And the Innovators of the Year Award Goes To …


News & Views recently featured a series of videos showcasing the everyday work of our “Sweet 16” teams that led to their being nominated as finalists for the Innovators of the Year Award. Yesterday, watch parties were held across the system to reveal the teams that won this prestigious award. And the winners are … the Medical Center – Emergency Department (University Campus) and Marlborough Hospital – Granger 1 and 2! Congratulations to the winning teams. Watch video to learn more.

Congratulations to the Advanced Practice Council Awardees

Congratulations to the recipients of the Advanced Practice Council Awards!

Adam KatzAdam Katz, MPAS, PA-C, recipient of the Paulette Seymour-Route Exemplar Award, is the director of the UMass Memorial Health Care Critical Care Affiliate Practitioner Program (APP) and a staff physician assistant (PA) in critical care. Adam is recognized for mentoring program members, developing a national model for APP compensation, encouraging the growth of his fellow program members, and overseeing the transformation of our PA residency program into an inclusive intensive care unit advanced practice provider program. Pictured left to right are: Michael Gustafson, MD; Paulette Seymour-Route, PhD; Michelle O’Rourke, DNP; Adam Katz, MPAS, PA-C; Eric Cucchi, MS, PA-C; and James Fain, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, FAAN.

Devon Robichaud, MSN, ACNP-BC, recipient of the Clinical Practice Award, is an inpatient nurse practitioner in the division of vascular and endovascular surgery whose UMass Memorial Health Care career spans 10 years. She was the inaugural clinical care coordinator of the Center for Complex Aortic Disease. Her colleagues say, “She works tirelessly to make sure that no details are missed, that all multidisciplinary care is coordinated seamlessly, and that the patient is always put first.” Pictured left to right are: Jessica Simons, MD, PhD; Andres Schanzer, MD; Devon Robichaud, MSN, ACNP-BC; Eric Cucchi, MS, PA-C; Paulette Seymour-Route, PhD; and James Fain, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, FAAN.

Mary Jeffers TerryMary Jeffers Terry, PCNS-BC, recipient of the Clinical Practice Award, is a child psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in the child and adolescent division of the Department of Psychiatry who has worked in nursing at our organization for 37 years. Mary has served as a clinician to patients and families; a clinical educator to child psychiatry, adult psychiatry, and pediatric and family practice residents; an educator to graduate nursing students; and as a consultant to pediatricians and family practice providers.She is credited for her involvement in several innovative programs to increase children’s access to behavioral health services. Pictured left to right are: Mary Innis, PCNS; Jean Frazier, MD; Peter Metz, MD; Yael Dvir, MD; and Mary Jeffers Terry, PCNS-BC.

Mary SullivanThe council also recognized Mary Sullivan, NP, who retired from the Graduate School of Nursing in July, for her many years of service to the council and as a nurse practitioner at our organization. Pictured left to right are: Eric Cucchi, MS, PA-C; Mary Sullivan, NP; and Vinetta McCann, NP.

Brother Gives the Gift of Life for Christmas

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Adel Bozorgzadeh, MD, chief, Division of Organ Transplantation, gets a hug from Sandra Osorio, wife of kidney donor Ismael Sanchez (right). Kidney recipient Gonzalo Sanchez is on the left. (Photo courtesy of the Telegram & Gazette)

Last year, Ismael Sanchez gave his brother Gonzalo a pair of socks for Christmas. This year, he gave his brother a gift that is a little more consequential – his left kidney. “I’m very happy. There are no words to say,” said Gonzalo. “He gave part of his life to me.” Ismael said. “We’ve always been close. Now we’re a lot closer.” Read the Telegram & Gazette article.

Is it Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

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As many as 80 percent of moms experience what’s called the “baby blues” within the first few days to two weeks following delivery. They cry more easily, feel irritable or like they’re on an emotional roller coaster, and are fatigued. Fortunately, this is usually a relatively short – and mild – experience that generally lasts a few days and resolves on its own. But, as Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, vice chair, obstetrics and gynecology research, explains in a recent Simply Well blog post, one in seven women will have a more serious condition known as postpartum depression (PPD). Read the article to learn more about the signs of PPD and and how it’s treated.

Santa Makes One Last Stop to Visit Local Foster Children

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En route back to the North Pole, Santa made one final visit to Worcester-area foster children at the annual Department of Children and Families (DCU) holiday party coordinated by our Medical Center and hosted by the DCU Center. Hundreds of foster families filled the grand ballroom while being treated to a fun and festive lunch, photos with the big man himself, visits with local sports mascots, crafts, face painting, books, sing-a-longs and of course a special present for each child! Special thanks to our volunteers, the UMass and UMass Memorial police departments, the DCU Center, Robert Carlin Photography, Mercantile Garage, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the many Medical Center employees who donated hundreds of wonderful gifts!

Dr. Ding Delves into the Aging Eye


Is your vision losing its crispness? You’re not alone! As we age, so do our eyes. With that, our sight – especially seeing things up close – declines. In this episode of Health Watch, Juan Ding, OD, PhD, optometrist, talks about the most common eye conditions affecting older adults, including loss of near focus, dry eye and cataracts. The good news is that these conditions are typically treatable with anything from reading glasses and over-the-counter eye drops to cataract surgery.

The myHealth Matters Portal Is Back. Get Ready for 2019!

2018 was jam-packed full of myHealth Matters activities, from weight management programs to UMass Memorial Health Care fitness events and more. This year promises to bring even more activities catered to your personal health goals. Benefits-eligible employees: Here’s how to begin your 2019 wellness journey:

  • Visit the myHealth Matters portal and complete the well-being assessment to receive a personalized report that shows your strengths and areas in which you can improve.
  • Create your fitness game plan being sure to vary your goals from those that are challenging (like losing 20 pounds) to those that are more easily attainable (like eating less junk food or walking twice a week).
  • Schedule a yearly check-up with your health care provider to provide peace of mind and clue you in to the areas of health you should focus on.

Railers Hockey Family Night is Saturday, January 26! Win a Zamboni Ride!

Trax the Railers mascot with President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD

With the holiday craze behind us, what better way to spend a night with family, friends and colleagues than at the second annual UMass Memorial Family Night with the Worcester Railers? Join President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, and your peers on Saturday, January 26, 7 pm, to celebrate all the great work our organization accomplishes each year. Bring your camera because one lucky winner will be selected to ride a Zamboni (minimum age 6+; employees’ children are eligible). The winner will be contacted via email by January 18; please enter your UMass Memorial email address at ticket purchase. Purchase your discounted tickets for $12 each (50 percent savings) today!

It’s a New Year; Check Your 2019 Benefit Plan Selections

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Now that we’re in a new year, the 2019 benefit plans are in effect for benefits-eligible employees. Take a few minutes to ensure the plan selections you made during open enrollment are accurate.

  • Visit MyBenefits to view your 2019 benefits; click on Current Benefits.
  • Visit HRConnect to review your payroll deductions through your online pay statement; click on My Payroll > My Pay Statements. Remember, due to the holiday, pay statements will be posted Thursday this week.

If there are any discrepancies between what is listed on your confirmation statement and your payroll deductions, email or call the Benefits Contact Center at 508-334-8511.

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