Read Dr. Dickson’s State of the System Update

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD

In his December 31 State of the System update, UMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, shared what he feels good about as we head into 2019, as well as the challenges we need to address. “Without a doubt, the health care market we operate in will continue to change in 2019 and beyond,” Dr. Dickson said, “So, we need to do two things very well: first, provide the best care possible to our patients and their families; and second, manage our operations strategically and sustainably to stay ahead of and adapt to change.” Read the update.

David ‘Duddie’ Massad’s Legacy Lives On at Our Medical Center

David “Duddie” Massad – the man for whom our Medical Center’s Emergency and Trauma Center was named following his generous $12.5 million gift in 2005 – passed away last week the age of 90. “Duddie Massad was a great man whose legacy will live on. His tremendous philanthropic support of our Medical Center not only benefited UMass Memorial, but I believe it impacted the cause of emergency and trauma care in Central Massachusetts,” said President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD. “He was a business giant and humanitarian who leaves a footprint on the City of Worcester that will be hard to match. Read the MASS LIVE story.

Innovators of the Year Winner(s) Announcement at Watch Party!

Thanks to all caregivers who took the time to vote for their favorite Sweet 16 teams last month! The votes have been tallied and the Innovators of the Year Award winning team(s) will be announced at a watch party near you! Join us Monday, January 7 for games, refreshments and a viewing of the big reveal video from 10 to 10:45 am at one of the following locations. We hope to see you there!

  • Medical Center – University Campus, Faculty Conference Room
  • Medical Center – Memorial Campus, Amphitheater across from cafeteria
  • Medical Center – Hahnemann Campus, Lobby
  • Front Street – 2nd Floor, Visual Management Room 221
  • UNUM Building – Paul Revere Boardroom
  • 306 Belmont Street – Grab & Go area

10th Anniversary UMass Winter Ball Smashes $2 Million Mark

Pictured from left are Michael Gustafson, MD, president, UMass Memorial Medical Center; Michael V. O’Brien, Winter Ball co-chair and executive vice president at Winn Companies; Kate McEvoy, Winter Ball co-chair and vice president for Central and Western Massachusetts at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Eric W. Dickson, MD, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care; Lt. Governor Karyn Polito; Michael F. Collins, MD, chancellor, UMass Medical School; and Terence Flotte, MD, provost and dean, UMass Medical School.

Since 2009, business and civic leaders, philanthropists and humanitarians have gathered in early December to attend the UMass Winter Ball. The black-tie gala benefits the lifesaving work of our Medical Center and its academic partner, UMass Medical School. This year, the gala crossed the $2 million threshold for the first time, and over the past 10 years, more than $9.4 million has been raised. “The Winter Ball has been a special reminder of the tremendous level of support our institutions enjoy here in Central Massachusetts and beyond, “ said President and CEO Eric W. Dickson, MD, a regular at the event each year. For more details read the press release and Worcester Business Journal.


Gun Buyback Crushes It This Year

Paul Curci crushes a gun turned in at the Goods for Guns Buyback event. (Photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette)

December 15 was a busy day at City Welding and Sheet Fabrication in Worcester, where owner Paul Curci was crushing the guns turned in at the 17th annual Goods for Guns Buyback. Individuals turning in guns also received gift cards supplied by UMass Memorial Health Care. With additional cities participating, the total number of guns collected increased from 825 last year to 1,234 this year. Michael Hirsh, MD, surgeon-in-chief of the Children’s Medical Center and co-founder of the Goods for Guns Buyback program, said, “The gun buyback program is a union of the blue coats and white coats to make our community safer. And, we do this without challenging anyone’s right to own firearms.” See the video and Read the Telegram & Gazette article.

Charity Brightens Holidays for Children’s Medical Center Patients

Jayden’s Keys 4 Happiness donated holiday decorations and gifts to our Children’s Medical Center.

Though his life was short, his memory will live on through Jayden’s Keys 4 Happiness charity. Deidre Carlson and her family adopted Jayden when he was 2 years old. It has been one year since Jayden passed away at age 7, but his mother said, “The first anniversary, we’re going to focus on something more than mourning, We’re giving back.” Remembering Jayden’s time at the Children’s Medical Center, Deidre wanted to make Christmas brighter for children who would be spending Christmas in the hospital with battery-operated Christmas trees and other items she collected. She hopes they all can make a difference. See the Boston 25 News story.

Paramedics Celebrate First Birthday of Their Special Delivery

Parademics Andrew Person, left, and Sean Doherty, right, visit with Layane DaSilva who, with their help, gave birth one year ago to her son Joshua, left. Older brother Isaac, 3, on right. (Courtesy Telegram & Gazette)

When Joshua DaSilva met our Emergency Medical Services paramedics Andrew Person and Sean Doherty, he happily went into their arms. After all, they were the first arms that ever held him. A year after they helped his mom Layane bring him safely into the world just in time for Christmas, she invited Andrew and Sean to Joshua’s first birthday. They brought him a Fisher-Price medical kit – in case he wants to follow in their footsteps. Ms. DaSilva said the medics deserved praise for helping her through what she said was a terrifying experience. “They were great,” she said. “They did the best they could and I remember I was freaking out so they tried to keep me calm as best they could.” Read the Telegram & Gazette story.


Dr. McQuaid Answers Questions About Pediatric Urinary Reflux

Typically, the path from one’s kidneys to the bladder is a one-way street. But as Joseph McQuaid, II, MD, MPH, pediatric urologist, explains, 1 to 3 percent of children are diagnosed with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) or urinary reflux, in which the flow of urine reverses back into the kidney. While this condition typically corrects itself on its own, treatment is available and can vary based on the severity and frequency of infection and the child’s age. Watch this episode of Health Watch to learn more.

Look Out for New Health Insurance Cards Mailed in the New Year

Benefits-eligible employees: Be on the lookout for new health insurance cards that will be mailed to your homes in the new year. You’ll be receiving cards in the mail if you made changes during open enrollment such as selecting a new medical plan, or enrolling in a dental or vision plan for the first time. Questions about the cards may be directed to the Benefits Contact Center by email or at 508-334-8511.