A Tall Order for Charity with Dr. Dickson, Gronk and the Pats! 

Dr. Dickson and Gronk

Dr. Dickson and Gronk

It’s not often six-foot, five-inch Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Medical Health Care, runs into someone that makes him look small. That was the case recently when he attended the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s Premiere Kickoff Gala. Proceeds from the event help the foundation reach its goal of assisting the youth and families of our region through programs that foster cultural diversity, education, family and health. One employee commented: “This is great. Next time bring Gronk up to 4 East. We would love to meet him!” Visit this Facebook post to join the conversation and see what others are saying!

 

Our Organization Reaches New Heights with Employees’ Ideas

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD

UMass Memorial Health Care is moving toward a tremendous milestone in its use of the Idea System. Within the next 12 to 18 months, we’re expected to reach 30,000 ideas submitted and implemented. President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, said employees’ support of the program has contributed to operational improvements and financial success. Dr. Dickson recently wrote an article for Health Care Business that highlights the principle elements of the system. “There are essentially five components to our Idea System: the Idea Board; idea card; metrics; team huddles; and celebrations. It is essentially a grass roots program that starts at the unit or departmental level,” Dickson wrote. Read story.

Boston Globe Story Highlights Our Financial Turnaround

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD

President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD

UMass Memorial Health Care’s return to financial stability after struggles in 2013 was chronicled Sunday in the business section of The Boston Globe. Reporter Priyanka Dayal McCluskey traveled to Worcester to meet with President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, to discuss the turnaround and to get a firsthand look at the idea system in action. “We wanted her to see our idea boards and to understand just how committed all of our employees are to improving the way we do business for the benefit of our patients,” Dr. Dickson said. Read article.

Join The Connection Film Screening to Earn Wellness Points

  • myHealth MattersIf you’re a benefits-eligible employee and you haven’t already earned your myHeath Matters’ validated activity points, known as What’s Your Thing, you have another chance this week. Join President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, who hosts a film screening of the Connection, and discover the power you have to change your mind and your health. If you had the flu shot and your health screening, you only need to complete your approved and validated activity to earn your $200 Wellness Rewards. The event is Thursday, May 7, Memorial Campus Amphitheater. Appetizers are served at 5 pm; film screening at 5:30 pm. Validated parking available. Email Thomas Ward, wellness program coordinator, to RSVP; deadline is today.
  • Remember: If you still need to complete your documentation to be eligible for your Wellness Rewards, submit your paperwork this week; email or fax (508-334-6433). Questions: Email or call Thomas Ward, at 508-334-8239.
  • If you weren’t able to complete the three steps for the winter/spring myHealth Matters session, stay tuned for details about our summer session coming soon!