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  • September 24, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    It’s time — long past time — to settle the St. Vincent Hospital nurses strike.

    I’ve written about the strike before. The nurses said they walked to protect their patients and demanded better staffing requirements. To make their case, they produced a mountain of complaints, many verified by nursing supervisors, that documented unsafe patient conditions.

  • September 24, 2021 - MassLive

    The nurses’ strike at Saint Vincent Hospital reached 200 days on Thursday. It’s the latest milestone of a work stoppage that officially began on March 8 with nurses bundled up in frigid temperatures. Summer has come and gone and the work stoppage has become the longest nurses’ strike in the history of the state.

    The grievances go back to 2020, though, and have evolved since.

  • September 23, 2021 - MassLive

    The nurses strike at Saint Vincent Hospital, which began in March, reached its 200th day on Thursday.

    The hiatus between the Massachusetts Nurses Association and Tenet Healthcare began over staffing but now continues because of a return-to-work provision.

  • September 23, 2021 - MetroWest Daily News

    FRAMINGHAM — Upon dropping her daughter off Tuesday morning at McCarthy Elementary School, Maureen Ferdinand reminded the 7-year-old girl, Clara, to pull her mask up.

    Like many parents of young children, Ferdinand is eagerly waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine to become available to those younger than 12. She said she trusts what the schools are doing, but "they're kids and I have to tell her to pull her mask up over her nose every two minutes."

  • September 22, 2021 - Boston Globe

    The largest hospital system in Central Massachusetts, UMass Memorial Health, ran out of intensive care beds Wednesday as critically ill patients with deferred chronic health problems and those stricken with COVID-19 overwhelm health care providers.

    Dr. Eric Dickson, president and chief executive of the system, described the situation as dire, but said patients are getting the care they need. UMass has hospitals in Worcester, Marlborough, Leominster, and Southbridge.


  • September 22, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — In a letter to their striking colleagues on Wednesday, doctors at St. Vincent Hospital are imploring nurses to return to work to help patients amid a COVID-19 surge.

    The nurses' strike, the longest such strike in state history, reached 199 days on Wednesday.

  • September 22, 2021 - WBUR

    Dr. Eric Dickson is weary. He says the hospital system he heads has reached a crisis point.

    He's the president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health, based in Worcester. He says the region has almost 20 times more COVID patients hospitalized than in June, and that as of Tuesday, there is not a single intensive care hospital bed available in central Massachusetts. When a bed opens, there's a patient waiting to take it.

  • September 21, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    WORCESTER, Mass. — Almost six months after becoming eligible to get it, Sarah Thorstenson was finally convinced to get the COVID-19 vaccine by her own eyes.

    “Absolutely, if you would see these people -- if the people at home could see what’s going on in here -- there would be no doubt you would go an get the vaccine don’t wait until it’s too late,” Thorstenson said.

  • September 21, 2021 - Spectrum News

    Dr. Eric Dickson, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health, called the current hospital system in central Massachusetts a 'crisis situation.' He said the ongoing strike between Tenet Healthcare and nurses at Saint Vincent Hospital plays a major role.

    "We need to get those 600 nurses on the sidelines back to work," Dr. Dickson said. "Get those beds open."

  • September 20, 2021 - Spectrum News

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Every year, UMass Memorial Health collects unwanted firearms in exchange for gift cards, and now they're putting the guns they destroy to use.

    They've partnered with a blacksmith and students from Valley Regional High School to turn the old firearms into gardening tools. Students from UMass Medical School are using them to harvest vegetables from the garden on campus. The firearms were made into shovels, hoes and even some household décor. The students started work on the garden in the spring and want the food grown here to help people in the community. 

  • September 18, 2021 - Spectrum News

    Worcester medical leaders say the city’s hospital system is overwhelmed as COVID-19 cases surge again.

    Doctors say about 130 people are hospitalized across central Massachusetts for COVID-19. At the end of June, the number was less than 10.

  • September 17, 2021 - MassLive

    As new COVID-19 cases increased in Worcester for the 10th consecutive week, the head of UMass Memorial Health pleaded with the stakeholders involved in the nurse’s strike at Saint Vincent Hospital to find a resolution, referring to the available hospital beds in the city as a “crisis situation.”

  • September 17, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER – Caroline Theerman knows what she’s going to do if a COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children younger than 12.  

    Tuesday, Theerman stood among a throng of parents and their children in the Flagg Street School playground after school let out for the day. As children ran about having fun - including Theerman’s two children who attend the school - Theerman said she’s happy about the prospects for a vaccine that her kids could take in the near future against COVID-19. 

  • September 17, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — The head of UMass Memorial Health pleaded Friday for a resolution to the strike at St. Vincent Hospital, saying the city was in “a crisis situation” due to a resurgent pandemic and reduced hospital capacity while nurses are on the picket line.

  • September 16, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — When Dr. Mitchell Sokoloff was training as a urologist in the early 1990s, he recalled that the advice for surgical incisions was “the bigger the better.”

    Fast forward to Tuesday, and his two incisions to remove a patient’s prostate totaled only about an inch and 2 millimeters, thanks to the latest advancement in laparoscopic surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center: the Single-Port DaVinci robot.

  • September 16, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    Mary Hsieh, the former managing director of Medicare practice at Michigan-based Health Management Associates, was appointed CEO of the new Worcester-based Medicare Advantage health plan, Mass Advantage, according to a press release on Thursday.

  • September 16, 2021 - Spectrum News

    WORCESTER, Mass. - As health care providers worry about a rise in COVID-19 cases in children, local physicians are also raising the alarm about another virus. ​

    Cases of  respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, are normally seen in the winter, but pediatricians at UMass Memorial Health said they've seen an unusual amount of cases this summer. 

  • September 15, 2021 - Becker's Hospital Review

    Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Medical Center is grappling with staffing strain caused by a monthslong nurses' strike, a COVID-19 surge fueled by the delta variant and a labor shortage.

  • September 15, 2021 - WBZ CBS Boston

    WORCESTER (CBS) – UMass Memorial Medical Center is looking to tackle taking care of a new influx of COVID-19 patients by recruiting staff members, but hospital officials say it is no easy task – and that may mean longer wait times for patients.

  • September 15, 2021 - MassLive

    UMass Memorial Health has announced it will give caregivers an appreciation bonus this month for their dedication working through the COVID-19 pandemic.