Celebrating and Supporting Our Veterans

Pictured left to right are Ken Forchielli, Veterans, Inc., and Medical Center President Michael Gustafson, MD.

On November 13, Medical Center President Michael Gustafson, MD, signed a Statement of Support with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at our Medical Center’s Veterans Day celebration. The event also featured John Trobaugh, Diversity & Inclusion Office, leading attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance and Ken Forchielli, Veterans, Inc., praising our Medical Center for advocating for employee participation in the military and supporting caregivers as they continue to serve our country. Sodexo provided veterans with a 50 percent lunch discount at our Worcester campuses, as well. More than 125 of our caregivers who have served or are serving our country are members of our Veterans Employee Resource group, which supports veterans of all branches within the armed forces.

Watch Facebook Live #ManYourHealth

What do you wish men knew about fighting for their health? That’s the question our team of cardiology, colorectal and urology experts answered in this Facebook Live video. Watch John Keaney, MD, Karim Alavi, MD, MPH, and Mitchell Sokoloff, MD as they discuss ways men can stay healthy and be proactive in their care, as well as answer questions from the audience. Hint – boxers or briefs? Want to join the fight? During No-Shave November, share your photo of your rocking stash or hearty beard. Post it using #ManYourHealth, text it to 774-312-0300, or email it.

Paramedics Pink Supports Cancer Research

Captain Tim MacDonald (back row, second from left) and Lieutenant Deanne Chase (back row, fourth from left), Worcester EMS, shared their custom-designed t-shirts, hats and patches with members of the Core Team.

Members of the Worcester Emergency Medical Services team recently attended the Core Team meeting to share how they’ve taken the initiative to raise funds for cancer research with their “Paramedics Pink” project. Lieutenant Deanne Chase and Captain Tim MacDonald, along with staff medics Patrick Ring and Evan Kirby, came up with the idea to incorporate pink into their uniforms during Breast Cancer Awareness month with special patches, t-shirts and baseball hats; make those items available for sale; and donate the proceeds to cancer research at our Medical School. “We met with Chief Haynes in April asking for his blessing on the project,” said Chase. “He couldn’t say yes fast enough.” There’s still time to support the initiative. Patches are $10; hats and t-shirts are $25. Contact Deanne Chase to place your order.

Attend Seven Hills Symphony Orchestra Concert

The Seven Hills Symphony Orchestra will open its 2018/2019 season with its “Mostly Mozart” fall concert on November 16, 7:30 pm, on our University Campus in the Faculty Conference Room. Works by Reed and von Suppe will be presented, as well. The orchestra was founded in 2005 by Joanna Chaurette, MD, PhD, who reached out to musicians in our Medical Center/Medical School community to start a chamber group. The response was so great, what began as a chamber group quickly became an orchestra. Learn more. All are welcome to attend this free event; donations are appreciated to fund educational opportunities and future performances.

Children’s Mittens, Gloves and Hats Needed!

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology needs your help with its Community Mitten Party being held at the Belmont School in Worcester on December 5. See flyer. What can you do? Donate new mittens, hats and gloves for children in grades K through 2. Thanks to your generous donations, more than 250 children received mittens and gloves last year. This year’s plan is to help even more. The mitten drive was established when staff members noticed that many young children visiting their new siblings were in need of these winter essentials. Please drop your donations off to Sue Aller and Christina Vanderburgh on the second floor of the Jaquith Building, Room JB2-027.

Simply Well: Enjoy Tasty Vegan Options for Turkey Day

Whether you’re vegan or you have someone who eats a plant-based diet joining you for Thanksgiving dinner, you may want to consider some delicious alternative recipes. Just because people choose to eat plant-based doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a hearty meal on Thanksgiving and experience food comas just like everyone else! Check out some alternatives for macaroni & cheese, gravy and mashed potatoes in the latest Simply Well blog produced by the Marketing and Communications team, and sign up to receive future blog posts in your email box.



Stop by Tomorrow’s Memorial Campus Innovation Celebration

Stephanie Mayberg, cardiac surgery, left, shared her Green Belt project. Joseph Sabato, MD, emergency medicine, right, offered information about CPR initiatives.

Please join us at the next Innovation Celebration on Friday, November 16 from noon to 1 pm on the Memorial Campus across from the cafeteria to celebrate Medical Center initiatives, ideas and projects. Stop by to recognize our Innovator of the Year “Sweet 16” teams, the Memorial Campus medicine/internal medicine team’s idea system, and the Memorial Campus emergency department’s improvements. Learn about capital planning projects, Standards of Respect, CPR and more! Refreshments will be served, and all caregivers are invited to this recognition event.