It’s Time to Share Your Holiday Giving Stories!

Is your team doing something special to help individuals and families in need this holiday season? We know you are, and we look forward to sharing how you’re helping others in our special holiday editions of News and Views! If your department is making a donation to a community agency or organization, having a fundraiser, organizing a food or toy drive, “adopting” a child or family in need, or spreading good cheer in other ways. please share your stories. With Christmas on a Tuesday this year, our holiday editions will be published the week before (the week after next!), so please send your stories and photos to us now. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, December 13.

Five-year-old Requests NICU Donations for Her Birthday

When Charlie Audet was born, she spent some time in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) because she wasn’t getting enough oxygen. Fast forward five years, and Charlie decided to give back to the place that helped her get a good start in life. She asked her family and friends to help her raise money for the NICU in lieu of gifts for her fifth birthday. Charlie recently visited the unit and delivered her donation of $460 to Lawrence Rhein, MD, MPH, chief of neonatology and NICU director. “She’s a pretty special girl,” said Charlie’s mom, Jen. “She always hears us talking about the NICU because it was a pretty big deal to us.” In addition to being covered on Worcester News Tonight (watch video below), Charlie’s story appeared in the Telegram & Gazette and on channels 5 and 7.

The Need for Blood Donations Is Constant Year Around

Did you know if you have Type O blood, you are the universal donor and can donate to almost anyone? Even if you are not a Type O, our Blood Donor Center is always in need of all types of blood donors. Not sure if you’re eligible? Give us a call and speak to any of our friendly nursing staff who can help answer your questions. All donors will be given a token of appreciation as well as refreshments. Visit the Blood Donor Center located on University Campus, Lakeside Building, Level A, Room 250 or call 508-421-1950. Validated parking is available.

Medical Center Receives $9.8 Million Gift to Benefit Our Patients

William Binns Smith

William Binns Smith

A Worcester entrepreneur and industrialist left nearly $10 million in his estate to our Medical Center despite having passed away more than half a century ago. William Binns Smith made the significant donation as part of an overall $29 million gift to five Worcester-area organizations. “On behalf of the physicians and staff at UMass Memorial Medical Center, I would like to express our deep gratitude to the William B. Smith Trust for this momentous gift that will positively impact our patients and their families for years to come,” said Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon. See Worcester Business Journal and Telegram & Gazette news coverage.

Remember to Donate Blood as Donations Drop in Summertime

blood donationThe summer months are typically the slowest time of the year for blood donations but that doesn’t mean the need for donations stops. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood and you can help. Just a pint of blood, the average amount obtained in one donation, can save as many as three lives! Visit the Blood Donor Center, located on the University Campus on Lakeside Level A, to make your lifesaving contribution. Walk-ins are accepted or appointments can be made by calling 508-421-1950. For more information, visit our website or Facebook page.

Family’s Donation Salutes Our Pediatric Care

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Nicholas Sizer and the plaque in his name.

sizer plaqueIt began in 1989 when Nicholas Sizer and his twin sister were born prematurely and spent time in our NICU. When he was two, he was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor in both kidneys. While treatment was in the Boston area, the family knew that the care Nicholas received in our NICU made a profound difference in his life. It was because of this care, the family made a generous donation to construct a children’s playroom. Recently, grandparents John (a trustee here for 43 years) and Dawn Budd, and their daughter Susan Budd Sizer, Nicholas’ mom, came back to visit. Their visit demonstrated a lifetime impact of caring that our institution plays in the lives of the children and families. Thanks to the Budd family for their support for so many years.

Girl Scouts Honor Anniversary with a Gift to the Maternity Center 

Girl Scout DonationA local Girl Scouts troop celebrated their anniversary – which falls on Halloween! – by donating a gift bag to the first newborn girl born in our Maternity Center on October 31. One lucky family received a gift bag filled with baby clothes, a quilt, toys and more. The troop (pictured) visited our Maternity Center to deliver the gifts on the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts in 1912. Postpartum nurses Rachel Becker (left) and Lucy Swenson (right) greeted the troop during the visit.

Tropical Fish Greet Our Pediatric Patients 

tropical fishPatients are greeted by turtles and colorful fish as they enter the pediatric clinic on Benedict 2, University Campus, thanks to a generous donation from Bowditch & Marinelli, Inc. The underwater scenes enhance the family- and patient-centered experience. In addition to the donation, Larry Marinelli and Larry Johnson from Bowditch & Marinelli used a little elbow grease to install the murals. A third mural has been mounted in the pediatric sedation room.


12-year-old Raises Money for NICU

Ali Delorey (right) is joined by members of the NICU team and her family. 

Ali Delorey (right) is joined by members of the NICU team and her family.

A big thank you to 12-year-old Ali Delorey for her recent donation to the NICU. Ali, of Lancaster, sold “Keep Kicking Butt Liam Raymond” bracelets with all proceeds going to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She raised enough money to purchase mobiles, baby bath towels, cozy burp cloths, a new toy kitchen set for the waiting room, mirrors for kangaroo care and many other helpful items for our babies and families. Liam is Ali’s new cousin. She felt the NICU team members were loving caregivers for Liam, and a source of support and comfort for his parents.

The Gift of Giving: Take Part in Online Event May 6 

Worcester GIVESThe UMass Medicine Development Office participates in Greater Worcester GIVES, sponsored by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Greater Worcester GIVES is a 24-hour online giving event that supports participating nonprofits that are located in or provide services in Worcester County. Our employees, their family and friends are encouraged to take part in this community-focused event Tuesday, May 6,and that you will consider making an online gift to the UMass Memorial Foundation,which conducts fundraising initiatives on behalf of UMass Memorial Health Care and the Medical School.