Commonwealth Medicine team honored with citation for outstanding performance

An interdisciplinary team from Commonwealth Medicine, the UMass Medical School IT Department and the Massachusetts Executive Offices of Health and Human Services and Elder Affairs received a 2020 Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance from the state of Massachusetts for its creation of the COVID-19 long term care facility staffing intake portal. The award recognizes state employees for their extraordinary contributions to public service.

The COVID-19 long term care facility staffing intake portal was developed in response to Secretary Chen’s urgent request at the height of the COVID-19 surge last spring.

The UMMS team, directed by Leanne Winchester, included Lisa Marschke (project manager), Louise Gorham (project coordinator), Michael Lamson (manager, IT engineering), David DeForest (senior software engineer), Swathi Kandula (senior business systems analyst), Susan Girard (business systems analyst) and Bakul Sakhrekar (test automation engineer). Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Chen and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Senior Director of Healthcare Workforce Policy Patricia Yu were also honored as part of the team.

The intake portal was developed in response to Secretary Chen’s urgent request at the height of the COVID-19 surge last spring. The state needed to recruit qualified health care professionals and volunteers across Massachusetts to staff a network of more than 300 care facilities designated to help relieve overcrowded hospitals and stabilize COVID-19 patients.

According to Lisa M. Colombo, DNP, MHA, RN, executive vice chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine, Winchester and her team developed and launched the staffing portal in less than a week. Information about the initiative and portal was shared at Governor Baker’s COVID-19 press conferences, through the COVID-19 text alert system and social media.

“I am so impressed with how quickly this group of individuals pivoted to create a team that developed and stood up the staffing portal without any glitches,” said Dr. Colombo. “I know everyone worked long days, nights and weekends and utilized prior experience from a similar portal to stand this up in short order.”

“This portal’s ongoing success is a true testament to the continued collaboration and commitment of furthering our mission for the good of the commonwealth. In doing so, this outstanding group demonstrated Commonwealth Medicine’s ability to build, develop and deliver support to a client in new and innovative ways, the foundation of our strategic plan that emphasizes collaboration, client satisfaction, and growth. Congratulations to this extraordinary team!”

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Dr. Augusto Sola, Masimo VP of Medical Affairs for Neonatology, Honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics with Pioneer Award

Dr. Sola Pioneered New Protocol Using Masimo SET® Pulse Oximetry That Dramatically Reduced Blindness and Eye Damage in Neonates

Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) announced today that Augusto Sola, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Neonatology at Masimo, has been awarded the 2020 Pioneer Award, Section of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The honor recognizes the groundbreaking achievements and contributions Dr. Sola has made, using his Masimo SET®-based protocol, to improve the health and well-being of newborn infants.

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Dr. Sola’s impressive career in neonatology has improved the lives of countless newborns in the U.S., Latin America, and across the world. Dr. Sola’s innovative research on oxygen administration and monitoring oxygen saturation in preterm infants has played a key role in reducing the rate of neonatal blindness (retinopathy of prematurity) and our understanding of the impact of various neonatal practices on the developing brain. Dr. Sola has published 130 original articles in peer-reviewed journals, 390 review articles, and 5 neonatology textbooks, as well as delivered more than 3,500 lectures to research and clinical groups around the world. Dr. Sola also founded the Ibero-American Society of Neonatology (SIBEN), dedicated to continuous quality improvement in neonatal care throughout the Americas.

Dr. Sola received his MD at Buenos Aires University School of Medicine and completed his Pediatric Residency and Chief Pediatric Residency at the University of Massachusetts, followed by a Neonatal Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. In neonatal practice since 1974, Dr. Sola has been Professor of Pediatrics at Buenos Aires University Medical School, the University of California, San Francisco, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Emory University. In addition to his position at Masimo, Dr. Sola continues to work directly with critically ill newborns.

Dr. Sola’s seminal work was done in 1998 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The results, published in 2003 by Drs. Sola, Wright, and Chow, showed that using a new protocol with Masimo SET®, clinicians reduced ROP to nearly zero over five years.1 Dr. Sola and colleagues later showed at Emory that the protocol’s success depended on SET® technology, as the same protocol with a competing pulse oximeter did not reduce ROP.2 Dr. Sola’s work on the reduction of ROP through oxygen saturation targeting has now become the standard of care.3-5

Dr. Sergio Golombek, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College, Neonatologist, Ex-President of SIBEN, and AAP member, commented, “In 1952, a Chicago newspaper wrote: ‘The best friend a baby ever had,’ referring to pediatrician Isaac A. Abt, MD, FAAP (1867-1955), founder of the AAP and its first president in 1930. He was known as a leading clinician, academic, advocate, promoter, writer, and leader. I think this has been overcome by Dr. Sola, who is, in my opinion, the best friend of a baby and his or her parents

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