Watch Part 2 of Sweet 16 Video Series

Last week, we kicked off a four-part video series showcasing the work of the 2018 Innovators of the Year finalist teams – our “Sweet 16.” Watch the second video now to learn about four more finalists – Patient Experience/Visitor Assistance Services, the Eye Center, the University Campus Emergency Department, and University and Hahnemann campuses’ Patient Financial Counseling.

Video Series to Feature our Sweet 16 Finalists

The 2018 Innovators of the Year finalist teams – our “Sweet 16” – were announced earlier this month to all caregivers across the system. Starting next week, News & Views will be featuring these teams in a four-part video series to give you the chance to learn more about them. The Innovators of the Year winning teams will be announced in early January. New this year: You’ll get to vote for your favorite team! Watch the video series for additional details.

Congrats to Susanne Frisch, RN; Named October Daisy Awardee

Pictured from left, front row, are members of the West 3 team: Melina McCarthy, RN, Patty Dresley, RN, and Kaitlyn Letourneau, RN; back row, Brandi Cormier, RN, Anna Elliott, RN, Kathryn Burstall, RN, Judy Best, RN, Suzanne Frisch, RN, Christine Campaniello, RN, and Holly Hevy, RN.

Congratulations to Suzanne Frisch, RN, (pictured back row, center) who was recently presented with the October 2018 DAISY Award at a special event on West 3. Suzanne was nominated by her colleague Melina McCarthy, RN, (pictured front row, left) who shared, “Suzanne is one of the most dedicated nurses I have had the pleasure of working with!” She also noted Suzanne’s excellence in educating patients and teaching them new skills, as well as her compassionate bedside manner. “She cares for each of her patients as if he or she were her family member,” Melina said. “She is also a mentor and a role model for her peers.” The DAISY award is designed to reward and celebrate the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care nurses provide every day. Nominate a nurse today.

Congratulations to Our Nursing Scholarship Recipients

Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Colombo, DNP, RN (pictured in left and right photos) awards the scholarships to recipients (from left) Mary Ball, Laura Fuertes and Lisa Gardner.

Three Medical Center caregivers who are enrolled in nursing education programs were awarded scholarships as part of our Nurses Week celebrations. The Lamonda Scholarship was awarded to Mary Ball in endoscopy who is earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Laura Fuertes from clinical informatics and Lisa Gardner from the 3 Lakeside ICU were presented with the Alden P. Johnson Scholarship. Laura is enrolled in an RN to BSN program, and Lisa is pursuing her master’s degree in nursing. Congratulations!

Our Team Was Tops at the Heart Walk

Team UMass Memorial Health Care was the top fundraising team at this year’s Heart Walk with a total of nearly $34,000 raised. Our Heart and Sole team raised more than any other team at the Walk, and The Hungry Helping Hearts@306 came in at number two. Despite the rainy day, representatives from the American Heart Association also trained 225 people how to perform hands-only CPR; even the Worcester Railers’ mascot got in on the action. Thank you to all who participated, donated and volunteered.

Complete Annual Required Education This Week

Have you completed your Annual Required Education yet? The clock is ticking toward the May 18 deadline, so find your assignments under the “To Do” tab in E-Learning 4U and complete the modules this week. The May 18 deadline applies to employees hired before January 1, 2018. Those hired after January 1 must complete their assigned education modules within 30 days of their date of hire. Those who attended new caregiver orientation this calendar year will receive credit for some of these courses. Learn more about these and other e-learning modules on MyHR. Questions? Email the Human Resources Information Systems team.

Don’t Delay Annual Required Education; Deadline Is May 18

The May 18 deadline to complete this year’s annual required education is fast approaching. Don’t wait until the last day to complete the modules! You’ll find the assignments under your “To Do” tab in E-Learning 4U. If you were hired before January 1, you have until May 18 to complete your annual required education. If you were hired or rehired after January 1, 2018, your due date is 30 days from your date of hire. If you attended new caregiver orientation this calendar year, you’ll receive credit for some of these courses. Learn more about these and other e-learning modules on MyHR. Questions? Email the Human Resources Information Systems team.

Celebrate and Support: Events Scheduled for Nurses Week!

Nurses are living proof that superheroes exist, leading the charge for our patients’ health and wellness with care and compassion. There are many reasons to celebrate our nurses, and what better time than during National Nurses Week! May 7 through May 11, we’ll be celebrating National Nurses Week with events, giveaways and more. Show your support for our nurses who make a difference to everyone, everyday by participating in our scheduled celebratory events. See flyer. 

Monday, May 7       

  • Leadership meet and treat: Ice cream treats will be delivered to all nursing units on all shifts.
  • Zumba class fundraiser for the Community Closet, University Campus, Faculty Conference Room, 4 to 5 pm. Email nursing excellence to register. Community Closet is a new, self-sustaining charity on the University and Memorial campuses that provides basic clothing at no cost to patients without access to clothing prior to discharge.

Tuesday May 8   

  • On-site medical/surgical certification review course, University Campus, amphitheater 3, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Pre-registration required.

 Wednesday, May 9 

  • Spin-a-thon fundraiser for the Community Closet, University Campus, Medical School Fitness Center, 4 to 6 pm. Email nursing excellence to register.
  • Recognition gathering of the Professional Advancement of Clinical Excellence Clinical Ladder Review Board, Memorial Campus, Memorial One Conference Room, 1 to 4 pm.
  • On-site medical/surgical certification review course, University Campus, amphitheater 3, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Pre-registration required.

Thursday, May 10  

  • Nurses Week open house and Daisy award presentation, University Campus, Faculty Conference Room, 8 am to 2 pm; mindfulness meditation presentation by Christine Buckley, 1:30 pm.

Friday, May 11        

  • Nurses Week open house and Daisy award presentation, Memorial Campus, behind amphitheater, noon to 2:30 pm; mindfulness dedication presentation by Christine Buckley, 2 pm.

Help Us Celebrate: National Nurses Week 2018 Is Coming!

UMass Memorial Health Care is proud to celebrate and acknowledge the year-round dedication and achievements of our advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, certified nurse’s aides and licensed practical nurses. This year, National Nurses Week is May 7 to May 11, and we’ve scheduled a variety of celebratory events that are open to the entire community. Watch for details and join us in paying tribute to all the nurses who make a difference to everyone, everyday!

Learn Hands-Only CPR at the Central MA Heart Walk

CPR saves lives. Learn how to save a life at this year’s Heart Walk at Quinsigamond State Park on May 12. Dedicated instructors are hoping to train or retrain more than 1,000 people right before this year’s walk. According to Jay Cyr, RN, MSN, MBA, senior vice president, surgical services, “Through a series of hands-only CPR events throughout our communities, including the Heart Walk, we hope to teach close to 10,000 people this easy-to-learn lifesaving skill.” Now is your chance to learn. Register to walk with a UMass Memorial Health Care team. Receive your free UMass Memorial Health Care t-shirt if you sign up by Friday, April 20.