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Ronald McDonald House Charities of New England, Citizens Bank and three local foundations are backing the hospital’s mobile medical care program for poor communities in Worcester by contributing generously toward the purchase of a new, $400,000 Care Mobile.
The three Worcester-based foundations that contributed are the following dedicated UMass Memorial supporters: Fred Harris Daniels Foundation, Hoche-Scofield Foundation, and Greater Worcester Community Foundation.
Ronald McDonald House Charities has been the leading sponsor of UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Care Mobile program, funding the project at its inception in 2000. It was the international charity’s first venture in sponsoring a community mobile health unit. Its success has encouraged Ronald McDonald House Charities to sponsor an additional 43 such mobile health services across the globe.
The UMass Memorial Care Mobile program has evolved to offer both medical and dental services, with the goals of reducing patient dependence on emergency care facilities and increasing access to coordinated care. This community program offers service to any patient, regardless of their ability to pay. In FY 2010, the Care Mobile provided dental services to some 2,600 children at 16 schools; close to 1,200 medical patients yielding in total 12,382 patient visits and 22,350 procedures. This past year, there were 2,294 patient visits with no insurance, and UMass Memorial covers the cost of that care until these patients can be enrolled in low-income programs.
The hospital is replacing the Care Mobile to increase medical services to patients, and prevent downtime due to repairs. The new vehicle will include a medical exam room, a dental operatory, a reception area and room for storage.
Two doctors from UMass Memorial Medical Center took a trip in April to the Big Y Supermarket in Holden, Ma. Robert M. Quinlan, MD and Kathryn Edmiston, MD are breast cancer specialists with UMass Medicine’s Comprehensive Breast Center. While at Big Y, the doctors received a check for $10,000 from Big Y Foods, Inc., to support the work of the medical center’s Comprehensive Breast Center. Staffers of the Holden Big Y Foods Adam Hession and Shelley Giguere presented the check to the doctors and other staff of UMass Medicine.
In 2010, Big Y reported that it raised $150,000 for breast cancer-related charities in Massachusetts and Connecticut, through the Fourth Annual Partners of Hope Campaign.
The Comprehensive Breast Center at UMass Medicine offers an expert, multidisciplinary team to guide patients through diagnostic and treatment services. The Center’s integrated team includes professionals in surgery, oncology, diagnostic radiology, behavioral medicine, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, plastic surgery, nursing, social work and clinical psychology. Treatments for breast disorders include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, counseling, educational resources and support services. The Center provides the most sophisticated medical technology available, including the latest clinical trials and treatments.
EMC Corporation of Hopkinton, MA has generously contributed $5,000 to the Baker MSA Research Fund, enabling research conducted on Multiple System Atrophy by Peter Novak, MD. This award is one of the company’s Community Service Awards and is made in honor of Jillian Baker, founder of the fund in memory of her father, Kenneth, who passed away on April 14. The program recognizes “the time, energy, and talent that employees dedicate to nonprofit organizations around the world outside of their work life.” Jillian has worked tirelessly for the fund, established when she was an undergraduate at Bryant College in 2007. The donation from EMC is an outstanding example of collaboration between volunteers and corporations.
Each year, more than 200 Advanced Placement Biology students from the four public high schools in Worcester attend “UMass Laboratories for Worcester High Schools”, the brainchild of Professor of Molecular Medicine Stephen Doxsey, PhD and North High science teacher Jane Raabis. UMass Labs brings high school students to the Medical School campus for hands-on research experiences in state-of-the-art labs, while providing opportunities for faculty to encourage high school students to consider careers in the sciences. This year, United Bank has donated $5,000 for equipment and supplies for this popular program.