Support Our Troops Over the Holidays

Do you want to help make the holidays a little brighter for the men and women serving in the military? In November, staff from our Endoscopy Clinic on the University Campus welcome your donations to their troops’ holiday collection. Items needed include books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, nonperishable snacks and candies (no chocolate), telephone cards, toiletries, shirts and socks. Donations will be accepted at the clinic on University Campus, Level A, #HA-135, between November 1 and November 26. The items collected will be sent to the troops by Whitin Community Center. For details contact Valerie Tortora, at 774-442-2154.

Spread the Word About Talent Tuesdays Recruitment Open Houses

Do you know someone who would be a great fit for our organization? The talent acquisition team is now hosting Talent Tuesdays recruitment open houses on the first Tuesday of every month for anyone interested in career opportunities at our Medical Center. The next open house will take place Tuesday, August 7 at the University Campus, 11 am to 1 pm i lobby of the Remillard Pavilion. Team members will be on hand to answer questions and share information about available positions. No appointment needed! Read flyer.

Power System Upgrades Begin This Fall on University Campus

The big crane may be gone, but the hard work to upgrade the University Campus power systems is still underway, and the actual upgrade will begin this fall. Members of the Facilities Department have been working with contractors this spring and summer researching what is fed from where, then confirming and re-confirming their information. Shutdowns to cut over the power from the old system to the new are scheduled to begin this November and run through March of 2019. Every area will be impacted in some way at some point during this time frame. Representatives from the project team have already begun making rounds to all departments to discuss the outages and the logistics associated with them. Stay tuned for more information as the project moves forward.

Patient Transport Elevators Effective July 30 on University Campus

Effective Monday, July 30, the Medical Center will designate two elevators on the University Campus as dedicated patient transport elevators. The two elevators will be equipped with a badge system that allows access only to personnel transporting patients, responding to a medical code or responding to a rapid response call. These dedicated elevators enhance the patient experience and provide a vital service to patients needing critical care. Caregivers without access should use the service elevators, public elevators or stairs to reach their destinations. Details are outlined in the new Use of Elevators Policy #1441.

 

The Ribbon Is Cut: Celebrating the Opening of 7 West

Cutting the ribbon to officially open 7 West are, pictured from left: Jeff Smith, Ryan Burns, facilities project manager; Dr. Dickson and Liz Rekowski, RN, nurse manager, 7 West.

Patient rooms on 7 West offer a comfortable, caring environment with decorative glass door panels, nature-themed artwork and hospitality-style bathrooms with showers.

It was standing room only yesterday, as Medical Center staff celebrated the grand opening of the University Campus 7 West nursing unit. The event included a ribbon cutting and remarks from Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care, and Jeff Smith, MD, interim Medical Center president. This is the first medical/surgical unit on the University Campus to be revitalized as part of the MC2020 modernization. The unit features nine private rooms showcasing the ultimate in privacy, safety and comfort for patients and their families. Caregivers will welcome the unit’s first patients later this week.

Couple Say Their ‘I Dos’ at the Medical Center

Steven and Paula planned to get married this past weekend, but the groom’s father, James Mendenhall, was hospitalized and wouldn’t be able to attend. When members of his Medical Center care team learned of the dilemma, they worked with Pastoral Care Department and other departments to arrange a venue change. Last Thursday the wedding was held in the University Campus’ chapel complete with flowers, music, photography, and most importantly, both parents of the groom! A reception was held in the family room on Mr. Mendenhall’s unit, where the family and staff were surprised by a beautiful wedding cake and refreshments. Congratulations to the happy couple, and many thanks to our caregivers who jumped in to make this a memorable patient and family experience.

Drop by Informational Table to Complete Your Health Care Proxy

What would happen if an accident or illness left you unable to express your health care wishes? You’d want a trusted family member or friend who knows your wishes to make decisions on your behalf. The only way to give someone that authority, though, is to designate him or her as your agent on a Health Care Proxy document. “A Health Care Proxy empowers someone to name a trusted person of their choosing to advocate for their health care wishes,” said Lori Perch, MSW, LICSW. Lori and her social work colleagues will be available outside of the University Campus cafeteria today and tomorrow from 11:30 am to 1 pm with more information and to help people complete their Health Care Proxy documents.

Response to Car Fire on University Campus ‘Flawlessly’ Executed

Two burned-out cars were towed from the parking garage and sit outside the Ambulatory Care Center.  (Photo courtesy Telegram & Gazette)

Police, fire and Medical Center and Medical School officials closed South Road on the University Campus. (Photo courtesy Telegram & Gazette)

President Patrick Muldoon is interviewed by Channel 7.

“Everyone responded as trained and drilled,” said Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon following a fire that that broke out yesterday on the third floor of South Road parking lot on University Campus. The fire, discovered around 4:30 pm, spread to other cars, damaging 10 in total. Because smoke infiltrated the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC), the air handling system shut down and about 200 staff members and patients were briefly evacuated from the building. Medical Center and Medical School employees and responders “flawlessly” executed the evacuation, said Patrick. There wasn’t any lasting damage to the parking garage or ACC, and both buildings opened today for regular operations. Learn more about yesterday’s incident via media outlets: Telegram & Gazette, Boston Globe, Channel 5 (WCVB), Channel 7 (WHDH).

Cancer Walk Raised $560,000 to Aid in Finding a Cure

The 2017 UMass Cancer Walk & Run raised an astounding $560,000 that will support cancer research, clinical trials and patient care. Caregivers, survivors, family and friends came together to walk and run in memory and in honor of cancer patients. Watch the video to hear their stories and save the date for next year’s event scheduled Sunday, September 30. Learn more.

Make Your Donation for Annual Troops’ Holiday Collection

The Endoscopy Clinic, Level A, University Campus, will be collecting items for the troops’ holiday collection through November 27. All items collected are given to Whitins Community Center, which mails items to the troops. Items in need are books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, snacks, candies (no chocolate), telephone cards, toiletries, shirts and socks. Perishable items are not accepted. All donations must be made to the Endoscopy Clinic. For details, contact Valerie Tortora: email or  call 774-442-2154.