Wear Red on Friday, Raise Awareness to Fight Heart Disease!  

red-heartUMass Memorial Health Care is participating in National Wear Red Day this Friday, February 3. Wear red to raise awareness and help save women’s lives, and post your staff pictures on our Facebook page; use #goredwearred. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign raises awareness of heart disease. Remember, it’s not just a man’s disease. The fact is: Heart disease 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.

UMass Memorial Health Care Is Tops at Heart Walk

heart walk collage 2016Team UMass Memorial Health Care is the top fundraising team for this year’s Heart Walk surpassing our $50,000 goal by raising $62,096. But our success doesn’t stop there. Congratulations to the Stepdown team that raised the most money for the walk; UMass Memorial had four teams in the top 10. Despite the damp day, members of our Human Resources team (top left) are ready to walk; friends and family of the Heart and Vascular Center (bottom left) gathered for a photo opportunity; and volunteers from nutrition (right) handed out healthy snacks and nutrition information. Thanks to all our participants, donors and volunteers!

Rain or Shine: Walk with Heart at Annual Walk Tomorrow 

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Pictured (from left): Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon; Therese Day, CFO, President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD; John Greenwood, President, UMass Memorial ACO; Jeffrey Olson, CFO, Clinton Hospital; John Lito, CFO, Community Healthlink; and Marlborough Hospital President and CEO Steve Roach.

Don’t let gray skies get in the way of a great day. The Heart Walk takes place this Saturday at Quinsigamond State Park on North Lake Avenue, Worcester. It’s not too late, make a donation today. This week, the 306 Hungry and Helping Hearts raised more than $300 in an ice cream social with the help of many senior leaders from across the system who made time to support such an important initiative. The News & Views team has heard the competition among teams is a stiff one to see who will raise the most money. We’ll announce top teams next week.

Why Donate? Learn What the Heart Walk Supports

MC_Homepage_slide_Heart-Walk (2)The funds raised by participating in this year’s Heart Walk will support projects like these:

  • Putting up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so they can better prevent and treat heart disease among patients.
  • Groundbreaking pediatric heart and stroke research: About 36,000 babies are born with heart defects each year and research is the key to saving babies’ lives.
  • Getting life-saving information to those who need it most. This includes information that can save a life, like how to eat better, how to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack and how to talk to a doctor about critical health choices.

Donate today to any of the teams by visiting the UMass Memorial Health Care system fundraising page.

Your Dog Is Welcomed to Join You  at the Heart Walk!

MC_Homepage_slide_Heart-Walk (2)Bring your dog to the Central MA Heart Walk on Saturday, May 7 at Quinsigamond State Park on North Lake Avenue, Worcester. Haven’t signed up yet? Your dog really wants you to go for a walk with you. Start a team. Can’t make it on May 7? Make your dog proud of you by making a donation to any UMass Memorial Health Care team. Congratulations to the top five teams from UMass Memorial Health Care so far:

  1. CVC Heart and Sole
  2. A Tachy Brady Bunch
  3. Stepdown/STEMI Divas
  4. Heart and Sole
  5. 306 Helping Hearts

Heart Walk Fundraising App Makes Raising Money Easy!

MC_Homepage_slide_Heart-Walk (2)Have you signed up to walk in this year’s Central MA Heart Walk on Saturday, May 7? Fundraising for this important initiative is even easier now with a mobile app. You’ll have access to fundraising messages to text to friends and family, links to your contacts and the ability to post Facebook and Twitter updates. The app is available for download from iTunes or Android Market Place. Visit the UMass Memorial team site: Start or join a UMass Memorial team or make a donation.

Support the Heart Walk and Earn myHealth Matters Wellness Points

 Pictured, from left, showing their Heart Walk spirit are: Steven Guerin, food services; Thomas Callahan, finance; Kathryn Green, senior director, radiology; Thomas Ward, coordinator, wellness program; Brian Hazelwood, food services; Patrick Muldoon, president, Medical Center.

Pictured, from left, showing their Heart Walk spirit are: Steven Guerin, food services; Thomas Callahan, finance; Kathryn Green, senior director, radiology; Thomas Ward, coordinator, wellness program; Brian Hazelwood, food services; Patrick Muldoon, president, Medical Center.

You can support this year’s Central MA Heart Walk and earn myHealth Matters wellness points at the same time. Train for the Heart Walk on at least three separate days weekly and earn 50 points each week toward your 1,000 points to achieve the $300 wellness reimbursement ($100 more than last year). With spring in the air, it’s time to stop making excuses and get moving and help fight heart disease and stroke! Find a team or create your own! Benefits-eligible employees, visit myHealth Matters website for details. The walk is Saturday, May 7, Quinsigamond State Park, North Lake Avenue, Worcester.

The Countdown Is on for the 2016 Heart Walk! 

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Members of the UMass Memorial Health Care team at last year’s Central MA Heart Walk.

Spring is here and planning is underway for the Central MA Heart Walk Saturday, May 7, Quinsigamond State Park, North Lake Avenue, Worcester. This year the event is chaired by our very own Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon! When you join the Heart Walk, you join more than a million people in 300-plus cities across America in taking a stand against heart disease and helping save lives! To get your team page registered so you can get started, visit the UMass Memorial Health Care company page.

In Support of Women and Heart Disease, We Wore Red! 

Pictured (top, from left): Transplant Team, 3 West Cardiac Unit and Information Services, and (bottom) leadership and administrative staff at Biotech One.

Pictured (top, from left): Transplant Team, 3 West Cardiac Unit and Information Services, and (bottom) leadership and administrative staff at Biotech One.

From red ties, dresses and shoes, across our health care system, patients, visitors and staff wore red to celebrate National Wear Red Day last Friday. Visit our Facebook page to see the gallery of pictures. Through raffle baskets, selling Go Red pins, and more, we were able to raise $10,126 to support the American Heart Association. See the list of winners. It’s not too late to educate yourself on the effects of women and heart disease, visit our website. A special thanks to the staff in the cafeteria who embraced Go Red by decorating, wearing red and serving heart healthy options.

Health Watch: Screenings Can Be Lifesaving for Student Athletes

Did you know that heart disease presents differently in a child versus an adult? Chest pain, fainting and shortness of breath are just a few symptoms to look out for, especially in student athletes. In this Health Watch, Michael Fahey, MD, division chief of Pediatric Cardiology, shares why it’s important to schedule a visit with your child’s primary care physician to undergo a thorough physical exam and review of family history.