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The COVID team donning personal protective equipment (PPE) in the CCU at University Campus of UMass Memorial Health.

The COVID team donning personal protective equipment (PPE) in the CCU at the University Campus of UMass Memorial Health. (Photo by Allison Dinner Photography)


  • August 11, 2021 - MassLive

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is planning to reopen its command center for the foreseeable future to address what it says are three emerging crises significantly impacting the ability to care for patients in Central Massachusetts.

    Those crises are the resurgence of COVID-19 fueled by the delta variant, the closure of 100 hospital beds in the region and a nationwide labor shortage, according to a statement from the medical center.

  • August 11, 2021 - WBUR

    Head out to a nightclub in Lawrence this month and you could be getting more than your typical shot of Fireball. That's because starting this weekend, city officials will be setting up vaccine clinics outside popular hotspots in a move to get as many shots in arms as possible.

  • August 10, 2021 - WCVB Channel 5 Boston

    Some COVID-19 testing sites in Massachusetts are seeing increased demand with the rise of the delta variant, especially one in Worcester.

    Workers at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Health testing site at the intersection of Commercial and Mechanics streets say demand has quadrupled over the past three weeks. The site was testing approximately 80 people a day three weeks ago and tested more than 400 on Monday.

  • August 5, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health in Worcester announced plans Wednesday to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, according to a memo sent to caregivers from President and CEO Eric Dickson.

    The program, which is set to begin in the fall, will require executives and department chairs to receive their first dose by Oct. 1, and all other caregivers by Nov. 1.

  • August 3, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health on Tuesday accepted its first patient into the new telehealth program, Hospital at Home, which allows patients to stay at home while receiving hospital-level services.

    Along with virtual vital-sign monitoring and visits from doctors, patients can have medications and therapy delivered to their homes. 

  • August 2, 2021 - WCVB Channel 5 Boston

    A little helper played a big role in a recent happy moment inside the maternity ward at University of Massachusetts Memorial Health.

    Photos and videos from the hospital show newborn Maverick wore a onesie with the special question from father Jonathan Mastalerz printed across the front and back. 


  • August 2, 2021 - Boston Globe

    Doctors, nurses, and their army of colleagues in Massachusetts hospitals are worried and exhausted. The trickle of COVID-19 patients arriving at their doors a month ago has grown to a steadier stream — up 78 percent over the last three weeks.

    The faces of those infected are changing, too. No longer is the typical patient a gray-haired 70-year-old with multiple health conditions, they say. Instead, they are seeing many 40- and 50-year-olds, some even younger, who had been healthy before becoming infected. Many are people of color.

  • July 28, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health told staff on Wednesday it is converting the West 1 unit at the UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus in Worcester to an all-COVID unit, after the number of admitted patients quadrupled over the course of a week, according to a staff memo circulated on Wednesday.

  • July 26, 2021

    -The Shubi Kaur Summer Strong Fund is the health care system’s signature United Way program-

  • July 26, 2021 - Healthcare Finance

    UMass Memorial Health researchers and clinicians have expanded predictive analytics developed during the COVID-19 pandemic to clinical decision support for use in radiology, gastroenterology, at-home acute care and chronic disease management.

    Using in-house proprietary developments, vendor support and other partnerships, UMass developed an algorithm that is accessible in the EHR. Data from wearable devices, images from CT scans, radiology and other sources are linked in the patient record. 

  • July 23, 2021 - WCVB-Channel 5

    Dr. Robert Finberg, of UMass Medical School, answers questions on the booster timeline and vaccines and precautions as students head to campus.


  • July 21, 2021 - WBZ-TV4 CBS

    More than 5,000 breakthrough COVID infections have been reported in Massachusetts, according to the latest Department of Public Health data. But the rate of fully vaccinated people ending up in the hospital remains low.

  • July 16, 2021 - Mass Live

    Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Worcester Health Commissioner Dr. Matilde “Mattie” Castiel has been out in communities of color, seeing a disproportionate effect from the virus.

    The commissioner has been trying to get the vaccine out to residents, but the toll of the pandemic is still visible as some remain hesitant to inoculation.


  • July 16, 2021 - STAT

    In the weeks that followed the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, doctors saw a flood of patients with a common injury: a ruptured eardrum.

    Ruptured eardrums aren’t rare — patients with chronic ear infections or some traumatic injury often develop them. But the influx of cases made it clear to otolaryngologist Aaron Remenschneider, at the time a resident at specialty hospital Massachusetts Eye and Ear, that the standard surgical technique of using a graft to patch up the injury could use an upgrade.

  • July 15, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    As COVID-19 cases rise and the delta variant makes its way into the state, UMass Memorial Medical Center on Thursday unveiled a new weapon in the fight against the pandemic: monoclonal antibody treatment.

    “We hope as few patients as possible will need this facility, but if they do, we will be ready,” said Dr. Michael Gustafson, president of UMass Memorial Medical Center, at the unveiling of the treatment trailer, which is parked at the Hahnemann campus. 

  • July 14, 2021

    Worcester, MA  -- UMass Memorial Medical Center, the flagship academic medical center of UMass Memorial Health, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced today that it has expanded access to COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments and will begin administering the therapies at its Hahnemann campus in Worcester.

  • July 13, 2021 - Sentinel & Enterprise

    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.

  • July 12, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    Alliteratively, they’re a great match. But parades and pandemics have a troubled history. In September 1918, a parade in Philadelphia helped fuel a surge in the influenza pandemic that year that killed thousands.

    Mass illness is not a concern this July Fourth Weekend in much of New England, where a few parades took place, including in Hopkinton, where the town held its annual Independence Day Boat Parade on Lake Maspenock.

  • July 9, 2021

    Contatc: Dave Peterson
    Worcester Bravehearts

    Fans Who Show Vaccination Cards Will Receive Free Tickets and Hats

    In partnership with UMass Memorial Health, the Worcester Bravehearts have announced the debut of Vaccination Nation, a promotion where fans can earn a free Bravehearts ticket and hat simply by showing their COVID-19 vaccination card at a home game. 

  • July 8, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    The UMass Memorial Health vaccination site at Mercantile Center has closed after recording 32,654 COVID-19 vaccinations.


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