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  • June 11, 2021 - Becker Hospital Review

    As businesses lift mask mandates for fully vaccinated consumers, the healthcare industry has been untouched. As COVID-19 infection rates drop and vaccinations plateau, hospital leaders are determining what their mask mandates' next move is.

  • June 11, 2021 - Spectrum News

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is holding an emergency meeting on June 18 due to an increased number of cases of heart inflammation following COVID-19 vaccinations. 

    According to the CDC, there have been 226 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis in people younger than 30, especially young men. 

    UMass Medical School Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. John Dickey, says at UMass Memorial Health theyv'e had seven patients hospitalized with mild symptoms, but all were released and seem to be making full recoveries.

  • June 9, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health – Marlborough Hospital has been awarded a grant from the Cummings Foundation of $300,000 over 10 years.

    “We plan to use these funds to provide resource connections and culturally sensitive educational programs for at-risk individuals and families living in the community,” Steve Roach, president of UMass Memorial Health – Marlborough Hospital, said in a release.

  • June 9, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    A blood shortage around the country, following a decline in blood donations over the Memorial Day weekend, is impacting UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

    In an email sent by Chief Medical Officer Andy Karson and Chief Nursing Officer Justin Precourt last Friday, they reported the hospital is seeing a large reduction in the supply of Type O and Type B blood. In the email, they said they expect this to be remedied sometime this week, but until then there are critical measures the hospital is taking to ensure it has enough blood for lifesaving care.

  • June 2, 2021 - Community Advocate

    Through a collaborative effort between the school district, the Board of Health and UMass-Marlborough Hospital staff, students over the age of 12, with parental consent, are being vaccinated against COVID-19 during the school day at both Marlborough’s high school and at the middle school.  

  • May 12, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health of Worcester announced on Tuesday it helped create a new TeamBirth partnership with Wellesley insurer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Boston health center Ariadne Labs to launch a new initiative at the UMass hospitals in Leominster and Worcester, aimed at improving maternal health and birth outcomes.

    The TeamBirth process will initially launch in May at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital in Leominster and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. The results of this effort will be used to establish a standard of care for all of New England.

  • May 12, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    What hasn’t Eric W. Dickson done in the past year to show his influence as the leader of the largest employer in Central Mass., with 14,000 workers?

    Early during the coronavirus pandemic, he pledged no layoffs or furloughs despite the financial hit to UMass Memorial. He gave $500 bonuses to caregivers, was on the forefront of local business leaders in touting the importance of diversity, equity & inclusion, donated his salary during the initial peak for employee assistance, and enrolled in an early COVID-19 vaccine study to prove his confidence in the science.

  • May 7, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health, the largest healthcare provider in Central Massachusetts, on Friday confirmed it is starting its own health insurance division.

    The insurance company -- called Central Mass Health LLC -- will be organized under the UMass Memorial Health Ventures umbrella, which is for all the non-hospital aspects of the UMass Memorial system.

  • May 7, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

     Julian, along with 24 other babies, set a new record last week at UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus. 

    From 3:50 p.m. Wednesday to 3:50 p.m. Thursday, 14 boys and 11 girls were born in the Maternity Center at UMass Memorial, surpassing the typical number of babies — 12 — they deliver in a day.

  • April 27, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    A group of Central Massachusetts entities including the Worcester and Marlborough chambers of commerce, UMass Memorial Health and community groups have formed a coalition opposed to Mass General Brigham's expansion plans, which include a new outpatient facility in Westborough.

  • April 27, 2021 - WCVB TV-5

    Starting Friday, Massachusetts will relax its outdoor mask mandate to require face coverings outside, but they'll still be necessary indoors.

  • April 14, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission will not conduct a detailed review of market costs for a proposed merger between UMass Memorial Health and Harrington Hospital, based on preliminary findings the deal isn't likely to lead to additional costs for patients.

  • April 14, 2021 - Cheddar News

    Eric Dickson, MD, President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health was interviewed about the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine. 

  • April 13, 2021 - Mass Live

    The partnership between UMass Memorial Health and the Worcester Red Sox aims at improving the well-being of fans entering Polar Park this year.

    On Tuesday, the organizations announced several programs at the ballpark that will bolster fans’ health focused around improving eating habits and exercise.

  • April 12, 2021 - WBUR

    More than one and a half million people in Massachusetts are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus

    But with an uptick in positive coronavirus tests and the spread of variants, there's increased urgency to get shots administered to as many people possible, as quickly as possible. So the state and several health groups are taking vaccines directly into the community and setting up mobile vaccine clinics.

  • March 30, 2021 - Spectrum 1 News

    A new technique is helping doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center treat men with prostate cancer and improve their quality of life.

    UMass began performing the robotic Retzius-sparing prostatectomy within the last three months, but urology specialist Dr. Igor Sorokin says the technology has been around for a few years and first became popular in Europe.

  • March 30, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    UMass Memorial Health Care is rebranding itself as UMass Memorial Health and adopting the tagline “the relentless pursuit of healing,” which CEO Dr. Eric Dickson said reflects the organization’s focus on caring not just for the health of the individual but the health of the community. 

    “We feel it better tells the story of who we are and better tells the promise of what we are going to deliver to people in the coming years,” Dickson said in an interview Tuesday. “As we evolve, the brand had to evolve with us.” 

  • March 27, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester Academy sophomore Justin Mohaghegh of Holden tested positive for COVID-19 in January. Before getting back to playing his sports — basketball and golf — he had to complete the school’s five-stage protocol.

    It's a process familiar to all Worcester Academy student-athletes who contract the coronavirus.

  • March 24, 2021 - New York Times

    Thermo Fisher Scientific’s new air sampler can help monitor for airborne pathogens, and signals renewed interest in bioaerosol surveillance.

  • March 23, 2021 - Mashable India


    Mindfulness apps are ubiquitous. But mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, a form of meditation that focuses on present moment experiences, existed long before smartphones arrived on the scene, and have been used to soothe humans in stressful times well before COVID-19.

    Ginny Wholley, a certified mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor at UMass Memorial Health Care Center for Mindfulness, defines mindfulness as an awareness that comes from the practice of paying attention with a kind and non-judgmental attitude.