Heart Team Celebrates 100th Implant Patient

100th Watchman patient

Georgieanna Lafontaine, 68, and her sister Debra Farwell, both of Lunenburg, before Lafontaine’s surgery. Photo credit: Sentinel & Enterprise/John Love

Members of the electrophysiology team celebrated a tremendous milestone this past week when they implanted the 100th left atrial appendage device, called the Watchman, into 68-year-old Georgieanna Lafontaine of Lunenburg. “It’s exciting,” Lafontaine said, explaining that being patient 100 is a little reassuring. “It makes me realize that the people who came before me went well and I’m going to be there with them.” Watch the interview with Kevin Floyd, MD, MS, associate director of the Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Program. Read the Sentinel & Enterprise story. Learn more about atrial fibrillation and how the left atrial appendage implant reduces stroke.

Dr. Faustina Discusses Ptosis Diagnosis

Dr. FaustinaMisha Faustina, MD, FACS, oculoplastic surgeon at our Eye Center, was featured on the American Academy of Ophthalmology One Network to share a systematic approach to diagnosing ptosis – drooping of the upper eyelid caused by disease, paralysis or a congenital condition. For effective diagnosis, Dr. Faustina proposes a comprehensive approach to reading the ptosis photo by first looking at the patients age, followed by the symmetry then severity of the ptosis, pupil symmetry, eye alignment, what the eyelid crease is doing, and if the brow is involved. To learn more, watch her One Network video.

Worksite Wellness Council Recognizes our Wellness Program

Pictured from left: Kristie Howard, board chair of the Workplace Wellness Council of Massachusetts, presenting the Silver Award to Thom Ward, wellness program manager.

The Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts awarded UMass Memorial Health Care a Silver Award for our system-wide wellness program at the fourth annual WorkWell Massachusetts Awards Conference held last month at Gillette Stadium. The goal of the WorkWell Massachusetts Awards program is to recognize exceptional wellness programs in the community and share best practices across all local employers. Thomas Ward, wellness program manager, accepted the award at the council’s annual conference. To learn more about the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts, visit the council’s website.

DCF Holiday Party Donations and Volunteers Needed

DCF Holiday 2018This year’s annual holiday party for the Worcester-area Department of Children and Families foster families, sponsored by UMass Memorial Medical Center and the Department of Nursing, will be held on Sunday, December 30. This holiday party for children ages newborn to 12 features lunch, activities, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Each family will receive a gift bag including a toy for each child. Here’s how you can get involved:

On-site Donations: Employees are encouraged to contribute a $20 toy for a child. See the attached suggested gift list for ideas. Donations of wrapping paper, bows, tape, and new children’s hats, mittens, and gloves also are appreciated. Drop your unwrapped gifts off at one of the below donation box locations between November 26 and December 21:

  • Hahnemann Campus – Main Lobby
  • University Campus – Main Lobby
  • Memorial Campus – Cafeteria
  • 100 Front Street – Second Floor Lobby

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Volunteer Opportunities: Help wrap gifts or assist on the day of the party. Sign up here. Contact Gina Gardner at 774-441-6329 or Lori Peasley at 508-334-1172.

Stuff-a-Cruiser: Members of our Campus Police Departments will hold a Stuff-a-Cruiser Toy Drive at Walmart in Northborough Saturday, December 1, 9 am to 5 pm.

Vendor Gift Policy Reminder: No Gifts May Be Accepted

Chief Compliance Officer John Randolph reminded us all last week about the gift standards in our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct that are in place to assure that all of our decisions – clinical, research or business – are based on our professional judgments and are not inappropriately influenced by items of value received from a vendor. Gifts or other items of value may not be accepted. If a vendor gift is received, the vendor should be thanked and the gift should be returned. In the case of perishables (e.g., flowers, fruit, baked goods), the gift should be shared with volunteers or among unit staff, and the giver should be reminded of our policy and asked not to send such gifts on the future. You may recommend that the giver make a donation to the UMass Memorial Foundation, instead, to help us better care for our patients. Read the memo for details.

Don’t Wait! Log Your High-point Challenges Now

December 10 marks the last day benefits-eligible employees can log points on the myHealth Matters portal and qualify for a $300 wellness reimbursement and/or be entered into the Amazon gift card drawings. All your points count toward the 1,000-point bronze-level reward and the 3,000-point gold-level reward. Are you close to logging eight shopping trips and earning 500 points in the “NutriSavings Participation” challenge? Or have you just about completed the 1,000-point “Manage Your Weight” or “Stress Management Formal Training” challenges? Complete and submit your high-point challenges today!

Commuter Survey Extended: Participants May Win Free Parking

University and Memorial campus employees: If you haven’t taken the brief commuter survey yet, now’s your chance to take it and be entered into a drawing to win a month of free parking! Our Medical Center is required to conduct an employee commuter survey every two years to comply with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection regulations. The deadline for survey completion has been extended to Wednesday, December 5. All employees who work first shift and more than 17 hours a week must complete this survey.

  • To complete online, click on the link for your location: Memorial Campus or University Campus.
  • To complete the paper version: Download, print and complete the survey based on your location: Memorial Campus or University Campus. Submit it to one of the following: Fax: 508-334-5226; email a scanned copy to Arlene Duhamel, or send via interoffice mail to Arlene Duhamel, ID and Parking Access Office, Memorial Campus.

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