Stick to It: Set Goals to Control Your Diabetes for Life!

Diabetes care is best managed in partnership with your health care team. As captain of your team, you should set goals and establish a plan to achieve success. Each member of your team will bring his or her expertise to help guide and support you through this journey. Your primary care provider is the coach who coordinates your care with other team members across many health care settings. Learn more in the latest edition of Stick to It, the Diabetes Center of Excellence e-newsletter produced by the Marketing and Communications department. Sign up to have the newsletter delivered to your inbox.

Cosmetic Surgery Center Offers Specials on Spring Skin Care!

Jump into spring with these specials from the Cosmetic Surgery Center, effective April 24 through June 2.

  • Introducing Shineless: A new oil-free moisturizer that uses lilac stem cells to provide long-lasting hydration without congesting the skin ($40).
  • Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask: Improve tone and texture for luminous skin. It costs $30 with any Cosmedix purchase (regularly $40).
  • Peel specials: $100 off a six-peel series (regularly $825) or $50 off a four-peel series (regularly $625).

Remember: If you’re a Health Plans Inc. member, check to see if you’re eligible for a $500 Cosmetic Surgery Center reimbursement! For more information or to book your appointment, call 508-334-5990 or visit the Cosmetic Surgery Center website.

A Salute to Our Volunteers Who Participated at Boston Marathon

At this year’s 121st Boston Marathon, more than 30,000 runners participated during the balmy Patriots Day with temperatures peaking around 74 degrees. About 2,600 runners received care at medical stations along the route and medical tents near the finish area. Congratulations to our clinicians who volunteered, including:

Members of the sports medicine, emergency medicine and family medicine teams at the Medical Center and Medical School provided care to runners in course tents and finish line clinical areas. The team of 19 was comprised of attending physicians, psychologists, sports medicine fellows, residents and students. Pictured at the finish line, front row, are: Sarah Jackson, Valerie Valant, Jay Broadhurst, MD, John Sooy; back row, Scott Goldberg, Elena Bannerman, Kim Sikule, Nathan Cardoos, Pierre Rouzier, Sean Michael, MD, Laura Fralich, Chad Beattie and Jeff Brady. Missing from photo are: Adam Darnobid, MD, Maurine Williams, MD, Tina Runyan, Stacy Potts, MD, Lou Fazen and Joy Rosenblatt.

Susan Papalia, RN, and Brian Loverro, anesthesia tech, volunteered together at the Boston Marathon. Susan, who has volunteered at the marathon for more than a decade, oversaw 244 medical volunteers. Brian served as Susan’s dedicated ham-radio operator for the day. “He was my lifeline to get information to all finish line medical volunteers about tent diversions, supply needs, reassignments and emergencies. He was fabulous.”

JoAnn Crain, medical technologist, a five-year volunteer, ran blood tests to monitor runners’ electrolyte levels. JoAnn is the manager of the Point of Care Testing Department and was stationed in the main course tent, which was especially busy due to the heat.

Hear It from the Expert on Women’s Diet/Exercise at Saturday’s Event

It’s no secret that it takes a combination of diet and exercise to achieve optimum health. In this segment of Health Watch, Barbara Olendzki, RD, director of Applied Nutrition, explains why constantly assessing and re-adjusting your diet and exercise routine is important as we enter various life stages. She also shares the significance of striking a balance between caloric intake and level of activity, and tells why getting the right nutrients is especially important for women. Barbara will be one of the breakout speakers at Multicultural Women’s Health Summit, University Campus, Saturday, April 29, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Learn more or register.

Our Partnership with Siemens Enhances Sustainablity Efforts

UMass Memorial Health Care is partnering with Siemens on an energy performance contract to reduce its green footprint while implementing cost-saving programs to further enhance sustainability efforts. UMass Memorial is in the second phase of the 10-year contract that’s projected to save close to 2 million kilowatt hours of electric energy in the project’s first year. Facility officials want to align with the master energy plan to reduce energy consumption and energy purchasing costs while maximizing the use of renewable energy wherever possible. “The goal is to establish a program that can be sustained for decades,” said Gary Valcourt, associate vice president of facilities and capital planning, in a press release. Read story.

Join Health Care Speaker Series: Communities Caring for Communities

Dr. Besser

Mitchell Besser, MD, founder of mother2mother and AgeWell Global, will speak at the Medical School’s Perspectives in Health Care Speaker Series Monday, April 24, 10 to 11 am. As a faculty member at the University of Cape Town, Dr. Besser focus was on pregnant women living with HIV and preventing the transmission from mothers to their children. His presentation, “Communities Caring for Communities: A Vision for Better Health Care,” explains how he develops his community-based, peer-to-peer support networks. The event will be in the amphitheater of the Shrewsbury Campus, 333 South Street. Download the flyer for more information or visit the website to register for the event.

Why Giving to United Way Helps Improve Children’s Lives

Right now, all Medical Center and Medical Group employees have the power to change children’s lives for the better by supporting our Summer Strong partnership with the United Way. Circumstances beyond their control put so many children at a disadvantage, but attending enriching summer camps goes a long way toward helping them keep pace with their peers. The short- and long-term benefits of the camp experience are truly immeasurable. We’re making progress toward the goal of supporting 1,000 campers this summer, but need more pledges to bring us over the top. Watch video below to hear from some of the young campers. Then pledge electronically, use a pledge form,  pledge via email, or text your name and weekly payroll deduction amount to 774-224-GIVE (4483).

Mark Your Calendar: Next Innovation Celebration at Hahnemann Campus

Steven Laplante, food and nutrition manager, and Diana Dejesus, patient hostess, at the February Innovation Celebration.

We welcome and encourage all employees to stop by the next Innovation Celebration, Hahnemann Campus lobby, Wednesday, April 19, noon to 1 pm. The Innovation Celebration is a monthly celebration of Medical Center ideas, projects and initiatives! Lean Green Belts, Idea Systems, American Heart Association updates, and the Everyone, Everyday campaign will be featured. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a chance to win a week of valet parking. Stop by to spend some time with your colleagues and learn what the Medical Center is doing to help us become the best place to give care and the best place to get care! Share your team’s accomplishments at a future Innovation Celebration: Email

Register for Primary Care Days; Our Clinical Experts Lead Sessions

On Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26, the Medical School Office of Continuing Medical Education hosts the 18th Annual Primary Care Days at the Double Tree Hotel in Westborough. This program, for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and residents in primary care, will provide educational information on topics presented by our Medical Center’s medical experts. Topics include vector-borne diseases, opioid prescribing, hyperlipidemia, prostate cancer screening, hypertension, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, meniscus tears, skin cancer screening, exercise, irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety/depression. Concurrent tracks available. CEU credits available. View the brochure for more information; register today.

Register for Lupus Symposium; Open to Patients and Physicians

Medical Center rheumatologists will present at the Lupus Foundation of New England’s Lupus Medical and Educational Symposium on Thursday, April 6 on the University Campus. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue, resulting in inflammation and damage to various parts of the body. The event, open to patients and physicians, provides information on treatment, clinical trials and diagnosis. The day is split into three sections: lupus research, patient forum and physician outreach. See the schedule of sessions or visit the website to learn more and register for the event.