Don’t Forget! Share How Your Team Helps Others during Holidays!

Is your team or department participating in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this holiday season? As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions dedicated to promoting such efforts in our December 19 and 21 issues. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are welcome!) describing your team’s efforts by Friday, December 15. See last year’s holiday issues: Part 1 and Part 2.

Happy Holidays: Employees Generously Give Back to Community

happy holidaysEach 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 Friday’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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About 100 volunteers from UMass Memorial Medical Center and DCF gear up for a day of fun at the DCF Holiday Party.

Medical Center Hosts ‘Truly Magical’ Holiday Event for Foster Families
The annual Worcester Area Department of Children and Families (DCF) holiday party was hosted for the second year by our Department of Nursing. More than 500 children and foster parents turned out to celebrate the holidays at the DCU Center, which generously offered its venue and donated all food and beverages for the event. Staff, community members and organizations came together to donate hundreds of gifts, hats, mittens and books for the children, who were also treated to a number of fun activities including ornament decorating, face painting and making reindeer hats. During the event, children were invited to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and even enjoyed a visit from the new Worcester Railers hockey team mascot TRAX.

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Clockwise from top left, Medical Center elves wrapped hundreds of presents in preparation for the DCF Holiday Party. Staff members work to sort the gifts by age before delivering to children. Santa and TRAX wave hello to party guests. Carolers lead the children in song during the event.

“Hats off to our nurses for once again doing all of the heavy lifting to help make this wonderful event possible,” said Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, FACHE. “In addition to the nurses, many of our caregivers stepped in to do their part either by donating a toy, taking part in the gift-wrapping session, or serving as a volunteer during the event. I am extremely proud of their efforts and commitment to support the DCF and the children it works hard to protect year round. It was truly a magical day for all the children and their foster parents, but also for the volunteers that came together from throughout the community to make this celebration happen.”

“I cannot thank UMass Memorial, the DCU Center and Civic Center Commission, 100-plus volunteers for the incredible kindness they have shown throughout this process,” said Dawn Wareham, Worcester West DCF Area clinical manager. “An event like this does not happen without the support of local organizations and their communities. This was a day to not only celebrate the children, but also the foster parents who play a major part in their lives.” See Telegram & Gazette story to learn more.

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Department of Nuclear Medicine employees are once again eliminating exchanging gifts to each other this year, and instead made a group donation to the Worcester County Food Bank.

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The staff at South County Pediatrics helped some of the practice’s families have a happy holiday season by donating toys, clothing and gift cards for groceries and pharmacy needs.

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clinical-engineering-toys-for-totsMembers of the Clinical Engineering Department participated in an off-site volunteering day at Toys for Tots, run by the Marine Corps Reserve warehouse for Worcester County. While volunteering at the warehouse, members of the clinical engineering team experienced the goings-on of Toys for Tots, including gifts delivered from donations, the process to sort and bag gifts for deliveries and toy pickups for children in the region.

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Shrewsbury Family Medicine at 24 Julio Drive organized a collection for the Mustard Seed in Worcester. It included hats, gloves, coats, nonperishable food items, personal hygiene items, and monetary donations.

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The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health coordinated a warm clothing collection for the Coats for Kids’ Campaign, benefiting children of Worcester Public Schools. The collection provided a new coat, hat and mittens for 56 children from 13 elementary schools. This year, the department collected money, baskets and toiletries to fill 345 baskets (surpassing its goal of 300!) for women and families at shelters, community health centers and primary care practices.

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 Marlborough Medical Associates donated gifts to Tuft’s Children’s Floating Hospital.

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The Managed Care Operations Team adopted a family of five through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, providing gifts and necessities from the family’s holiday wish list.

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Community Medical Group Milford OB/GYN sponsored a family through the local Department of Children and Families.

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The Critical Care Operations Committee assisted the most vulnerable in Central Massachusetts via the Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC) Fuel Assistance Program. The program targets assistance to households with the lowest incomes and highest average energy costs.

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The Memorial Campus Care Coordination Department organized a Veteran’s Day fundraiser to benefit Veteran’s Inc. Employees donated towels, toiletries, paper products, clothing and nonperishable foods. The department also held a clothing collection to help ED patients in need.

Don’t Forget! Share How Your Team Helps Others during Holidays!

holiday wish listIs your team or department participating in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this holiday season? As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions dedicated to promoting such efforts in our December 21 and 23 issues. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are welcome!) describing your team’s efforts by Wednesday, December 14. Please note that items received after this date may not be included.

People Helping People: Learn about Employees’ Holiday Generosity

happy holidaysEach 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 last Monday’s News & Views issues note how our departments and teams truly do care about our patients, greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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Department of Respiratory Care Helps Family after Tragedy

Family and team meet (from left): Ryan Shipe, MD; Ms. Ruffin’s sister, Jaime; mother, Carolyn; grandchild, Khilani; Rachel Carragher; Luanne Hills; Mike O’Brian; Jeff Gillis; Diane Putek; MaryLou Bousquet; Jessica Wood; Dolly Levasseur

Family and team meet (from left): Ryan Shipe, MD; Ms. Ruffin’s sister, Jaime; mother, Carolyn; grandchild, Khilani; Rachel Carragher; Luanne Hills; Mike O’Brian; Jeff Gillis; Diane Putek; MaryLou Bousquet; Jessica Wood; Dolly Levasseur

“Thank you, team, for your thoughtfulness and generosity,” said Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, meeting Khilani.

“Thank you, team, for your thoughtfulness and generosity,” said Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, meeting Khilani.

Residents of Central Massachusetts were shaken recently when they learned of a tragedy that struck a local family. On October 26, Christina Ruffin and her infant son, Noah, were killed in a horrific car accident on Route 20 in Charlton. Ms. Ruffin’s two sons were treated after the accident at the Medical Center by a team that included members of the Department of Respiratory Care. Affected deeply by the experience and the accident’s impact on the family, the respiratory care team bought gifts and contributed more than $1,000 and $600 in gift cards to support the family this holiday; the children’s grandmother and Ms. Ruffin’s sister traveled to meet the team and receive their gifts. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of my staff,” said Rachel Carragher, BBA, RRT, clinical supervisor, respiratory care, who received this message from the grateful family: “You all are the true definition of heroes. My family and I can’t thank you enough for everything and your dedicated work.”

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The Department of Radiology Group Practice conducted a donation drive for the Worcester County Food Bank.

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The Geriatric Division donated hats and gloves to Elder Services of Worcester that will be provided to seniors who receive Meals on Wheels.

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The Anticoagulation Clinic collected items for our troops and helped support the Gastrointestinal Clinic efforts.

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Pictured from left: Danielle Garvey, coding auditor; Jennifer Havalotti, project coordinator; Rashedah Tatum, program director, BAMSI; Laila Begum, data analyst; and Jane Haddad, practice improvement facilitator

Pictured from left: Danielle Garvey, coding auditor; Jennifer Havalotti, project coordinator; Rashedah Tatum, program director, BAMSI; Laila Begum, data analyst; and Jane Haddad, practice improvement facilitator

This year, when presenting BAMSI its gift, the agency shared a collage of photos of the carnival event (pictured right).

When presenting BAMSI its gift, the agency shared a collage of photos of the carnival event.

The Office of Clinical Integration, located at 306 Belmont Street, carried on a tradition that was implemented last year, and held an internal raffle and raised $330 for BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc.). BAMSI, located in the office space next door at 350 Plantation Street, provides services to both adults and children who have a combination of physical and mental disabilities and/or illnesses. This particular location provides day service needs for adults. Last year, the team raised more than $300, and with this money the agency hosted a carnival-themed event for family and friends.

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The Department of Transplant on the University Campus participated in a collection for Friendly House Shelter in Worcester.

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The Managed Care Operations Department adopted a family through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest and purchased items on the family’s wish list.

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West Boylston Family Medicine organized a collection for Toys for Tots.

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Abby’s House collection for Thanksgiving

Employees from Central Scheduling, 855-UMASS-MD and the Information Systems team on 67 Millbrook Street organized a Thanksgiving collection for Abby’s House. The team collected about $800 and donations included a new microwave, gift cards and several bins of paper goods.

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The UMass Memorial Medical Group at Milford donated to the local food pantry.

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The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology organized a mitten drive through its participation and sponsorship in the Night of Sharing dinner event at Mill Swan School to benefit Head Start students and families in Worcester.

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Emergency Medicine Administration faculty and staff have donated to the Worcester County Food Bank for the past few years. This year the team collected $2,700.

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Coats For Kids drive

The Department of Anesthesiology and Hospital Administration participated in the Coats For Kids drive sponsored by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation.

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This year, Nuclear Medicine employees decided to eliminate buying gifts for each other and instead made a group donation to the Worcester County Food Bank.

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Oncology and Research Pharmacy adopted a family through the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. Team members pitched in and got everything on the wish list including clothes, toys, crafts, a small Christmas tree with ornaments, gift cards for groceries.

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South County Pediatrics adopted three families.

South County Pediatrics in Webster adopted three families and completed each family’s holiday wish list with children’s toys, gifts, necessities and supermarket gift cards.

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For the past several years, the Critical Care Operations Committee has organized a Critical Care Community Holiday Giving Project that assists the most vulnerable in Central Massachusetts via the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) Fuel Assistance Program. This program targets assistance to households with the lowest incomes and highest average energy costs. During the 2014-2015 heating season, donations from the UMass Memorial Critical Care Community supported 19 different households in Central Massachusetts which federal fuel assistance benefit had been depleted.

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Robin Demasi, coordinator for the Hand and Physical Therapy Department holiday fundraiser, is pictured with gifts for the team’s adopted family.

Robin Demasi, coordinator for the Hand and Physical Therapy clinics holiday fundraiser, is pictured with gifts for the team’s adopted family.

The Physical Therapy and Hand Therapy clinics, Hahnemann Campus,  adopted a family of four with children ranging in age from 11 months to 13 years old. Working with Friendly House, the department fulfilled the family’s specific requests for special gifts, collecting about 50 gifts, as well as hundreds of dollars in gift cards.