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  • 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. 

  • March 22, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    When the professionals who would become WBJ’s 2021 Business Leaders of the Year started their years anew in January 2020, they could have had no idea the past 15 months would end up like they did. Yet, each of them in their own way, found a path for their organizations to thrive.

  • March 19, 2021 - Spectrum 1 News

    Central Massachusetts has not seen a drastic spike in COVID-19 cases since the state started reopening and for residents hoping things go back to normal soon, it's good news. 

    But UMass Memorial Health Care CEO, Dr. Eric Dickson, says the region isn't out of the woods yet. 

    "Our biggest concern now is the UK variant that is clearly in central Massachusetts and on the rise" he said. 

  • March 18, 2021 - Spectrum 1 News

    As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prepares to enter the next phase of the reopening plan on Monday, health care leaders from throughout the state play a major role in Governor Baker's decision making process.

  • March 18, 2021 - Spectrum 1 News

    As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prepares to enter the next phase of the reopening plan on Monday, health care leaders from throughout the state play a major role in Governor Baker's decision making process.

  • March 17, 2021 - WGBH

    Every adult over the age of 16 will be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine in Massachusetts starting on April 19. But in a rollout already steeped in problems, many are concerned that opening up eligibility more may further disenfranchise communities already hit hard by the virus.

    Dr. Eric Dickson, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Healthcare, says that making sure vaccines get into the arms of the most vulnerable benefits everyone.


  • March 15, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    As a military veteran, it may be a natural comparison for Dr. Eric Dickson to make a war analogy to the coronavirus pandemic he, UMass Memorial Health Care, and the entire Central Massachusetts region are starting to emerge from after a nearly year-long fight.

    “We’re approaching V-Day,” Dickson said, referring to the day World War II ended. “We’re feeling that the end of this is near.” 

  • March 14, 2021 - WCVB Channel 5

    The COVID-19 field hospital inside Worcester's DCU Center is preparing to go into hibernation.

    UMass Memorial Medical Health Care, which runs the field hospital, has been preparing to discharge the COVID-19 patients who are still recovering at the facility since Wednesday.

  • March 14, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    The personal stories began taking shape a year ago, backdropped by an unfolding pandemic.

    There was much to tell. Stories of heartache, of illness, of death. Stories of changed routines, of working from home, of no school. 

    Before long, as weeks turned to months, the stories had to be reworked and updated.


  • March 12, 2021 - WCVB Channel 5

    Dr. Robert Finberg, of UMass Medical School, answers questions about vaccine supply and distribution.

  • March 12, 2021 - Spectrum 1 News

    It was a press briefing a year ago on Sunday which started it all.

    In an interview March 14, 2020, City Manager Ed Augustus said, "Things are literally changing by the hour. We're continuing to monitor those situations, guidance from the state and federal government, as well as folks who are being tested."

    The City had just confirmed it's first case of coronavirus. Thousands would follow in Worcester, millions worldwide.

  • March 12, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    Esther Haidas, a phlebotomist in the outpatient lab at UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus, was bombarded with email updates about the coronavirus the week before the shutdown. Soon COVID-19 became a part of everyone's vocabulary.

  • March 11, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    Many people have spent the last year working from home, but as more COVID-19 vaccines get into people’s arms, employers are preparing to bring back staff to the workplace.

    “I think employers, from what I’m seeing, they’re not in any rush. They want to do it delicately,” said Eva Sadej, the CEO of Medbar, a group that is helping employers plan and implement strategies to safely bring people back to the office.

  • March 11, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    There was a time when it was possible for the average resident to not know anyone who died from, or even came down with, the COVID-19 virus. 

    Not anymore. Few of us remain who don't know someone who simply had to isolate for a few weeks with mild symptoms, or someone who spent time in the hospital, or someone who had it with no symptoms at all. Or someone who died. A grandparent. A cousin. An in-law. 

  • March 11, 2021 - Mass Live

    As new weekly coronavirus cases saw a “small uptick” in Worcester, city officials announced the senior center vaccination would be closing by the end of the month.

    City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. announced during the weekly COVID briefing that the senior center, which began vaccinating residents on Jan. 11, would administer its final doses on March 30.

  • February 26, 2021 - Mass Live

    Officials from UMass Memorial Health Care and community leaders from Worcester are poised to answer questions about health equity and the COVID-19 vaccine during a forum Thursday morning.

    The virtual forum, moderated by MassLive reporter Melissa Hanson, is being live-streamed from the UMass Memorial Facebook page at 11 a.m.