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  • October 20, 2021 - Contemporary Pediatrics

    Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics help guide families on how to manage and move on from trauma.

    Most people don’t make it through childhood without some degree of trauma. Some people have the resilience to handle this trauma without ongoing effects, but for others it’s more difficult.

  • October 18, 2021 - GBH

    he United States is entering its second flu season in the COVID-19 pandemic. The convergence of the two could pose a risk to those infected, and to hospital capacity. Dr. Robert Klugman with UMass Memorial Medical Center and the UMass Medical School joined GBH’s All Things Considered with Arun Rath to discuss. What follows is a lightly edited transcript.

  • October 18, 2021 - Becker's Hospital Review

    U.S. hospital and health system workers have been serving nearly two years on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. To recognize these workers, organizations have offered bonus payments during the public health crisis. It has been part of an ongoing effort to retain and recruit employees as hospitals deal with staff shortages and burnout during surges of the virus.

    Becker's reached out to three healthcare leaders to see if these bonuses have boosted retention. 

  • October 16, 2021 - Boston Herald

    After the most mild flu season on record in 2020, the virus could come back early and hit harder this year, some doctors are predicting as they urge people to get a flu shot.

    “The worry is that we are out of isolation and we didn’t get some of the natural immunity from last year, so we could see a surge in flu from last year,” said Dr. Robert Klugman, the medical director of employee health at UMass Memorial Health.

  • October 14, 2021 - Spectrum News

    HOPKINTON, Mass. - Hopkinton High School is the first school in Massachusetts to get state approval to drop the in-school mask mandate and a local pediatrician is weighing in on the decision.

    In order to meet the state's threshold for removing masks, at least 80% of all students and staff at the school have to be vaccinated.

  • October 13, 2021 - HFMA

    HFMA President and CEO Joe Fifer interviews Sergio Melgar, CFO at UMass Memorial Health, about his history with health systems in peril and what he thinks could come out of pandemic-era changes.

  • October 5, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER - UMass Memorial Health President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson said that, while things are “still very tight” regarding bed availability in Central Massachusetts, the mask mandate appears to be working, with COVID test rates roughly halved in recent weeks.

  • October 5, 2021 - Spectrum News

    WORCESTER, Mass.  - Healthcare providers are putting out the reminder for people to get their flu shots.

    With strict COVID-19 restrictions such as mask wearing and social distancing in place last year the amount of flu last season was less than normal. Doctors are concerned with the easing of these restrictions, flu and other respiratory illnesses will return to pre-pandemic levels.

  • October 4, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    BOSTON — The pandemic has created a lot of stress. Often a simple way to find relief is a glass of wine or a beer.

    Surveys show drinking is up significantly, particularly among women.

  • September 30, 2021 - Boston Business Journal

    Massachusetts hospitals are bracing to lose hundreds of employees as deadlines for employees to get a Covid vaccine mandates approach. 

    While vaccination rates at Massachusetts hospitals are high, thousands of workers have yet to meet the criteria ahead of deadlines, which range from Oct. 1 at some hospitals to Nov. 1 at others. Those who haven't confirmed they are vaccinated could face termination.

  • September 30, 2021 - Spectrum News

    WORCESTER, Mass. - After another emergency advisory from the CDC, local medical leaders are calling on pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

    The message advises pregnant women to protect not only themselves, but their baby from the harmful virus. 

  • September 29, 2021 - Boston 25 News

    WORCESTER — The head of the largest healthcare system in Central Massachusetts says the hospital bed shortage and staffing crisis at UMass Memorial Healthcare have reached a tipping point.

    As 25 Investigates’ Kerry Kavanaugh learned, plans are in the works to add more beds at the Worcester hospital, but requiring workers to get the COVID vaccine as a condition for employment could translate into fewer staff to care for patients.

  • September 23, 2021 - GBH

    On Thursday’s Boston Public Radio, Dr. Eric Dickson described the current situation at UMass Memorial Health as “the perfect storm,” after its hospital system ran out of ICU beds on Wednesday — 18 months after the COVID-19 pandemic officially began.

    Dickson is the President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health, which has hospitals in Worcester, Southbridge, Marlborough and Leominster.

  • September 24, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    It’s time — long past time — to settle the St. Vincent Hospital nurses strike.

    I’ve written about the strike before. The nurses said they walked to protect their patients and demanded better staffing requirements. To make their case, they produced a mountain of complaints, many verified by nursing supervisors, that documented unsafe patient conditions.

  • September 24, 2021 - MassLive

    The nurses’ strike at Saint Vincent Hospital reached 200 days on Thursday. It’s the latest milestone of a work stoppage that officially began on March 8 with nurses bundled up in frigid temperatures. Summer has come and gone and the work stoppage has become the longest nurses’ strike in the history of the state.

    The grievances go back to 2020, though, and have evolved since.

  • September 23, 2021 - MassLive

    The nurses strike at Saint Vincent Hospital, which began in March, reached its 200th day on Thursday.

    The hiatus between the Massachusetts Nurses Association and Tenet Healthcare began over staffing but now continues because of a return-to-work provision.

  • September 23, 2021 - MetroWest Daily News

    FRAMINGHAM — Upon dropping her daughter off Tuesday morning at McCarthy Elementary School, Maureen Ferdinand reminded the 7-year-old girl, Clara, to pull her mask up.

    Like many parents of young children, Ferdinand is eagerly waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine to become available to those younger than 12. She said she trusts what the schools are doing, but "they're kids and I have to tell her to pull her mask up over her nose every two minutes."

  • September 22, 2021 - Boston Globe

    The largest hospital system in Central Massachusetts, UMass Memorial Health, ran out of intensive care beds Wednesday as critically ill patients with deferred chronic health problems and those stricken with COVID-19 overwhelm health care providers.

    Dr. Eric Dickson, president and chief executive of the system, described the situation as dire, but said patients are getting the care they need. UMass has hospitals in Worcester, Marlborough, Leominster, and Southbridge.

     

  • September 22, 2021 - Telegram & Gazette

    WORCESTER — In a letter to their striking colleagues on Wednesday, doctors at St. Vincent Hospital are imploring nurses to return to work to help patients amid a COVID-19 surge.

    The nurses' strike, the longest such strike in state history, reached 199 days on Wednesday.

  • September 22, 2021 - WBUR

    Dr. Eric Dickson is weary. He says the hospital system he heads has reached a crisis point.

    He's the president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health, based in Worcester. He says the region has almost 20 times more COVID patients hospitalized than in June, and that as of Tuesday, there is not a single intensive care hospital bed available in central Massachusetts. When a bed opens, there's a patient waiting to take it.

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