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  • October 20, 2022 - Boston Globe

    Kai Chen, 27, and his mother, Kam Look, 63, were both suffering from severe, life-threatening liver damage when they arrived at the hospital on Sept. 21, according to officials at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

  • October 18, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    Medical experts are hoping to avoid what is being dubbed as a "tridemic" this winter. It would occur if the health care system sees a sharp rise in patients battling the flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

  • October 17, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    A Worcester man reunited Monday with the caregivers at UMass Memorial Medical Center who saved his life.

    Two weeks ago, Irineo Benitez's wife called the hospital's patient access center to schedule an appointment. During the call, the scheduler realized the call was more serious as she learned that Benitez was experiencing chest pain. The call was transferred to a nurse who said he needed an ambulance immediately.

  • October 12, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    When Jorge Yarzebski was a young boy, he dreamed of flying in a helicopter. 

    It started when Yarzebski and his dad heard the rotor blades whirring on the UMass Memorial Medical Center LifeFlight chopper from their Worcester apartment, located minutes away from the medical center. 

  • October 11, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

     It's approximately 4 feet tall, has expressive eyes and a childlike voice that will melt your heart. 

    Its name is Robin, and it's the newest caregiver in pediatrics at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus. 

    Actually, Robin’s full name is Robin the Robot, and it's the only one of its kind currently working in Massachusetts and on the East Coast.  

  • October 6, 2022 - Forbes

    Weight bias in medical care settings, which involves health care professionals stigmatizing and judging patients with the disease of obesity, is widespread. Obesity as a disease state leads to dangerous consequences for more than 40% of U.S. adults and 20% of U.S. children and adolescents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[1].

  • June 6, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    There is widespread concern about what the pandemic is doing to the mental health of adolescents. In Worcester, a new school-based program aims to address the issue. UMass Memorial Health’s Community Healthlink C.A.R.E.S. Club (Create. Achieve. Respect. Elevate. Succeed) expanded to Worcester East Middle school. Community Healthlink will mentor students and provide counseling, along with academic help.

  • June 5, 2022 - The Boston Globe

    “For a radiologist who has been reading scans and always had IV contrast, to ask them to read without it, they will miss things,” said Dr. Eric Dickson, CEO of UMass Memorial Health. “It’s a horrible shortage. And it has significantly impacted operations. Ultimately we’ve had to do scans without contrast or withhold the scan.”

  • June 1, 2022 - WBUR

    Dr. Eric Dickson, chief executive of UMass Memorial Health Care, said these factors make the timing of the latest COVID wave particularly tough. “As we started to see this uptick, we were really overwhelmed trying to catch up with a lot of work that had been put off for the last two years [and] dealing with staffing challenges,” he said. “We were starting from a position of weakness in health care, and then you're laying this on top of it.”

  • May 29, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    UMass Memorial Health – Community Healthlink is teaming up with the city’s Health and Human Services and public safety departments to design a program where mental health experts respond with officers to certain emergency calls. “Adding another layer of support and expertise to our crisis support is something that will really benefit our community,” Tamara Lundi, Community Healthlink president, said Friday.

  • May 27, 2022 - The Boston Globe

    UMass Memorial Health has also delivered approximately 8,000 courses of either Paxlovid or the monoclonal antibody therapy bebtelovimab since last July — almost 2,000 of which were delivered since April 10. It also hosts clinics for Evusheld for patients on Saturdays. Dr. Eric Dickson, CEO of UMass Memorial Health, said the health system has expanded the number of monoclonal antibody treatments it can deliver in a day, to 45 to 48 appointments. The center has been operating at maximum capacity for the last five weeks, as the latest surge began.

  • May 25, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    Speaking on children’s mental health, Dr. Abita Raj, a child and adolescent psychologist with Community Healthlink, said it’s important to keep an open dialogue. 

    “Checking in, if you notice something different, talk,” Dr. Raj said. “Talking is so important. Some kids are open and some kids are going to push you away, but the fact that you asked and engaged is so, so important.”

  • May 25, 2022 - Worcester Business Journal

    Community Healthlink, an organization within the UMass Memorial Health system that provides mental health services, has been chosen by the City of Worcester to assist a new crisis response model for 911 calls. 

  • May 14, 2022 - Spectrum 1 News

    Giving new nurses the first-hand experiences they need is the goal of UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Graduate Residency Program.

    Karen Uttaro, UMass Memorial director of education, said, “(Graduate students) are assigned to a particular unit, and they have a whole year to go through the program. The first 13 weeks are really the most intensive part.”

  • May 13, 2022 - Boston Globe

    With abortion rights threatened by an imminent Supreme Court ruling, Massachusetts advocates on Friday unveiled a broad agenda to protect and expand reproductive services to accommodate patients from the Bay State and beyond.

  • May 3, 2022 - Boston Globe

    Heywood Hospital is looking to join the UMass Memorial Health system, a move that would bring the two-hospital organization into the growing Worcester-based health system.

    The two health systems signed a letter of intent to conduct due diligence for a deal, a process the groups said could take up to a year. If the pair sign a definitive agreement, the deal would require Health Policy Commission review.

  • May 3, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

    WORCESTER, Mass. - COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in Central Massachusetts. 

    According to Massachusetts Department of Public Health data, the 14-day daily average as of April 28 is 21.8 cases, more than double the average on April 7. Compared to the rest of the state, however, the 14-day daily rate in Worcester County is well below average. From April 14 to April 28, Worcester County reported over 2,500 positive COVID-19 cases.

  • May 3, 2022 - MedCity News

    That’s something Dr. Eric Alper, senior vice president, chief clinical informatics officer and chief quality officer at UMass Memorial Health, is keeping a close eye on. Currently, Worcester, Massachusetts-based UMass takes advantage of private health information exchanges, like Epic’s proprietary Care Everywhere platform. 

  • May 3, 2022 - Telegram & Gazette

    Heywood Healthcare and UMass Memorial Health have started the process of forming an affiliation that would bring Heywood under the UMass Memorial umbrella. The two systems, which currently collaborate on a number of programs, have signed a non-binding letter of intent that will allow Heywood Healthcare and UMass Memorial Health to explore affiliation options upon the completion of a review. 

  • March 11, 2022 - Boston 25 News

    “No one expected it to be this bad and last for so long,” said Richard Ellison, MD, an infectious disease specialist at UMass Memorial Medical Center.