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Medical school is finalist for award.


The University of Massachusetts Medical School is a finalist for the 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award and will be recognized this month as one of 20 colleges and universities nationwide that exemplifies the mission of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment to re-stabilize the earth's climate through education, research and community engagement.

UMMS will be featured by Second Nature this month in its "Celebrating Sustainability" series, which highlights the sustainability initiatives of the finalists for the leadership awards. Second Nature, a national nonprofit organization that works to create a healthy, just and sustainable society by transforming higher education, will formally recognize UMMS on the ACUPCC and Second Nature websites on April 26.

In tandem with the series, UMMS is vying for the top spot in a public video voting competition. The school has produced a video that promotes the campus' sustainability initiatives, and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for the most innovative and groundbreaking institution in each of five classifications. UMMS will be competing in the special focus institution classification. Voting takes place throughout April in partnership with Planet Forward.

Doctor honored

Dr. Marianne E. Felice, the former physician-in-chief at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the recipient of its first Woman Physician Leadership Award, established to recognize outstanding leadership and contributions to patients and the medical profession by a woman physician. Dr. Felice will receive the award, one of the organization's most prestigious honors, at the society's Women's Leadership Forum in the fall.

In nominating Dr. Felice for the award, her colleagues noted that she has made "substantial and enduring contributions to UMass Medical School, pediatrician training, and care of infants and children and has been a fierce advocate for children and women throughout the Commonwealth."

Dr. Felice is a professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology and is the former chairwoman of the department of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also served as interim chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care from 2001 to 2002.

She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

Organ donors

Registering as a donor can make a very real difference in the life of someone desperately in need of a transplant. In 2012, more than 640 lives were saved in New England because of the generosity of organ donors. Thousands more lives were enhanced through the gift of tissue donation. Last year, Milford Regional Medical Center connected 15 tissue donors with the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life.

April is National Donate Life Month. It serves not only to honor the lives of those who have given and received, but it is also an opportunity to encourage new donors to sign up through their state donor registry. To register to be a donor or for more information, visit

$8,200 raised

Orchard Hills Athletic Club in Lancaster recently held its fourth annual Day of Hope, raising $8,200 for HealthAlliance Hospital's Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center in Fitchburg.

Seeking members

Milford Regional Medical Center is seeking community members from its 19-town service area to serve on the hospital's Patient and Family Advisory Council, which is dedicated to promoting a partnership between patients, families and working professionals affiliated with the medical center to promote and foster patient-centered care.

The advisory council, which meets monthly, includes staff from the medical center and former patients or those who have had family members receive care at the hospital. Community members must reside within Milford Regional's service area, which includes the communities of Milford, Hopedale, Mendon, Blackstone, Medway, Uxbridge, Northbridge, Whitinsville, Bellingham, Franklin, Douglas, Grafton, Upton, Hopkinton, Holliston, Millis, Medfield, Wrentham and Millville. Members must commit to a two-year term.
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Date:Apr 14, 2013
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