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June 9, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal
A blood shortage around the country, following a decline in blood donations over the Memorial Day weekend, is impacting UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
In an email sent by Chief Medical Officer Andy Karson and Chief Nursing Officer Justin Precourt last Friday, they reported the hospital is seeing a large reduction in the supply of Type O and Type B blood. In the email, they said they expect this to be remedied sometime this week, but until then there are critical measures the hospital is taking to ensure it has enough blood for lifesaving care.
May 7, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette
Julian, along with 24 other babies, set a new record last week at UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus.
From 3:50 p.m. Wednesday to 3:50 p.m. Thursday, 14 boys and 11 girls were born in the Maternity Center at UMass Memorial, surpassing the typical number of babies — 12 — they deliver in a day.
March 30, 2021 - Spectrum 1 News
A new technique is helping doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center treat men with prostate cancer and improve their quality of life.
UMass began performing the robotic Retzius-sparing prostatectomy within the last three months, but urology specialist Dr. Igor Sorokin says the technology has been around for a few years and first became popular in Europe.
March 27, 2021 - Telegram & GazetteGetting back in the game: UMass Memorial assesses when student-athletes with COVID can safely return to their sport
Worcester Academy sophomore Justin Mohaghegh of Holden tested positive for COVID-19 in January. Before getting back to playing his sports — basketball and golf — he had to complete the school’s five-stage protocol.
It's a process familiar to all Worcester Academy student-athletes who contract the coronavirus.
March 24, 2021 - New York Times
Thermo Fisher Scientific’s new air sampler can help monitor for airborne pathogens, and signals renewed interest in bioaerosol surveillance.
March 11, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette
There was a time when it was possible for the average resident to not know anyone who died from, or even came down with, the COVID-19 virus.
Not anymore. Few of us remain who don't know someone who simply had to isolate for a few weeks with mild symptoms, or someone who spent time in the hospital, or someone who had it with no symptoms at all. Or someone who died. A grandparent. A cousin. An in-law.
February 25, 2021 - New York Times
The serious lower leg injuries Tiger Woods sustained in a car crash on Tuesday typically lead to a long and perilous recovery, calling into question his ability to play professional golf again, according to medical experts who have treated similar injuries.
Athletes with severe leg injuries thought to doom their careers have managed to come back — the quarterback Alex Smith returned to playing football last season after a gruesome leg break, and the golfer Ben Hogan returned decades ago after a car accident.
February 12, 2021 - Mass Live
UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center is welcoming a four-legged, tail-wagging furry friend to its staff Friday.
An in-residence assisted therapy dog named “Valentina” is officially becoming a full-time resident of the medical center as part of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s Dogs for Joy program.
February 9, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette
As a Black man, Brian Gibbs believes people of color must speak up and communicate with others to help them understand that the U.S. has left so many Black and brown communities vulnerable and neglected.
"There's a need to have a more honest and transparent conversation to understand the risk that communities of color are disproportionately burdened," said Gibbs, who was recently appointed vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at UMass Memorial Health Care.
February 1, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette
The city hopes to vaccinate 1,500 or more people over age 75 against COVID-19 by Saturday, officials said, with signups possibly starting as soon as Monday night.
In a call Monday afternoon, Dr. Michael P. Hirsh, the city's medical director, said the city will conduct clinics Friday and Saturday that people can sign up for on the state's website.
January 29, 2021 - WCVB 5 Boston
Dr. Robert Finberg, of UMass Medical School, answers questions about COVID vaccine rollout, the vaccine supply and variants.
January 28, 2021 - Boston Herald
Massachusetts enters Phase 2 of vaccination plan, here’s what you need to know.
January 24, 2021 - Boston Globe
Kenneth R. Smith has visited the convention center in downtown Worcester many times over the years for trade shows and exhibitions. This month, he was there as a patient during a pandemic.
Smith was among dozens of COVID-19 patients being treated at a field hospital constructed inside the large hall of the DCU Center. Patients lie in beds in long rows across the convention center floor, separated by black curtains. There are no walls and no windows to offer a view of the outside world, just bright overhead lights and the thrum of a busy hospital.
January 23, 2021 - WBZ 4 CBS Boston
Massachusetts is rolling back some coronavirus restrictions on Monday. But with the United Kingdom COVID variant in the state, two local doctors say now is not the time to let our guards down.
January 23, 2021 - Fox News
Taming a ranging pandemic that has already claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans lies heavily in the rollout of the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine — a process that has been slow and arduous since the emergency approval of such jabs in the U.S.
January 23, 2021 - NBC 10 Boston
Massachusetts is now allowing everyone in Phase 1 to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. For hospitals, that means they can now give shots to everyone on staff.
At UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Dr. Andrew Karson, the chief medical officer, believes the vaccine is resulting in a reduction of cases among employees.
January 22, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal
Coronavirus cases have taken an encouraging downward dip in the past week, including in Worcester County and the city of Worcester, but that relatively promising sign was tempered by a more contagious variant found this week in a person who was tested at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
January 22, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson has been named the new chair of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, the Boston hospital advocacy nonprofit announced Friday.
January 15, 2021 - NBC 10 Boston
Doctors at hospitals across Massachusetts – and the globe – believe the measures being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus are responsible.
January 14, 2021 - Barron's
The DCU center, a convention center complex in Worcester, Massachusetts, is converted into a Covid-19 field hospital to take in non-emergency and an overflow of coronavirus patients. The facility has admitted 365 Covid patients in the past five weeks.