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  • July 6, 2023 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - The City of Worcester is taking treatment on the road with a new pilot program for emergency mental health and substance use calls. The Mental Health Community Mobile Crisis Response Pilot Program was developed by UMass Memorial Health’s Community Healthlink, and will use crisis teams to respond directly to the site of a mental health or substance use emergency.

  • June 26, 2023 - American Hospital Association

    There are many creative ways that hospitals and care providers support their communities beyond offering great medical care. In 2017 UMass Memorial Health chose to reimagine itself as an “anchor” hospital, taking on much more responsibility for the welfare of the communities it serves. Hear how in this conversation between John Haupert, president and CEO of Grady Health System and the 2023 Chair of AHA’s Board, and Doug Brown, president of Community Hospitals and chief anchor officer of UMass Memorial Health.

  • June 26, 2023 - Daily Voice Worcester

    Kyle Osterman is a 9-year-old boy from North Grafton and Sutton who is on year two of his three-year-long treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Make-A-Wish says. Kyle has always wanted his own treehouse and his care team at UMass Memorial Health referred Kyle to Make-A-Wish to help make his dream a reality. 

  • June 13, 2023 - Becker's Hospital Review

    "AI as a co-pilot will be the next phase of the electronic health record," Eric Alper, MD, chief clinical informatics officer of Worcester, Mass.-based UMass Memorial Health, told 

  • June 13, 2023 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

    Solutions require a clear understanding of the scope of heat-related illness in Worcester, and that means there must be reliable data. That is a challenge because most hospitals, including UMass Memorial Health, the region’s largest health care system, don’t have clear data on the number of patients impacted by heat. 

  • June 12, 2023 - Worcester Business Journal

    Dr. Eric Alper is a senior vice president, chief quality officer, and chief clinical informatics officer at UMass Memorial Health. “The AI isn't doing medicine,” said Alper, who is chief clinical informatics officer and senior vice president, chief quality officer in addition to his medical practice at UMass Memorial. Though the technology shouldn’t take the driver’s seat, the three believe AI in medical records might be the solution physicians have been waiting for, after years of burdensome electronic health record processes.

  • June 12, 2023 - Sentinel & Enterprise

    UMass Memorial Life Flight will have two of their medical evaluation helicopters available to inspect and the Fitchburg Fire Department will have their special “smoke house” and a firefighter for kids to experience a non-toxic smoke-filled room as well as snacks and beverages available for a small fee.

  • June 9, 2023 - Telegram & Gazette

    Dr. Shahzad Khan, a pulmonologist at UMass Memorial Health, said people need to connect air quality with their health and any symptoms they might be feeling. “Any time there is an increase in particulates in the atmosphere and they are inhaled, it can cause a flare-up or exacerbation of health problems,” Khan said.

  • June 8, 2023 - MassLive

    Community Healthlink has appointed two leaders for its new crisis co-response team that will dispatch teams alongside police to mental health-related emergency calls. Dale Kline will serve as senior director of crisis co-response and Kevin McCarthy will serve as consulting lead clinician.

  • June 1, 2023 - Neurology Live

    Led by Christopher C. Hemond, MD, neurologist, UMass Memorial Health, the study featured 23 females with relapsing-remitting MS who were offered 8 weeks of MBSR free of charge. After a 12-week observation period, treatment with MBSR was associated with robust (>.08) improvements across a range of unadjusted PROs, including stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, loneliness, well-being, and interoceptive awareness (all <.01).

  • June 1, 2023 - Spectrum News 1

    A Worcester man is getting some much-needed rest following a charitable climb to raise money for teens fighting addiction. Andy Petit climbed Mount Washington this week to raise money for Community HealthLink’s Motivating Youth Recovery, where he works. It’s the only adolescent detox and stabilization program in the state.

  • June 1, 2023 - MassLive

    The Worcester Railers Hockey Club in partnership with Fletcher Tilton recognized more than 500 nurses from UMass Memorial Health on Tues., May 23rd in celebration of National Nurses Month.

  • May 25, 2023 - Telegram & Gazette

    “Don’t know,” was Wessolossky’s answer when asked about the seriousness of Mpox risk in Worcester. As more people head outdoors and mix during the warm spring and summer months the risk increases, said Wessolossky, an infectious disease doctor at UMass Memorial Health. To date, a total of six patients in the UMass Memorial Health system contracted Mpox, she said. The city of Worcester reports a total of 15 cases and no deaths.

  • May 23, 2023 - Spectrum News 1

    The Worcester Railers are supporting local caregivers in honor of National Nurses Month. Team members handed out 500 flowers Tuesday to nurses at three UMass Memorial Health campuses in Worcester. They also included a voucher for game tickets for next season and a free car wash from ScrubaDub.

  • May 19, 2023 - Becker’s Hospital Review

    Brian Gibbs. Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at UMass Memorial Health (Worcester, Mass.). Mr. Gibbs started his role at UMass Memorial Health in December 2020. He has previous experience in similar initiatives for academic institutions including Oregon Health and Science University, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health.

  • May 18, 2023 - This Week in Worcester

    The UMass Memorial Hospital Dermatology Department hosts free skin cancer screening and eye exams on Saturday, May 20, from 8 AM to noon.

    Walk-ins are welcome at the Hahnemann Campus at 281 Lincolns St. in Worcester. Take elevator B to the Dermatology Clinic on the 4th Floor. Free parking is available.

  • May 12, 2023 - The Gardner News

    In Worcester, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital-level provider between Boston and Springfield. But it’s located in a region of the state with the highest population growth, which means there are a lot of children under 18, Worcester Medical Director Dr. Michael Hirsh said in an interview.

  • May 12, 2023 - Telegram & Gazette

    In Worcester, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital-level provider between Boston and Springfield. But it’s located in a region of the state with the highest population growth, which means there are a lot of children under 18, Worcester Medical Director Dr. Michael Hirsh said in an interview.

  • May 11, 2023 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. – Members of the UMass Memorial medical team were slimed Thursday as part of an event to mark Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

    Staff sat in the slime seat, giving patients in the children’s medical center a chance to smile and laugh as slime was poured all over them.

  • May 10, 2023 - The Boston Globe

    Three years ago, emergency departments across Massachusetts were inundated with patients infected with COVID-19. In my 30-plus years of working in emergency medicine, I had never seen anything like it. No one had. We cared for patients in tents outside the emergency department. We set up hospitals in convention centers and we all worked together to care for our communities when they needed us most.

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