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.

Join in a Fun and Healthy Way to Fight Heart Disease

Looking for another reason to participate in the 2018 Heart Walk? Jay Cyr, RN, MSN, MBA, senior vice president, surgical services, explains its importance. “Our participation in the 35th Annual Central MA Heart Walk helps the American Heart Association reach its research and community education goals,” he said. “Walking on May 12th at Lake Quinsigamond provides participants with an opportunity to enjoy a healthy event while helping to raise funds and awareness to end heart disease.” To take part and raise money for a great cause, visit the heart walk’s website to register or form a team, or donate to a UMass Memorial Health Care team! For more information, check out the Central MA Heart Walk flyer.

Celebrating Community and Food to Support the Heart Walk Heart

Pictured from left are: Leticja Flamuraj, volunteer; Djana Aliaj, claims error research and resolution; Bedrana Flamuraj, denial managements; Sergio Melgar, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Alesia Broka, volunteer; Blerina Broka, claims submission and reconciliation; and Anila Taraj, Central Billing Office.

How can you help those in you community who are affected by heart disease? For those involved with the 306 Belmont Street team participating in the Central MA Heart Walk, it meant raising money with a luncheon featuring homemade Albanian, Greek and Italian dishes and desserts prepared by team members. “We just did what any good community would do,” said team captain, Bedrana Flamuraj, denial managements. The team, the Albanian Community Helping Heart, raised more than $1,500 from the luncheon and a basket raffle with all proceeds benefiting the Heart Walk, which takes place this Saturday, May 6. Visit the heart walk’s website to register or donate to a UMass Memorial Health Care team!

Why Donate to the Heart Walk? Learn How Your Donations Matter

The funds raised by participating in this year’s Heart Walk on Saturday, May 6, will support projects like these:

  • A $5 donation teaches more than 100 adults how to save a life by recognizing the signs of heart attack or stroke and how to administer CPR or use an automated external defibrillator.
  • A $25 donation empowers 25 underserved African Americans to help end stroke by educating them on topics such as risk factors and prevention.
  • A $100 donation provides information to help four stroke survivors maximize recovery and independence with a subscription to outreach newsletter.

Donate today to any of the UMass Memorial teams by visiting the 2017 Heart Walk fundraising page.

Taking Steps to Support Heart Health at Annual Central MA Walk

Members of Team UMass Memorial pose during last year’s walk.

Now that spring is here, it’s time to start thinking about the Central MA Heart Walk, Saturday, May 6. You’ll enjoy views of Lake Quinsigamond during the 2.5- or 5-mile walk. Visit the heart walk’s website, and register today under Team UMass Memorial. You can then create your own personal webpage where you can share your story, upload pictures and video, track your progress, and send emails to friends and family! We look forward to another great year and hope you can join us again! Need help or have questions? Email our heart walk team or call 508-499-6266.

Support the Heart Walk and Earn myHealth Matters Wellness Points

 Pictured, from left, showing their Heart Walk spirit are: Steven Guerin, food services; Thomas Callahan, finance; Kathryn Green, senior director, radiology; Thomas Ward, coordinator, wellness program; Brian Hazelwood, food services; Patrick Muldoon, president, Medical Center.

Pictured, from left, showing their Heart Walk spirit are: Steven Guerin, food services; Thomas Callahan, finance; Kathryn Green, senior director, radiology; Thomas Ward, coordinator, wellness program; Brian Hazelwood, food services; Patrick Muldoon, president, Medical Center.

You can support this year’s Central MA Heart Walk and earn myHealth Matters wellness points at the same time. Train for the Heart Walk on at least three separate days weekly and earn 50 points each week toward your 1,000 points to achieve the $300 wellness reimbursement ($100 more than last year). With spring in the air, it’s time to stop making excuses and get moving and help fight heart disease and stroke! Find a team or create your own! Benefits-eligible employees, visit myHealth Matters website for details. The walk is Saturday, May 7, Quinsigamond State Park, North Lake Avenue, Worcester.

Walk with Heart … It’s Just Four Weeks Away

HeartWalk2015Today is National Walking Day. It’s a great time to start thinking about spring fitness and preparing for the Central MA Heart Walk! The event is Saturday, May 2 at Quinsigamond State Park on North Lake Avenue, Worcester. When you join the Heart Walk, you join more than a million people in 300-plus cities across America in taking a stand against heart disease and helping save lives! To get your team page registered so you can get started, visit the UMass Memorial Health Care company page.