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  • April 3, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    In a little more than a year, the team of coders, hardware experts and project managers he oversees is due to flip the switch on a new electronic medical records system for the sprawling UMass Memorial Health Care network of hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices.

    It’s a project estimated to cost $650 million to $700 million in hardware, software and labor over 10 years. About 300 people are working on it, focused on bringing to UMass Memorial a medical records system developed by Epic Corp. of Verona, Wisconsin.

  • April 3, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    A new CareWell Urgent Care center, affiliated with UMass Memorial Health Care, will open this summer at 757 Boston Post Road, East Marlboro.The center will provide area residents with an integrated health care solutions for non-life-threatening injuries, colds, flu, infections, fractures, cuts, bites, rashes, nose bleeds, allergic reactions, and skin issues, among others.

  • April 1, 2016 - Boston Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care will undertake renovations at all four of its hospitals and refinance a sizable amount of debt with a $168.8 million bond to be issued by MassDevelopment.

    Approximately $56 million of the bond will help pay for a variety of projects, including the addition a 24-bed observation and admission unit and a 10-station dialysis center. The hospital will then renovate the former dialysis space into a step-down unit on its university campus.

  • 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.

    Nearly 30 years later, in 2015, UMass Memorial Medical Center introduced its own version of the program, partnering with Power of Presence, a group of volunteers providing care and support for patients nearing the end of their life.