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LEOMINSTER — UMass Memorial Health-HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, according to an announcement from the hospital.
UMass Memorial Health — HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital recently invested $717,000 to fund community-based initiatives aimed at tackling the urgent health challenges of food insecurity, substance abuse and workforce development, according to a press release from the hospital.
To date, the hospital has committed more than $820,000 in resources, including emergency COVID-19 response funding, according to the hospital.
Steve Roach, the interim president of UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, which has its main offices in Leominster, has been named to the position on a permanent basis.
Roach's appointment, which was announced Monday in a staff memo by Doug Brown, the president of UMass Memorial Community Hospitals, also keeps him as president of UMass Memorial's Marlborough Hospital, a position he's held since 2013.
Leominster-based Montachusett Home Care Corporation (MHCC) is pleased to announce that the inaugural launch of the Cards for Caring initiative saw more than 700 holiday cards donated to older adults living in isolation during the holiday season.
This widely successful campaign was done in collaboration with Congresswoman Lori Trahan and Congressman Jim McGovern.
The Birthing Center at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Leominster campus received a very special and meaningful donation of a Cuddle Cot on Nov. 19, prompted by Katie Hawthorne, whose daughter, Shaylyn, was stillborn in 2018 at 34 weeks two days, and her sister-in-law Lisa Hawthorne.
In Massachusetts, it's all but impossible to top any hospital ranking if you're not Massachusetts General Hospital or Boston Children's Hospital.
UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital in Leominster, however, has topped those facilities — which are regularly ranked as among the best in the country — and every other in Massachusetts in a new ranking by the Lown Institute weighing civic leadership and value along with other standard hospital-ranking measures, such as mortality and readmission rates.
Before the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in a patient back in March, the UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Leominster Campus was preparing for the worst.
Hospital officials knew the pandemic was heading their way for weeks, and they responded by taking several key steps to prepare for it.
Four months later, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charlie Cavagnaro says that while the virus surges in other states, he believes the facility succeeded under difficult circumstances and is better prepared for a pandemic in the future.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says UMass Memorial Health has earned 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level 7.
The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.
Speed and accuracy can make all the difference for physicians facing a life-threatening situation, especially when it entails the well-being of a newborn.
There's no time for a wrong or delayed decision when an infant's life hangs in the balance.
Babies born in distress at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital's Leominster campus will soon have enhanced access to high-level neonatological intensive care, as the hospital prepares to launch Central Massachusetts' first-ever tele-NICU program.
As it stands, UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester is the only hospital in Central Mass. with a level-3 NICU, which provides care to the youngest and sickest newborns, according to Dr. Javed Mannan, a UMass neonatologist.
A report in May brought troubling news for Worcester: In 2018, 97 city residents died from opioid overdoses, the highest number ever recorded, up from a previous high of 82 in 2015. Worcester County also hit a new high of 283 deaths from overdoses of the drugs.
In contrast, the report – produced by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services – found the statewide numbers declined slightly for the second year in a row, from a high of 2,100 in 2016 to 2,033.
The Heart of New England Council of the Boy Scouts of America has selected Deborah Weymouth, president and CEO of UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, to receive its Distinguished Citizen Award for 2019.
A "light years" leap in improvement was how one official described the new Emergency Department at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital.
Phase one of the project was unveiled at an open house ceremony recently.
"This is a huge step forward for our community," said CEO and President Deborah Weymouth of the hospital, which will increase the number of patient beds from 24 to 37. She said the upgrade will address two of the most pressing concerns patients have when visiting the emergency room -- wait times and lack of privacy.
Everyone wants better medical care for patients in Massachusetts, but there is no evidence to suggest that passage of Question 1 on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot would achieve anything close to that goal.
After months of research, this newspaper's editorial board has concluded that Question 1, if approved at the ballot box, would have a very harmful effect on the quality of patient care and lead to devastating program cutbacks at every hospital and nursing home -- both large and small -- forced to meet an unnecessary and wasteful government mandate.
LEOMINSTER -- The area's largest health care provider has come out against the upcoming nursing ballot initiative, saying that it would have catastrophic financial implications that could reverberate throughout local communities.
UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital opposes ballot Question 1, which would set limits on the number of patients assigned to hospital nurses. The initiative would mandate patient to nurse ratios and would require hospitals to pay a $25,000 fine to the government for every additional patient assigned to a nurse.
FITCHBURG -- As Applewild School continues to celebrate its 60th anniversary and its commitment to the community, it hosted Community Reading Day recently in the Marshall Lower School.
Among the guests who read to the students were: Mayor Stephen DiNatale; Donata Martin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster; Sheila Harrity, superintendent of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School; Kelli Rooney, director of marketing for HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster; Police Chief Ernie Martineau; and Fire Chief Kevin Roy.
LEOMINSTER -- Nearly 60 different young children, new mothers, and Alzheimer's patients are about to get a new blanket courtesy of the students and faculty of Samoset Middle School.
The school turned itself into a small blanket factory Friday morning as Samoset's 492 students set to work assembling the 58 blankets that would be donated to local non-profits and human services agencies at the end of the day.
LEOMINSTER - It'll be less of a headache for some local students trying to get their homework done thanks to a recent donation of 10 computers from HealthAlliance Hospital to the Boys & Girls Club. The computers, which have been operational since last week, were given to the club after many of the club's older machines started breaking down in rapid succession.
The club's teen center, where high school students usually do homework after school, went from five computers to just one in less than a year.
Established last summer, the Leominster Opioid Task Force has held several events and hosts monthly community meetings, with a goal of educating Leominster residents about drug addiction and breaking misconceptions about addiction.
For Jaci Cavaioli and Tara Rivera, the Leominster Opioid Task Force they co-founded is about education — showing the effects of drug addiction, breaking misconceptions about it, and explaining how addiction can affect anyone.
FITCHBURG — The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts made $776,404 in charitable distributions from discretionary, advised and scholarship funds for its most recently completed quarter.
The Community Foundation, which has more than 200 charitable funds that have been established by donors, said 43 of its funds made distributions and grants to programs in the area of education, health, environmental causes, and arts and culture programs.