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  • September 7, 2021 - Boston Globe

    Like so much west of Boston, the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester can sometimes be overlooked, despite a history of accomplishment and even a Nobel laureate.

    Gerald Chan, the billionaire investor, counts himself among those who had not given much thought to UMass Medical, simply because he’s been focused on the research happening in the Boston area. But after a tour about five years ago, he came away surprised and impressed.

  • September 4, 2021 - Becker's Healthcare Podcast

    This episode features Neil Gilchrist, Chief Pharmacy Officer of UMass Memorial Health. Here, he discusses workforce development, the continued shift to value and outcomes based services, and more.

  • September 1, 2021 - MassLive

    Dr. Robert Finberg, known as one of the nation’s foremost virologists and who played a vital role in researching the COVID vaccine in Worcester, died unexpectedly on Monday, UMass Medical School announced.

    Finberg, a professor and chair emeritus of the department of medicine, was 71.

  • September 1, 2021 - Spectrum News

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Governor Charlie Baker issued a proclamation declaring August 31 Overdose Awareness Day in Massachusetts.

    More than 2,100 purple flags are outside of UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School. Each flag represents a person who died from an opioid overdose in the state in 2020.

  • August 26, 2021 - Spectrum News

    UMass Memorial Health is celebrating their new program, Hospital at Home. It helps patients receive high-quality, hospital-level care in the comfort of their own home.

    Nurses are able to deliver medications and in-home care twice each day and doctors visit patients via telehealth at least once each day.

  • August 23, 2021 - This Week in Worcester

    UMass Memorial Hospital announced on Monday, August 23, that it purchased a property on Plantation Street where it will add acute care medical-surgical beds.

    The building, at 378 Plantation Street, is the former home of the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

  • August 19, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    Worcester healthcare provider UMass Memorial Health announced a plan on Wednesday to provide booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals eight months after they received their second vaccine.

    The plan is still being reviewed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control, said a press release from UMass. 

  • August 18, 2021 - NBC10 Boston

    Now that U.S. health officials have recommended COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, what does it mean for you?

    In a joint statement Wednesday, the directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Health and other top medical experts, outlined plans to begin administering booster shots beginning next month.

  • August 17, 2021 - Boston Globe

    UMass Memorial Medical Center has reopened its COVID-19 command center, establishing a structure to manage a recent increase in cases and plan for the possibility of even more.

    The move by the Worcester hospital portends struggles that may lie ahead throughout the health care system, as the pandemic throws new curve balls at traumatized and exhausted providers.

  • August 11, 2021 - WBUR

    Head out to a nightclub in Lawrence this month and you could be getting more than your typical shot of Fireball. That's because starting this weekend, city officials will be setting up vaccine clinics outside popular hotspots in a move to get as many shots in arms as possible.

  • August 5, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health in Worcester announced plans Wednesday to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, according to a memo sent to caregivers from President and CEO Eric Dickson.

    The program, which is set to begin in the fall, will require executives and department chairs to receive their first dose by Oct. 1, and all other caregivers by Nov. 1.

  • August 2, 2021 - WCVB Channel 5 Boston

    A little helper played a big role in a recent happy moment inside the maternity ward at University of Massachusetts Memorial Health.

    Photos and videos from the hospital show newborn Maverick wore a onesie with the special question from father Jonathan Mastalerz printed across the front and back. 


  • July 28, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health told staff on Wednesday it is converting the West 1 unit at the UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus in Worcester to an all-COVID unit, after the number of admitted patients quadrupled over the course of a week, according to a staff memo circulated on Wednesday.

  • July 23, 2021 - WCVB-Channel 5

    Dr. Robert Finberg, of UMass Medical School, answers questions on the booster timeline and vaccines and precautions as students head to campus.


  • July 21, 2021 - WBZ-TV4 CBS

    More than 5,000 breakthrough COVID infections have been reported in Massachusetts, according to the latest Department of Public Health data. But the rate of fully vaccinated people ending up in the hospital remains low.

  • July 16, 2021 - Mass Live

    Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Worcester Health Commissioner Dr. Matilde “Mattie” Castiel has been out in communities of color, seeing a disproportionate effect from the virus.

    The commissioner has been trying to get the vaccine out to residents, but the toll of the pandemic is still visible as some remain hesitant to inoculation.


  • July 15, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    As COVID-19 cases rise and the delta variant makes its way into the state, UMass Memorial Medical Center on Thursday unveiled a new weapon in the fight against the pandemic: monoclonal antibody treatment.

    “We hope as few patients as possible will need this facility, but if they do, we will be ready,” said Dr. Michael Gustafson, president of UMass Memorial Medical Center, at the unveiling of the treatment trailer, which is parked at the Hahnemann campus. 

  • July 12, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    Alliteratively, they’re a great match. But parades and pandemics have a troubled history. In September 1918, a parade in Philadelphia helped fuel a surge in the influenza pandemic that year that killed thousands.

    Mass illness is not a concern this July Fourth Weekend in much of New England, where a few parades took place, including in Hopkinton, where the town held its annual Independence Day Boat Parade on Lake Maspenock.

  • July 5, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    Ten years ago, William Lee, 77, underwent a liver transplant at UMass Memorial Medical Center, as he was suffering from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of primary liver cancer. 

    Ten years later, at 87, Lee has continued to live a healthy life with his family.

  • 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.