Last Call to Report Community-related Activities

The deadline to report community benefits activities for fiscal year 2018 is fast approaching! If you or your department were involved in a work-related community activity during the year, we need to hear from you! Community benefits are programs, activities or services that improve the health of the community in response to an identified need. Reportable activities must be directly associated with UMass Memorial. They cannot include employee volunteerism conducted on personal time or activities considered part of regular patient care. To report community benefits activities that occurred between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 please complete this form and email it to Kimberly Reckert by Tuesday, February 5. Call 508-334-7641 with questions.

Report Your FY18 Community-related Activities

As a not-for-profit system, UMass Memorial Health Care is required to report community benefits activities to the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Attorney General Office. Community benefits are programs, activities or services that improve the health of the community in response to an identified need. If you or your department were involved in a work-related community activity in FY18, the Community Relations Department needs to hear from you! Reportable activities cannot include employee volunteerism conducted on personal time or activities considered to be part of regular patient care. Please report community benefits activities that occurred between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 by completing this form and emailing it to Kimberly Reckert by February 5. Call 508-334-7641 with questions.

Report Your FY18 Community-Related Activities

Were you or your department involved in a work-related community activity in FY18? If so, the Community Relations Department needs to hear from you! As a not-for-profit system, UMass Memorial Health Care is required to report community benefits activities to the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Attorney General Office. Community benefits are programs, activities or services that improve the health of the community in response to an identified need. Reportable activities must be directly associated with UMass Memorial Health Care. They cannot include employee volunteerism conducted on personal time or activities considered to be part of regular patient care. To report community benefits activities that occurred between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018, please complete this form and email it to Kimberly Reckert by February 5. Call 508-334-7641 with questions.

Be Included in Our Gift of Giving Gallery!

In our last issue, we asked Medical Center departments and teams to share their holiday acts of kindness with News & Views for inclusion in our special holiday editions. We also know that our generous and kind-hearted caregivers are busy spreading good cheer in many ways outside of the workplace. Are you and your family volunteering to serve food, deliver or wrap gifts, organize a toy drive or help the community in other ways this holiday season? Please share your “Gift of Giving” photos, stories and shout-outs to be included in the UMass Memorial Health Care Gift of Giving Gallery that will be shared on our social media channels. Use one of the following three options to send your submissions:

  • Text (774-312-0300) or email your name, photo and caption.
  • Post to your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook feed; tag or mention UMass Memorial Medical Center (@umassmemorialmedicalcenter) and include the hashtag #UMMHCgiftofgiving in your post.
  • Send your photo via Facebook Messenger or direct message on Instagram or Twitter.

Hundreds Educated at Fall Seminar Series

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Physicians from our Medical Center shared their expertise with community members at a series of educational seminars this fall.

Hundreds of community members attended the fall seminar series at the Beechwood Hotel to hear our Medical Center experts speak about shoulder issues, joint replacement, heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Many thanks to all who gave their time and expertise to make each event a big success. Our presenters included: Naomi Botkin, MD, FACC, cardiologist; Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, director, Center for Mindfulness, Brown University; Wayne Chan, MD, orthopedic surgeon; Matthew Deren, MD, orthopedic surgeon; Robert Hayward, MD, electrophysiologist; David McManus, MD, director, Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Program; and Jeffrey Shih, MD, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist.

Free Medical Service Thanks Volunteers Including Our Caregivers

Medical Center and Medical School physicians, nurses and medical students will be among hundreds of volunteers, businesses and community groups to be thanked for supporting the Worcester Evening Free Medical Service Program during the program’s 22nd anniversary celebration. The program provides free medical, dental, ear and eye care to underinsured or uninsured members of Worcester and surrounding communities. James Ledwith, MD, is the medical director, and Sara Casey, DO, the associate medical director. The anniversary celebration, open to the public, is March 12, 7 pm, Epworth United Methodist Church. Past volunteers and supporters are encouraged to attend. Learn more.

Join Free Community Showing of ‘Resilience’ and Discussion

Worcester Addresses Childhood Trauma (Worcester ACTs) will host a free showing of Resilience” Monday, January 22, 5:30 to 8 pm, Worcester Technical High School. The event is sponsored in part by the Medical Center. “Resilience” is a powerful film about the impact of trauma on children that highlights effective strategies to strengthen communities. The event will include a discussion following the movie and closing remarks from Heather Forkey, MD, Children’s Medical Center, Division of Child Protection. A light meal will be provided. See flyer for more information. To register, visit  Facebook event page, Google signup or email: worcesteracts@gmail.com.

Happy Holidays: Our Employees Generously Give Back to Community

Each holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our employees’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide True North principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). This is why it is so important that News & Views brings you the information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care and the best place to get care. Today’s and the December 19 issues show how much our departments and teams care about our patients, our greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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Office of Clinical Integration team members

This year, our Office of Clinical Integration (OCI) team members focused holiday community outreach on a coat and winter accessory drive for St. John’s Parish, a giving tree to collect toys for the Department of Children and Families holiday party, and a fundraiser to purchase holiday gifts for families at our Children’s Medical Center. In addition, the team contributed to the Hurricane Maria Relief effort for citizens of Puerto Rico though Amor Para Puerto Rico. OCI raised $358 through a raffle and collected canned goods for this charity. Funds will be sent to United Way.

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Members of the Marketing and Communications team

The Marketing and Communications Department reached out to the Community Relations Department and Abby’s House in Worcester and provided gifts for 11 children, ages 2 to 16 years old.  The team adopted a single-parent family with four children from Belmont Street School and collected gifts for seven children from multiple families at Abby’s House. Their wish lists included clothing, gift cards, shoes/boots, toys and sports equipment.

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The nurses and staff of our Maternity Center participated in two collections this year. The unit-based council sponsored a collection for Abby’s House. The Sunshine Club organized a giving tree to collect gifts for children through the Department of Children and Families.

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Our housekeeping teams on the Memorial and University campuses adopted five families in need through Friendly House. Thanks to the generosity of our frontline staff and management team, the housekeeping team adopted two additional families this year. Pictured, from left are: Lourdes Ortiz, Nurys Rosa, Bruce Sadusky, Maria Dejesus, and Phoebe Araujo, members of Friendly House team; and housekeeping department team members Kathy O’Shea, John McGlone and Anthony Bassignani.

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Lung and Allergy Center team

Through a can and bottle collection, the Lung and Allergy Center raised $50 to purchase five $10 gift cards to Price Chopper and Market 32 for the Worcester County Food Bank.

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The Critical Care Community organized the annual giving project to help families in need via the Worcester Community Action Council Fuel Assistance Program. The program provides assistance to households with the lowest incomes and highest average energy costs.

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Liz Vecchio, Worcester Public Schools Safety Office, said coat donations “will make some students very happy!”

The #GivingTuesday Coat Drive is a new initiative just this year in collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools and the United Way of Central Massachusetts! Ten new coats and more than 30 hats and mittens were collected across our campus cafeterias. Used coats were also collected and will be donated to the United Way for distribution to our Worcester neighbors in need.

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Pictured, from left, are volunteers Marylou Ruppert, Samantha Mitchell, Mary Innis and Barbara Grimes-Smith, who packaged the coats for delivery.

Members of the Psychiatry Department participated in the Coats for Kids program again this year. They donated 21 winter jackets, matching hats and mittens, beanie babies (stuffed into every pocket) and 16 additional pairs of mittens and five hats. The team also contributed $632 to this Worcester Public School fundraiser, as Coats for Kids will continue to purchase additional warm weather attire for local children throughout the winter.

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The Family Medicine team has been participating in coat drives for Worcester Public Schools for more than 20 years. This year, 45 children in Worcester Public Schools were given a new coat, hat and mittens.

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Montachusett Internal Medicine in Leominster organized three basket drawings for patients. The winners received free baskets filled with food, a $20 Market Basket gift card and holiday decorations.

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Alicia Grimaldo, CRNA, packs her SUV to deliver the toys.

The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine conducted a holiday toy drive to benefit Pernet Family Health Services of Worcester, a non-profit organization that helps underprivileged families. The team also coordinated a warm clothing drive to benefit the Coats for Kids program for Worcester Public Schools.

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Occupational Injury Care and Employee Health staff present donations to Community Healthlink’s Highland Grace House.

Staff members from Occupational Injury Care and Employee Health donated gift cards, craft supplies, toiletries and fidget toys to Community Healthlink’s Highland Grace House, a residential program serving young women seeking long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. The gifts will fill residents’ holiday stockings.

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In lieu of gifts to one another, the Medical Group Profee Reporting Team sponsored three Worcester teens living in poverty through the Santa’s Big League initiative of the Children’s Smile Coalition. This is the second time they’ve sponsored local teens for Christmas.

Our Employees’ Generosity: Giving Back This Holiday Season

Happy Holidays 2Each holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our employees’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide True North principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). This is why it is so important that News & Views brings you the information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care and the best place to get care. Today’s and Thursday’s News & Views issues show how much our departments and teams care about our patients, our greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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Food collected for a local parish by the Dermatology Clinic.

This holiday season, when staff from the Dermatology Clinic on the Hahnemann Campus heard that its neighborhood parish’s food pantry was bare, the team rose to action to organize a food collection just in time for Thanksgiving. The team helped restock the pantry that feeds 40 families twice each month.

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This year, a Grafton Internal Medicine employee, along with her colleagues, had a chance to give back to Why Me and Sherry House. The employee, whose son struggled with cancer for several years, said, “The organization was able to provide food and presents for my family through an adoption program. For the rest of my days since, I have been looking for ways to repay the favor that was handed to me.”

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Veterans Inc. staff members with shopping carts filled with turkeys collected by Millbury Internal Medicine.

Members of the Millbury Internal Medicine team once again demonstrated their spirit of giving and community outreach by donating turkeys totaling 409.31 pounds to Veterans Inc. The turkeys were used for the agency’s annual Holiday Harvest Dinner.

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Team members of South County Pediatrics in Webster donated $150 to purchase books through the Reach Out and Read Program to give to young patients throughout the year. The team also donated $350 toward grocery store gift cards to support families in need. The practice also received 250 new books, donated by Barnes and Noble’s holiday book drive, to give to patients.


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Pictured are Cheryl Trimby, RN, geriatrics, and Julia Martiros of Elder Services of Worcester with the hat and scarf donations.

Our Geriatrics Department organized a hat and scarf drive for Elder Services of Worcester.

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Medical Staff Services giving tree

This year, the Department of Medical Staff Services brought warm weather items, including hats, mittens and coats to local children in need. The department’s Christmas tree is decorated with cards with the names and details of the children, and new cards are added as old ones are removed.

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Oncology Pharmacy, fifth floor nurses, sixth floor infusion suite staff and interventional radiology staff, all located on the University Campus, purchased items off the wish list for Dismas House in Worcester. This included 10 $25 Dunkin Donut gift cards, clothing, sheets and personal items. In addition, Oncology Pharmacy sponsored a family through the Worcester Boys and Girls Club. The team purchased gifts cards, toys and clothing for a five-member family.

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The Ob/Gyn team in Milford adopted a family through the Department of Children and Families.

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The Anticoagulation Clinic collected gifts for the Department of Children and Families holiday party.

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Managed Care Operations Department sponsored a family.

The Managed Care Operations Department sponsored a family through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest, gifting the family with coats, boots and many other special items.

 

 

Remember: Submit Your Team’s Holiday Fundraiser Stories This Week

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to share news of your department or team helping others this holiday season. Share your story with News & Views if your team is involved in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this season. As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions to be published next Tuesday and Thursday, December 19 and 21. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are encouraged) that describes your team’s efforts by the end of this week. Please note that items received after this week may not be included. See what ran last year: Part 1 and Part 2.