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  • January 3, 2022 - WCVB

    WORCESTER, Mass. — Hundreds of people in Massachusetts waited for hours outside in the cold in order to receive a COVID-19 test following the New Year's holiday weekend.

    Sky5 was able to capture the long, snaking line that formed outside the Mercantile Center in Worcester on Monday.

  • January 3, 2022 - Boston Herald

    Bay Staters are having their patience tested to kick off the year as thousands of people on Monday waited in massive lines — some shivering in the bitter cold for hours — to get tested for COVID amid the omicron surge.

    As sites get overwhelmed following the holidays, local officials are pleading with Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration to add more locations to address the coronavirus testing “log jam.”

  • January 3, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Monday marked another day of long lines at the Mercantile Center COVID-19 testing site in downtown Worcester.

    Hundreds of people lined up to get tested following the holiday season, including 250 people tested in the first hour the clinic was open on Monday.

  • January 1, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — When Ashley Rivera chooses names for her children, she tries to pick something unique.

    "I pick names that will make them stand out in the world," she said.

  • January 1, 2022 - Providence Business News

    “Patients like being in their home, where they’re happier and sleeping in their own beds, surrounded by loved ones, their favorite cat and TV,” said Dr. Taki Michaelidis, medical director of the program at UMass Memorial Health. “In your home environment, you just recover better.”

  • December 29, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    WORCESTER — The president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health in Worcester says hospitals in central Massachusetts and across the state are dealing with a surge in COVID-19 cases that is only expected to get worse in the weeks ahead.

    Dr. Eric Dickson told Boston 25 Morning News on Wednesday that the UMass Memorial trauma center “is running at about 110 percent of its bed capacity. That means of the 400 beds that exist for med/surgical purposes, we have 440 patients that need them, so we have 40 patients waiting in the emergency department for beds.”

  • December 31, 2021 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - It was another busy day of COVID-19 testing at the Mercantile Center in downtown Worcester on Thursday.

    Hundreds of people lined up to get tested before New Year’s Eve. 

  • December 30, 2021 - MassLive

    As a result of a surge in new COVID-19 cases in Worcester, UMass Memorial Health is increasing the number of days it will provide free testing at the Mercantile Center in Worcester.

    On Wednesday city officials announced that UMass will begin offering free COVID testing four days next week.

  • December 29, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    "In my 30 years working there, we have never been as busy at UMass as we have in the last month," Dr. Richard T. Ellison, UMass Memorial Health infectious disease expert, said. "We've had to open up surge spaces to take care of patients and we're trying to expand further locations in the hospital for next week.

  • December 29, 2021 - Boston Business Journal

    "I don't know how anyone could believe that allowing the most expensive, largest health care system in the state to expand at the expense of smaller, less expensive health care systems could reduce the cost of health care in the state," said Dr. Eric Dickson, CEO of UMass Memorial Health. "It just doesn't pass the sniff test."

  • December 22, 2021 - NBC News

    Every morning in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, 200 to 400 people wait in an emergency room for a bed to come open.

    “That’s the highest number ever,” said Dr. J. Kevin Croston, the CEO of North Memorial Health, which operates more than two dozen health care facilities in the area.

  • December 22, 2021 - NBC Connecticut

    Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday he is activating up to 500 members of the National Guard to assist hospitals with the COVID-19 surge and updating the state's mask advisory.

    The state Department of Public Health released an updated mask advisory Tuesday urging all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces.

  • December 21, 2021 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - The number of people getting tested for COVID-19 at the Mercantile Center is rising.

    There were more long lines outside of the testing center Monday.

    UMass Memorial Health runs the site and said they expect to test more than 1,000 people both Monday and Tuesday.

  • December 19, 2021 - Boston Globe

    Amid surging COVID-19 infections, overflowing hospitals, and exhausted healthcare workers, Massachusetts hospital leaders are hanging on a glimmer of hope: some treatments, vaccines, and hard-won knowledge from the earlier outbreaks have meant fewer severely ill COVID patients.

    And those who do need intensive care generally are recovering more quickly, doctors say.

  • December 19, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    Understanding the perspectives of both patients and doctors can be a hard road to navigate, but Hsieh believes active listening is key.

  • December 19, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    The COVID pandemic took a drastic toll on an already struggling and underfunded behavioral healthcare system. In the wake of lockdowns, a greater need for psychiatric help is often met with endless waiting lists and bed shortages.

  • December 17, 2021 - CommonWealth Magazine

    Lots of attention has been paid to Massachusetts’ unprecedented spending, made possible by once-in-a-lifetime federal largesse to pay for COVID-19-related needs. Behind the scenes, Massachusetts has also been saving.

    The comptroller’s annual report for fiscal 2021, which ended June 30, reveals that Massachusetts’ stabilization fund is the largest it has ever been since the fund was established in 1986. The rainy day fund clocked in at $4.6 billion in fiscal 2021, a huge jump from $3.5 billion the prior year.

  • December 17, 2021 - Boston Globe

    When Eleni Nicolau became sick with COVID after Thanksgiving, a breakthrough infection that hit the 83-year-old hard, she found herself alone in a hospital room, separated from her family and struggling to breathe.

    Then doctors gave her a new option: Did she want to finish her hospitalization at home?

  • December 17, 2021 - Boston Business Journal

    Since November, hospitals have understaffing, an escalation of behavioral health cases, and a worsening of a variety of diseases from over a year of delayed care. Now the surge in Covid-19 cases is spurring some hospitals to refuse to patients from other systems, close outpatient units and prepare “crisis standards of care.”

  • December 17, 2021 - Becker’s Hospital CFO Report

    Hospital and health system CFOs have navigated many changes and challenges in the industry in 2021, including staffing shortages and rising inflation.

    This year, dozens of finance leaders from hospitals and health systems across the U.S. shared their perspectives on a variety of topics with Becker's Hospital Review via podcasts and interviews. Below are quotes from 11 of those executives, discussing everything from the best piece of advice for their peers to their most pressing concern.