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  • January 6, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    No woman wants to pick up the phone and hear a voice on the other end asking her to come back for additional mammogram views.

    There’s always the fear that additional scans are needed because "they found something," although the American Cancer Society says that only 10 percent of women called back are diagnosed with breast cancer.

    On the other hand, if you should have breast cancer, you want the mammogram to find it – early on when a cure is very possible.

  • January 1, 2016 - WHDH-TV Channel 7

    The title of Massachusetts' first baby born in 2016 will have to be shared.

    On New Year's Day, Vanessa Skaza gave birth to her new daughter Carmelita, at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

  • December 27, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    The biggest business stories in Central Massachusetts during 2015 ranged from a frenzy of deal making, to health care cost woes, to turnover in the corner office, to signs of economic development.

    In other words, if something big happened globally or nationally in business, it probably happened here, too.

  • December 21, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    UMass Memorial Health Care Inc. posted profits of $47 million during its 2015 fiscal year as more patients surged into the health system but investment losses ate at results.

    UMass Memorial said in a filing with municipal bond regulators that revenue from patients hit $2.17 billion during the year ended Sept. 30, up from $2.15 billion the previous year.

  • December 18, 2015 - Worcester Business Journal

    Mass Memorial Health Care posted continued revenue growth through fiscal 2015 while reporting more patients served throughout a system that is moving more towards outpatient care.

    The largest employer in Worcester reported revenue of just under $2.174 billion for 2015, a growth of $21.8 million over fiscal year 2014. This came as a sign of continuing growth and turnaround for the organization over the course of the 2015 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30.

  • December 16, 2015 - Mikethegunguy Blog

    You may recall that back in August, the news got around that the city of Honolulu decided to replace their Smith & Wesson service pistols with Glocks and, according to news reports, effectively forfeited $575,000 in the process.

  • December 13, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    The question of whether to perform a C-section, which can save a mother's or baby's life but also comes with surgical risks, has been a matter of debate for decades.

    The ideal rate of childbirth by C-section versus vaginal delivery may be higher than previous guidelines suggested, a recent study by Harvard-affiliated researchers and the Stanford University School of Medicine reported. But within many countries, including the United States, where a third of all deliveries are by C-section, the rate may still be too high.

  • December 13, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    UMass Memorial Medical Center trauma surgeon Dr. Timothy A. Emhoff sees the gunshot victims that come into the emergency room. They're typically young, but unlike in some other urban areas, their injuries are less likely to be the result of gang violence.

    "In this area, it's usually guns within the household," Dr. Emhoff said.

  • December 7, 2015 - Worcester Business Journal

    Eric Dickson, MD, President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, is recognized by the Worcester Business Journal as one of this year's Central Mass. Power Players.

    This year's Central Mass. Power Players all derive their influence from different sources, but it is how they use their stature to reshape the business landscape to their vision that makes them important players in the real economic and political arenas.

  • December 7, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    UMass Memorial Health Care has been trying for nearly a year to improve the health of about 120,000 patients - and maybe even reduce the cost of caring for them.

    The result?

    It’s not quite clear.

  • December 4, 2015 - Baystate Parent

    The season of eating your way from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day or even Easter is coming upon us with maddening speed. So many celebrations, with delicious treats everywhere you look! It’s easy to lose track of your family’s health goals. 

    Healthy habits can be quickly set aside when a child sees a plastic pumpkin full of candy. To help them, you need to set limits, balance small amounts of sweets with healthy offerings and set a good example.  

  • November 30, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    Sutton High School senior Jack Rzucidlo, 17, sat at the driving simulator Monday with both hands on the wheel. Headphones on, he heard the chatter of a friend and then a cellphone popped up, beckoning with a text message. Generally a cautious driver, Jack went through a stop sign. Soon he swerved into the oncoming lane and shortly after that rear-ended an ambulance. Game over.

  • November 27, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    My father and brother both have had beards since they were in their early twenties. As the rebel in the family, I have shied away from having facial hair except for one month every year: November.

  • November 18, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

    Meet 91-year-old Mary Belazarian. Mary’s back to her old self now, having undergone a minimally invasive procedure that is helping her and others in their 90s – as well as those youngsters in their 70s and 80s – to add more candles to their birthday cakes.

  • November 16, 2015 - Becker's Hospital Review

    The men and women on this list lead some of the largest, most successful and prominent nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country. They were selected for this list based on editorial judgment and discretion. Nominations were also considered when making selections for this list.

  • November 15, 2015 - The Boston Globe

    In all the years Dr. Eric W. Dickson worked in UMass Memorial Health Care’s big emergency room here, moving from one patient to the next, he never dreamed that one day he might run the whole health system.

    But in 2013, Dickson got the job. And it turned out that all those days and nights in emergency medicine were good training.

  • October 28, 2015 - Worcester Business Journal

    For city leaders who have championed downtown redevelopment efforts, UMass Memorial Health Care's upcoming lease of 75,000 square feet in the Front Street office towers marks major progress toward revitalization.

    While officials at the Worcester health care system are also enthusiastic, transitioning UMass Memorial's large information-technology department to a new location in the midst of a $700-million IT project, will also be a logistical feat. 

  • October 28, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    Extending the Lives of Ovarian Cancer Patients

    Sheila Burque had been looking forward to her 56th birthday, which was coming up in a few days, but she was having a really lousy weekend that summer three years ago.

    On Thursday night she had discovered a lump in her belly button. “Maybe it could be a hernia,” she thought. Then, over the weekend, her belly began to swell and harden. “I looked as if I was nine months pregnant,” recalled the Spencer woman.

  • October 26, 2015 - Telegram & Gazette

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    UMass Memorial Health Care announced Monday morning it will be a major new tenant at 100 Front St., bringing 500 information technology jobs to downtown, starting by the end of the year.

    Franklin Realty Advisors, of Wellesley, and Great Point Investors of Boston recently purchased the buildings at 90, 100 and 120 Front Street for $32.5 million, and announced that the entire project cost, including redevelopment of the property, will total $70.1 million.

  • October 22, 2015 - Boston Business Journal

    A day after the American Cancer Society changed its stance on breast cancer screenings, physicians and radiologists throughout the state are having mixed reactions.

    The group’s new guidelines are a dramatic change from its previous, more aggressive approach to screening, which recommended mammograms and clinical breast exams every year, starting at 40.