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  • September 28, 2023 - Spectrum News 1

    Doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center are trading in their white coats for something a little more fashionable to help raise awareness for cancer.

    Local medical professionals, city leaders and cancer survivors are getting ready to strut the catwalk Friday at the first annual Vintage Fashion Show. The fundraiser aims to raise money and awareness for colon cancer and research. Organizers are hoping to raise more than $20,000 for the cancer division, caretakers and patients in the hospital.  

  • September 28, 2023 - American Medical Association

    Pediatricians may encounter children who are unable to see the world as a safe, secure place, and others who may have depression, anxiety, problems with learning, or an inability to self-regulate…

  • September 27, 2023 - Telegram & Gazette

    UMass Memorial Health and Milford Regional Medical Center may merge, signing a letter of intent that will allow the organizations to explore a potential corporate affiliation.

  • September 27, 2023 - American Hospital Association

    UMass Memorial Health's boarding practices reduce the length of time kids are hospitalized in the emergency department, allowing them to receive care in their homes, clinics and in psychiatric units as appropriate. To dig deeper into these initiatives, Julia Resnick, director of AHA Strategic Initiatives, chats with two people who are deeply involved with UMass Memorial's highly effective program. Dr. Brian Skehan and is director of Pediatric Emergency Mental Health Services, and Jemima Amankwah is nurse manager of emergency mental health at UMass Memorial Health.

  • September 27, 2023 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Tuesday night, police from across central Massachusetts came together for UMass Memorial's annual “Bright Lights” for pediatric cancer patients.

  • September 10, 2023 - Sentinel & Enterprise

    The uptick in cases is playing out similarly in other parts of the state. Dr. Kimi Kobayashi, interim co-president of UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, said that in recent months, before the current uptick, COVID-19 hospitalizations appeared to be close to an all-time low. With the number of mutations the virus has undergone in almost three years, Kobayashi said the virus is continuing the trend of becoming more transmissible.

  • August 25, 2023 - WCVB 5

    Citing "dramatic" recent increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among employees over the past two weeks, UMass Memorial Health is reinstating a mask mandate for staff members whenever they interact with patients.

  • August 16, 2023 - Community Advocate

    Residents and people who work in Grafton, Shrewsbury, West Boylston and Worcester are encouraged to participate in the 2023 Community Health Assessment. 

    The assessment will be a tool for community members to know more about health concerns, resources and the priorities of the residents, students and workers in the region. It will ensure that resources will go toward the issues that are the most pressing. 

  • August 13, 2023 - Spectrum News

    For a third year, Vernon Hill American Legion Post 435 is doing what they can to help local kids battling cancer…

    The ride passed local organizations supporting children and families facing childhood cancer, including UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, Why Me & Sherry's House and Notre Dame Health Care Pedi Pals. The ride growing significantly from the second edition last year. Participants starting out at the Worcester Walmart before embarking on their ride. 

  • August 10, 2023 - The Boston Globe

    In the interim, hospitals have enacted their own COVID rules, and they vary greatly. UMass Memorial Health, the largest health system in Central Massachusetts, does not require COVID shots. In a statement, spokesperson Debora Spano said that the health system is following the new federal rules, which do not require the shots, but that UMass “strongly encourages our caregivers to get the vaccines.”

  • August 10, 2023 - WebMD

    “It’s obviously game-changing to have something in pill form,” said Kimberly Yonkers, MD, a psychiatrist specializing in women’s health, and chair of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. 

  • August 8, 2023 - MassLive

    UMass Memorial Health has awarded more than $1 million to local non-profit organizations working to make Central Mass. healthier.

  • July 31, 2023 - Worcester Business Journal

    Worcester-based behavioral healthcare provider Community Healthlink has received a $208,000 grant from the City of Worcester for its Shower Program, which is part of CHL’s Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project.

  • July 29, 2023 - WCVB 5

    A man who survived a plane crash in the MetroWest area of Massachusetts is on track to be discharged a week after it happened…

    "Never mind that I shouldn't be alive, I shouldn't be able to walk," he said. "But thanks to (the hospital staff), I've got full mobility. I can wiggle my toes. I could dance if I tried. It's incredible."

  • July 27, 2023 - Becker's Hospital Review

    UMass Memorial Medical Center has tapped its chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services, Justin Precourt, to serve as interim president.

  • July 26, 2023 - Worcester Business Journal

    Community Healthlink in Worcester has received a slice of $519,457 of MassDevelopment funding announced Monday, in order to remake its cafeteria.

  • July 21, 2023 - The New York Times

    There are some things we all know we’re supposed to do to feel better: drink more water, take more walks, go on fewer tequila benders. Meditation is another — research has shown it to help with everything from anxiety and depression to better sleep, lower stress levels and chronic pain relief...

  • July 19, 2023 - Worcester Business Journal

    The Worcester institutions The College of the Holy Cross and UMass Memorial Health, are partnering this summer to offer hands-on experience to students at the Worcester college.

    The Summit program’s inaugural cohort includes six Holy Cross students, according to a July 12 communications department story from the Liberal Arts school. Students are participating in an eight-week internship in pediatric medicine at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, where they will have the opportunity to shadow hospital rounds, work in medical labs, and analyze data for clinical research.

  • July 18, 2023 - Boston 25 News

    The human heart is a complicated, masterfully designed organ on the one hand — but incredibly simple on the other. It is a pump. And like any pump, it’s got parts that can wear out. Case in point: its valves…

     “So these valves have to open and close every single time the heart beats,” said Nikolaos Kakouros, MD, a cardiologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

  • July 14, 2023 - Becker’s Hospital Review

    Emergency department boarding remains at crisis levels even as the pandemic dwindles — and capacity problems will likely persist for hospitals through the next decade.