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October 30, 2022 - Commonwealth MagazineDrug discount program vital to hospital care: Penalties should be assessed for drug company noncompliance
The federal drug pricing program known as 340B enables eligible hospitals, health centers, and clinics to purchase outpatient prescription drugs at discounted prices and use the savings to provide more services and treat more patients in need. But a growing group of drugmakers has restricted access to discounts when hospitals partner with community and specialty pharmacies to dispense drugs to their patients.
October 27, 2022 - Spectrum News 1
Local health experts are warning about the possibility of a 'tridemic,' with cases of COVID-19, the flu and RSV all rising at the same time.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus causes a cold in adults, but can cause a deep lung infection in younger children. The younger a patient is, the worse the virus can be. It's the leading cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children younger than 1.
Dr. Robert Klugman at UMass Memorial Health said while RSV is typically more severe in children, it can easily be spread to older age groups.
October 25, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette
Roughly 2,770 nurses and health care workers at several hospitals in the UMass Memorial Health system have ratified new contracts in recent months, providing wage increases between 8% and 19.5%, depending on the facility and length of contract. “Every day, we are moved by the compassion, resilience, and professionalism of our nursing staff, who continue to deliver exceptional care to all our patients and their loved ones,” Justin Precourt, who is a registered nurse and chief nursing officer/senior vice president of Patient Care Services at UMass Memorial Medical Center and chief nursing exe
October 25, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette
Pediatric cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are on the rise at UMass Memorial Health, as hospitals nationwide reportedly grapple with the illness.
Meanwhile, UMass Chan Medical School is participating in a clinical trial of a new flu vaccine developed by Pfizer that could boost effectiveness, compared to the standard influenza vaccine.
October 25, 2022 - Mass Live
Worcester firefighter Ryan Kelley had a scab on his temple for two years that never really healed.
He hadn’t done anything about it, when his whole truck decided to attend a free cancer screening held by DetecTogether and UMass Memorial Health at Polar Park last year.
When doctors from UMass saw the scab, they told Kelley it looked like basal cell skin cancer. He worked with them to schedule a biopsy for the next morning.
October 22, 2022 - Boston.com
According to a CBS Boston report, doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center were able to save the pair, though the woman, 63-year-old Kam Look, had to have a liver transplant. Dr. Stephanie Carreiro greeted Kai and Look when they arrived at UMass Memorial. She told CBS, “When they came in, they were both very ill and had signs of liver damage, and Kam actually had signs of kidney damage as well from the mushrooms.”
October 21, 2022 - Spectrum News 1
Artificial intelligence may be considered an unfamiliar or impersonal presence in daily life, but UMass Memorial Health is using the power of AI to put a friendly face in its pediatric care unit.
Robin the Robot is an AI-based companion designed to ease anxiety and loneliness among children in hospitals and clinics, and it's making a difference one interaction at a time.
October 20, 2022 - Boston Globe
Kai Chen, 27, and his mother, Kam Look, 63, were both suffering from severe, life-threatening liver damage when they arrived at the hospital on Sept. 21, according to officials at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
October 18, 2022 - Spectrum News 1
Medical experts are hoping to avoid what is being dubbed as a "tridemic" this winter. It would occur if the health care system sees a sharp rise in patients battling the flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
October 17, 2022 - Spectrum News 1
A Worcester man reunited Monday with the caregivers at UMass Memorial Medical Center who saved his life.
Two weeks ago, Irineo Benitez's wife called the hospital's patient access center to schedule an appointment. During the call, the scheduler realized the call was more serious as she learned that Benitez was experiencing chest pain. The call was transferred to a nurse who said he needed an ambulance immediately.
October 12, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette
When Jorge Yarzebski was a young boy, he dreamed of flying in a helicopter.
It started when Yarzebski and his dad heard the rotor blades whirring on the UMass Memorial Medical Center LifeFlight chopper from their Worcester apartment, located minutes away from the medical center.
October 11, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette
It's approximately 4 feet tall, has expressive eyes and a childlike voice that will melt your heart.
Its name is Robin, and it's the newest caregiver in pediatrics at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus.
Actually, Robin’s full name is Robin the Robot, and it's the only one of its kind currently working in Massachusetts and on the East Coast.
October 6, 2022 - Forbes
Weight bias in medical care settings, which involves health care professionals stigmatizing and judging patients with the disease of obesity, is widespread. Obesity as a disease state leads to dangerous consequences for more than 40% of U.S. adults and 20% of U.S. children and adolescents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
June 6, 2022 - Spectrum News 1
There is widespread concern about what the pandemic is doing to the mental health of adolescents. In Worcester, a new school-based program aims to address the issue. UMass Memorial Health’s Community Healthlink C.A.R.E.S. Club (Create. Achieve. Respect. Elevate. Succeed) expanded to Worcester East Middle school. Community Healthlink will mentor students and provide counseling, along with academic help.
June 5, 2022 - The Boston Globe
“For a radiologist who has been reading scans and always had IV contrast, to ask them to read without it, they will miss things,” said Dr. Eric Dickson, CEO of UMass Memorial Health. “It’s a horrible shortage. And it has significantly impacted operations. Ultimately we’ve had to do scans without contrast or withhold the scan.”
June 1, 2022 - WBUR
Dr. Eric Dickson, chief executive of UMass Memorial Health Care, said these factors make the timing of the latest COVID wave particularly tough. “As we started to see this uptick, we were really overwhelmed trying to catch up with a lot of work that had been put off for the last two years [and] dealing with staffing challenges,” he said. “We were starting from a position of weakness in health care, and then you're laying this on top of it.”
May 29, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette
UMass Memorial Health – Community Healthlink is teaming up with the city’s Health and Human Services and public safety departments to design a program where mental health experts respond with officers to certain emergency calls. “Adding another layer of support and expertise to our crisis support is something that will really benefit our community,” Tamara Lundi, Community Healthlink president, said Friday.
May 27, 2022 - The Boston Globe
UMass Memorial Health has also delivered approximately 8,000 courses of either Paxlovid or the monoclonal antibody therapy bebtelovimab since last July — almost 2,000 of which were delivered since April 10. It also hosts clinics for Evusheld for patients on Saturdays. Dr. Eric Dickson, CEO of UMass Memorial Health, said the health system has expanded the number of monoclonal antibody treatments it can deliver in a day, to 45 to 48 appointments. The center has been operating at maximum capacity for the last five weeks, as the latest surge began.
May 25, 2022 - Worcester Business Journal
Community Healthlink, an organization within the UMass Memorial Health system that provides mental health services, has been chosen by the City of Worcester to assist a new crisis response model for 911 calls.
May 25, 2022 - Spectrum News 1'It’s clear that we need to do something different around policy:' Central Mass. educators, police react to Texas mass shooting
Speaking on children’s mental health, Dr. Abita Raj, a child and adolescent psychologist with Community Healthlink, said it’s important to keep an open dialogue.
“Checking in, if you notice something different, talk,” Dr. Raj said. “Talking is so important. Some kids are open and some kids are going to push you away, but the fact that you asked and engaged is so, so important.”