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

Last Call for Little Hats

Thanks to our super talented caregivers, Maria Del Vecchio, MS, CGC, Department of Genetics, has collected nearly 75 handmade, red baby hats for the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative. These hats will be given to thousands of babies who are born in February at participating hospitals throughout the country, including our Medical Center. Heartfelt thanks to all who have taken the time to knit or crochet these beautiful hats. Hats will continue to be collected until Thursday, February 14. They should be made with cotton and/or acrylic yarns only and should be sent to Maria in Room A-3 170C, 3rd Floor, Benedict Building, University Campus. Learn more about this program. Questions: Email Maria.

Show Your Support: Go Red for Women

February is National Heart Month, and we are celebrating Go Red for Women – a national movement to raise awareness about women and heart health and to raise funds to support the American Heart Association – throughout our system. Here’s how you can take part:

Medical Center Earns Afib Gold Award!

Our Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in the state of Massachusetts to earn the American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines-Afib Gold Quality Achievement Award for the second consecutive year. “Meeting and exceeding national benchmarks shows patients, families, referring providers and payors that those with arrhythmia who are hospitalized at our Medical Center receive best-practice care,” says David McManus, MD, ScM, director of the anticoagulation clinic and co-director of Atrial Fibrillation Program. Hospitals achieving gold-level recognition have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for two consecutive calendar years.

Kathy Green Earns Prestigious 2018 Heart Hero Award!

Kathy Green, RN, senior director of radiology services, was recently presented with the American Heart Association’s 2018 Heart Hero Award in recognition of her leadership and tireless fundraising efforts. Kathy served as the organization’s Central Massachusetts board chair from 2012 to 2016 and is a longtime, passionate volunteer. She is also part of the volunteer group that trained more than 10,000 people to perform hands-only CPR, and is involved in the automated external defibrillator placement initiative, community education and advocacy. Congratulations, Kathy! Pictured, from left, Kathy Green and Jay Cyr, RN, MBA, Heart Walk chairman and senior vice president of surgical services.

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.

If You Love Babies and Knitting, We Have the Job for You!

For the past two years, Maria Del Vecchio, MS, CGC, Department of Genetics, alongside her friends, has been making red hats for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative. In recognition of American Heart Month, these hats are given out to thousands of babies who are born in February at participating hospitals throughout the country, including at UMass Memorial Medical Center. This year, Maria could use your help! If you like to knit or crochet, consider making a red hat and sending it along to her at Room A-3 170C, 3rd Floor, Benedict Building, University Campus by Wednesday, February 14. Learn more about this program.

 

Like Trivia? Help Raise Money for American Heart Association

Is your team the smartest at UMass Memorial Health Care? Our Heart and Vascular Center is holding a trivia night on Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 pm at the Beechwood Hotel to raise money for the American Heart Association. Each team should consist of five people. The cost is $40 per person or $400 for a table of 10 and includes a donation and appetizers. The trivia night includes a silent auction (for golf excursions, sporting events and more), 50/50 raffle and cash bar. RSVP by Friday, February 2, to Julianne Ryll or Pam Burgwinkle, and include the number of tickets you wish to purchase.

Our Team Takes on Challenge to Train Students Hands-only CPR

UMass Memorial Medical Center staff helped train nearly 2,000 college students in the 2016-2017 Communitywide College Challenge. “I want to thank everyone for their role in making Central Massachusetts a healthier, safer community,” says Blair Young, senior director, Central Massachusetts Heart Association. Medical Center staff trained people during events at students’ colleges and in the community. Heart and vascular team members who lead the effort include: Jay Cyr, RN, chair of the challenge’s committee; Kati Korenda, MSN, NP, senior director; Nicole Navis, NP; Donna Suter, RN; Pam Burgwinkle, RN; Cynthia Ennis, MD; and Cynthia Audet, RN. June 1 to 7 marks CPR and AED Awareness Week. Do your part and watch this video on hands-only CPR.

Dr. Cynthia Ennis Receives Heart Association’s Highest Honor

The Central Massachusetts American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association has recognized Cynthia Ennis, DO, cardiologist, with its highest honor, the Heart of Gold Award. Dr. Ennis is an exemplary health care professional who has demonstrated energetic support and guidance. She has provided substantial contributions toward reducing disability/death due to heart disease and stroke. In her nomination, Dr. Ennis was recognized as a long-time volunteer for the AHA and an advocate for hands-only CPR training leading large groups of volunteers and Medical School students to provide training.