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  • February 10, 2022 - Authority Magazine

    Above all, Dr. Shlomit Schaal considers her greatest strength to be her fierce curiosity; she finds beauty in grappling with scientific questions, learning the stories of her patients and approaching the mentorship of her students always with curiosity.

  • February 10, 2022 - HealthDay

    A phase 1 clinical trial for the Moderna vaccine recently kicked off, said Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, the study's principal investigator and chair of biomedical research for UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Mass.

  • February 8, 2022 - Daily Nurse

    Mothers inspire daughters in untold ways, including choice of profession. However, that dynamic takes on special meaning when the profession is nursing during a pandemic – and when the mother and daughter work at the same organization.

    Such is the case with Jonna Dube, MBA, BSN, RN and her daughter Alex Dube, BSN, RN.

  • February 7, 2022 - Worcester Business Journal

    Rare are the moments a person can later pinpoint as life-changing. But when they happen, they pack a punch.

    For Dr. Shlomit Schaal, chair of ophthalmology at UMass Chan Medical School and president of UMass Memorial Medical Group in Worcester, one such moment came by way of attending a mid-career women faculty leadership development seminar hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

  • February 7, 2022 - Worcester Business Journal

    “When you have an informal pipeline of sorts to professional development opportunities, it’s going to lead into disparities of who ultimately moves through,” said Desiree Murphy, senior labor and employee relations specialist at UMass Memorial Health.

  • February 7, 2022 - MassLive

    The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic could very well have spelled the end of the nonprofit human services agency that I run. Thrive has some of the largest residential programs in the state. We needed PPE, testing and medical care for the individuals with developmental disabilities that we serve and our employees. Our community hospital, UMass Memorial Health-Marlborough Hospital, stepped up in unexpected ways.

  • February 3, 2022 - Boston Globe

    Hospitals throughout Massachusetts may receive additional federal funding over the next five years, thanks to a proposed change to how the state collects fees from hospitals.

    The new measure, included in Governor Charlie Baker’s 2023 budget, allows the state to assess hospitals at higher rates to earn more matching funds from the federal government.

  • February 3, 2022 - Becker's Hospital Review

    Boston-based Mass General Brigham plans to construct three outpatient surgery centers through a $400 million project. The plans have raised a lot of concerns from competitors — including UMass Memorial Health, Wellforce and Shields Health Care Group — which argue the project could take their wealthiest patients, according to The Boston Globe.

  • February 2, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — UMass Memorial Health finished its 2021 fiscal year with a 2% profit of $64.8 million.

    But despite the positive balance sheet, UMH President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson said he remained “wary” of 2022 and the future, citing several major challenges for the health system including a shortage of beds in the region, increasing losses due to support of state programs and labor cost increases.  

  • February 2, 2022 - Boston 25 News

    BOSTON — We don’t know who he is, his exact age, the circumstances surrounding his infection — but two years ago today, February 1, 2020, a UMass Boston student made history by becoming the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

    We do know that he had just returned from Wuhan, China, believed to be the origin of the original ‘wild type’ coronavirus that came to be known as COVID-19.

  • February 1, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - A local health care executive says if you are going to require masks, it really should be a specific kind. 

    President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health, Dr. Eric Dickson, said that while early in the pandemic mask mandates were effective, time and the evolution of the COVID-19 virus made certain masks ineffective.

  • February 1, 2022 - MassLive

    In March of 2020, officials locked down portions of the state as COVID-19 began to infiltrate communities. Gyms and bars closed. Restaurants limited service to takeout. Schools went remote.

    The restrictions, officials said at the time, would only linger for a few weeks with the potential of a return to normal by the summer.

  • January 27, 2022 - NBC Boston

    To see just how dramatically COVID case numbers have dropped from the peak of the omicron surge here in Massachusetts – all you had to do was stop by the walk-up COVID test site at Worcester’s Mercantile Center Wednesday, where there were no lines.

    It was just a few weeks ago that the lines snaked around the corner and down the block.

  • January 27, 2022 - Kaiser Health News

    A boisterous political battle over a proposed expansion by the largest and most expensive hospital system in Massachusetts is spotlighting questions about whether similar expansions by big health systems around the country drive up health care costs.

  • 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 26, 2022 - WBUR

    COVID case counts in Massachusetts are trending down, but they are still higher than at any point pre-omicron. That means, there are still a lot of people getting sick with COVID.

    Several treatments are available that promise to help keep patients out of the hospital, but they are in short supply. We talked to doctors about the COVID treatment options, who is getting them and when supply will improve:

  • 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 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. 

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