Nurses, Looking for Career Advancement? Join a PACE Session!

Are you a nurse who needs help with your portfolio or presentations? The Professional Advancement for Clinical Excellence (PACE) program (is having open sessions in the Memorial Campus library to learn more about career advancement opportunities. Board members will be available to help put together portfolios, review content and help you plan presentations. The open sessions are offered Thursday, December 7 and Thursday, January 4, 9:30 am to noon. For more information, contact a review board member: Ginnean Babbitt, Kimberly Williams, Lisa Cargill, Maureen McNamara, Patrice O’Connell and Margaret Westgate. See PACE newsletter to learn more.

MC 2020 Updates: Get the Scoop on Our Modernization Improvements

The summer edition of MC 2020 Updates – our newsletter designed to keep you updated on the ongoing initiatives to modernize our Medical Center at Memorial and University campuses – is now available on OurNet. This issue features updates on the new-and-improved West 3 inpatient unit; our plans to transition from semi-private to private patient rooms on the Memorial Campus; collaborative efforts to address concerns about construction noise; our new Dialysis Unit; the Memorial Campus Pathways work; and how we’re teaming up with a local business to give furniture a fresh new look. Read the newsletter.

Get Heart, Orthopedics and Diabetes Health Tips Delivered to Your Inbox!

Living with heart disease or loving someone with it isn’t easy, but UMass Memorial Health Care can help. On the Beat delivers heart news and tips to help keep you healthy and well. You’ll get the latest lifestyle tips, exercise ideas and heart healthy recipes delivered to your inbox every other month. Sign up today for On the Beat, as well as other e-newsletters on orthopedics and diabetes. Take a step toward wellness today.

Introducing MC 2020 Updates; Stay Updated on Our Improvements

MC-2020-MastheadjpgBrush up on the exciting changes and improvements underway at the Medical Center by reading the inaugural issue of MC 2020 Updates. This new quarterly newsletter gives you details and a clear vision of the work happening to revitalize our environment of care. MC 2020: Centered on Care is a seven-year investment in renovations designed to increase functionality of work spaces, improve patient privacy, comfort and safety and update infrastructure to support new technologies such as Epic. From new patient beds to revitalized nursing units and new patient and family spaces, the first issue brings you photos of the work completed as well as images of upcoming projects. Read it today! You can find the newsletter on OurNet by clicking on Resources > UMass Memorial Publications.

Stick to It: Everyday Health for Those with Diabetes

stick-to-it-winter-2017Do you or someone you know have diabetes? Find out about the new advances in eye care, healthy recipes and patient stories with the Diabetes Center of Excellence e-newsletter, Stick to It. Keep your health on track with tips and inspiration delivered directly to your inbox. Stick to It is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Learn how to sign up today and read the winter issue.

Nurses, Looking for Career Advancement? Join a PACE Session!

Are you a nurse that needs help with your portfolio or presentations? PACE (Professional Advancement for Clinical Excellence) is having open sessions in the Memorial Campus library to learn more about career advancement opportunities. Board members will be available to help put together portfolios, review content and help to plan presentations. The open sessions are November 2, December 7 and January 4, from 9:30 am to noon. For more information, contact a review board member: Ginnean Babbitt, Kimberly Williams, Lisa Cargill, Jennifer McQuade, Patrice O’Connell, Maureen McNamara and Margaret Westgate. See PACE newsletter to learn more.

Why Everyone Is at Risk for Shoulder Pain 

ortho summer newsletterMost people think joint problems are limited to serious athletes or older adults, but when it comes to the shoulder, everyone is at risk. In fact, between the ages of 18 and 88, almost everyone will experience some kind of shoulder issue in their lifetime. This is because the shoulder is the most movable joint in the body, and it is also an unstable joint because of its range of motion. Learn more in the summer issue of Stay in Motion produced by the Marketing and Communications Department.

Find Updated Medical Center Policies Posted on OurNet 

Visit the OurNet policy page to view all Medical Center policies, the latest policy newsletter (see September issue), FAQs, and policy and procedure templates. Have any policy updates? Email the policy administrator with necessary changes. The following policies have recently been updated and posted:

  • Policy 1085 – Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information
  • Policy 1129 – Business Associates
  • Policy 1304 – Capital Requisition and Approval Process
  • Policy 1419 – Service of Legal Process and Governmental Notices
  • Policy 1420 – Thinning the Active Inpatient Paper Medical Record
  • Policy 2010 – Food and Drug Interaction
  • Policy 2024 – Interdisciplinary Plan of Care (Problem and Goal List: Guideline for Use)
  • Policy 2091 – Patient Deaths (persons age 28 days or greater)
  • Policy 2217 – Fall Risk Injury Prevention Assessment
  • Policy 2221 – Advance Practice Nurse Peer Review
  • Policy 2246 – Code Help
  • Policy 2512 – Standardized Color-Coded Alert Wristbands
  • Policy 2516 – Intravenous to Oral (IV to PO) Automatic Substitution by Pharmacists
  • Policy 2517 – Albumin Utilization
  • Policy 5012 – Animals in Health Care Facilities
  • Policy 5021 – Tuberculosis Infection Control Plan
  • Policy 6003 – Fire and Life Safety
  • Policy 6013 – Interior Furnishings and Finishes Requirements
  • Retired Policy 2515 – Temperature Settings for Solution and Blanket Warming Cabinets; replaced with a nursing policy

Our PFACs Announce Release of Newsletter Called Partners

PFACHot off the presses! Don’t miss the first issue of Partners, produced by our Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFACs). The councils bring together patients, family members, staff and physicians to provide guidance on matters ranging from the design of public and family space to patient education materials distribution.  The quarterly newsletter will be published and compiled by members of our PFACs. Every issue includes the engagement and accomplishments from each council. Check out Partners on OurNet.

Find Financial Resources for Diabetes Care

Stick to It logoManaging the cost of care is challenging for many diabetes patients. In the latest issue of Stick to It, a bimonthly e-newsletter from the Center for the Advancement of Primary Care and Diabetes Center of Excellence, read about financial resources for diabetes care, medications and supplies. Also be sure to check out our recipe of the month and exercise tips. Subscribe to upcoming issues by completing this form.