Urogynecology Moves to West 4

memorial campusThey’re moving, but they’re not going far! The Urogynecology Clinic staff will be packing their bags, moving out of the Levine Building and heading just across the street to the main hospital building on the Memorial Campus on Monday, August 20. Their new location will be on West 4 across from community women’s care and maternal fetal medicine. Patients should be instructed to follow the Pathway signs to elevator W and take it to the fourth floor. The clinic’s telephone number, 508-334-9840, will remain the same at the new location. Please call with any questions. See the flyer for directions.

Stop by Tomorrow’s Innovation Celebration!

Sharon Krupski, lean black belt, presented Anthony Howley from the hand therapy clinic with his green belt certificate at the last Innovation Celebration.

Join us at the next Innovation Celebration tomorrow, Friday, August 17 on the Memorial Campus (across from the cafeteria), noon to 1 pm, to celebrate Medical Center initiatives, ideas and projects. Drop by anytime during the hour-long event to learn about ideas from perioperative services, women’s health clinics and the emergency department. We will also share updates on wellness initiatives, capital planning projects, Standards of Respect and more! All caregivers are invited. Refreshments will be served!

What Do My Blood Pressure Numbers Mean? Dr. Kovell Explains

Dr. Kovell

In a recent Women’s Health article, “What Do Those Blood Pressure Numbers at the Doc’s Office Even Mean,” Lara Kovell, MD, cardiologist, explains, “Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood pushing against the blood vessels, or arteries, of the body. If you were able to hold on to one of your arteries, the blood pressure is the force you would feel on your hand.” The article focuses blood pressure basics including what the numbers mean, what’s considered normal, why high blood pressure is bad, symptoms of low blood pressure and how often to have your blood pressure checked. Read the article.

What’s a Microbiome? See Health Watch; Join Women’s Summit

Have you ever heard of a microbiome? In this episode of Health Watch, Barbara Olendzki, MPH, RD, LDN, director, Center of Applied Nutrition at the Medical School, explains what a microbiome is, and how it may be the missing link that explains how individuals’ metabolism and immune systems work, what diseases they’re prone to and why they’re allergic to certain things. Interesting, right? You’re invited to learn more about the role your microbiome plays in your overall health when Barbara presents at the upcoming Multicultural Women’s Health Summit Saturday, June 16 at the Medical School. Register today.

Women’s Health Series: Meghan’s Maternal-fetal Medicine Story

After having a miscarriage, Meghan worried that she may never be able to experience motherhood. Diagnosed at birth with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), she was at risk for multiple complications during pregnancy that might have limited her ability to carry a baby to full term. Meghan became pregnant again and began seeing maternal-fetal medicine expert Ellen Delpapa, MD. Dr. Delpapa oversaw the pregnancy, monitored Meghan’s health closely, and happily helped her deliver a beautiful baby girl. Watch Meghan’s story below, then visit SimplyWomen to learn how we’re making women’s health care simple. #SimplyWomen

Women’s Health Series: Take a Virtual Maternity Center Tour

Delivering a baby may not be “simple,” but deciding where to deliver should be! In response to an increasing demand for tours of our Maternity Center, we now offer an online tour of the Medical Center’s Mother-Baby Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In addition to providing parents-to-be with a snapshot of both units, the video includes a brief overview of what to expect when delivery time comes from Julia Johnson, MD, chair of obstetrics and gynecology, Larry Rhein, MD, chief of the NICU, and fellow parents who have experienced first-hand what it’s like to deliver here. Watch the tour and check out our other resources by visiting Simply Women. #SimplyWomen

Women’s Health Series: An Ovarian Cancer Survivor Story

Like many women, Mary Kay led a busy life and didn’t have time for an illness. But when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer following an appendectomy, her world screeched to a halt. As a retired nurse, Mary Kay had dozens of questions, but after meeting Sharmilee Korets, MD, gynecologic oncologist, one answer became clear. She was certain that she wanted to receive her care from Dr. Korets at our Medical Center. Watch Mary Kay’s story in the Women’s Health Month series video below. Visit Simply Women to see more stories and take advantage of resources that aim to make access to women’s health care simple. #SimplyWomen

Dr. Straight Kicks off Women’s Health Month Series

May is Women’s Health Month! Women spend so much time taking care of others that they tend to put themselves last. That’s why this month is dedicated to women and their health, and why our Medical Center created the new Simply Women webpage, a resource for women of all ages to access health information and request appointments. We’ll feature tips and personal stories stressing why it’s so important to listen to our bodies. To kick us off, let’s start a conversation about postpartum depression. In the episode of Health Watch, below, Celeste Straight, MD, obstetrics and gynecology, shares that it’s never too early to express concerns about postpartum depression to your doctor. Watch the video and learn more at Simply Women. #SimplyWomen

Egg Freezing Gives Women the Gift of Time

Source: Worcester Business Journal

A woman may have any number of reasons for wanting to wait before starting a family – health, career, relationships, etc. But as a women ages, so do her eggs, which could result in difficulty getting pregnant or having a viable pregnancy down the road. Julia Johnson, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently sat down with the Worcester Business Journal to discuss the process of egg freezing, known as egg vitrification, and how we offer this service to UMass Memorial patients through a partnership with Boston IVF. Read the full article.

Dr. Johnson Talks about Female Athletes Missing Their Periods

Julia Johnson, MD, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, joins this Heath Watch to address why females will sometimes stop having or miss their periods due to intense exercise such as running. Dr. Johnson talks about how estrogen levels are affected by exercise, what long-term loss of a period could mean, as well as the effects on infertility.