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Doctors perform the robotic, one anesthetic diagnosis and treatment (RODAT) procedure on a lung cancer patient. 


  • January 26, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Through much of December and into January, a surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelmed Massachusetts. Since then, many are questioning the need for a fourth booster shot.

    Dr. Robert Klugman, Medical Director of Employee Health Services at UMass Memorial Medical Center, said at this point there is no clear evidence of a fourth shot is beneficial. 

  • January 26, 2022 - Medscape

    When one considers improvisational theater or improv, visions of the scuffed floors of a community theater or reruns of the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? may come to mind. Images of actors shrugging off inhibitions to embody different characters and scenarios instantaneously, or the desperate attempt not to giggle and break character, are plenty.

  • January 26, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Between now and the end of the month, UMass Memorial Health and the Worcester Red Sox are partnering on a social media campaign to ask for support for hospital caregivers.

    UMass Memorial and the WooSox are asking people on social media to use the hashtags #ShareASmile and #UMassMemorialStrength along with a photo or story about UMass caregivers.

  • January 26, 2022 - Becker's Hospital Review

    Healthcare needs strong leaders now more than ever to navigate their organizations through the pandemic and digital transformation.

    The following leaders champion innovation and have built a solid cultural foundation for success in the future.

  • January 25, 2022 - Worcester Business Journal

    The new clinic will include exam spaces, as well as providers across a variety of specialties, including endocrinology, diabetes, cardiology, neurosurgery, spine/anesthesia, rheumatology, oncology, infectious disease, and thoracic surgery. It will become the home of the newly expanded Diabetes Center of Excellence.

  • January 25, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — Lines for COVID-19 testing at the Mercantile Center have shrunk considerably from the hours-long waits that residents dealt with at the beginning of the month. 

    UMass Memorial Health, which operates the testing site, has recorded a week-over-week decrease in people seeking PCR tests at the facility. According to numbers provided by the health system, 1,986 tests were conducted over three days at the Mercantile Center over three testing days, while 3,197 tests were conducted two weeks ago over three testing days. 

  • January 24, 2022 - UMass Chan Medical School Communications

    Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, has been elected by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology to its Board of Trustees. Her three-year term will begin April 1.

    “I embrace this role and I am humbled. Serving on the board of trustees is a priceless opportunity to help shape the future of academic ophthalmology,” said Dr. Schaal, chair and professor of ophthalmology & visual sciences. “Teaching the next generation of physicians and scientists is my greatest privilege.”

  • January 19, 2022

    Leominster, MA– UMass Memorial Health – HealthAlliance Clinton Hospital today celebrated the opening of a new Multi-Disciplinary Clinic on the Leominster Campus. The Clinic is designed to bring specific specialties to the Northern Worcester County region and allow local patients the ease of access to the specialty care they need closer to home.

  • January 18, 2022 - Knowable Magazine

    As rates of antibiotic resistance grow alarmingly among disease-causing bacteria, dangerous fungi also are evolving stronger defenses, with a lot less fanfare.

  • January 16, 2022 - Good Housekeeping

    Federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated mask guidance this week to suggest Americans choose N95 or KN95s if possible, as respirators better stem the spread of SARS-CoV-2 spread this winter.

    Experts have previously confirmed that Omicron spreads at a faster, more effective rate compared to earlier virus variants, and respirators like the N95 provide those in public a boost in subsequent filtration abilities if worn correctly.

  • January 14, 2022 - MassLive

    As the coronavirus sickens hundreds of health care workers across Massachusetts, some hospitals are in the dark about how many more National Guard members, if any, they should expect to receive in the coming days.

  • January 14, 2022 - WBZ

    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts hospital leaders issued a dire warning Friday that they’re “in crisis” and “every corner of our healthcare system is gasping for air.”

    The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, an organization of dozens of hospitals in the state, wrote a letter to the public saying “the stability of the system hangs in the balance” during this latest surge in the pandemic.

  • January 13, 2022 - Boston 25 News

    RANDOLPH, Mass. — The positivity rate at the Randolph Covid testing site has dropped since just after the holidays, but it’s still an astounding 30-40 percent on a day-to-day basis, said Liz LaRosee, one of the town coordinators.

    “We’re taking every precaution,” LaRosee said. “I’ve got all of our volunteers wearing gloves and masks and every morning I say make sure you’re getting yourself a test just to make sure.”

  • January 13, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER -  Over a dozen beds fill the room at the American Red Cross blood donation center on Plantation Street. During a 45-minute visit on Wednesday afternoon, only one of them was occupied. 

    “Donations are down over half nationwide,” Jeff Hall, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, said at the door. He explained that the organization likes to keep a 3-day supply of blood; he said the state currently has just over a 1-day supply.

  • January 13, 2022 - Spectrum New 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - There are currently 460 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Central Massachusetts, a number 20% higher than at any point during the first two coronavirus surges. 

    UMass Memorial Health president and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson says 60% of the hospitalized patients are unvaccinated. He said it's putting a tremendous strain on staff and making it harder to find space for patients. 

  • January 12, 2022 - Pharmacy Times

    Six in 10 Americans have a chronic disease, and 4 in 10 have received a diagnosis of 2 or more chronic diseases.1 Millions of Americans live with and manage cancer; diabetes; epilepsy; Alzheimer disease; heart, lung, and kidney disease; rheumatoid arthritis; and other conditions. Many participate in ongoing medication therapy, prescribed regimens, and regular medical support.

  • January 11, 2022 - WBUR

    Twenty-six million. That's how many rapid at home tests will be flooding into the state over the next three months. Those tests, according to Gov. Charlie Baker, will be earmarked for K-12 education and childcare.

    Baker also deployed 500 National Guard troops to hospitals across the state in a press conference Tuesday morning.

  • January 11, 2022 - Fox 5

    The American Red Cross has declared its first-ever national blood crisis in the U.S., warning the public about the worst shortage in over a decade.

    The nonprofit said in a statement this week that U.S. blood centers in recent weeks have reported "less than a one-day’s supply of blood of certain critical blood types—a dangerously low level." It noted a decline in donor turnout since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to blood drive cancellations, staffing challenges and donor eligibility misinformation.

  • January 10, 2022 - WBZ TV

    BOSTON (CBS) – As colleges and universities across the state prepare to welcome back their students to full in person learning, school officials are doing their part to make sure students are well informed and prepared about new COVID-19 protocols and requirements. “I’m kind of nervous because the cases are high recently, but I feel the school will do everything they can do,” Boston University student Cerelia Liu said.

  • January 10, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — COVID-19 continues to wallop Central Massachusetts, with UMass Memorial Health President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson reporting a 40% positivity rate Monday at testing sites, while hospitalizations that have surpassed previous pandemic highs.

    “This is crunch time for us,” Dickson said in an interview Monday. “It’s just put an enormous, enormous strain on the hospital.”