Twelve-year-old Takes the Wheel During Medical Emergency

Benjamin Bubis Photo Courtesy: Telegram & Gazette

Benjamin Bubis, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Canton, Massachusetts, was traveling to soccer practice when the driver, his grandfather Boris Hutorin, became unresponsive on I-495. Benjamin said, “I was a little scared, but I knew I had to control myself and figure out what I had to do.” While steering the still-moving vehicle, he called his mother, called 911, and brought the car to a safe stop. Emergency responders brought Mr. Hutorin to our Medical Center where he underwent a stroke thrombectomy, a procedure only a few large academic medical centers perform. Benjamin’s heroic actions have gone viral since the events of last week, being picked up by more than 50 television news programs and more than 180 online news services nationwide. See the coverage: Juli McDonald, WBZ; Ted Daniel, Boston 25 News; Eric Kane, 7 News Night Team; The Boston Globe; Telegram & Gazette; The Boston Herald; New York Times Online.

Achieving Greatness Through Service

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD

In his most recent blog post, President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, encourages us to reflect on the remarkable work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the lasting lessons he gave us about acceptance and service to others. Inspired by Dr. King’s message, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve,” Dr. Dickson said, “Service is embedded in UMass Memorial’s mission and is visible in many ways, every day, across our system. It’s in providing the best care and respect for every patient. It’s in discovering and developing new ways to improve public health. It’s in providing service through partnerships with state agencies and community-based initiatives across the state. And, of course, it’s in every interaction we have with our patients and their loved ones.” Read the Everyday Innovators blog.

Celebrate Service at MLK Event

The Diversity and Inclusion Office invites you to the 31st annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 28, 11:30 am to 1 pm, University Campus, Faculty Conference Room (S1-342). Lunch will be served at 11:30 am, followed by a presentation from guest speaker Jason Johnson, PhD, political contributor at MSNBC. The Martin Luther King Jr. Semester of Service Student Awards and the Medical School’s Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion also will be presented at the event. RSVP by January 24 online or by email to Fernanda Gama.

Join Dr. Dickson and Team True North at Pan-Mass Challenge August 3 – 4

The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is the single largest athletic fundraiser in the country and has contributed $654 million to lifesaving cancer research since its inception in 1980. This year, UMass Memorial is forming a fundraising team – Team True North – for this year’s event on August 3 – 4. President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, will serve as team captain. Interested in joining the team? Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead.

Committed to the Standards of Respect? Earn Points with myHealth Matters!

standards of respect artworkHow we are treated and treat each other are integral components of our mental health and the health of those with whom we interact. That’s why myHealth Matters is rolling out activities related to Standards of Respect in 2019. Start by learning about the standards, then join the fun introduction to them through a Standards of Respect (SoR) Workshop. Next, find your personal areas of strength and growth by taking the SoR Self-Assessment, then put what you’ve learned into practice throughout the year. Benefits-eligible employees can earn points toward the myHealth Matters incentives by participating in these activities. Log in to the portal and find out more today!

Dermatology Now Offering Up to 15 Percent off Facials

15 percent offIs one of your New Year’s Resolutions to take better care of your skin? Have you noticed your skin looking dull? Are fine lines more noticeable? A laser treatment could help. The Department of Dermatology is offering up to 15 percent off facial rejuvenation and resurfacing with a Halo facial. The Sciton Halo laser is a hybrid fractional laser treatment that minimizes the amount of redness and flaking that comes with traditional skin resurfacing techniques, allowing for quicker recovery and less downtime. This offer is available now through Thursday, February 14. Schedule your appointment today! Call 508-334-5390 or email.


Physicians: Stop by a ‘Find a Physician’ Photo Session

Employed physicians who need to create or update their profile images for the online Find a Physician directory are encouraged to attend photography sessions on our University and Memorial campuses. Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is necessary. Email or call Michelle Carrier at 508-334-5173 for more information. Sessions are offered:

Memorial Campus – Memorial One Conference Room

  • Tuesday, February 19, 9 to 10:30 am
  • Thursday, March 21, 9 to 10:30 am
  • Thursday, April 18, 9 to 10:30 am

University Campus – Endosurgery Conference Room

  • Wednesday, January 23, 9:30 to 11 am
  • Monday, February 4, 9 to 10:30 am
  • Monday, February 25, 7:30 to 9 am
  • Monday, March 11, 9 to 10:30 am
  • Monday, March 25, noon to 1:30 pm
  • Monday, April 8, 9 to 10:30 am
  • Wednesday, April 24, 9:30 to 11 am

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