Teen Undergoes Amazing Transformation with Good Fit Clinic

With the help of the Children’s Medical Center’s Good Fit Teen Weight and Wellness Clinic, Shrewsbury teen, Lacey Tomaiolo, lost more than 100 pounds after undergoing bariatric surgery. The Good Fit Clinic, which was specifically designed for teens who are struggling with obesity and its side effects, helps teens create and reach their own personal goals while decreasing their risk for developing health problems. In a recent interview with Baystate Parent, Lacey shared that while the surgery has been life changing, her success wouldn’t be possible without the behavior and lifestyle changes she learned through her work at the clinic. Read the article.

Register for 5K Run to Benefit Our NICU

Registration is now open for the TDD 5K – an event established by Don and Elaine Vescio following the loss of their newborn triplet sons, Tyrus, Dante and Daniel, in 2005. The goal of the 5K is to remember all the babies who left the world too soon while raising funds for our Children’s Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The 2019 5K will take place Sunday, March 31, leaving from Worcester State University. Registration begins at 8 am, with the 5K starting at 10 am and the children’s fun run beginning at 11:30 am. Visit the website to register, donate or learn more.

Are You a Giver? Here’s Your Chance to Make a Wish Come True

You can help bring smiles to our smallest patients and their families this holiday season! The Children’s Medical Center recently kicked off its holiday gift-giving campaign by inviting folks to donate funding for items in this year’s Gift Book – from digital thermometers, comfort kits, and headphones to specialized programming and more. View the Gift Book and donate online today! Thank you for your generosity and for helping to spread some cheer at our Children’s Medical Center.

A Little Paint and a Lot of Imagination for Children’s Waiting Area

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Beautifully painted portholes now decorate the previously blank walls of a children’s waiting area on the Hahnemann Campus.

A children’s waiting area on the Hahnemann Campus recently underwent a much-needed facelift thanks to the creativity of volunteer Stephanie Francalancia (daughter of Janice Lalikos, MD, director of the Craniofacial Clinic), the Medical School student group Community Canvas, an Innovation Fund Grant, and support from the Children’s Medical Center and Hahnemann Campus facilities staff. Eighteen months in the making, the project transformed the waiting space into a submarine complete with portholes that show beautiful sea creatures swimming!

New Phone Numbers Assigned for Children’s Medical Center

Several phone and fax lines throughout the Children’s Medical Center recently underwent an update resulting in phone number changes. Many physician and staff phone numbers were affected by this change, along with seven patient-facing numbers for the outpatient specialty clinics. Physician and staff lines will remain active through December 22, 2018, while all patient-facing lines will remain active through September 30, 2019. Callers reaching a phone number that has changed will be met with a message directing them to press 0 to be connected to the new number. See an updated Children’s Medical Center Specialty Clinic (patient-facing) listing. Access an updated Children’s Medical Center contact list.

Kid’s Comfort Promise Improving Needle Experiences for Kids

Kids Comfort Promise logoThe Children’s Medical Center is rolling out the Kid’s Comfort Promise, a new initiative that aims to reduce the discomfort and anxiety many children feel when undergoing needle sticks for procedures such as blood draws, IV insertions or vaccinations. Led by Neal Tyrrell, MD, pediatric inpatient director, and Lauren Fortier, NP, pediatric critical care, the program incorporates simple techniques, such as numbing, distraction, sucrose and positions of comfort during needle sticks. The new program began on Monday, November 5, as a pilot at Benedict Primary Care, pediatric specialty clinics, adolescent medicine and phlebotomy. It will expand throughout our system over the next 12 months.

Oncology Patient Treated to the World Series

Clinical social worker, Claudia Neithercut surprises oncology patient, Ryan Doyle, with tickets to the World Series courtesy of Walsh Brothers Construction. (Photo courtesy of Telegram & Gazette)

As if being discharged from the hospital wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, Children’s Medical Center oncology patient, Ryan Doyle, was presented with four tickets to game two of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers! Claudia Neithercut, pediatric clinical social worker, had the pleasure of presenting the tickets to Ryan on behalf of Walsh Brothers Construction of Boston. Ryan says his favorite player is Red Sox catcher, Sandy León! See the story in the Telegram & Gazette.

Teddy Bear Clinic Gets Two Paws Up!

2018 Teddy Bear Clinic PhotosQ: What happened when 175 volunteers recently pulled together 28 interactive health and safety booths on a bright and sunny day?

A: About 1,500 energetic visitors packed the Albert Sherman Center for the annual Teddy Bear Clinic at our Children’s Medical Center! Teddy Bears were measured, weighed, imaged and bandaged. Children had their faces painted; ran through obstacle courses; visited with mascots; learned about brushing their teeth and wearing sunscreen; dressed up as doctors; toured a firetruck, ambulance and police car; and so much more. Special thanks to our partnering sponsor, Delta Dental of Massachusetts, our media sponsors from Charter TV3, Clear Channel, and WXLO, and our many volunteers!

Dr. Hirsh Mentors Worcester Teen on Gun Violence Solutions

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Though gun violence is spiking across the country, Worcester has seen a decline in gun-related homicides thanks in part to the Goods for Guns buyback program co-founded by Michael Hirsh, MD, chief, division of pediatric surgery, director of pediatric trauma, and surgeon-in-chief at our Children’s Medical Center. After learning of local student Rohan Krishnan’s passion and research to prevent future gun violence, Dr. Hirsh began mentoring the Worcester Academy sophomore and believes that Rohan’s work has the potential to spare many people from experiencing the personal tragedy of gun violence. Read the MassLive story.

May the 4th Be with Our Pediatric Patients!

Children’s Medical Center team members strike a pose with Star Wars characters during a special visit.

Members of the Star Wars 501st New England Garrison and Alderaan Base groups paid a special visit to patients at our Children’s Medical Center on Star Wars Day, May the 4th. Children and their families had a blast while being served ice cream sundaes by their favorite Star Wars characters, including Chewbacca himself, and taking the opportunity to pose for photos. Special thanks to the child life team for coordinating such a fun-filled visit! See more photos on Facebook.