Medical Center News Transitions to the Hub Next Week!

Your Source for Medical Center InformationFor many years, News & Views has been the primary communications tool for Medical Center caregivers. As UMass Memorial Health Care has grown as a system, however, our communications channels need to grow and evolve as well. Next week, when our new intranet site – the Hub – is launched, the type of content you’ve relied on News & Views for, from news to features and event listings, will be available on the Hub. The Hub represents a major step forward for UMass Memorial, our system and caregiver communications. Loaded with helpful tools and timely content, it is supported by state-of-the-art technology and designed to help you communicate and work more efficiently. The Hub puts the most relevant news, updates, calendar listings, tools and information right at your fingertips – along with a variety of fun and engaging new features. No need to worry – the content you rely on via News & Views is not going away; it’s simply moving to a new, better location. You’ll receive more information about the Hub next week including job aids and FAQs that’ll make using the Hub easy!

What’s Happening at Our Medical Center? Attend an Employee Forum!

Hear the latest Medical Center news and updates at employee forums this month at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, November 7: Noon to 1 pm, University Campus, Albert Sherman Auditorium
  • Tuesday, November 14: Noon to 1 pm, Barre Family Health Center, Barre Family Conference Room
  • Tuesday, November 21: Noon to 1 pm, Memorial Campus, Knowles Hall
  • Wednesday, November 22: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Tri River Family Health Center, Community Conference Room
  • Tuesday, November 28: 1 to 2 pm, Hahnemann Campus, Ann Nemitz Conference Room
  • Wednesday, November 29: Noon to 1 pm – Worcester Business Center, Ford and Tom McAn Conference Room

If you have questions, you can submit them in advance; email Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon will kick off the forums with introductory remarks. Topics will include leadership transition, Epic and MC 2020 updates, workplace violence, fiscal year 2017 results/scorecard, standards of respect and a question-and-answer session. A box lunch will be served. Download and post event flyer.

Dr. McManus: Drinking Alcohol and the Toll on the Heart

Dr. David McManus

Dr. David McManus

Drinking alcohol, even in moderate amounts, may increase the size of the heart’s left atrium, a new study finds. David McManus, MD, director of our Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Program, recently spoke about this topic in a LiveScience article.The left atrium is one of the two upper chambers of the heart. When someone has an enlarged heart, he or she is at risk for developing atrial fibrillation (AF), which can cause a stroke. “Despite the widely held belief by the public that alcohol has a beneficial effect on general heart health, acute alcohol consumption has long been linked to the development of AF,” he said. Read the story.

Panel Calls for Accuracy in Ebola News and Information

The Telegram & Gazette reports that accurate, balanced information may be the best medicine against Ebola hysteria in an article about last week’s panel discussion, “Public Health in the News: Central Massachusetts and the Ebola Crisis.” Our physicians Michael Hirsh, MD, pediatric surgeon-in-chief at the Children’s Medical Center, and Richard Sacra, MD, joined the discussion that called for seeking balance with reporting of news and other information about the virus. Dr. Hirsh, panel moderator, said that with globalization, we can’t ignore public health crises like Ebola on other continents. “It’s not something that’s their problem. It becomes our problem as well.” Read story.

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