Gun Ownership and Patients: Tough Questions at Schwartz Rounds

Attend the upcoming Schwartz Center Rounds, “Gun Sense or ‘Non’-sense: Broaching the Topic of Gun Ownership with Patients,” Friday, December 8, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (lunch 11:15 am). Place the forum in your schedule by downloading the outlook calendar appointment. Located in the Faculty Conference Room, S1-342, University Campus, this event is an opportunity to discuss the barriers faced when asking patients about gun ownership. Featured panelists include Jonathan Green, MD, Patrick Lowe, Medical School student and Mike Weisser, author and blogger with the Huffington Post. One contact hour will be provided for nurses and physicians and preregistration is not required. Email with questions, ideas for topics or to join the rounds planning committee. Learn more.

UMass Memorial Pledges $90,000 to Support Medical-Legal Partnership

UMass Memorial Health Care plans to contribute $90,000 to bolster a $195,000 grant that addresses legal barriers to health care for low-income communities. The funds allow Community Legal Aid and UMass Memorial to continue their successful medical-legal partnership bringing together medical providers, legal aid staff and volunteer private attorneys to assist families with legal problems that negatively impact the health of people in our area. “This is such a positive program for vulnerable patients and families in our UMass Memorial communities,” said Kate Eshghi, senior vice president and general counsel. Read the Worcester Business Journal article to learn about the funding and partnership.

David Smith Has Big Plans for Virtual Medicine across Our System

David Smith (Telegram & Gazette photo)

Associate Vice President of Virtual Medicine David Smith envisions a future with greater access to care for patients. He believes that incorporating the latest technologies will help eliminate some of the challenges faced by patients today. In a recent interview with the Telegram & Gazette, Smith highlighted our eICU and Telestroke programs as just two highly successful ways virtual medicine is improving access to care and patient satisfaction. “My job is to develop and implement an enterprise strategy for telehealth that delivers a common technology platform, shared workflows and a single point of entry for access to services,” said David.

Kudos to ED Team: New Buzzers Improve Patient Wait Time


Lynn Flagg, RN and Alura Trotman, registrar, demonstrate how buzzers are passed out to patients waiting in the ED.

Have you noticed the Emergency Department waiting room on the University Campus is quieter and less chaotic lately? That’s because the team implemented a staff member’s idea of using restaurant-style “buzzers” to notify patients regarding their turn to be seen! Patients now can go to the cafeteria or use the restroom without fear of losing their place in line, and there is less noise and confusion in the triage area. “During the recent Joint Commission survey this cutting-edge process earned the highest praise from surveyors as a best practice for patient care! Way to go team!” said Lauren Kostantin, RN.

Making Everyday Epic: Watch the Video!

Epic is coming, bringing many advantages for us and for our patients. Learn in this new Everyone, Everyday video how our shared patient record will transform our everyday work, helping us as caregivers to make every day epic.

Register for Lupus Symposium; Open to Patients and Physicians

Medical Center rheumatologists will present at the Lupus Foundation of New England’s Lupus Medical and Educational Symposium on Thursday, April 6 on the University Campus. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue, resulting in inflammation and damage to various parts of the body. The event, open to patients and physicians, provides information on treatment, clinical trials and diagnosis. The day is split into three sections: lupus research, patient forum and physician outreach. See the schedule of sessions or visit the website to learn more and register for the event.

Patients Tell Us about Their Cardiologists via #whyilovemydoc

The social media campaign #whyilovemydoc captured the attention of 156 UMass Memorial Health Care patients who shared a comment about our physicians. Here is what some said about our cardiologists:

  • “My primary care physicians had me get a CT screening of my chest because of my smoking history. They found a nodule and I had my right lower lobe removed in January. Thank you Dr. Dahlberg for saving my life!” – Janet T.
  • “A huge thanks to David McManus because he takes care of my heart. Great cardiologist!” – Jackie T.

Watch slideshow, below, to read more comments about our cardiologists and visit our website to learn more about our cardiology care.

Patients with Diabetes Share Why They Love Their Doctors

Our social media campaign #whyilovemydoc captured the attention of 156 patients who shared comments about their favorite UMass Memorial Health Care physicians. Learn what patients with diabetes shared about their doctors.

  • “I want to thank Dr. Mordes and Dr. Malkani. They are the best team of physicians who really care about their patients. I am glad my mom can count on them!” – Sara R.
  • Dr. Thompson always takes the time to listen to me.” – Sarah M.

Visit our website to learn more about diabetes care.

Colorectal Patients Share Appreciation for Their Doctors

During our social media campaign #whyilovemydoc, we heard from some of our patients who shared their praise for our colorectal physicians:

  • Dr. Sturrock, my colorectal surgeon, and Dr. Pellish, my GI doctor: Both are awesome doctors!” – Donna P.
  • Justin Maykel, a surgeon in the colorectal wing:  He has saved me twice and even stayed to hold my hand through an agonizing procedure. He deserves every bit of praise he gets!”- Staci B.

See more patients’ comments, below. Visit our website to learn more about our colon and rectal surgery unit.

Patients Share Why They Love Their Cancer Physicians

We are proud of our dedicated cancer team, combining extraordinary medicine with personal, patient focused care. During our social media campaign #whyilovemydoc this is what our patients had to say.

  • “I literally owe my life to Dr. Quinlan and Dr. Liebmann. I am an almost seven-year breast cancer survivor, and their professional, compassionate care got me through the darkest time in my life. I could never have enough words of gratitude to match how much they mean to me!” – Cecilia T.
  • Dr. Nath, he works very hard for his patients. He is incredibly smart, caring and dedicated. The hospital is very lucky to have him on board.” – Patty O.

Visit our website to learn more about cancer care.