Wear Red Tomorrow! Fight Heart Disease!

UMass Memorial Health Care is participating in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 1. Wear red tomorrow to raise awareness and help save women’s lives. Then post your pictures on our Facebook page using #umassmemorialgoesred. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign raises women’s heart health awareness and serves as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. Remember, heart disease is not just a man’s disease. In fact, it is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. When it comes to beating heart disease and stroke, change can be the cure.

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.

Fight for Men’s Health

Man Your Health

Drs. Maykel (top left), Keaney (bottom left) and Sokoloff (bottom right)

Join John Keaney, MD, Justin Maykel, MD, and Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, as they team up and raise awareness for men’s health. Throughout November, look for information on men’s health topics via Facebook Live, Health Watch TV segments, blog posts and social media. Want to join the fight? Do you have a rocking stash or hearty beard? Want to grow one? Here’s what to do: Grab your phone, say cheese and share your photo. Post it using #ManYourHealth, text it to 774-312-0300, or email it.

Love Those Lashes; Are They Safe? Dr. Faustina Explains

Long, luxurious lashes? Yes, please! Many women are running to their estheticians in the quest to elongate their lashes. But is this quickly growing trend safe? Misha Faustina, MD, director of oculoplastic services at our Eye Center, went live on Facebook to share her expertise on altering your eyelashes, including what dangers they pose – from glue allergies to eyelid balding – and suggestions for safe application and wear.


Get Recognized for Your Years of Work with Us; Share Selfie!

Deborah Cox

Did you know UMass Memorial Health Care is celebrating 20 years as a health care system? We want you to celebrate with us! Head over to our Facebook page, snap a selfie and let us know how long you’ve been working at UMass Memorial! Our featured caregiver Deborah Cox has been working here for more than 50 years! Pictured left, Deborah Cox, director of patient and equipment transportation and mail services, began her career at our Medical Center at the age of 16. Learn how far we’ve come in 20 years by reading a recent News & Views post!

A Salute to Our Nurses: From Patients and Special Supplement

A small sampling of the more than 200 nurses in our Maternity Center

Our Nurses Week events continue in recognition of our nurses who do so much, so often, for so many. Our patients are also recognizing the extraordinary compassion that our nurses provide every day with comments on our Facebook Nurses Week post such as:

  • “The amazing nurses through my whole stay always made me feel comfortable and made sure I knew what was going on and what to expect next. I had several different nurses and I loved all of them.”
  • “I had excellent care by all [the] nurses… couldn’t ask for better care; everyone [was] very nice, courteous and competent.”
  • “Thank you to all the nurses on 4 East who took such good care of my husband after his accident!”

Special Nurses Week Supplement
In addition, our nurses were featured in a “Salute to Nurses” supplement in the Telegram & Gazette in which Lisa Colombo, DNP, RN, senior vice president and chief nursing officer, said, “Our nurses are amazing. They continually step up to acquire new skills to benefit our patients, or to share their education and training with fellow caregivers throughout the system. I am so proud of their work.” Download document to read examples of our nurses’ commitment to care:

  • Cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) nurses underwent comprehensive dialysis training and began training other Medical Center ICU nurses. Approximately 120 nurses in the seven adult ICUs at our Medical Center have been trained to date.
  • Nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists and interpreters from our Medical Center travel each year to Ecuador on a humanitarian mission with Hands Across the World to treat cleft palate, deformities of the hands and feet, and burns.
  • New graduate nurses trained and served as Epic champions, teaching approximately 2,000 nurses, 500 patient care assistants and 100-unit secretaries how to use the new electronic medical record system.

Nurses Week: More Than 2,500 Reasons to Celebrate!

It’s Nurses Week, and we’d like to send a sincere “Thank You” to the more than 2,500 Medical Center nurses who teach, heal, advocate and care for our patients every day. We know how special our nurses are, but don’t just take our word for it. The following is a sampling of what our patients had to say:

  • “Thank you to Nikole who made it her mission to see me while I was down about my newborn being rushed to the NICU [Neonatal Intensive Care Unit]. She helped me through a hard time with her kind words and support. [And] Laura who works in the NICU who took very good care of my first born, who was born at 29 weeks, and my last born who was sick at delivery. UMass Memorial rocks [as do] all the amazing nurses in the maternity ward.”
  •  “As a registered nurse, I was amazed at my entire experience. [It’s] five-star and [I’m] letting others know about it.”
  •  “All the great nurses in Endo at Memorial Campus [are] #1 top of the line!”

Share your own stories. Simply comment on this blog story or click on the Facebook Nurses Week post (see below). Remember, there are a variety of celebratory events planned all week. Come show your support for our nurses and have fun at the same time!

Share Your Feedback and Enter the RENT Ticket Giveaway

Looking for a night on the town? Enter to win a four-pack of tickets to RENT at Hanover Theater Thursday, April 5. To enter, visit our #SimplyWomen web page where you can hear inspiring stories from women, get connected to women’s services at the Medical Center, and access our interactive health and wellness library. Then, tell us what you like most about the page by leaving us a comment on our Facebook post! One winner will be selected at random from all participants on Monday, April 2 at 8 am. The winner’s name will be posted in the comments section of Facebook and will be contacted via Facebook messenger. Tickets must be picked up at Hahnemann Campus in Worcester.

Show Your Appreciation during Resident and Fellow Appreciation Week!

From left, front, Emergency Department residents Lia Garry, MD, Alexandra Nordberg, MD, and, back row, John Donahoe, MD, are pictured with Dr. Dickson.


Nisha Fahey, MD, pediatrics resident, poses with Dr. Flotte.

UMass Memorial Health Care is committed to training the next generation of health care providers, and it should come as no surprise that every single one of our residents and fellows are so important to our patients, our students and the community. To show our gratitude, the Medical School and Medical Center are proud to announce the first, inaugural Resident and Fellow Appreciation Week running from March 12 to March 16!

  • “The residents are the life blood of our Medical Center. Many of our faculty and nurses come here just to work with them.” – Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care
  • “Residents and fellows are the first and most important teachers of our medical students during the critical years when they first immerse themselves in clinical setting. Our residents and fellows are enthusiastic and practical teachers of the students, and even more importantly, are excellent role models of what they can hope to become as physicians just a few years into the future.” – Terrence Flotte, MD, dean, UMass Medial School

Visit the photo gallery on our Facebook page to learn more about our residents and fellows.

Show Your UMass Memorial and Patriots Pride for Wachusett Passes!

Our Medical Center is rooting for the Patriots, are you? Show us your Patriots pride by sharing your photos to social media using #UMassMemorialblitzfor6 or by posting to our UMass Memorial Medical Center Facebook page. Eagles fans can participate too! One lucky winner will be selected at random from all participants to receive two lift passes to Wachusett Mountain! Winner will be selected on Monday, February 5, at noon.