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  • January 25, 2023 - Boston Globe

    In her role as secretary, Walsh will also sit on the state’s Health Policy Commission, and will have to navigate her ties to the hospital industry while the commission pursues price caps for the highest-priced providers — an effort to constrain health care spending growth.

    Her knowledge of the industry won’t mean she will forgo pressing hospitals for change, said Dr. Eric Dickson, CEO of UMass Memorial Health.

  • January 14, 2023 - Boston Globe

    “Every minute [without CPR] that goes by, survival drops 10 percent,” said Dr. Joseph Sabato Jr., an associate professor at University of Massachusetts Medical School, retired emergency physician, and medical director of 911 telecommunications for UMass Medical Center.

  • January 3, 2023 - Becker's Hospital Review

    Forbes released its "America's Best Employers by State" list Aug. 24, and 262 hospitals and health systems made the cut. 

    Fair pay, safe working conditions, inclusive culture, remote work benefits and diversity initiatives were among Forbes' criteria. 

  • December 15, 2022 - Boston Globe

    Filled with people suffering from respiratory infections and chronic illnesses, Massachusetts hospitals are as strained now as they’ve been at any time during the pandemic. As a group they reported having fewer available beds in November than a year ago when the state ordered them to stop performing elective surgeries.

  • December 11, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester area residents lined up Saturday to surrender a total of 191 weapons in exchange for gift cards at an annual gun buyback program that took place at locations across the county...

    Every December for 21 years, the program has offered gun owners gift cards supplied by UMass Memorial Health and the Worcester District Attorney’s Office.

  • December 11, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    UMass Memorial Health reported Nov. 28 a 40-nurse shortage in its emergency department, representing a 25% vacancy rate. That was in addition to a 100-nurse shortage on acute care floors with a 10% vacancy rate.

  • December 6, 2022 - Boston Globe

    UMass Memorial Medical Center was near a breaking point.

    On many weekdays in the past year, the Worcester hospital’s occupancy rate hit 100 percent or more. Admitted patients sat in the emergency department for an average of 17 hours waiting for a bed.

  • December 6, 2022 - Boston Business Journal

    Four Massachusetts hospitals have been named as "high performing" maternity care hospitals by the U.S. News and World Report. 

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Southcoast Hospitals-Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham, Massachusetts General Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center earned the designation for 2022-2023.


  • December 6, 2022 - Healthcare IT News

    UMass Memorial Health is the largest health system in Central Massachusetts and the clinical partner of UMass Chan Medical School. UMass Memorial is the only adult Level I Trauma Center and Level III Neonatal ICU in Central Massachusetts.

    The health system's experienced caregivers include experts in behavioral health, cancer, cardiology, children and women's services, heart and vascular care, neurology, pulmonology, surgery, and more.

  • December 6, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    It’s the busiest time of year for Melissa Recore and her colleagues at UMass Memorial Health's Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project.

    "Not having your basic needs met, not knowing where you can sleep that night, whether you'll be safe, that impacts your mental health," said Recore, who serves as the associate vice president of access for UMass Memorial Health's Community Healthlink. "So, we're also seeing that trickle in among our emergency services teams too, with individuals that are homeless, feeling hopeless and stuck."

  • December 1, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    Police departments in Worcester and seven other Worcester municipalities are taking part in the annual gun buyback program Dec. 10 as part of a collaborative initiative to reduce the number of firearms in the community...

    The program is a collaborative effort between the city, UMass Memorial Medical Center, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office, Worcester Police Department and the Worcester Department of Public Health.

  • December 1, 2022 - Leominster Champion

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $4.7 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. for the costs of testing, acquiring equipment and hiring temporary staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • November 30, 2022 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    An estimated 19,000 acute care jobs in hospitals are unfilled, according to the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association...

  • November 22, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Sen. Ed Markey made a stop on the campus of UMass Chan Medical School Tuesday morning, where he toured the recently opened Veterans Administration Building.

    The 48,000 square foot community-based outpatient clinic is equipped to serve more than 16,000 enrolled veterans in Worcester County.

  • November 15, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    UMass Memorial Medical Center president Michael Gustafson said the hospital has about 800 beds and 500 of them are for adult med-surge patients. These additional 91 beds are about a 19% increase.

    "91 beds are desperately needed," Gustafson said. "We have many days that we are starting days with patients waiting in our emergency departments waiting for beds. So this will provide a great relief and also the ability for us to get more patients transferred in to the medical center from outlying hospitals."

  • November 14, 2022 - Worcester Business Journal

    Worcester healthcare providers UMass Memorial Health and Reliant Medical Group, along with insurer Fallon Health, have been selected to four of the 17 MassHealth accountable care organizations, meaning they will be responsible for quality, cost, and member experience for MassHealth participants.

  • November 4, 2022 - WBUR

    Dr. Eric Dickson, chief executive of UMass Memorial Health, said three factors are driving up spending: administrative waste, drug prices and labor costs. “If we don't address those root causes, we will not do anything to the cost of health care in this country or in the state,” Dickson told the commission.

  • November 4, 2022 - Time

    For years, Melissa Almeida, 48, managed her Type 2 diabetes by herself…Almeida turned to a diabetes care coach program from UMass Memorial Health, which helped her establish a plan to gradually improve her medication regimen.

  • November 3, 2022 - GBH

    Dr. Larry Rhein said he used to be able to set his clock to spikes in respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV. Cases used to spike in mid-October and all but disappeared by April. But Rhein, the head of pediatrics at Worcester's UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, says that seasonality seems to be shifting — and more kids are getting severely ill.

  • October 31, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester health leaders are urging masking, vaccination and other precautions as cases of the flu, RSV, and COVID-19 rise. 

    They are also urging residents to take precautions to stay safe, avoid surges and prevent further strain on local and regional hospital systems.