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A woman takes direction from another while performing chest compressions on a CPR mannequin.

Hands-free CPR is taught to families while a loved one is in the Cath Lab. 70% of non-hospital heart issues occur in the home.


  • October 28, 2021 - Boston Globe

    Human connection is essential for all of us. In fact, social isolation can be as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and can lead to other serious health problems. COVID-19 restrictions and quarantine measures over the past year and a half have impacted everyone: individuals had to decrease social gatherings, limit visits with loved ones, and adjust to an overall lack of connectivity. Although the drastic changes were difficult for everyone, they were especially hard hitting for older adults, and exacerbated the already existing social isolation crisis they face. 

  • October 26, 2021 - MassLive

    The number of cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated individuals went down last week along with overall infections, according to data released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

    The percentage of breakthrough cases also decreased from the previous week.

  • October 26, 2021 - Becker's ASC Review

    The Shrewsbury (Mass.) Surgery Center performed its first outpatient spine procedure, the center said Oct. 25. 

    UMass Memorial Health neurological surgeon Arno Sungarian, MD, performed the outpatient discectomy, which took less than one hour. 

  • October 25, 2021 - Boston Globe

    Millions of people still can’t get a COVID-19 vaccination booster, remaining ineligible because they fall outside the new guidelines approved by federal regulators. But experts say if you find yourself in that position, don’t worry too much about getting that extra shot.

  • October 22, 2021 - Health IT Security

     - Hospitals and health systems continue to face an overwhelming amount of cyberattacks, spoofing and phishing incidents, and breaches resulting from unauthorized email access.

  • October 22, 2021 - MassLive

    With people younger than 12 possibly becoming eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks, Worcester-based UMass Memorial Health has started ordering doses.

    The system ordered 1,500 doses on Wednesday for the medical center, officials said, 1,200 of which will go to the university campus and the other 300 to the memorial campus. Community sites do not plan to order at this time, according to officials.

  • October 22, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    BOSTON — Late October and it’s still 70+ degrees in central Massachusetts. At Worcester’s Elm Park, it was a scene out of the ‘Before Times.’ Residents fed ducks, pushed strollers and relaxed on benches. What they didn’t do was don masks.

    But across the street at the Price Chopper, the continuing reality. With Worcester entering the second month of an indoor mask mandate, shoppers had no choice but to cover mouths and noses.

  • October 21, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER - UMass Memorial Health is donating $1 million to the city to help establish the Worcester Health Equity Fund, supporting a range of health initiatives.

    The city will disburse $200,000 annually into the fund over the next five years.

  • October 20, 2021 - Contemporary Pediatrics

    Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics help guide families on how to manage and move on from trauma.

    Most people don’t make it through childhood without some degree of trauma. Some people have the resilience to handle this trauma without ongoing effects, but for others it’s more difficult.

  • October 20, 2021


    Proceeds will establish the Worcester Health Equity Fund


    Dr. Eric Dickson


  • October 18, 2021 - GBH

    he United States is entering its second flu season in the COVID-19 pandemic. The convergence of the two could pose a risk to those infected, and to hospital capacity. Dr. Robert Klugman with UMass Memorial Medical Center and the UMass Medical School joined GBH’s All Things Considered with Arun Rath to discuss. What follows is a lightly edited transcript.

  • October 18, 2021 - Becker's Hospital Review

    U.S. hospital and health system workers have been serving nearly two years on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. To recognize these workers, organizations have offered bonus payments during the public health crisis. It has been part of an ongoing effort to retain and recruit employees as hospitals deal with staff shortages and burnout during surges of the virus.

    Becker's reached out to three healthcare leaders to see if these bonuses have boosted retention. 

  • October 16, 2021 - Boston Herald

    After the most mild flu season on record in 2020, the virus could come back early and hit harder this year, some doctors are predicting as they urge people to get a flu shot.

    “The worry is that we are out of isolation and we didn’t get some of the natural immunity from last year, so we could see a surge in flu from last year,” said Dr. Robert Klugman, the medical director of employee health at UMass Memorial Health.

  • October 15, 2021

    UMass Memorial Health (“UMass Memorial”) is committed to protecting the security and privacy of our patients’ and health plan participants’ information. Regrettably, this notice explains an incident that may have involved some of that information. 

  • October 14, 2021 - Spectrum News

    HOPKINTON, Mass. - Hopkinton High School is the first school in Massachusetts to get state approval to drop the in-school mask mandate and a local pediatrician is weighing in on the decision.

    In order to meet the state's threshold for removing masks, at least 80% of all students and staff at the school have to be vaccinated.

  • October 14, 2021


    Advances to certified level 8 in both the acute and ambulatory care settings 

    CHiME Digital Health Most Wired - Ambulatory - Certified Level 8

  • October 13, 2021 - HFMA

    HFMA President and CEO Joe Fifer interviews Sergio Melgar, CFO at UMass Memorial Health, about his history with health systems in peril and what he thinks could come out of pandemic-era changes.

  • October 5, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER - UMass Memorial Health President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson said that, while things are “still very tight” regarding bed availability in Central Massachusetts, the mask mandate appears to be working, with COVID test rates roughly halved in recent weeks.

  • October 5, 2021 - Spectrum News

    WORCESTER, Mass.  - Healthcare providers are putting out the reminder for people to get their flu shots.

    With strict COVID-19 restrictions such as mask wearing and social distancing in place last year the amount of flu last season was less than normal. Doctors are concerned with the easing of these restrictions, flu and other respiratory illnesses will return to pre-pandemic levels.

  • October 4, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    BOSTON — The pandemic has created a lot of stress. Often a simple way to find relief is a glass of wine or a beer.

    Surveys show drinking is up significantly, particularly among women.