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  • July 8, 2016 - EE Times

    While Google Glass may have fallen out of favor among the hippest technologists and those that follow them, the wearable technology has found a second life in emergency medicine.

  • July 6, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    All but two acute care hospitals in Central Massachusetts reported year-over-year profits for the first three months of 2016, according to a report from a state agency that tracks hospital financials. 

  • June 30, 2016 - Worcester Magazine

    Dr. Mike Hirsh is a man of many titles. Director of Injury Free Worcester, director of the pediatric trauma program at UMass Memorial and medical director for Worcester’s Division of Public Health are just a few under his belt. As someone who has devoted countless hours to public health, Hirsh now spends a portion of his time on the front end of health. He spoke with us recently about the importance of prevention, the growing popularity of vaping and his favorite hospital TV dramas.

  • June 29, 2016 - MassLive

    Pointing to a picture of her 3-year-old self with a man in a white coat, Katy Drennan said she had no actual memory of the surgeon who saved her life.

    Last week, 18 years later, Drennan flew across the country to finally meet the man in the picture so he could again save her life.

    UMass Memorial Medical Center's Dr. Louis Messina, the division chief for vascular surgery, repaired Drennan's aorta for the second time in her life during the surgery last week.

  • June 29, 2016 - Worcester Magazine

    In 1998, Dr. Louis Messina was a vascular surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco when he performed a bypass on 3-year-old Katy Drennan, who suffered from a rare aortic condition.

    Eighteen years later, and 3,000 miles away, the two reunited for a new bypass.

  • June 29, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    As I listened to the morning news on June 22nd I was reminded that a year ago to the day the Baker administration vowed to attack the opioid crisis in Massachusetts. 

  • June 29, 2016 - WHDH-TV Channel 7 News Boston

    A young woman from California had a heartwarming reunion with the doctor who operated on her almost 20 years ago.

    When Katy Drennan was 3 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare aortic disease and underwent surgery at a California hospital with Dr. Louis Messina.

    Messina is now a division chief at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

  • June 29, 2016 - WCVB 5 Boston News

    The doctor first operated on her at age three. Her narrowed or blocked main artery needed another fix, and she needed the same surgeon, now in Worcester to do it. 


  • June 28, 2016 - WWLP-22 News

    Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was joined by law enforcement, highway safety advocates and a trauma surgeon Tuesday in Worcester as she launched the administration’s summer roadway safety campaigns focused on teen driving, and distracted or impaired driving.

  • June 28, 2016 - WHDH-TV Channel 7 News Boston

    State officials kicked off a safety campaign Tuesday aimed at keeping the roads safe during the busiest travel time of the year.

    Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was joined by transportation officials and State Police, as well as a trauma surgeon from UMass Memorial Medical Center. Police at the event said drivers should have fun in the summer but also make sure to be safe.

  • June 24, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care said Friday that it reached a tentative agreement with the Massachusetts Nurses Association following expedited negotiations, reaching what it says is the earliest settlement in recent history.

  • June 22, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    Some may think it’s a cosmetic problem, but vitiligo (pronounced vittle-eye-go) is actually an autoimmune disease that manifests itself outwardly, making many of those it afflicts so self-conscious that they avoid going out in public where people might stare at their appearance.


  • June 20, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    A team-based approach to primary care isn't a new concept, said Dr. David Polakoff, chief medical officer and associate dean of UMass Medical School's Commonwealth Medicine Division. It was central to some early managed care models, and has been a part of primary care, pediatrics and geriatrics for a long time.

  • June 19, 2016 - Telegam & Gazette

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    Martha Pappas, widow of Dr. Arthur Pappas, famed Boston Red Sox team physician and founding chair of the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation at UMass Memorial Medical Center, joined Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito for an official signing of legislation designating the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton as the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children.

  • June 19, 2016 - Lowell Sun

    Ken Manning's head is held up by two metal rods, four plates, and 17 screws in his neck. 

    Since falling off a frame at a carpentry job in the early 2000s, he has had four surgeries, leaving his tanned neck covered in a spiderweb of pale scars and a sewn-together seam that runs from his shoulders to the base of his skull. 

    The pain is still so bad that he sometimes "sees stars" or passes out. To cope with it, he has been prescribed opioid pain medication for more than a decade.


  • June 19, 2016 - Go Local Worcester

    UMass Memorial Health Care has been recognized by a national hospital association for its work to reduce school absenteeism, hospitalizations and emergency department use for kids with poorly controlled asthma. 

    UMass was awarded a 2016 Gage Award for Population Health by America's Essential Hospitals.


  • June 18, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

    NECN's Emmy Award-winning anchor Latoyia Edwards wanted to bring a positive note to how women feel about their health, their lives and their community.

    So as the Saturday morning's self-described "personal espresso" and "Energizer bunny" to more than 160 women gathered at University of Massachusetts Medical School for the Multicultural Women's Health Summit, she demonstrated with an audience member how shifting music from a slow, soulful tune to the driving beat of "Blurred Lines" and "Happy" can transform how we approach our day.

  • June 15, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care has put in place a new electronic prescription system that it says will provide for more secure prescribing of opioids and help reduce fraud and doctor shopping that can contribute to abuse of the pain medication.

  • June 15, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    The Orlando terrorist shootings this week have reignited the debate over whether blood collection centers should block donations from those who have had sexual contact with gay men.

    Locally, collection centers in Worcester say they continue to follow federal guidelines that say both men and women cannot donate if they have had intercourse in the last 12 months with men who have had gay sex.

  • June 15, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    At the College of the Holy Cross, Dr. Jay Broadhurst is one of the team physicians for the athletics department. He also works as an addiction specialist at Worcester-based Spectrum Health Systems, among other jobs.

    This expertise in treating addiction has helped him to address the elephant in the room with injured student-athletes."I say, with a wink, 'come to me if you want to get that heroin problem under control.'" he said. "I'm not frightened to talk about it, and sometimes athletes will come, and they will share a concern, about themselves or a teammate."