Be Included in Next Week’s Holiday News & Views!

happy holidaysIt’s hard to believe that it’s already time for our special holiday editions of News & Views in which we’ll share how your teams are helping others in need this holiday season, but they are already in the works! Don’t miss the December 13 deadline for submitting your stories of generosity, holiday giving and spreading good will. The holiday issues come out next week on December 18 and 20!

Watch Everyone, Everyday Team Video; Take Poll to Win

Last month, we kicked off a three-part video series showcasing the teams featured in our recent Everyone, Everyday film festivals. This week, watch the third video of our three-part series to learn more about the HealthAlliance Home Health and Hospice team. Then take the quiz to test your knowledge and enter for a chance to win a Dunkin Donuts gift card! You can also meet the team through a profile story now featured on our Everyone, Everyday website. Good luck, and congratulations to last week’s poll winners Linda Parker, Clinical Informatics Department, and Varang Parikh, Center for Innovation and Transformational Change.

Celebrate Breakthrough Ideas: Visit Everyone, Everyday Website

 

credo-bits-2If you weren’t able to attend an Everyone, Everyday film festival last month, learn more about the featured teams being celebrated for their breakthrough ideas on our revamped Everyone, Everyday website. We want to hear your team story! Share an innovative idea that has resulted in better access to our services, improved quality of care, or enhanced the patient or caregiver experience. Send in the name of your team, department or unit, campus and your idea by April 30 and you’ll be considered for inclusion in a future phase of Everyone, Everyday!

You can contact us one of two ways (include a team photo if possible):

 

Our Employees’ Generosity: Giving Back This Holiday Season

Happy Holidays 2Each holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our employees’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide True North principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). This is why it is so important that News & Views brings you the information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care and the best place to get care. Today’s and Thursday’s News & Views issues show how much our departments and teams care about our patients, our greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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Food collected for a local parish by the Dermatology Clinic.

This holiday season, when staff from the Dermatology Clinic on the Hahnemann Campus heard that its neighborhood parish’s food pantry was bare, the team rose to action to organize a food collection just in time for Thanksgiving. The team helped restock the pantry that feeds 40 families twice each month.

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This year, a Grafton Internal Medicine employee, along with her colleagues, had a chance to give back to Why Me and Sherry House. The employee, whose son struggled with cancer for several years, said, “The organization was able to provide food and presents for my family through an adoption program. For the rest of my days since, I have been looking for ways to repay the favor that was handed to me.”

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Veterans Inc. staff members with shopping carts filled with turkeys collected by Millbury Internal Medicine.

Members of the Millbury Internal Medicine team once again demonstrated their spirit of giving and community outreach by donating turkeys totaling 409.31 pounds to Veterans Inc. The turkeys were used for the agency’s annual Holiday Harvest Dinner.

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Team members of South County Pediatrics in Webster donated $150 to purchase books through the Reach Out and Read Program to give to young patients throughout the year. The team also donated $350 toward grocery store gift cards to support families in need. The practice also received 250 new books, donated by Barnes and Noble’s holiday book drive, to give to patients.


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Pictured are Cheryl Trimby, RN, geriatrics, and Julia Martiros of Elder Services of Worcester with the hat and scarf donations.

Our Geriatrics Department organized a hat and scarf drive for Elder Services of Worcester.

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Medical Staff Services giving tree

This year, the Department of Medical Staff Services brought warm weather items, including hats, mittens and coats to local children in need. The department’s Christmas tree is decorated with cards with the names and details of the children, and new cards are added as old ones are removed.

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Oncology Pharmacy, fifth floor nurses, sixth floor infusion suite staff and interventional radiology staff, all located on the University Campus, purchased items off the wish list for Dismas House in Worcester. This included 10 $25 Dunkin Donut gift cards, clothing, sheets and personal items. In addition, Oncology Pharmacy sponsored a family through the Worcester Boys and Girls Club. The team purchased gifts cards, toys and clothing for a five-member family.

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The Ob/Gyn team in Milford adopted a family through the Department of Children and Families.

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The Anticoagulation Clinic collected gifts for the Department of Children and Families holiday party.

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Managed Care Operations Department sponsored a family.

The Managed Care Operations Department sponsored a family through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest, gifting the family with coats, boots and many other special items.

 

 

Remember: Submit Your Team’s Holiday Fundraiser Stories This Week

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to share news of your department or team helping others this holiday season. Share your story with News & Views if your team is involved in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this season. As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions to be published next Tuesday and Thursday, December 19 and 21. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are encouraged) that describes your team’s efforts by the end of this week. Please note that items received after this week may not be included. See what ran last year: Part 1 and Part 2.

Don’t Forget! Share How Your Team Helps Others during Holidays!

Is your team or department participating in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this holiday season? As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions dedicated to promoting such efforts in our December 19 and 21 issues. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are welcome!) describing your team’s efforts by Friday, December 15. See last year’s holiday issues: Part 1 and Part 2.

Holiday Cheer: Tell Us About Your Holiday Fundraisers and Win!

It’s the time of year when many of our departments and teams are doing something good to make the holidays brighter for others. Is your team doing something? Let us know so we can spread the word of your generosity. It could be collecting food, clothing or money; assembling packages for the troops; adopting a child/family or some other kindness that helps others. As in past years, News & Views will recognize this generosity in our special editions dedicated to these efforts. Email News & Views by Wednesday, December 15, and share photos and brief details of your holiday giving. See last year’s holiday issues: Part 1 and Part 2. Plus – in the spirit of giving – the first reader to respond via email to News & Views by 2 pm tomorrow with details of holiday giving will receive two tickets to the Thursday, December 7 Cirque du Soleil performance, “Crystal,” at the DCU Center.

People Helping People: Our Employees’ Holiday Generosity

happy holidaysEach holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our employees’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide True North principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). This is why it is so important that News & Views brings you the information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care and the best place to get care. Today’s and the December 21 issues show how much our departments and teams care about our patients, our greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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The Office of Clinical Integration coordinated a raffle among colleagues that raised $300 for BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc.). The donation was given to the Worcester BAMSI office, 350 Plantation Street, which provides daytime services to adults who have a combination of physical and mental disabilities and/or illnesses. In addition, members of the clinical integration team coordinated a Toys for Tots donation box, a giving tree for the DCF Holiday Party, and Project Toasty to collect warm winter clothing, which was donated to St. John’s Church.

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The Oncology Pharmacy with Investigational Pharmacy, fifth and sixth floor infusion suites staff at the Ambulatory Care Center and staff at University Campus second floor radiology, along with miscellaneous participants, provided $500 dollars worth of gift cards to the Worcester Boys and Girls Club annual Christmas party.

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Members of the Marketing and Communications Department

The Marketing and Communications Department, in conjunction with Abby’s House, helped a family in need by buying holiday gifts for four children. The team purchased a variety of wish list gifts and necessities for the children, ages 4 to 10 years old, including clothing, shoes, toys and art supplies.

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Tri-River Family Health Center has supported the Telegram & Gazette Santa for over 30 years from the center’s candy draw collection. With all the extra money collected, the center will be sending a $642 check this year to help support children in the area. The center has also supported the local Department of Children and Family services for the past 26 years by buying Christmas gifts and food gift cards. This year, the center collected for eight families with a total of 15 children.

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Cindy Ramsey, office coordinator, geriatric medicine, is pictured with Julia Martiros of Elder Services.

The Geriatric Division organized a sock collection for Elder Services of Worcester. Pictured is Cindy Ramsey, office coordinator, geriatric medicine, with Julia Martiros of Elder Services.

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Hahnemann DSU, SACU and PACU donated to the Worcester County Food Bank. The group donated food for Thanksgiving and also presented the food bank with both financial and food donations on December 19.

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Staff from Occupational Injury Care and Employee Health donated gift cards, arts and crafts supplies, and personal items to Community Healthlink’s Highland Grace House, a residential program serving young women seeking long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

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Montachussett Internal Medicine and Nephrology

Montachussett Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Leominster coordinated a food collection for patients. Patients entered a drawing to receive one of three food themed gift baskets and two anonymously donated grocery boxes.

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The University Campus Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy departments gifted turkeys and gift cards to Friendly House that provided 10 families with Thanksgiving dinner this year.

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306 Belmont Street team

The 306 Belmont Street team donated $500 toward the DCF Holiday Party.

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The Infection Control Department made a donation to the Worcester Food Bank.

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Harvard Primary Care donated to Worcester County Toys for Tots Program.

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The Medical Group Professional Fee Reporting Department adopted a teen through the Children’s Smile Coalition, purchasing gifts on the Christmas Wish List.

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Pictured from left are John McGlone, Charlene Annohene and Mike Puim

Houskeeping team members, from left: John McGlone, Charlene Annohene and Mike Puim

Every year members of the Housekeeping Department for University and Memorial campuses adopt two families through Friendly House Shelter. This year, the Ambulatory Care Center housekeeping team also joined in and adopted a family, too.

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Emergency Medicine Administration offices collected donations totaling more than $3,700 from faculty, fellows, advanced practice providers and administrative staff to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank.

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Women’s and Newborn Services Community Engagement Committee members

The Women’s and Newborn Services Community Engagement Committee participated in the annual Community Mitten Party at the Belmont School, Worcester. The committee collected and distributed 550 pairs of mittens along with homemade cupcakes and grapes. Following the December 7 party, the committee received handmade thank you notes from kindergarten and first-grade students. Pictured, from left, are Sharon Cormier, RNC, Ellen Delpapa, MD, chairwoman, Tina Profitt, Patti Yranski, NP, Cathy Violette, NP, Michelle Cote, community volunteer, and Kelley McNamara, Belmont Street School. Missing from photo are Michael Kalinowski, volunteer baker, and Marianne Williams, mitten collection organizer.

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Millbury Internal Medicine team

Millbury Internal Medicine employees adopted a family for the holidays. Gifts for the children and caregiver were purchased and wrapped, and will be delivered on Christmas Eve.

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For the third year in a row, the Finance Services Division donated, purchased and wrapped presents to help those in need. This year, seven children from the Belmont Street Community School will receive toys and new clothes. A lit tree was also donated to a family who has never had one.

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The Department of Psychiatry’s Ambulatory Psychiatry Service donated $670 and 24 winter outfits of jackets, gloves and coats (and a small  beanie baby in a pocket) for Worcester schoolchildren through the Worcester Educational Development Foundation’s Coats for Kids program.

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Last but not least, one of our caregivers received a very special recognition this holiday season …

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Lourdes Plaza

Lourdes Plaza, housekeeper, 7th floor, Univeristy Campus, received high praise from a patient who wrote this message to her in a Christmas card: “You were  my guardian angel while I was in the hospital. Every time I have a challenge, I am always reminded of you telling me God will take care of it. Blessings to you and your family!”

Happy Holidays: Employees Generously Give Back to Community

happy holidaysEach holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our employees’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide True North principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). This is why it is so important that News & Views brings you the information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care, and the best place to get care. Today’s and Friday’s News & Views issues show how much our departments and teams care about our patients, our greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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About 100 volunteers from UMass Memorial Medical Center and DCF gear up for a day of fun at the DCF Holiday Party.

Medical Center Hosts ‘Truly Magical’ Holiday Event for Foster Families
The annual Worcester Area Department of Children and Families (DCF) holiday party was hosted for the second year by our Department of Nursing. More than 500 children and foster parents turned out to celebrate the holidays at the DCU Center, which generously offered its venue and donated all food and beverages for the event. Staff, community members and organizations came together to donate hundreds of gifts, hats, mittens and books for the children, who were also treated to a number of fun activities including ornament decorating, face painting and making reindeer hats. During the event, children were invited to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and even enjoyed a visit from the new Worcester Railers hockey team mascot TRAX.

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Clockwise from top left, Medical Center elves wrapped hundreds of presents in preparation for the DCF Holiday Party. Staff members work to sort the gifts by age before delivering to children. Santa and TRAX wave hello to party guests. Carolers lead the children in song during the event.

“Hats off to our nurses for once again doing all of the heavy lifting to help make this wonderful event possible,” said Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, FACHE. “In addition to the nurses, many of our caregivers stepped in to do their part either by donating a toy, taking part in the gift-wrapping session, or serving as a volunteer during the event. I am extremely proud of their efforts and commitment to support the DCF and the children it works hard to protect year round. It was truly a magical day for all the children and their foster parents, but also for the volunteers that came together from throughout the community to make this celebration happen.”

“I cannot thank UMass Memorial, the DCU Center and Civic Center Commission, 100-plus volunteers for the incredible kindness they have shown throughout this process,” said Dawn Wareham, Worcester West DCF Area clinical manager. “An event like this does not happen without the support of local organizations and their communities. This was a day to not only celebrate the children, but also the foster parents who play a major part in their lives.” See Telegram & Gazette story to learn more.

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Department of Nuclear Medicine employees are once again eliminating exchanging gifts to each other this year, and instead made a group donation to the Worcester County Food Bank.

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The staff at South County Pediatrics helped some of the practice’s families have a happy holiday season by donating toys, clothing and gift cards for groceries and pharmacy needs.

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clinical-engineering-toys-for-totsMembers of the Clinical Engineering Department participated in an off-site volunteering day at Toys for Tots, run by the Marine Corps Reserve warehouse for Worcester County. While volunteering at the warehouse, members of the clinical engineering team experienced the goings-on of Toys for Tots, including gifts delivered from donations, the process to sort and bag gifts for deliveries and toy pickups for children in the region.

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Shrewsbury Family Medicine at 24 Julio Drive organized a collection for the Mustard Seed in Worcester. It included hats, gloves, coats, nonperishable food items, personal hygiene items, and monetary donations.

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The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health coordinated a warm clothing collection for the Coats for Kids’ Campaign, benefiting children of Worcester Public Schools. The collection provided a new coat, hat and mittens for 56 children from 13 elementary schools. This year, the department collected money, baskets and toiletries to fill 345 baskets (surpassing its goal of 300!) for women and families at shelters, community health centers and primary care practices.

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 Marlborough Medical Associates donated gifts to Tuft’s Children’s Floating Hospital.

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The Managed Care Operations Team adopted a family of five through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, providing gifts and necessities from the family’s holiday wish list.

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Community Medical Group Milford OB/GYN sponsored a family through the local Department of Children and Families.

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The Critical Care Operations Committee assisted the most vulnerable in Central Massachusetts via the Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC) Fuel Assistance Program. The program targets assistance to households with the lowest incomes and highest average energy costs.

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The Memorial Campus Care Coordination Department organized a Veteran’s Day fundraiser to benefit Veteran’s Inc. Employees donated towels, toiletries, paper products, clothing and nonperishable foods. The department also held a clothing collection to help ED patients in need.

Remember: Submit Your Team’s Holiday Fundraiser Stories This Week

happy holidays 2015 2Don’t miss out on the opportunity to share news of your department or team helping others this holiday season. Share your story with News & Views if your team is involved in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this season. As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are encouraged) that describes your team’s efforts by the end of this week. Please note that items received after this week may not be included. See what ran last year in 2015 on December 21 and December 23.