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  • December 1, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    Police departments in Worcester and seven other Worcester municipalities are taking part in the annual gun buyback program Dec. 10 as part of a collaborative initiative to reduce the number of firearms in the community...

    The program is a collaborative effort between the city, UMass Memorial Medical Center, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office, Worcester Police Department and the Worcester Department of Public Health.

  • December 1, 2022 - Leominster Champion

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $4.7 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. for the costs of testing, acquiring equipment and hiring temporary staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • November 30, 2022 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    An estimated 19,000 acute care jobs in hospitals are unfilled, according to the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association...

  • November 22, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Sen. Ed Markey made a stop on the campus of UMass Chan Medical School Tuesday morning, where he toured the recently opened Veterans Administration Building.

    The 48,000 square foot community-based outpatient clinic is equipped to serve more than 16,000 enrolled veterans in Worcester County.

  • November 15, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    UMass Memorial Medical Center president Michael Gustafson said the hospital has about 800 beds and 500 of them are for adult med-surge patients. These additional 91 beds are about a 19% increase.

    "91 beds are desperately needed," Gustafson said. "We have many days that we are starting days with patients waiting in our emergency departments waiting for beds. So this will provide a great relief and also the ability for us to get more patients transferred in to the medical center from outlying hospitals."

  • November 14, 2022 - Worcester Business Journal

    Worcester healthcare providers UMass Memorial Health and Reliant Medical Group, along with insurer Fallon Health, have been selected to four of the 17 MassHealth accountable care organizations, meaning they will be responsible for quality, cost, and member experience for MassHealth participants.

  • November 4, 2022 - WBUR

    Dr. Eric Dickson, chief executive of UMass Memorial Health, said three factors are driving up spending: administrative waste, drug prices and labor costs. “If we don't address those root causes, we will not do anything to the cost of health care in this country or in the state,” Dickson told the commission.

  • November 4, 2022 - Time

    For years, Melissa Almeida, 48, managed her Type 2 diabetes by herself…Almeida turned to a diabetes care coach program from UMass Memorial Health, which helped her establish a plan to gradually improve her medication regimen.

  • November 3, 2022 - GBH

    Dr. Larry Rhein said he used to be able to set his clock to spikes in respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV. Cases used to spike in mid-October and all but disappeared by April. But Rhein, the head of pediatrics at Worcester's UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, says that seasonality seems to be shifting — and more kids are getting severely ill.

  • October 31, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester health leaders are urging masking, vaccination and other precautions as cases of the flu, RSV, and COVID-19 rise. 

    They are also urging residents to take precautions to stay safe, avoid surges and prevent further strain on local and regional hospital systems. 

  • October 30, 2022 - Commonwealth Magazine

    The federal drug pricing program known as 340B enables eligible hospitals, health centers, and clinics to purchase outpatient prescription drugs at discounted prices and use the savings to provide more services and treat more patients in need. But a growing group of drugmakers has restricted access to discounts when hospitals partner with community and specialty pharmacies to dispense drugs to their patients.

  • October 27, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    Local health experts are warning about the possibility of a 'tridemic,' with cases of COVID-19, the flu and RSV all rising at the same time.

    Respiratory Syncytial Virus causes a cold in adults, but can cause a deep lung infection in younger children. The younger a patient is, the worse the virus can be. It's the leading cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children younger than 1.

    Dr. Robert Klugman at UMass Memorial Health said while RSV is typically more severe in children, it can easily be spread to older age groups.

  • October 25, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    Roughly 2,770 nurses and health care workers at several hospitals in the UMass Memorial Health system have ratified new contracts in recent months, providing wage increases between 8% and 19.5%, depending on the facility and length of contract. “Every day, we are moved by the compassion, resilience, and professionalism of our nursing staff, who continue to deliver exceptional care to all our patients and their loved ones,” Justin Precourt, who is a registered nurse and chief nursing officer/senior vice president of Patient Care Services at UMass Memorial Medical Center and chief nursing exe

  • October 25, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    Pediatric cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are on the rise at UMass Memorial Health, as hospitals nationwide reportedly grapple with the illness. 

    Meanwhile, UMass Chan Medical School is participating in a clinical trial of a new flu vaccine developed by Pfizer that could boost effectiveness, compared to the standard influenza vaccine. 

  • October 25, 2022 - Mass Live

    Worcester firefighter Ryan Kelley had a scab on his temple for two years that never really healed.

    He hadn’t done anything about it, when his whole truck decided to attend a free cancer screening held by DetecTogether and UMass Memorial Health at Polar Park last year.

    When doctors from UMass saw the scab, they told Kelley it looked like basal cell skin cancer. He worked with them to schedule a biopsy for the next morning.

  • October 22, 2022 -

    According to a CBS Boston report, doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center were able to save the pair, though the woman, 63-year-old Kam Look, had to have a liver transplant. Dr. Stephanie Carreiro greeted Kai and Look when they arrived at UMass Memorial. She told CBS, “When they came in, they were both very ill and had signs of liver damage, and Kam actually had signs of kidney damage as well from the mushrooms.”  

  • October 21, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    Artificial intelligence may be considered an unfamiliar or impersonal presence in daily life, but UMass Memorial Health is using the power of AI to put a friendly face in its pediatric care unit. 

    Robin the Robot is an AI-based companion designed to ease anxiety and loneliness among children in hospitals and clinics, and it's making a difference one interaction at a time. 

  • October 20, 2022 - Boston Globe

    Kai Chen, 27, and his mother, Kam Look, 63, were both suffering from severe, life-threatening liver damage when they arrived at the hospital on Sept. 21, according to officials at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

  • October 18, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    Medical experts are hoping to avoid what is being dubbed as a "tridemic" this winter. It would occur if the health care system sees a sharp rise in patients battling the flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

  • October 17, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    A Worcester man reunited Monday with the caregivers at UMass Memorial Medical Center who saved his life.

    Two weeks ago, Irineo Benitez's wife called the hospital's patient access center to schedule an appointment. During the call, the scheduler realized the call was more serious as she learned that Benitez was experiencing chest pain. The call was transferred to a nurse who said he needed an ambulance immediately.