:30 pm to 1 am, Conference Room 1

Be Included in Our Gift of Giving Gallery!

In our last issue, we asked Medical Center departments and teams to share their holiday acts of kindness with News & Views for inclusion in our special holiday editions. We also know that our generous and kind-hearted caregivers are busy spreading good cheer in many ways outside of the workplace. Are you and your family volunteering to serve food, deliver or wrap gifts, organize a toy drive or help the community in other ways this holiday season? Please share your “Gift of Giving” photos, stories and shout-outs to be included in the UMass Memorial Health Care Gift of Giving Gallery that will be shared on our social media channels. Use one of the following three options to send your submissions:

  • Text (774-312-0300) or email your name, photo and caption.
  • Post to your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook feed; tag or mention UMass Memorial Medical Center (@umassmemorialmedicalcenter) and include the hashtag #UMMHCgiftofgiving in your post.
  • Send your photo via Facebook Messenger or direct message on Instagram or Twitter.

Don’t Delay. Get Your Flu Shot Today!

Still need to get your flu shot? Don’t delay! The Medical Center flu policy requires all caregivers to get a flu shot and document having done so. Help us reach our 100 percent participation goal! The deadline for Medical Center caregivers to receive a flu vaccine or submit a declination form is fast approaching. Caregivers who decline the flu vaccination will be required to wear masks when flu season precautions are announced. Free flu shots are available:

  • Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Employee Health Services located at 291 Lincoln Street, Suite 100
  • Today, 9 am to noon, 100 Front Street, NE Aquarium Conference Rooms A & B
  • Wednesday, December 5, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Worcester Business Center, Bancroft and Hanover A Conference Rooms
  • Thursday, December 6, 9 am to 1 pm, 333 South Street

Did you get your flu shot elsewhere? Employee Health needs to know that, too. All caregivers must be accounted for. Learn about getting your flu shot elsewhere or visit the flu season page on OurNet for additional information.

Video Series to Feature our Sweet 16 Finalists

The 2018 Innovators of the Year finalist teams – our “Sweet 16” – were announced earlier this month to all caregivers across the system. Starting next week, News & Views will be featuring these teams in a four-part video series to give you the chance to learn more about them. The Innovators of the Year winning teams will be announced in early January. New this year: You’ll get to vote for your favorite team! Watch the video series for additional details.

Patient Prescription Affordability Campaign Launches

The cost of prescription medications, also known as prescription affordability, is a big concern for many patients and providers alike. To help address this issue, new, patient-facing rack cards that highlight available prescription affordability resources are now arriving at primary care practices that work with our Accountable Care Organization. The rack card and practice poster are the results of a collaborative initiative of the Office of Clinical Integration, and the patient experience, pharmacy, and marketing and communications departments. They address medication cost-related concerns by informing patients about specific resources that provide financial assistance. Contact Marifel Ocasio with questions or learn more on the medication affordability resources webpage.

Health Watch: Learn About Advanced Heart Failure

While there are more than six million Americans living with varying degrees of heart failure, about 600,000 have advanced heart failure. When heart failure advances, it means conventional therapies and symptom management strategies are no longer working. In this Health Watch video, Jeffrey Shih, MD, Heart and Vascular Center, talks about advanced heart failure causes, symptoms and treatments. “Any time patients have advanced heart failure – when the medications aren’t working for them – that’s the time to consider what we call advanced therapies,” Dr. Shih said.

Dr. Patel Shares the Secrets to Excelling in Your Golden Years

aging women on beach

Are you afraid of aging? Don’t be! Getting older is a natural part of life, and quite a beautiful one as well. As long as you’re checking up on your health, getting old shouldn’t be scary. In the latest Simply Well blog post Neety Patel, MD, family medicine physician at UMass Memorial Medical Group’s Fitchburg Family Practice, shares, “Even if you have a family history of certain health issues, your genes aren’t necessarily your destiny. Adopting healthy habits can do wonders to help ensure that your golden years are, indeed, platinum.” Read the blog.

Share Stories and Photos of Your Holiday Acts of Kindness!

happy holidays Every year, our Medical Center caregivers exemplify the spirit of the holiday season by participating in activities that bring assistance and joy to less fortunate members of our community. And every year, we dedicate two special editions of News & Views to sharing these acts of kindness carried out by our Medical Center departments and teams. Is your team involved in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to support community agencies and families in need? Please email your short news item and photo by December 13 so we can recognize your generosity. See what ran last year: Part 1 and Part 2.