Our Employees’ Generosity: Giving Back this Holiday Season

Each holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our caregivers’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide True North principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). That’s why it is so important that News & Views brings you information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care and the best place to get care. Today’s and Tuesday’s editions of News & Views 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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Officer John Birr recently presented a cruiser stuffed with toys to a representative from Friendly House.

The Stuff-a-Cruiser drive on the Memorial and Hahnemann campuses, led by Officer John Birr of the UMass Memorial Police Department, was a tremendous success! Thanks to the combined efforts of Officer Birr, UMass Memorial Police Department staff, everyone who donated toys, Courtyard by Marriott Worcester, and Hampton Inn and Suites Worcester, the back seats of the department’s largest cruiser were filled with toys for children at Friendly House in Worcester.

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The staff at South County Pediatrics in Webster donated new toys, games, puzzles, dolls, books and many other items to the Guild of St. Agnes Day Care Center to help make this a joyful holiday for the children they serve. Ranging in age from 15 months to five years, many of these children are South County Pediatrics patients, which made this a very family-oriented donation.

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Pictured left to right are Kate Behan, UMass Memorial Health Care loaned executive to the United Way; Maureen Binienda, superintendent, Worcester Public Schools; and Liz Vecchio, Coats for Kids program coordinator.

A check in the amount of $2,500 – a portion of the funds raised during our United Way of Central Massachusetts Summer Strong and Beyond campaign – was presented by Caregivers of UMass Memorial Health Care to the Coats for Kids Program administered by the Worcester Public Schools system. This program provides new winter outerwear to children in need throughout the district, which includes 48 schools, the Worcester Head Start Program, the Worcester Family Partnership Program and several area homeless shelters.

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This holiday season, Tri-River Family Health Center staff carried on their 28-year tradition of adopting children from the Department of Children & Families, providing toys, clothes, gifts, gift cards and Christmas dinner for 10 children. Also 35-year supporters of T&G Santa, this group donated the year-end proceeds of its snack drawer and Dress Down Friday contributions totaling $1,075 to help buy toys for children in need in Central Massachusetts! They also sent Christmas cards to members of the military at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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The Children’s Medical Center CMC extends its thanks to the many Medical Center team members who are supporting our patients and families by giving through the CMC Gift Book. Our caregivers have donated stuffed animals, crib mobiles, hospital cafeteria vouchers for parents/guardians, digital thermometers for families who can’t purchase them on their own, and monetary donations to the Travel and Transportation Fund. Purchasing from the gift book is the gift that keeps on giving and remains open throughout the year. If you have someone on your list who’s tough to shop for, consider giving a gift or two in their honor. Donations can be made easily online.

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Members of the Hahnemann Medical Group team

The Hahnemann Medical Group on West Boylston Street donated $200 to Cops for Kids with Cancer.

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The Critical Care Community once again 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. Last winter, donations resulted in 25 households receiving an additional 100 gallons of home heating oil.

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Community Medical Group Milford Obstetrics and Gynecology adopted a local Department of Children & Families family. Among the staff members who participated were (pictured left to right) Donna Rivard, Christine Gallagher O’Hern, Noelle Coffey, Tara Bain, Tammi Schmidt, Flo Chenevert, Heather Taft and Deb Luby.

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Outpatient Psychiatry and friends carried on their 20-year tradition of providing winter gear for children in need. Thirty staff members, clinicians, and residents at all three Worcester locations donated 26 warm winter jackets, 37 pairs of warm winter mittens and gloves, 38 hats and $340 additional dollars to Coats for Kids of the Worcester Educational Development Foundation so that children can stay warm when traveling to school and playing outdoors.

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The Division of Geriatrics and Myer’s Primary Care collected hats, gloves, and scarves for Elder Services of Worcester Area. Pictured left to right are Amy Goguen, CMA; Cheryl Trimby, RN; Jim Burns, Elder Services of Worcester Area; Mary Baker, CMA; Susan Denerha, Elder Services of Worcester Area; Cindy Ramsey; and Joanne Moss, CMA.

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The Medical Group Central Business Office Reporting Department sponsored three teens from the Children’s Smile Coalition this year. The coalition’s mission is to put smiles on the faces of children living in poverty and to encourage all children to give back to their communities.

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The Marketing and Communications Department showed its holiday spirit by providing gifts for two families with three children, ages 6, 11 and 12 years old. The team adopted a local family with one child whose home was destroyed in a fire. A second family with two children from the Belmont Street Community School was identified through the Community Relations Department. Their wish lists included Legos, clothing, shoes, gift cards, toys and winter gear including hats, gloves and boots.

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IS team members drop off a donation of cold weather gear at Burncoat Street Preparatory School

The Information Services team at Front Street participated in their third annual Project Warmth initiative, delivering the gift of warmth to children at the Burncoat Street Preparatory School with a donation of 328 hats, gloves and scarves to children.

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For the second year in a row, nurses and staff from the Maternity Center Labor and Delivery Unit on East 4 participated in a collection organized by the unit-based council and donated much-needed household and personal items to Abby’s House local women’s shelter in Worcester.

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Our Employees’ Generosity: Giving Back this Holiday Season

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). That’s why it’s so important that News & Views brings you 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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The Community Mitten Party provided 650 children with the gift of warmth!

The eighth annual Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Community Mitten Party was held in cooperation with the Belmont Community School. This winter-safety themed event, complete with cupcakes, featured a reading of Flat Stanley on Ice and a conversation with a favorite Disney princess for children in grades K through 2. Children in every grade – from preschool through grade 6 – received mittens, hats and gloves generously donated by UMass Memorial Health Care caregivers.

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The Managed Care Operations Department adopted a family through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest. Their gifts were chosen from the family’s Christmas wish list.

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Radiology Department team members donated Thanksgiving food baskets to 23 families in need.

Radiology Department team members from five locations – the University Campus, the Memorial Campus, the Hahnemann Campus, the Ambulatory Care Center and Shrewsbury Radiology – joined together to donate Thanksgiving food baskets for 23 Girls Inc. families. This was a record high for this 20-plus-year department tradition of giving thanks by giving to others. The effort was coordinated by Marcia Amaral and Steve Beaudoin with help from coordinators and contributors in every division!

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Robyn Stokowski, Anticoagulation Clinic supervisor (right), helps “stuff a cruiser.”

The Anticoagulation Clinic is helping to “stuff a cruiser” at the Hahnemann Campus to benefit Friendly House in Worcester.

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The Department of Pediatrics administrative staff participated in a “Reverse Advent Calendar” this year. Their 24-day calendar didn’t give them gifts; instead, each day listed a food item for them to donate, such as cereal, canned goods, pasta and dessert mixes. The team is filling a large box with the items they donated and delivering it to the Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury.

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Members of the Office of Clinical Integration team

The Office of Clinical Integration Wellness and Employee Engagement Committee coordinated its traditional and ever-popular daily fundraising drawings in November. Twenty-four prizes were donated by co-workers, and more than $400 was raised for the grand prize winner’s charity of choice, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Office of Clinical Integration team members also supported the annual Department of Children and Families Holiday Party with gifts for children and families in our community.

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Patients in the Lakeside 3 intensive care unit and stepdown unit will receive homemade cards on Christmas day.

The nurses on the Lakeside 3 stepdown unit brought their children in to make homemade Christmas cards for patients in the Lakeside 3 intensive care unit and stepdown unit who will be in the hospital on Christmas day. The children were rewarded for their community spirit with pizza and cookies.

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 The University Campus Oncology Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care Center fifth and sixth floors, University Campus Inpatient Pharmacy and Memorial Campus Pharmacy sponsored six families from the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, purchasing wish-list items such as toys, clothing, coats, gift cards and stockings. The families ranged in size from two to four members, and the number of families sponsored by this group grew from one in years’ past to six this year!

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The University Campus Oncology Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care Center fifth and sixth floors, Infusion Suite staff and Interventional Radiology staff designated four elves to purchase wish-list items for five animal shelters – four in Worcester County and one in Connecticut. The group collected $500 and donated items such as food, beds, cat litter, toys and cleaning supplies.

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Seventy-five households benefitted from the GenX Millenial Employee Resource Group’s grocery-shopping trip.

The GenX Millennial Employee Resource Group, armed with funds from our United Way of Central Massachusetts Summer Strong and Beyond campaign and a shopping list developed by Kattia Corrales-Yauckoes, MS, RD, LDN, set out on a group grocery-shopping trip that benefited 75 food insecure households in Worcester County. The bags of groceries, with Corrales-Yauckoes’ “Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget” sheet in each one, were delivered to the Pernet Family Health Services and Friendly House food pantries. Groceries were also delivered to the New Citizen’s Center School for students to bring home to their families. This effort was supported by caregivers from numerous departments at all levels throughout UMass Memorial Health Care.

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The Pediatric Endocrinology Department is donating a gift card to Walmart or Target to the family of a type 1 diabetes patient to help them purchase gifts for the holiday. The staff also purchases several smaller gift cards that are given as a surprise gift to some of their teenage diabetes patients.

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The Physician Referral Services team with holiday gifts for a Friendly House family

The Physician Referral Services team adopted a family through Friendly House in Worcester and have purchased and wrapped toys, games, DVDs, gift cards and clothes for the family.

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The Office of the General Counsel is collecting food items to donate to the Food Pantry at Saint Bernard’s Church in Worcester.

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Roxanne Vallejo Torres and Susy Felciano with items donated for Project Just Because

Staff at Marlborough Medical Associates are collecting donations of winter clothing, baby formula, diapers and more for Project Just Because. The organization is dedicated to helping men, women and children by being a resource for items that families need while creating an element of hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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Pictured are Giving Tree organizers Barbara Wray and Linda Shelton.

The Transplant Team sponsored a Giving Tree with all gifts going to Abby’s House local women’s shelter. The gifts were delivered to a very grateful staff.

Be Included in Next Week’s Holiday News & Views!

happy holidaysIt’s hard to believe that it’s already time for our special holiday editions of News & Views in which we’ll share how your teams are helping others in need this holiday season, but they are already in the works! Don’t miss the December 13 deadline for submitting your stories of generosity, holiday giving and spreading good will. The holiday issues come out next week on December 18 and 20!

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.

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.

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.

People Helping People: Our 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 the December 21 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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The Office of Clinical Integration coordinated a raffle among colleagues that raised $300 for BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc.). The donation was given to the Worcester BAMSI office, 350 Plantation Street, which provides daytime services to adults who have a combination of physical and mental disabilities and/or illnesses. In addition, members of the clinical integration team coordinated a Toys for Tots donation box, a giving tree for the DCF Holiday Party, and Project Toasty to collect warm winter clothing, which was donated to St. John’s Church.

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The Oncology Pharmacy with Investigational Pharmacy, fifth and sixth floor infusion suites staff at the Ambulatory Care Center and staff at University Campus second floor radiology, along with miscellaneous participants, provided $500 dollars worth of gift cards to the Worcester Boys and Girls Club annual Christmas party.

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Members of the Marketing and Communications Department

The Marketing and Communications Department, in conjunction with Abby’s House, helped a family in need by buying holiday gifts for four children. The team purchased a variety of wish list gifts and necessities for the children, ages 4 to 10 years old, including clothing, shoes, toys and art supplies.

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Tri-River Family Health Center has supported the Telegram & Gazette Santa for over 30 years from the center’s candy draw collection. With all the extra money collected, the center will be sending a $642 check this year to help support children in the area. The center has also supported the local Department of Children and Family services for the past 26 years by buying Christmas gifts and food gift cards. This year, the center collected for eight families with a total of 15 children.

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Cindy Ramsey, office coordinator, geriatric medicine, is pictured with Julia Martiros of Elder Services.

The Geriatric Division organized a sock collection for Elder Services of Worcester. Pictured is Cindy Ramsey, office coordinator, geriatric medicine, with Julia Martiros of Elder Services.

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Hahnemann DSU, SACU and PACU donated to the Worcester County Food Bank. The group donated food for Thanksgiving and also presented the food bank with both financial and food donations on December 19.

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Staff from Occupational Injury Care and Employee Health donated gift cards, arts and crafts supplies, and personal items to Community Healthlink’s Highland Grace House, a residential program serving young women seeking long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

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Montachussett Internal Medicine and Nephrology

Montachussett Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Leominster coordinated a food collection for patients. Patients entered a drawing to receive one of three food themed gift baskets and two anonymously donated grocery boxes.

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The University Campus Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy departments gifted turkeys and gift cards to Friendly House that provided 10 families with Thanksgiving dinner this year.

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306 Belmont Street team

The 306 Belmont Street team donated $500 toward the DCF Holiday Party.

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The Infection Control Department made a donation to the Worcester Food Bank.

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Harvard Primary Care donated to Worcester County Toys for Tots Program.

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The Medical Group Professional Fee Reporting Department adopted a teen through the Children’s Smile Coalition, purchasing gifts on the Christmas Wish List.

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Pictured from left are John McGlone, Charlene Annohene and Mike Puim

Houskeeping team members, from left: John McGlone, Charlene Annohene and Mike Puim

Every year members of the Housekeeping Department for University and Memorial campuses adopt two families through Friendly House Shelter. This year, the Ambulatory Care Center housekeeping team also joined in and adopted a family, too.

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Emergency Medicine Administration offices collected donations totaling more than $3,700 from faculty, fellows, advanced practice providers and administrative staff to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank.

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Women’s and Newborn Services Community Engagement Committee members

The Women’s and Newborn Services Community Engagement Committee participated in the annual Community Mitten Party at the Belmont School, Worcester. The committee collected and distributed 550 pairs of mittens along with homemade cupcakes and grapes. Following the December 7 party, the committee received handmade thank you notes from kindergarten and first-grade students. Pictured, from left, are Sharon Cormier, RNC, Ellen Delpapa, MD, chairwoman, Tina Profitt, Patti Yranski, NP, Cathy Violette, NP, Michelle Cote, community volunteer, and Kelley McNamara, Belmont Street School. Missing from photo are Michael Kalinowski, volunteer baker, and Marianne Williams, mitten collection organizer.

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Millbury Internal Medicine team

Millbury Internal Medicine employees adopted a family for the holidays. Gifts for the children and caregiver were purchased and wrapped, and will be delivered on Christmas Eve.

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For the third year in a row, the Finance Services Division donated, purchased and wrapped presents to help those in need. This year, seven children from the Belmont Street Community School will receive toys and new clothes. A lit tree was also donated to a family who has never had one.

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The Department of Psychiatry’s Ambulatory Psychiatry Service donated $670 and 24 winter outfits of jackets, gloves and coats (and a small  beanie baby in a pocket) for Worcester schoolchildren through the Worcester Educational Development Foundation’s Coats for Kids program.

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Last but not least, one of our caregivers received a very special recognition this holiday season …

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Lourdes Plaza

Lourdes Plaza, housekeeper, 7th floor, Univeristy Campus, received high praise from a patient who wrote this message to her in a Christmas card: “You were  my guardian angel while I was in the hospital. Every time I have a challenge, I am always reminded of you telling me God will take care of it. Blessings to you and your family!”

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.

People Helping People: Saluting Our 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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plastic and recon giftsWorking with social worker Christine McGrain, the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery once again adopted a family in need. Christine provided the team details about the family’s wish list, including children’s sizes and hobbies, as well as practical needs of the family. “Our amazing staff came together to help buy toys, clothes, craft supplies, grocery gift cards and even a heater that was on the mother’s wish list,” said senior administrative assistant Kelly Rawlston. “We’re humbled to be able to help bring a little cheer to this struggling family at Christmastime.”

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The Information Services Department and Human Resources Department participated in a hat, mitten and scarf drive. Together, the two departments collected many nice warm sets for the children of the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester – and some of IS and HR staff made beautiful hand-made items. Francesca Harris, Matthew Boczanowski and Erjona Mehillaj, all members of HR’s Organization, People and Development team, joined more than 40 volunteers to wrap more than 3,000 toys and gifts which will be distributed to more than 1,000 local children who attend the Boys & Girls Club.

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MH_Staff_with_Troop_PackagesFor the third year, Marlborough Hospital staff coordinated a collection for soldiers in need serving in Afghanistan this holiday season. The Diagnostic Imaging Department coordinated staff donations for goods and postage to send more than 25 packages overseas. Inna Shmidt, who coordinated the collection said, “We have been making care packages for soldiers for the past three years to remember that these people are serving our country. While they may be ‘out of sight,’ they are most certainly in our hearts and very much still a part of our hospital community.”

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Again this year, our laboratory techs on the Memorial Campus have coordinated a collection for Heifer International. Over the years, the team’s sponsorship has sent water buffalo, goats, chickens, ducks, bees and tree seedlings to support people across the globe in need. The recipients in turn support their communities by passing on the gift of an offspring from their livestock or sharing the honey, wool or milk.

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Once again, the emergency medicine administration, faculty, clinicians and staff collected donations for the Worcester County Food Bank to help local families in need. This year, more than $3,000 was collected.

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Volunteer Services, working with Project Linus, collected more than 200 holiday quilts for our tiniest patients. Project Linus is a group of women who meet weekly and hand make quilts for pediatric patients.

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The dermatology team collected monetary donations for the Telegram & Gazette Santa Fund in memory of the team’s late coworker Wilbert Leacock.

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The Respiratory Care Department adopted a family that recently and unexpectedly lost its dad, leaving the mom with four small children ages seven and under. The department donated several wrapped gifts including toys, games, clothes, winter coats/boots and gift cards.

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Shrewsbury Family Medicine, 24 Julio Drive, adopted a family through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts program, purchasing items on the family’s wish list.

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Mitten TreeWheat Holiday Child‘Tis the season for giving, and Clinton Hospital employees were certainly up to the task! Starting in November, staff members shared box upon box of nonperishable food during our Thanksgiving Food Drive for WHEAT Community Services. And in December, employees delivered toys, books, clothes and games for the WHEAT Holiday Child program, to ensure the holidays are a bit brighter for 50 local children (right photo). Clinton Hospital staff then rounded out their giving by donating dozens of warm hats, gloves, scarves and mittens for our neighbors in need on our new Mitten Tree (pictured left)!

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Staff from Occupational Injury Care and Employee Health donated gift cards, clothes, arts and crafts supplies, and personal items to Community Healthlink’s Highland Grace House, a residential program serving 15 young women who are seeking long-term recovery from their addition to drugs and/or alcohol. Sarah Loy, director of resource development, Angela Dorman, program director, and Sarah Sapienza, assistant program director, accepted the gift baskets and indicated that the residential staff would use the gifts to create individual stockings for each of the residents.

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Hahnemann Campus day surgery team organized a collection and raised $265 for the Telegram & Gazette’s Santa Fund.

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The Department of Family Medicine supported a holiday basket project for moms/women throughout Worcester. Nearly 60 individuals contributed more than $3,000 in monetary and toiletry donations to support filling 300 baskets for nine shelters, two outreach programs and five health centers. In addition, the department participated in a winter clothing drive in conjunction with the Coats for Kids Campaign, which is jointly sponsored by the Worcester Public Schools and the Junior League of Women. The department outfitted 45 children in the Worcester Public Schools with a new coat, hat and mittens.

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The UMass Memorial Nurse Practitioner Council participated in a Community Servings Holiday Basket collection drive. Community Servings delivers lunches and dinners each week to the homes of individuals and families who are homebound with an acute life-threatening illness.

Happy Holidays: Our Employees Celebrate the Act of Helping Others!

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 Wednesday’s News & Views issues show how much our departments and teams care about our patients, greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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Donate to Child Life Program at Innovation Celebration Today! From noon to 1 pm, the Noonan Concourse (outside the ED), University Campus, has been designated a drop-off event for donations to the wish list for the Child Life Program. Spread holiday cheer for a child and celebrate employee innovation and accomplishments at the same time. Enjoy games, prizes, hot chocolate, holiday cookies and a special visit from the North High School Chorus.

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nov raffleThe Office of Clinical Integration (OCI) participated in a fundraiser during the month of November, raising $350 for Bringing People and Service Together (BAMSI), a social services agency that provides services throughout the Commonwealth, which is also located next to OCI. Team members donated small prizes for each day of the month and also made monetary contributions ($3, $2 or $1), and in return received a ticket for each donation to participate in a daily raffle. Presenting the donation are (left to right): Alice Leblanc, RN, OCI clinical care manager (and the idea spark for the fundraiser); Rashedah Smith, BAMSI program director; Lindsay Holmes, OCI outreach coordinator.

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The Tri-River Family Health Center raised $440 for the Telegram & Gazette’s Santa Fund. For many years, the center has raised money through its year-round candy and summertime ice cream collections.

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The Office of Quality and Patient Safety, which includes Regulatory, Patient Experience and Analytics Departments, donated to the NEADS -The Canines for Combat Program. Through this program, more than 65 veterans have been placed with service dogs that assist veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, hearing loss and limited mobility.

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For the second year, the Finance Team, 306 Belmont Street, sponsored three families from the Belmont Hill Community School. Working with the school’s adjustment counselor, three families were selected based on need. Through the generous donation of the finance team, employees  purchased, wrapped and delivered clothes, toys and holiday cheer to eight neighbors in need.

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marcom collectionOur Marketing and Communications Department partnered with the United Way to sponsor a family in need this holiday season. This year a single mother and her four children ages 10, 13, 15 and 17 asked for remote cars, Legos, beauty supplies, kitchenware, shoes, clothing, winter coats, department store and supermarket gift cards and more. The team was able to gift all of the items on the family’s wish list and truly enjoyed spreading a little warmth and holiday cheer! Pictured:

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The Soarian Financials IS Team sponsored a child from a local church’s giving tree. The team purchased all the items on the child’s wish list along with some extras to help brighten her holiday.

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To celebrate helping others this holiday season, the Community Medical Group Administration Office donated a family Thanksgiving basket to Auburn Youth and Family Services and Christmas wish list items for members of Veterans Inc., Grove Street, Worcester. 

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South County Pediatrics in Webster coordinated a holiday food drive to benefit the Webster-Dudley Food Share Program. The practice invited its staff and patients to participate in a giving tree fund-raiser to collect nonperishable food items and toiletries.

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Sports Medicine coordinated a collection to purchase children’s wish list item working with the Salvation Army program.

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Our inpatient rehab staff, University Campus, and hand therapy staff donated turkeys, groceries, supermarket gifts cards and volunteered time to assist the Friendly House in its annual Thanksgiving food drive.

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The Memorial Campus Pharmacy sponsored two-single parent families this year. The team provided toys and clothes for the children and gift cards to grocery stores for the parents.

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The Pediatric Endocrinology Division organized a collection to donate to one of its families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. The division gifted the family with a gift card to purchase toys, clothes and food.