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February 3, 2022 - Becker's Hospital Review
Boston-based Mass General Brigham plans to construct three outpatient surgery centers through a $400 million project. The plans have raised a lot of concerns from competitors — including UMass Memorial Health, Wellforce and Shields Health Care Group — which argue the project could take their wealthiest patients, according to The Boston Globe.
February 2, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette
WORCESTER — UMass Memorial Health finished its 2021 fiscal year with a 2% profit of $64.8 million.
But despite the positive balance sheet, UMH President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson said he remained “wary” of 2022 and the future, citing several major challenges for the health system including a shortage of beds in the region, increasing losses due to support of state programs and labor cost increases.
February 2, 2022 - Boston 25 News
BOSTON — We don’t know who he is, his exact age, the circumstances surrounding his infection — but two years ago today, February 1, 2020, a UMass Boston student made history by becoming the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Massachusetts.
We do know that he had just returned from Wuhan, China, believed to be the origin of the original ‘wild type’ coronavirus that came to be known as COVID-19.
February 1, 2022 - Spectrum News 1
WORCESTER, Mass. - A local health care executive says if you are going to require masks, it really should be a specific kind.
President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health, Dr. Eric Dickson, said that while early in the pandemic mask mandates were effective, time and the evolution of the COVID-19 virus made certain masks ineffective.
February 1, 2022 - MassLive
In March of 2020, officials locked down portions of the state as COVID-19 began to infiltrate communities. Gyms and bars closed. Restaurants limited service to takeout. Schools went remote.
The restrictions, officials said at the time, would only linger for a few weeks with the potential of a return to normal by the summer.
January 27, 2022 - NBC Boston
To see just how dramatically COVID case numbers have dropped from the peak of the omicron surge here in Massachusetts – all you had to do was stop by the walk-up COVID test site at Worcester’s Mercantile Center Wednesday, where there were no lines.
It was just a few weeks ago that the lines snaked around the corner and down the block.
January 27, 2022 - Kaiser Health News
A boisterous political battle over a proposed expansion by the largest and most expensive hospital system in Massachusetts is spotlighting questions about whether similar expansions by big health systems around the country drive up health care costs.
January 26, 2022 - Spectrum News 1
WORCESTER, Mass. - Between now and the end of the month, UMass Memorial Health and the Worcester Red Sox are partnering on a social media campaign to ask for support for hospital caregivers.
UMass Memorial and the WooSox are asking people on social media to use the hashtags #ShareASmile and #UMassMemorialStrength along with a photo or story about UMass caregivers.
January 26, 2022 - Becker's Hospital Review
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January 26, 2022 - WBUR
COVID case counts in Massachusetts are trending down, but they are still higher than at any point pre-omicron. That means, there are still a lot of people getting sick with COVID.
Several treatments are available that promise to help keep patients out of the hospital, but they are in short supply. We talked to doctors about the COVID treatment options, who is getting them and when supply will improve:
January 26, 2022 - Spectrum News 1UMass Memorial Medical Center's Dr. Klugman says there's no clear evidence a fourth booster shot is beneficial
WORCESTER, Mass. - Through much of December and into January, a surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelmed Massachusetts. Since then, many are questioning the need for a fourth booster shot.
Dr. Robert Klugman, Medical Director of Employee Health Services at UMass Memorial Medical Center, said at this point there is no clear evidence of a fourth shot is beneficial.
January 26, 2022 - Medscape
When one considers improvisational theater or improv, visions of the scuffed floors of a community theater or reruns of the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? may come to mind. Images of actors shrugging off inhibitions to embody different characters and scenarios instantaneously, or the desperate attempt not to giggle and break character, are plenty.
January 25, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette
WORCESTER — Lines for COVID-19 testing at the Mercantile Center have shrunk considerably from the hours-long waits that residents dealt with at the beginning of the month.
UMass Memorial Health, which operates the testing site, has recorded a week-over-week decrease in people seeking PCR tests at the facility. According to numbers provided by the health system, 1,986 tests were conducted over three days at the Mercantile Center over three testing days, while 3,197 tests were conducted two weeks ago over three testing days.
January 18, 2022 - Knowable Magazine
As rates of antibiotic resistance grow alarmingly among disease-causing bacteria, dangerous fungi also are evolving stronger defenses, with a lot less fanfare.
January 16, 2022 - Good Housekeeping
Federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated mask guidance this week to suggest Americans choose N95 or KN95s if possible, as respirators better stem the spread of SARS-CoV-2 spread this winter.
Experts have previously confirmed that Omicron spreads at a faster, more effective rate compared to earlier virus variants, and respirators like the N95 provide those in public a boost in subsequent filtration abilities if worn correctly.
January 14, 2022 - MassLiveSome Massachusetts hospitals don’t know how many National Guard members to expect, even with Gov. Charlie Baker activating 500 personnel
As the coronavirus sickens hundreds of health care workers across Massachusetts, some hospitals are in the dark about how many more National Guard members, if any, they should expect to receive in the coming days.
January 14, 2022 - WBZ
BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts hospital leaders issued a dire warning Friday that they’re “in crisis” and “every corner of our healthcare system is gasping for air.”
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, an organization of dozens of hospitals in the state, wrote a letter to the public saying “the stability of the system hangs in the balance” during this latest surge in the pandemic.
January 13, 2022 - Boston 25 News
RANDOLPH, Mass. — The positivity rate at the Randolph Covid testing site has dropped since just after the holidays, but it’s still an astounding 30-40 percent on a day-to-day basis, said Liz LaRosee, one of the town coordinators.
“We’re taking every precaution,” LaRosee said. “I’ve got all of our volunteers wearing gloves and masks and every morning I say make sure you’re getting yourself a test just to make sure.”
January 13, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette
WORCESTER - Over a dozen beds fill the room at the American Red Cross blood donation center on Plantation Street. During a 45-minute visit on Wednesday afternoon, only one of them was occupied.
“Donations are down over half nationwide,” Jeff Hall, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, said at the door. He explained that the organization likes to keep a 3-day supply of blood; he said the state currently has just over a 1-day supply.
January 13, 2022 - Spectrum New 1Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Central Mass. hospitals is 20% higher than previous surges
WORCESTER, Mass. - There are currently 460 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Central Massachusetts, a number 20% higher than at any point during the first two coronavirus surges.
UMass Memorial Health president and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson says 60% of the hospitalized patients are unvaccinated. He said it's putting a tremendous strain on staff and making it harder to find space for patients.