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UMass Memorial -  HealthAlliance Hospital Receives First Place Accountable Care Compass Award from Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

March 13, 2017

UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital was a first place awardee at the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA)’s second Accountable Care Compass Awards event, which recognizes provider excellence and innovation in the delivery of high-quality, safe and efficient care.

UMass Memorial Medical Center Selected as One of Nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

February 22, 2017

Contact: Debora Spano

Office: 508-793-4252

Mobile: 401-258-3081

WORCESTER, Mass. – UMass Memorial Medical Center was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM company. This is the 18th year of the study which singles out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical, operational and financial performance in this critical area of cardiovascular care.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Approves HealthAlliance DoNs

February 9, 2017

Contact: Debora Spano 508-334-4252
401-258-3081 (cell)

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Public Health Council of the Department of Health and Human Services.has approved the Determination of Need (DoN) applications that proposed the merger of UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital with UMass Memorial - Clinton Hospital, and the Hospital Improvement Plan/Emergency Department Expansion at HealthAlliance.

Lisa Colombo, DNP, RN, Appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center

February 8, 2017

Contact: Debora Spano
401-258-3081 (cell)

WORCESTER, Mass. – UMass Memorial Medical Center Care has announced that Lisa Colombo, DNP, MHA, RN, has accepted the position of senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center, effective January 19. Colombo was previously president of UMass Memorial Medical Center – Clinton Hospital. 

UMass Memorial Medical Center Seeks to Join Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative

January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017
Tony Berry, UMass Memorial Medical Center

Ellen Berlin, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

UMass Memorial Medical Center Seeks to Join Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative -
Collaborative membership reflects commitment to excellence in cancer care

UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital Foundation Announces G.A.L.A. Award Recipients

September 9, 2016

On October 29th, the UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital Foundation will hold its second annual Gala Event. Proceeds will go to support the Foundation's Doyle Community Fund and the Mass Lung and Allergy Foundation. Both foundations will be directing funds back into the community to support programs and initiatives that address health and wellness, treatment and prevention of lung cancer and other pulmonary diseases in the North Worcester County region. This black tie affair will feature the music of the Tom Nutile Band, dinner and dancing and an electronic silent auction.

Wachusett Music & the Simonds-Hurd Complementary Care Center Invite You to “An Evening for Mind, Body & Spirits”

September 6, 2016

Leominster, MA – Wachusett Music and Simonds-Hurd Complementary Care Center invite you to “An Evening for Mind, Body and Spirits” featuring Mediums Kathleen Glass and Laura Emerald on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 4 - 9pm at the Devens Common Center located at 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens, MA 01434. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) and $15 for students with a college ID.

Leominster Fraternal Order of the Eagles Donates $5,000 to the UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital Simonds – Sinon Regional Cancer Center 

August 26, 2016

Contact:  Kelli Rooney, Manager, Marketing, Public Relations & Community Relations 
Phone:     978-466-4094

UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hospital Introduces New Technology to Detect Prostate Cancer

July 25, 2016

Marlborough, MA – UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hospital is pleased to announce a new prostate cancer detection technology is now available at the hospital.  Targeted magnetic resonance (MRI)/ultrasound fusion prostate biopsies have been recently performed by Bhalchandra Parulkar, MD, a urologist who is an member of the hospital’s active medical staff.  

Mohs Micrographic Surgery Clinic Now Open

July 22, 2016

Leominster, MA – Recently, Colleen and Wayne Elliot were our first patients to receive Mohs Micrographic Surgery (an advanced surgical treatment for treating common forms of skin cancer) during the grand opening of the clinic on July 6, 2016 at our Leominster Campus. Colleen said: "It was so nice to have the convenience of having a procedure closer to home.

UMass Memorial Health Care Wins National Award for Pediatric Asthma Program

June 16, 2016

-Initiative helped to reduce emergency department visits and school absenteeism-

WORCESTER, Mass. – UMass Memorial Health Care has been recognized by a national hospital association for its work to reduce school absenteeism, hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) use among children with poorly controlled asthma.

Nicole Gagne Named President of UMass Memorial – Community Healthlink

June 13, 2016

Contact: Debora Spano
401-258-3081 (cell)


Children’s Classic Go Carts Donated to UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital Operating Room

June 10, 2016

HealthAlliance Classic CarLeominster, MA – Recently, the employees of the UMass Memorial - HealthAlliance Hospital Operating Room recognized a need to help minimize the anxiety that their pediatric patients experience during the “pre-operation” phase.  Surgery for patients at any age can cause great angst and chi

UMass Memorial Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Quality in Joint Replacement Surgery

May 10, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has selected UMass Memorial Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center+ (plus) for Knee and Hip Replacement, the highest designation in the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.

Facility Guidelines Institute Appoints Dana Swenson to Board of Directors

May 3, 2016

ST. LOUIS – The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dana Swenson, PE, MBA, to its Board of Directors. Currently senior vice president and chief facilities officer for UMass Memorial Health Care, Swenson is a leader in the health care industry and an advocate for maintaining the FGI Guidelines as a vital fundamental standard of care for planning and design of the health care built environment.

UMass Memorial Medical Center Honors Volunteers

April 15, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. – UMass Memorial Medical Center honored its volunteers on Tuesday, April 12 during a special luncheon held at the Beechwood Hotel, Worcester. In observance of National Volunteer Week, long-time volunteers were recognized for their years and hours of service.

According to Jody Stark-Cornetta, director of Volunteer Services, last year 800 volunteers donated 84,316 hours, a significant savings to the Medical Center if employees were to assume volunteers’ duties.

Shields Health Care Group and UMass Memorial Health Care Announce the Addition of the First 3T MRI Scanner in the Worcester Region

March 25, 2016

State-of-the-Art Scanner Improves Image Clarity, Patient Comfort and Exam Speed                              

WORCESTER, Mass. – March 23, 2016 – Shields Health Care Group (Shields) and UMass Memorial Health Care today announced that patients now have access to a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner at the imaging center located at 214 Shrewsbury Street. 

UMass Memorial Doctor Receives Prestigious Award for Work with the Disabled

March 23, 2016

Bob Baldor, MD, Family Medicine physician receives Crocker AwardWORCESTER, Mass. – UMass Memorial Health Care physician Robert Baldor, MD, is the 2016 recipient of the Allen Crocker Health Services Award. The distinction is presented each year to a clinician who most exemplifies a total dedication to excellence and an unyielding belief in the worth and dignity of the lives of individuals with disabilities – characteristics to which Dr.

Volunteers Needed For Palliative Care Release

March 1, 2016

Contact: Tony Berry

(508) 793-5394

(774) 317-0422 (cell)


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