Win Two Tickets to Railers Employee Night Just by Saying ‘Trax’

Trax the Railers mascot

The Medical Center has tickets for the March 31 UMass Memorial Health Care Worcester Railers Night and wants to share them with you. Over the next week as members of senior leadership are rounding, they will each have tickets to share with our caregivers. When you see an executive rounder, introduce yourself, say the magic word “Trax,” and two free tickets will be yours! Trax, in case you were wondering, is the Railers mascot. Join your fellow caregivers for a fun night of hockey including seeing President and CEO Eric Dickson, MD, dropping the puck. The game is Saturday, March 31, 7 pm. Tickets are also available for purchase at $13 each (48 percent savings). Purchase your tickets today!

Join Our Innovation Celebration Friday on University Campus!

Ryan Burns, capital planning, reviews MC 2020 project updates at the February event.

Information services desktop team members, from left, Dan Calocci, Mike Fontaine, and Mike Bosselman, are on hand at that month’s Innovation Celebration to talk with employees.

Join us at the next Innovation Celebration Friday, March 16, University Campus, first floor hallway near the Prescription Center, noon to 1 pm, to celebrate Medical Center initiatives, ideas and projects. Drop by anytime during the hour-long event to learn about recent innovations and initiatives such as Standards of Respect, nursing newsletter and new DAISY award! Also celebrated will be Lean Green Belts, Resident Appreciation Week and MC 2020! Refreshments will be provided. At the last Innovation Celebration, IS Desktop, Innovators of the Year award winner, celebrated their Idea System. Learn more about their great accomplishments by watching this video.

Tomorrow Is Dress in Blue Day; Get 50 myHealth Matters Points!

Join us as we kick off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 2! We are encouraging a systemwide caregiver engagement in Dress in Blue Day. Show your support by going blue from head to toe! Those who participate are eligible to receive a 50-point wellness reward through myHealth Matters. Help us raise awareness for this preventable, curable disease through education and conversation. Be sure to use #timetotalkaboutit and #dressinblueday when submitting or posting your photos to our Medical Center Facebook page. View the flyer for a full list of this month’s activities including, information tables in campus cafeterias, Facebook Live Ask the Experts series, #strongarmselfie campaign and employee screenings,

It’s Time to Talk about It: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Team members from the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery (top photo) and Eastern Avenue Endoscopy (bottom photo) get ready for Dress in Blue Day.

Colon and rectal cancers are the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, making it #timetotalkaboutit. We are kicking off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Friday, March 2 with Dress in Blue Day and the lighting of the Burns Bridge over Lake Quinsigamond. Show your support by dressing in blue and posting individual and team pictures to our Medical Center Facebook page. Be sure to include #timetotalkaboutit and #dressinblueday. For some extra fun, our Marketing and Communications Department can provide your team with temporary blue star tattoos to keep the conversation going all month long. Contact the Marketing and Communications Department to request yours. Check out our flyer to view the full list of activities including information tables in campus cafeterias, Facebook Live Ask the Experts series, #strongarmselfie campaign and employee screenings.

Worst of Flu Season Is Behind Us, But Not Too Late for Vaccine

Dr. Daly

The Telegram & Gazette recently interviewed local health professionals and most reported that the worst of this year’s flu season appears to be over. Flu season is November to April. According to Jennifer Daly, MD, clinical chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, flu may have peaked but it’s not over, so it’s still not too late to protect yourself. She said, “It appears the peak has passed, but we’re still in the midst of flu season and if you haven’t gotten a vaccine, you should still get it, because we could have another peak or a peak of influenza B.” Read story.

Look Who Wore Blue to Support Colon Cancer Awareness!

blue-day-eastern-aveA big thank you to everyone who dressed in blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Be sure to check out all the photos posted on Facebook. Our “Dress in Blue Day” may be over, but March is going to be full of colorectal cancer facts. Join us on Facebook to follow us through the month and learn about our contest to win a special prize for colon health. Remember: #timetotalkaboutit. Pictured: Kanishka Bhattacharya, MD, gastroenterologist, and the Eastern Avenue endoscopy team dressed in blue for colorectal cancer awareness.

Share ‘Dress in Blue Day’ Photos to Support Colon Cancer Awareness

dibd_rgbDid you remember to wear blue today to observe Dress in Blue Day for Colon Cancer Awareness! If you did, grab your coworkers for a picture and upload it to our Medical Center Facbook page. In case you forgot to wear blue, just grab a blue UMass Memorial fleece and say cheese! Don’t forget to follow our page during the month of March for ongoing tips on colorectal health and cancer prevention because it’s #timetotalkaboutit! According to Colon Cancer Alliance, colon cancer is 90 percent beatable when caught early. Take your first step and learn about our employee screening program which reimburses the co-pay of your first colonoscopy.

Enjoy a Night at the Symphony on University Campus This Friday

seven-hillsThe Seven Hills Symphony Orchestra with conductor Juli Sansoucy will be performing its winter concert, Flowing Waters, in the Blais Pavilion, Lazare Research Building, University Campus, Friday, March 3, 7:30 pm. Admission is free. The concert will include: Cello Concerto in C Major by Haydn, Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome by Respighi and Fanfare from La Peri by Dukas. See concert program. Part of the Seven Hills Symphony Orchestra mission is to contribute culturally to the hospital community and the greater Worcester area by providing high-quality classical music performances at little or no cost to the public. Learn more about the orchestra.

Sign up Today for Tobacco Treatment Specialist Trainings

The Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training announces its spring 2017 tobacco treatment specialist trainings. For more information, visit or email cttrt@umassmed.edu.

  • The ongoing basic skills online course is self-paced and serves as an introduction to the basic concepts needed by professionals working with tobacco users.
  • A four-day tobacco treatment specialist training (TTS) certification is offered April 3 to 6, Hilton Garden Inn, Worcester. Deadline to register is March 13. This course helps tobacco treatment providers master the necessary core competencies for providing treatment for nicotine dependence.
  • A new optional half-day program “How to Conduct Tobacco Treatment in Groups” is offered to following the TTS class on April 7, 9 am to 1 pm. Learn more.

Dr. Malkani Featured Speaker at Health, Fitness and Wellness Expo 

Dr. Malkani

Dr. Malkani

Join Samir Malkani, MD, director of Diabetes Services for affiliate and member hospitals, as he talks about diabetes management and prevention at the annual Health, Fitness and Wellness Expo on Sunday, March 5, 10 am to 4 pm, Burlington Marriot Hotel. The expo, North America’s largest South Asian health expo, is free for all to attend with pre-registration. Dr. Malkani will be speaking at 2 pm following workshops and other featured speakers. Learn more about the expo and how to register.