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


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.

Another Joint Commission Certification Survey Next Week

After hosting surveyors from The Joint Commission earlier this week for the Comprehensive Stroke Certification survey, we’ll be hosting surveyors on the University Campus again on Monday, February 4 and Tuesday, February 5 for a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Certification survey. Becoming Joint Commission certified promotes a culture of excellence across the organization, aligning with the Joint Commission standards of promoting an environment of continuous improvement. Areas the surveyors may visit include the emergency department, the 3 Lakeside intensive care and step down units, the operating room, the post anesthesia care unit and cardiac outpatient services at the Ambulatory Care Center. This will be the Medical Center’s second Joint Commission disease specific certified program visit, after a successful Comprehensive Stroke Center site visit earlier this week.

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.

Dr. Grier Takes to Facebook to Discuss Toy Safety

Dr. Grier

Hundreds of viewers have tuned in to watch Eye Center Optometrist Justine Grier, OD, share her expert advice on toy safety, including what the best and worst products are in terms of eye safety. It may not come as a surprise that toys that shoot projectiles or have hard, sharp edges were cited as being dangerous to a child’s eye health. But while Dr. Grier cautions against the dangers these toys can present, she says they can be safe to play with when used properly and when precautions such as wearing goggles are taken. Watch the full Facebook live.

Last Call to Report Community-related Activities

The deadline to report community benefits activities for fiscal year 2018 is fast approaching! If you or your department were involved in a work-related community activity during the year, we need to hear from you! Community benefits are programs, activities or services that improve the health of the community in response to an identified need. Reportable activities must be directly associated with UMass Memorial. They cannot include employee volunteerism conducted on personal time or activities considered part of regular patient care. To report community benefits activities that occurred between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 please complete this form and email it to Kimberly Reckert by Tuesday, February 5. Call 508-334-7641 with questions.

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!

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