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April 4, 2023 - CBS News
Eighteen-year-old Joshua Lillie is on a weight loss journey that's exceeding his expectations. "I couldn't walk 100 feet without being out of breath. Now I can go miles and be fine," Lillie said. That's because for the last three years, the Leicester senior has been part of UMass Memorial Medical Center's Good Fit Teen Weight and Wellness Program. It is a multi-disciplinary program for pediatric patients that addresses the problem of obesity.
April 4, 2023 - Spectrum News 1
A factor that has become increasingly important to consider when evaluating allergy season is the impact of global warming. “With global warming, we’re actually seeing a longer pollen season now,” said Stephen Krinzman, associate professor of medicine and director of allergy services at UMass Memorial Medical Center. “And also with the increased carbon dioxide levels in the air, the increased carbon dioxide feeds the plants, which actually increases the intensity of the pollens.”
March 27, 2023 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Over the next several days, Fitzpatrick’s health declined. She couldn’t eat or drink and felt nauseated, and fluid accumulated in her legs and back. At the insistence of her partner, Stephanie LaPointe, Fitzpatrick went to UMass Memorial Medical Center — Memorial Campus.
March 26, 2023 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 22, 2023 - Patch
In spring 2021, Worcester set aside $1 million to start the program, and later chose UMass Memorial's Community Healthlink (CHL) behavioral health center as the partner agency. For nearly a year, CHL has been designing the program, and is now targeting a June launch.
March 21, 2023 - The Washington Post
Babak Movahedi, chief of transplants at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Massachusetts, said he sees both sides of the argument. He said access to care unquestionably leads to unfairness in who gets saved. “I just don’t see how changing the allocation system would fix that, though,” he said. “I think that’s a much bigger problem and much broader discussion, which is really access to care in general.”
March 21, 2023 - Spectrum News 1
Dr. Richard Ellison, an infectious disease expert at UMass Memorial Medical Center, said the fungus’ resistance to treatment has increased and they have seen a few cases in Worcester. However, he said it’s typically only seen in someone who has spent a long period of time in the hospital. "Particularly those people who require lung ventilation or have been in the hospital for a long time can pick up this yeast,” Ellison said. “It can get into the hospital environment and be on surfaces and then be picked up by someone."
March 16, 2023 - Spectrum News 1
Dr. Richard Ellison, hospital epidemiologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center, said a lot can change in three years. "We're very far advanced," Ellison said. "We don't have patients in the intensive care unit, we're not terrified about running out of equipment, or having enough ventilators." It was a much different situation three years ago, as described by then City Manager Ed Augustus during one of the city's COVID-19 briefings.
March 15, 2023 - Spectrum News 1
UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Dr. John Broach is warning people to be careful when shoveling the wet, heavy snow from Tuesday’s storm off their driveways and sidewalks.
March 15, 2023 - Fox 22 WFVX Bangor
Matthew Edward Deren, M.D., from the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, and colleagues estimated the orthopedic surgeons contributing to the arthroplasty workforce including active orthopedic surgeons, residents, and adult reconstruction fellows using data on all total hip arthroplasties (THAs) and total knee arthroplasties (TKAs) identified in the National Inpatient Sample (2000 to 2018). The authors then projected the procedure-to-surgeon ratios for 2050.
March 6, 2023 - Boston 25 News
“This is actually not a surprise to me what’s happening,” said Richard Ellison, MD, an infectious disease specialist at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. “Pretty much the entire world is saying that Covid has gone away. This remains a very contagious virus.”
March 1, 2023 - Becker's Payer IssuesWhy hospitals could be facing millions of newly uninsured patients this year Jakob Emerson - 2 days ago
At UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, President Michael Gustafson, MD, said the system is increasing the number of employees on its financial counseling team to assist patients who may see a loss of coverage. "This is a substantial amount of work that needs to be done," he told Becker's. "We are staying current with all communications from MassHealth [Medicaid], Mass Hospital Association and CMS.
February 27, 2023 - Spectrum News 1
The testing site on Front Street in Worcester run by UMass Memorial Health is among those set to close on March 31. The decision is due to a drop in demand for COVID-19 testing, the state DPH said. UMass said it will continue to offer free testing at the Front Street site through March 30 for anyone ages 6 months or older. No appointment is required.
February 27, 2023 - Milford Daily News
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February 18, 2023 - The Oregonian (syndication from WBUR)
DeAnna Pedro, a liaison between pediatrics and psychiatry at UMass Memorial Medical Center, reviewed Haley’s report and considered recommending time in a psychiatric unit. “She was doing a lot of high-risk things,” Pedro said. “So there was a lot of thought given to: Would we need to go to something extreme like a psychiatric admission?”
February 1, 2023 - CBS Boston
WORCESTER -- Stephanie Boyd is a true living example of when you do good things for others it will come back in unexpected ways. The New Hampshire woman was diagnosed with liver disease and recently received a liver transplant at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
But 15 years ago, she donated her kidney to save her stepfather's life.
February 1, 2023 - Patch
WORCESTER, MA — A COVID-19 and flu shot site at the Mercantile Center will no longer offer the vaccines starting this week, according to the Worcester Division of Public Health.
The UMass Memorial-run site was one of four main weekly vaccine clinics in Worcester. The Mercantile Center site will still offer free PCR testing for COVID-19. The cessation of vaccines will take effect Thursday.
February 1, 2023 - Spectrum News 1
UMass Memorial Health's Deputy Chief of EMS Michael Hunter said whatever you wear, make sure it’s loose fitting. After 30-plus years of experience, Hunter said EMTs see cases of hypothermia and frost bite frequently. "Anyone that's outside needs to cover their skin," said Hunter. "Noses, ears, fingers are very, very susceptible to frost bite."
January 26, 2023 - Sentinel & Enterprise
UMass Memorial Health Care is the beneficiary of over $1.2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Recently, FEMA announced UMass Memorial Health, which is headquartered in Worcester, had been awarded a $1,215,687 Public Assistance grant, for the steps the health care system took between November 2020 and March 2022 to keep patients, staff and the public safe.
January 25, 2023 - Politico
A new CDC study has found that the Covid-19 bivalent booster reduces the risk of symptomatic infection from the most common subvariant circulating in the U.S. right now by about half.
Additional new data, set to be published on the CDC website on Wednesday, also shows that individuals who received an updated vaccine reduced their risk of death by nearly 13 fold, when compared to the unvaccinated, and by two fold when compared to those with at least one monovalent vaccine but no updated booster.