Keeping a Close Eye on Halloween Safety

When talking about Halloween safety, we tend to think about the importance of flashlights, staying with a group and wearing bright colors, but do you ever think about eye safety? You should, according to Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Schaal recently took to Facebook to enlighten our followers about the dangers novelty contacts, masks and sprays can pose to one’s eyes as we transform ourselves into ghouls and goblins! Watch her Facebook Live video to learn the best ways to keep your eyes protected this Halloween!

Pediatric Patients Got Treated This Halloween

If you’re a pediatric patient and can’t go trick-or-treating because you’re in the hospital, Halloween comes to you at the Children’s Medical Center! No tricks, just treats for our pediatric ghosts and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) goblins. To ensure sure our little friends didn’t miss out on the holiday festivities during their hospital stay, the Child Life team coordinated a fun-filled Halloween parade where dozens of staff members visited patient rooms to deliver treats. While at the NICU, babies were dressed for their first Halloween in adorable costumes donated by the March of Dimes and Project Sweet Peas.

There’s No Disguising True North Pride This Halloween!

true-north-halloween-pumpkinEmergency Department fellow Alexandra Sanseverino admitted that some people would say she loves Halloween too much. She graduated from her emergency medicine residency in June and is now a fellow in emergency medicine administrative leadership. She said that the fellowship has exposed her and her colleagues to “alignment training and made True North an integral part of their daily work.” When Emily Gordon, also a fellow, invited her over to decorate pumpkins, she said, “The True North triangle seemed like the natural choice to showcase UMass Memorial pride on the best holiday of the year!” See the True North artwork and learn how News & Views is also aligned to its principles.

Halloween Comes to Our Children’s Medical Center!

halloween 2015The Child Life Program served up smile after smile during their annual pediatric Halloween parade on the University Campus last week. No child wants to be in the hospital on Halloween, but our Child Life team pulled a few tricks out of their sleeves to ensure our patients were treated to a super fun Halloween experience! A mom expressed, “The amount of effort put in by all of the staff makes my heart sing!” And Alice Conlin, dressed as a slice of pizza during the event, said, “That was awesome!” Thank you to the Child Life team and all of the volunteers who helped bring Halloween to our friends.”

Halloween Fun around UMass Memorial 

From left: The Montachusett Women's Health team and Lori Desautel, Information Services, get into the Halloween spirit.   

From left: The Montachusett Women’s Health team and Lori Desautel, Information Services, get into the Halloween spirit.

Many of our staff took a few minutes out of their day to celebrate Halloween last week. The staff at Montachusett Women’s Health in Leominster dressed for the occasion from athletes to pirates and even a few animals. Information Services groups for Soarian Financials, IDX and Allscripts continued the implementation of an item from their idea board and held a team-building Halloween potluck lunch at the Worcester Business Center. Halloween costume prizes were awarded among the IS teams including most original to Lori Desautel as a tree.