Dr. Maloney Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary MaloneyMary Maloney, MD, chair of dermatology, was presented with the Dr. Frederic Mohs Award at the 2018 Annual American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS) meeting. This lifetime achievement award honors individuals who promote Mohs surgery in the spirit of Dr. Mohs throughout their careers with their teaching, clinical practice, scientific contributions, innovation, mentorship or service to the organization. The ACMS is a membership organization of fellowship-trained skin cancer and reconstructive surgeons specializing in the Mohs micrographic surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. Congratulations to Dr. Maloney.

A Little Paint and a Lot of Imagination for Children’s Waiting Area

children's waiting area

Beautifully painted portholes now decorate the previously blank walls of a children’s waiting area on the Hahnemann Campus.

A children’s waiting area on the Hahnemann Campus recently underwent a much-needed facelift thanks to the creativity of volunteer Stephanie Francalancia (daughter of Janice Lalikos, MD, director of the Craniofacial Clinic), the Medical School student group Community Canvas, an Innovation Fund Grant, and support from the Children’s Medical Center and Hahnemann Campus facilities staff. Eighteen months in the making, the project transformed the waiting space into a submarine complete with portholes that show beautiful sea creatures swimming!

Heart Team Members Are Pioneers in Aortic Stenosis Treatment

pioneers in minimally invasive TAVRNot only is our Heart and Vascular Center’s transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program one of just a few in the state, it’s the only program in New England to offer minimally invasive alternate arterial access options for the procedure to avoid the need for general anesthesia and minimize risks for patients. in fact, our TAVR team was the first in the world to promote alternative access TAVR via vessels to the arm using minimally invasive techniques. Patients with severe aortic stenosis have a survival rate as low as 50 percent at two years and 20 percent at five years without aortic valve replacement. TAVR  is an alternative to open surgery for patients who are of intermediate or higher risk for open heart surgery. Learn more. Call 855-UMASS-MD (855- 862-7763) or email for appointments.

Last Week of Open Enrollment; Need Help?

my benefits logoBenefits-eligible employees: Open enrollment ends this Friday, November 16! If you need some extra help to complete your open enrollment online, we’re here for you. Our benefits representatives are available to answer your questions by email or at 508-334-8511, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information about this year’s open enrollment, visit MyHR.

Join our Chaplains for the Blessing of the Hands

In celebration of Pastoral Care Week, our chaplains invite all caregivers to join them for a blessing of the hands on the University and Memorial campuses. Blessing of the hands is offered at many health care organizations across the country to both nourish the souls of caregivers and express gratitude for their healing work. Music will be provided by guitarist Michael Greene.

  • University Campus: Wednesday, November 14, 11:30 am to 1 pm, in the hallway adjacent to the meditation and prayer room
  • Memorial Campus: Friday, November 16, 11:30 am to 1 pm, in the hallway near the cafeteria


Fight for Men’s Health

Man Your Health

Drs. Maykel (top left), Keaney (bottom left) and Sokoloff (bottom right)

Join John Keaney, MD, Justin Maykel, MD, and Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, as they team up and raise awareness for men’s health. Throughout November, look for information on men’s health topics via Facebook Live, Health Watch TV segments, blog posts and social media. Want to join the fight? Do you have a rocking stash or hearty beard? Want to grow one? Here’s what to do: Grab your phone, say cheese and share your photo. Post it using #ManYourHealth, text it to 774-312-0300, or email it.

Learn About Pressure Injury Prevention

pressure injury stop signStop by the cafeteria information tables on the Memorial and University campuses on Thursday, November 15, 11:30 am to 1 pm to celebrate World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day. With celebrations on the units, information-sharing and raffles, our wound care team is joining hospitals across the nation to increase pressure injury prevention awareness and advance prevention efforts. Each year, 2.5 million people in the United States develop pressure injuries that can interfere with functional recovery, may be complicated by pain and infection, and can contribute to a longer hospital stay. Learn more, and earn free contact hours.

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