Are You a Giver? Here’s Your Chance to Make a Wish Come True

You can help bring smiles to our smallest patients and their families this holiday season! The Children’s Medical Center recently kicked off its holiday gift-giving campaign by inviting folks to donate funding for items in this year’s Gift Book – from digital thermometers, comfort kits, and headphones to specialized programming and more. View the Gift Book and donate online today! Thank you for your generosity and for helping to spread some cheer at our Children’s Medical Center.

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!

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.

Sign Up for Craft/Vendor Fair That Benefits Heart Walk

Do you make products to sell, including crafts, jewelry or clothing? Or, are you a consultant for a vendor such as Tupperware or Lia Sophia? Crafters and vendors are invited to participate in the Fourth Annual Craft/Vendor Fair at 306 Belmont Street Friday, November 30, 9 am to 3 pm. Space fee is $20; participants are asked to donate an item worth $20 for raffles. Download and complete the application due by Friday, November 9, and email it to Tom Callahan. Email or call 508-334-0263 with questions. Proceeds from the event from the space fees, raffle and bake sale will benefit the 2019 Central MA Heart Walk. Stop by to start your holiday shopping and help contribute to a great cause! Last year, $955 was raised for the 2018 Heart Walk!

Decorate for the Holidays With Safety in Mind

It’s that time of year again when the holidays that begin in the fall inspire us to decorate our work areas. To keep our patients safe and to comply with various fire regulations, there are some basic decoration-related guidelines we all must follow at the Medical Center. For a full list of the guidelines, open and print this Safety Chat. As a reminder, some of our guidelines include:

  • Decorations, including fake trees, are not permitted in egress corridors.
  • Electrical decorations, unless battery operated, are not permitted in any area; extension cords are prohibited.
  • Exits shall not be obstructed by decorations, and decorations should not be placed near any sources of heat including lights and heaters.
  • Lighted candles, natural evergreen trees, wreathes, garlands and foam decorations are prohibited.
  • All decorations must be nonflammable or flame retardant.

Support Our Troops Over the Holidays

Do you want to help make the holidays a little brighter for the men and women serving in the military? In November, staff from our Endoscopy Clinic on the University Campus welcome your donations to their troops’ holiday collection. Items needed include books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, nonperishable snacks and candies (no chocolate), telephone cards, toiletries, shirts and socks. Donations will be accepted at the clinic on University Campus, Level A, #HA-135, between November 1 and November 26. The items collected will be sent to the troops by Whitin Community Center. For details contact Valerie Tortora, at 774-442-2154.

Calling All Crafters: Sign Up for November Craft Fair

The Employee Activities Committee invites all employees to sell their handmade goods, show off their talents and connect with fellow creative colleagues at a craft fair being held on November 16 at the University Campus, Noonan Family Concourse, 8 am to 4 pm. Rent a table to sell your crafts, or attend the fair to find some unique holiday gifts. Table fees are $25. Proceeds support the bereavement fund. Tables are limited, so sign up nowSee the flyer.

Our Employees’ Generosity: Giving Back This Holiday Season

Happy Holidays 2Each 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 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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Food collected for a local parish by the Dermatology Clinic.

This holiday season, when staff from the Dermatology Clinic on the Hahnemann Campus heard that its neighborhood parish’s food pantry was bare, the team rose to action to organize a food collection just in time for Thanksgiving. The team helped restock the pantry that feeds 40 families twice each month.

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This year, a Grafton Internal Medicine employee, along with her colleagues, had a chance to give back to Why Me and Sherry House. The employee, whose son struggled with cancer for several years, said, “The organization was able to provide food and presents for my family through an adoption program. For the rest of my days since, I have been looking for ways to repay the favor that was handed to me.”

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Veterans Inc. staff members with shopping carts filled with turkeys collected by Millbury Internal Medicine.

Members of the Millbury Internal Medicine team once again demonstrated their spirit of giving and community outreach by donating turkeys totaling 409.31 pounds to Veterans Inc. The turkeys were used for the agency’s annual Holiday Harvest Dinner.

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Team members of South County Pediatrics in Webster donated $150 to purchase books through the Reach Out and Read Program to give to young patients throughout the year. The team also donated $350 toward grocery store gift cards to support families in need. The practice also received 250 new books, donated by Barnes and Noble’s holiday book drive, to give to patients.

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Pictured are Cheryl Trimby, RN, geriatrics, and Julia Martiros of Elder Services of Worcester with the hat and scarf donations.

Our Geriatrics Department organized a hat and scarf drive for Elder Services of Worcester.

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Medical Staff Services giving tree

This year, the Department of Medical Staff Services brought warm weather items, including hats, mittens and coats to local children in need. The department’s Christmas tree is decorated with cards with the names and details of the children, and new cards are added as old ones are removed.

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Oncology Pharmacy, fifth floor nurses, sixth floor infusion suite staff and interventional radiology staff, all located on the University Campus, purchased items off the wish list for Dismas House in Worcester. This included 10 $25 Dunkin Donut gift cards, clothing, sheets and personal items. In addition, Oncology Pharmacy sponsored a family through the Worcester Boys and Girls Club. The team purchased gifts cards, toys and clothing for a five-member family.

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The Ob/Gyn team in Milford adopted a family through the Department of Children and Families.

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The Anticoagulation Clinic collected gifts for the Department of Children and Families holiday party.

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Managed Care Operations Department sponsored a family.

The Managed Care Operations Department sponsored a family through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest, gifting the family with coats, boots and many other special items.



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.