Medical Center News Transitions to the Hub Next Week!

Your Source for Medical Center InformationFor many years, News & Views has been the primary communications tool for Medical Center caregivers. As UMass Memorial Health Care has grown as a system, however, our communications channels need to grow and evolve as well. Next week, when our new intranet site – the Hub – is launched, the type of content you’ve relied on News & Views for, from news to features and event listings, will be available on the Hub. The Hub represents a major step forward for UMass Memorial, our system and caregiver communications. Loaded with helpful tools and timely content, it is supported by state-of-the-art technology and designed to help you communicate and work more efficiently. The Hub puts the most relevant news, updates, calendar listings, tools and information right at your fingertips – along with a variety of fun and engaging new features. No need to worry – the content you rely on via News & Views is not going away; it’s simply moving to a new, better location. You’ll receive more information about the Hub next week including job aids and FAQs that’ll make using the Hub easy!

Almost Here! The Hub Is Almost Here! Seven Days Until Launch

Mark your calendar! Only days away, the Hub, our new intranet platform will launch on Thursday, February 7. The new site will help you communicate and collaborate on our shared goals for delivering the best patient care. Loaded with flexible, time-saving tools – including a powerful new search function, easy-to-find links to relevant information, and content personalized to your location and responsibilities – the Hub will help you work more efficiently. And because you can access the Hub on your mobile device, the Hub will help you stay connected and more productive. Be sure to check out the News section for the Hub Hunt, our weekly scavenger hunt. Answer the question of the week and be automatically entered into a drawing for dozens of prizes.

The Hub: Our New Intranet Is Coming!

Next month, we launch The Hub, our new fully integrated intranet that allows our caregivers to connect across the health care system. The Hub is the result of many months of work by a large and diverse team, with valuable input from every area of our organization. Packed with helpful tools and timely content, The Hub is designed to help you communicate and work more efficiently. And because your home page is personalized based on your location and responsibilities, The Hub puts the most relevant links, tools and information right at your fingertips. When the site launches in February, caregivers will have fun exploring The Hub through the Hub Hunt, a weekly scavenger hunt with prizes including, gift cards, Railers hockey tickets, Hanover Theater tickets, ski lift tickets, an Echo dot, and a variety of UMass Memorial branded items – and more!

Countdown to Our New Intranet, The Hub

The Hub, our powerful new intranet platform, will go live across the health care system in February. Packed with loads of engaging and time-saving features, The Hub is designed to help every employee collaborate and work more efficiently. And because your home page is personalized based on your location and responsibilities, The Hub will help streamline communications – delivering the most relevant content and tools, reducing email, and encouraging your feedback and comments. And you’ll have fun while exploring The Hub by participating in The Hub Hunt, a weekly scavenger hunt. Answer the question of the week and automatically be entered into a drawing for dozens of prizes including Railers hockey, Hanover Theater and ski lift tickets, as well as a variety of UMass Memorial branded items. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced in the News on The Hub.

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.

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.


Heart Team Members Are Pioneers in Aortic Stenosis Treatment

pioneers in minimally invasive TAVRNot only is our Heart and Vascular Center’s transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program one of just a few in the state, it’s the only program in New England to offer minimally invasive alternate arterial access options for the procedure to avoid the need for general anesthesia and minimize risks for patients. in fact, our TAVR team was the first in the world to promote alternative access TAVR via vessels to the arm using minimally invasive techniques. Patients with severe aortic stenosis have a survival rate as low as 50 percent at two years and 20 percent at five years without aortic valve replacement. TAVR  is an alternative to open surgery for patients who are of intermediate or higher risk for open heart surgery. Learn more. Call 855-UMASS-MD (855- 862-7763) or email for appointments.

Share Your Ideas About University Campus Healing Garden

healing garden mock-up

A model of the University Campus Healing Garden

All are invited to stop by the University Campus Faculty Conference Room (S1-342) on Thursday, November 29, 10 am to 3 pm, to learn about plans for a new Healing Garden near the University Campus emergency department. This garden to “inspire hope, healing and dreams” was initiated by Stefanie Gauguet, MD, PhD, pediatric critical care, who organized a committee to fill this need for our patients, their families and our caregivers. The committee has drafted plans and constructed models for the garden over the last year. The gathering on November 29 is an opportunity for members of the Medical School and Medical Center communities to learn about this exciting initiative and share their comments and feedback. For more information, email Dr. Gauguet.

Complete Your Epic Upgrade Training

In preparation for the Epic Double Upgrade on November 3, 2018, an Upgrade Training Dashboard has been distributed to all Epic users. Use the dashboard to complete the training required for your role and attest to its completion. In addition, check out the Epic Playground (PLY), which has been updated to version 2018. A job aid explaining how to access the Upgrade Training Dashboard, review training materials, and attest to training completion, as well as list of generic usernames and passwords you can use to access the Epic Playground, are available on the Training Page of IS/Epic Central. Questions? Email Epic training.

Lamar Soutter Library Goes 3D with New Printing Exhibit

The Lamar Soutter Library on the University Campus is hosting an exhibit from now through November 30 titled “3D Printing for Better Patient Care” featuring recent projects by UMass D3Health. D3Health – the Medical School’s Center for Data Driven Discovery and Healthcare – has been working on a variety of projects that incorporate three-dimensional (3D) printing, one of the many tools used for its engineering and prototyping solutions. The 3D-printed items on display include a custom wrist brace; models of an aneurysm, trachea, skull and knee; and multiple stages of the printing process for an intensive care unit communication device. Want to see a 3D printer in action? Email Clay Mangiameli. Questions about the exhibit? Email Miri Goldberg. Learn more. The exhibit is co-sponsored by D3Health and the Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity Disability Subcommittee.