UMass Memorial Babies Break the Internet!

Victory is sweet, but our babies are even sweeter! A photo of our most adorable good luck charms dressed in Patriots blankets and pompom hats garnered some serious media attention yesterday with more than 19,000 shares and 1.9K comments on Facebook as of press time! The photo was shared on national news outlets and on local media in 31 states. It even made its way to Canada! And, our Facebook feed is being flooded with comments and photos of more Pats babies from across the country! A big thank you to UMass Memorial Medical Center mother-baby nurses, Wendy Childs, RN, Suzanne Golas, RN, Jill Brigham, RN, Kim Moody, RN, Betty Chviruk, RN, Angela Przymusik, RN, Cynthia Sandstrom, RN and retired NICU nurse Anna Golas, who made Patriots blankets for all our babies, and to the night shift nurses who made the Patriots pompom hats to give to moms and their new little Patriots fans!

Enter Valentine’s Basket Raffle; Support the Bereavement Fund

Our Employee Activities Committee has coordinated a Valentine’s Day gift basket raffle to benefit the Employee Bereavement Fund. Tickets are $2 for one ticket and $5 for three. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, February 13, in the afternoon. Stop by the Memorial Campus cafeteria on Thursday, February 7, or Wednesday, February 13, noon to 1 pm, to purchase your tickets. You may also contact the following committee members to buy your tickets:

  • Tammy Kallio, Human Resources – 508-334-5858
  • Barbara O’Connor, Nurse Staffing – 508-334-6269
  • Heidi Smart, 67 Millbrook Street – 508-793-5660
  • Bernadette Scott, 306 Belmont Street – 508-334-5305
  • Joanne Petmezis, University Campus Shaw Building – 508-856-4913

Hear from Medical Students at Schwartz Rounds

Schwartz logoAttend the upcoming Schwartz Center Rounds, “The Impact of Interprofessional Teamwork on the Patient Experience: Insights from Our Next Generation of Caregivers,” on Friday, February 8, noon to 1 pm. Lunch will be served at 11:45 am. Place the forum in your schedule with the outlook calendar appointment. Held in the Faculty Conference Room, S1-342, University Campus, the event will feature panelists from our Medical School including third-year students Thomas Carroll, Marc Polanik and Shruthi Srinivas. One contact hour will be provided for nurses and physicians. Preregistration is not required. Email with questions, ideas for topics or to join the rounds planning committee.

Increase Your Productivity Through Training

The difference between sinking and soaring is our ability to make wise choices. In Franklin Covey’s 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity course, participants learn how making five fundamental choices will dramatically increase their ability to achieve extraordinary outcomes. Backed by science and years of experience, this course will produce a measurable increase in productivity and an inner sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. This time- and life-management workshop will help you make the right choices as you plan your day, week and life. The next session is Friday, March 1, 8 am to 4:30 pm, University Campus. Self-register through E-Learning 4U by Friday, February 22. Questions: Call 508-793-5626.

Watch for your 1099-HC Tax Form in the Mail

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts and Health Plans Inc. (HPI) recently mailed Massachusetts 1099-HC tax forms to plan members who were enrolled in 2018 health insurance benefits through UMass Memorial Health Care. This form is required for filing Massachusetts state income tax returns! New this year: You can request an electronic copy of the 1099-HC form from your carrier. Simply log onto your account on the BCBSMA or HPI website to submit a request for your electronic copy of the tax form. Questions: Contact Blue Cross Blue Shield at 800-932-8323 or Health Plans, Inc. at 844-998-6642.

Wishing Roland Bercume All the Best!

Roland Bercume

Congratulations and thank you to Roland Bercume, senior director of pharmacy, who is retiring after 28 years of dedicated service at the Medical Center. Throughout his career in our pharmacy, Roland has worked tirelessly to support our vision of becoming the best place to give care and the best place to get care. As a respected leader, he has been instrumental in growing an outstanding team and exceptional clinical service. We thank Roland for his commitment, compassion and dedication to our Medical Center, and we wish him all the best as he embarks on his next chapter. He will be truly missed!

Wear Red Tomorrow! Fight Heart Disease!

UMass Memorial Health Care is participating in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1. Wear red tomorrow to raise awareness and help save women’s lives. Then post your pictures on our Facebook page using #umassmemorialgoesred. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign raises women’s heart health awareness and serves as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. Remember, heart disease is not just a man’s disease. In fact, it is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. When it comes to beating heart disease and stroke, change can be the cure.

Stop by for Coffee with a Cop

The UMass Memorial Police Department invites all caregivers to stop by their Coffee with a Cop event next week. Taking place outside the Memorial Campus cafeteria in the new seating area, this event is an opportunity for employees to meet campus police officers, enjoy a free cup of coffee, and voice any concerns or questions they may have. See the flyer. Our officers look forward to seeing you on:

Monday, February 4, 10:30 pm to 12:30 am
Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Tuesday, February 5,  2:30 pm to 4:30 pm


Railers Family Night Was a Hit!

Pictured left, Dawn Baronowski (left) and her daughter drop the puck alongside Doug Brown. Top right, employees show off their clappers. Bottom, Nicholas Smith (right), grandson of Mary Baker, rides the Zamboni at the start of the game.

It was a great game of hockey and an exciting time for all at the second annual UMass Memorial Family Night at the Railers last Saturday. Our branded blue UMass Memorial clappers were a hit among fans of all ages, along with the sweet treat of chocolate. A special thank you to Doug Brown, president, UMass Memorial Community Hospitals and chief administrative officer, for dropping the puck alongside drawing winner Dawn Baronowski, transplant unit personal care assistant, and her daughter. Mary Baker, administrative support at UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital, won the Zamboni ride which she shared with her grandson Nicholas Smith, who was all smiles for this cool experience.

Get Your Raffle Tickets to Support Go Red for Women

More than 50 baskets are available to win in support of Go Red for Women – the national movement to raise awareness about women and heart health and to raise funds to support the American Heart Association. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5. The drawing will take place on Friday, February 1, 1:30 pm, University Campus. See photos of the baskets. Buy your raffle tickets this week at the locations below.

  • 100 Front Street – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, second floor common area near the kitchen – 11: 30 am to 1 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, first floor common area near the kitchen – 11:30 am to 1 pm
  • Memorial Campus Cafeteria – 11:30 am to 1 pm
  • Hahnemann Campus Cafeteria – 11:30 am to 1 pm
  • University Campus Cafeteria – 11:30 am to 1 pm