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  • March 29, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    WORCESTER – Patrick L. Muldoon, president of UMass Memorial Medical Center, will serve as chairman of the 2016 Central Mass. Heart Walk scheduled to take place May 7, rain or shine, at Quinsigamond State Park, Lake Park.

    Mr. Muldoon will manage the volunteer executive leadership team charged with recruiting businesses, community groups and individual walkers while helping to raise more than $200,000 to support the American Heart Association in its mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

  • March 21, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    On April 15, 2013, registered nurses Susan Papalia and Lynn Landry were among the volunteers stationed near the Boston Marathon finish line, helping runners who'd pushed themselves to the edge and were now in medical trouble.

    Then, two men set off pressure-cooker bombs in the crowd.

    "It basically went from this relaxed feeling, like the city's united, to a mass casualty event in seconds," Papalia said. "You train for it, and you hope it never happens."

  • March 14, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    With modern technology, patients can text a photo to a doctor for a diagnosis, blood-sugar levels can be monitored directly from a diabetic's meter and an X-ray can be reviewed in real time by an expert miles away.

    Just a few years ago, this kind of technology-enabled medicine was more science fiction than fact, but these very real technologies are forming the basis of UMass Memorial Health Care's next phase of expansion set to take place out in the community while being rooted in the institution's vast resources through technology.


  • March 10, 2016 - Worcester Magazine

    In 1986, a hospital nurse in Eugene, Oregon was in a room with a dying patient. He asked her to stay with him a while longer, but Sandra Clarke had other patients to tend to. When she returned later, the man had died. Profoundly affected by the experience, Clarke created No One Dies Alone, a program providing accompaniment for patients approaching the end of life, when a family member, friend or nurse is not available.

  • March 8, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

    Wun "The Shot" Versher of the Harlem Globetrotters poses for a photo as Haily Webber, 9, of Athol, playfully swats the ball away from him at the UMass Memorial Medical Center Children's Medical Center on Tuesday. The Globetrotters are in town for a game at the DCU Center on Saturday.

  • March 6, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

    Following a realization that their hospital rooms projected an institutional feel and an outdated atmosphere, UMass Memorial Medical Center is launching a redesign project based on changes shaped by patient and staff feedback.

    Dubbed the "Refresh" project, this plan included the design of a working mock-up. In Room 306B at the University Campus, the physical model reflects the proposed changes that UMass hopes to bring to the medical center’s hospitals in the next five to seven years.

  • March 2, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    The hotline phone at MCPAP for Moms has rung more than 1,000 times since it was activated back in July of 2014, each ring signifying that somewhere there’s a troubled woman and a healthcare provider who wants to help, but whose training never covered perinatal depression.

  • February 21, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    Longtime Bell Hill advocate Ana Rodriguez will receive the Caffrey Award Tuesday before the start of the City Council meeting.

    The award has been given for the past 15 years to an individual in the community who has demonstrated courage, fortitude, and perseverance through deeds and actions, according to a communication to councilors from City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announcing the award. 

  • February 19, 2016 - Bolton Independent

    Soaring health costs are not news, but how larger hospitals help control these costs, while still offering quality care, may be a surprise to some.  Rather than cutting services, health care is reaching deeper into communities and neighborhoods.

  • February 19, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    There are plenty of reasons why kids don’t receive proper health and dental care, and they are perhaps more complex than you think.

    Aside from the obvious logistics associated with affordability and payment, there are language barriers, lack of education where proper care is concerned and the difficulties in scheduling appointments when both parents work or a single parent is the child’s sole caretaker.

  • February 17, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    The medical world has become quite good at staving off heart attacks by prescribing blood pressure and cholesterol medications for their patients, and, if a blocked artery should cause a heart attack, interventional cardiologists are really good at interrupting and stopping that attack, if you get to the hospital in time.

    However, once that blockage is cleared away and a stent inserted to keep that artery open, cardiologists don’t have any way of fixing the damage to the heart muscle that an attack can leave.

  • February 15, 2016 - Community Advocate

    Dr. Cynthia Ennis, a cardiologist and electrophysiologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, is the founder and director of the Women’s Heart Health Program. Ennis grew up in Shrewsbury and currently lives with her husband and three children in Westborough.

    She is passionate about spreading the message that women need more information and resources in regard to heart problems.

  • January 27, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    If you were diagnosed some years ago with hypertension – high blood pressure – you might just want to have another conversation with your doctor.

    If you have been told you are “pre-hypertensive,” you might also want to talk to your doctor.

    Not all that long ago, you were considered to be healthy or “normal” if your blood pressure measured 120/80 to 139/89 – nothing to worry about unless that last reading went higher. We may not have changed, but the standard way the medical world uses to evaluate us has. 

  • January 26, 2016 - CBSNews


    Stephen Bird, MD, Emergency Medicine, notes in the article that some epidemiological studies show people over 55 have a greater risk of heart attack than those under. But it probably has to do with conditioning. 


  • January 26, 2016 - CBSNews


    Stephen Bird, MD, Emergency Medicine, notes in the article that some epidemiological studies show people over 55 have a greater risk of heart attack than those under. But it probably has to do with conditioning. 


  • January 19, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    Worcester isn't one of those industrial cities that is dependent on one employer for a majority of its jobs, but, still, when the city's and the region's largest employer is trending in a positive direction, the city and the region stand to benefit.

  • January 11, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

    Two agencies released positive credit ratings for UMass Memorial Health Care Inc. this week, leaving the hospital system poised to save millions of dollars in borrowing costs as it prepares to sell $177 million in bonds.

    Fitch Ratings gave UMass Memorial an A- rating, and Moody’s Investors Service raised its rating on UMass Memorial to Baa3 from Ba1. Both new ratings are just above levels for highly speculative, or “junk,” investments.

  • January 11, 2016 - Sentinel & Enterprise

    Pat Read can't remember what it felt like when, at age 19, she suffered a fall that gave her a concussion, but she will never forget the ripple effect it had on the rest of her life. 

    Instant symptoms, like extreme fatigue, faded over time, but basic planning and organizational skills that had once seemed easy no longer did. 

    "I was in my late 30s when I read an article about post-concussive syndrome. As I went through it, I realized I was experiencing just about every single symptom," said the Ashby resident.

  • January 9, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the use of the narcotic painkiller OxyContin for children as young as 11 in August amid a national opioid crisis has been met with harsh criticism from lawmakers and public officials who allege the agency used “flawed methodology” to arrive at its decision.

    As a result, there is a call for the agency to reconsider its decision.

  • January 7, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    Fitch Ratings has issued an 'A-' rating to UMass Memorial Health Care as the Central Massachusetts healthcare system seeks to raise $177 million to pay for facility upgrades and refinance existing debt.

    Fitch said in a statement that the outlook for the organization is stable. As key drivers of the improved rating, Fitch cited the system's market position, which includes 43 percent of the inpatient market share in Central Massachusetts, improved operating results beginning in fiscal 2014, adequate liquidity, leverage and plans for capital investment.