Wishing Roland Bercume All the Best!

Roland Bercume

Congratulations and thank you to Roland Bercume, senior director of pharmacy, who is retiring after 28 years of dedicated service at the Medical Center. Throughout his career in our pharmacy, Roland has worked tirelessly to support our vision of becoming the best place to give care and the best place to get care. As a respected leader, he has been instrumental in growing an outstanding team and exceptional clinical service. We thank Roland for his commitment, compassion and dedication to our Medical Center, and we wish him all the best as he embarks on his next chapter. He will be truly missed!

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Looking for assistance with saving and investing for retirement? Fidelity retirement planners are available to meet individually with eligible participants in one-on-one sessions on-site or by phone. Building a financial plan for tomorrow starts with the little steps you can take today. Visit the Fidelity website to view the schedule and make your appointment, or call 800-642-7131. Fidelity will also be sending targeted email invitations to special educational web workshops for UMass Memorial Health Care employees. Topics include “Quarterly Market Update,” “Get Started and Save for the Future You,” and “Maximize Social Security in Your Retirement Strategy.” Take advantage of the education, resources and support Fidelity Investments provides.

May the Road Rise to Meet You

UMass Memorial Medical Center President, Patrick Muldoon, FACHE, celebrated the end of his 40-year career in health care yesterday surrounded by countless colleagues, caregivers and family. Patrick has been in our system for almost 14 years and his ability to lead with grace and humility will be missed by all. The former HealthAlliance Hospital, where Patrick spent nine years, was well represented at the celebration including a former employee who drove in from New York to say goodbye. An impromptu receiving line followed the program allowing guests a moment to speak with Patrick personally. Enjoy our favorite “Muldoon Moments” that have been collected in celebration of Patrick’s time here at UMass Memorial by viewing the slideshow. Pictures above are from the retirement party.

You’re Invited! Join President Muldoon’s Retirement Party Monday

Patrick Muldoon

Join the special send-off celebration to honor Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, FACHE, for his 40-year career in health care, Monday, January 29, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, Lazare Research Building, Blais Pavilion, first floor, University Campus. The formal program with leadership team members’ remarks is 3 to 4 pm and the “Muldoon Moments” slideshow presentation will be featured throughout the event. In a recent News & Views question-and-answer feature, Patrick explained the driving force behind his decision to pursue a career in health care: “At one point, I dreamed of playing professional football, but fate intervened. My fascination with hospitals started when I had knee surgery following a high school football injury. Good decision!”

Time to Celebrate ‘Muldoon Moments’ to Honor Our Retiring President

patrick muldoon

Patrick Muldoon

Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, FACHE, will be honored for his 40-year career in health care January 29, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, with a formal program from 3 to 4 pm. The retirement celebration will be held in the Lazare Research Building, Blais Pavilion, first floor, University Campus. “Health care has always been a calling for me rather than a job,” said Patrick in a recent News & Views question-and-answer feature. Do you have a favorite “Muldoon Moment” photo or story about Patrick you want to share? Want to send him your well wishes? Submit your photo or short message to Mandi Strzelewicz, marketing and communications, by January 17 and we’ll share your Muldoon Moment at his retirement party.

Q&A with Retiring Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon 

After a 40-year career in health care, Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, FACHE, will retire January 31. Patrick has been with the UMass Memorial Health Care system for 14 years. Prior to becoming president of our Medical Center in August 2013, he was the president at HealthAlliance Hospital, now UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital.

Patrick Muldoon retires January 31.

Question: Where did you grow up?
Muldoon (PM): I grew up in New Bedford, MA in a family of six children. My father was the son of Irish immigrants and my mother’s family came from Ireland as well.

Q: Were you always interested in a career in health care?
: At one point, I dreamed of playing professional football, but fate intervened. My fascination with hospitals started when I had knee surgery following a high school football injury. Good decision! 

Q: What brought you to pursue health care management?
Health care has always been a calling for me rather than a job. My parents were in the field. My dad was a dentist as is my brother. My mother was a nurse along with two of my sisters. My third sister was a medical social worker. As an undergraduate at Providence College, I had the choice to pursue a degree in preparation for medicine or health care management. I knew then that management was the right choice for me.

During the October Epic/Joint Commission Survey thank-you celebration, Patrick posed for a photo with Talia LaPointe, quality and patient safety, left, and served food on the Hahnemann Campus.

Q: What do you consider some of the most memorable moments in your career?
I’ll never forget receiving my first job offer for the role of assistant to the president of the American Osteopathic Hospital Association. I was so excited to be driving to Chicago in my Toyota Corolla filled to the brim with all my worldly possessions. Since then, I’ve encountered challenges both big and small throughout my career; yet nothing has been more memorable than the countless opportunities I’ve had to connect with caregivers and patients. I’ve seen people at their most vulnerable times and in every instance, I’ve been honored to share those deeply personal moments. 

Q: What do you plan to do during your retirement?
Spend much more time with my family and our 18-month-old grandchild. And we have another grandchild on the way. I love to sail and plan to rekindle many former hobbies and interests. I’ve also just received my Irish citizenship and plan to travel there to learn more about my Irish heritage and reconnect with extended family. I also hope to find an opportunity to volunteer in a way that allows me to give back to a profession that I have loved for many years.

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Share a Muldoon Moment: Do you have a photo or story about Patrick you want to share? Want to send him well wishes? Submit your photo and/or short message to Mandi Strzelewicz, marketing and communications,  by January 19 and we’ll share your “Muldoon Moment” at his retirement party.

Medical President Patrick Muldoon Announces His Retirement

Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon interacts with employees, from left: physical therapy team on Memorial Campus during rounds, at last week’s Joint Commission and Epic Celebration employee thank-you celebration and during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Dialysis Unit, University Campus.

After a 40-year career in health care, Patrick Muldoon, FACHE, will retire as Medical Center president January 31, 2018. Patrick has been part of UMass Memorial Health Care for 14 years beginning with his role as president and chief executive officer at UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital in 2004. Reflecting on his tenure, Patrick said: “Serving as president of UMass Memorial Medical Center has been a blessing. I must admit it has been a very challenging responsibility, but many capable hands made the lifting much easier! It is all of the personal relationships with caregivers throughout the Medical Center I will reflect upon and cherish forever.” Jeff Smith, MD, JD, MMM, executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2015, will serve as interim president while a nationwide search is conducted. Read media coverage: Telegram & Gazette, Worcester Business Journal, Worcester Magazine and Boston Business Journal.

Face Your Greatest Financial Fears with these Helpful Tips 

Frightful fact: Did you know that 45 percent of people typically don’t name a beneficiary for their retirement accounts? Designating beneficiaries for the UMass Memorial Health Care pension, 401(k) and/or 403(b) plans, is often forgotten but incredibly vital. Once you complete this important task, consider your benefit designations periodically and update them after certain life events including marriage, divorce or a death in the family. Visit My Pension Estimator to access beneficiary forms for the UMass Memorial Pension Plan. To make or update your beneficiary designations for Fidelity 401(k) and 403(b) accounts, visit the Fidelity website. After logging in, click on “Your Profile” and select “Beneficiaries” and follow the instructions. If you have a 403(b) account with TIAA, visit the TIAA website. Discover more frightful facts from Fidelity.

Join Fidelity Workshop on 401(k) Pretax and Roth Contributions

Did you know you have a choice when it comes to contributing to your UMass Memorial Health Care 401(k) Plan account? You can choose to make “pretax” contributions, after-tax (“Roth”) contributions or a combination of the two. To learn more about these two different contribution options and what might be right for you, join Fidelity Investments for an educational workshop from noon to 12:45 pm:

  • Memorial Campus – September 8
  • Hahnemann Campus – September 20
  • University Campus – September 27

Register for a workshop online or by calling 800-642-7131.

Fidelity Offers Resources: Reduce Debt to Boost Financial Wellness

Student loans, credit card balances, car loans and mortgages are a part of life, and research from Fidelity Investments has shown that taking on debt can weigh on a person’s sense of well-being. Are you asking yourself: Which debt should I focus on paying off first? How can I save at the same time? What are my options to potentially reduce my student loan balance more quickly and save on interest payments? What factors should I consider before deciding to shorten or pre-pay my mortgage before retiring? For answers, look out for an email from Fidelity Investments later this month providing resources to tools, articles and short videos.