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  • September 16, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Medical School in Worcester is collaborating with Johns Hopkins University on two new coronavirus treatment and prevention studies using convalescent plasma.

    The work is seeking to determine whether antibodies from those who've recovered from coronavirus can help those who've either been recently exposed or have symptoms from getting sicker. The two studies are looking in particular at whether giving people antibodies earlier in the illness is effective at treating the virus and in preventing those exposed to it from catching the disease.

  • September 16, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    UMass Memorial Health Care and Air Methods put a new LifeFlight helicopter into service on Sept. 11. The new whirlybird, a EC145 Eurocopter, is a twin-engine light utility helicopter that weighs close to 2 tons and has a wingspan of 36 feet. It will be replacing a EC135 Eurocopter, which weighs roughly 800 pounds less and wingspan is 3 feet shorter.

  • September 11, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    The injuries Dan Hall suffered June 23, when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a vehicle on Plantation Street, were about as severe as you can get while still surviving.

    He lost one arm in the crash, and the other was severely damaged. He also lost his spleen, broke his back and various other bones, and he was disemboweled.

    In an interview Thursday, his mother, Susan Hall of Worcester, said staff at UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus told her they hadn’t seen someone that badly hurt in 20 years.

  • September 8, 2020 - CBS 4 Boston

    Hospitals in Massachusetts are already gearing up for a rise in COVID-19 cases as the temperature drops.

    Nick Duncan, the Director of Emergency Management at Tufts Medical Center, said his team has already stockpiled personal protective equipment and bolstered their testing capabilities. They have developed a four phase approach to addressing a potential “second surge” based on different metrics.

    Duncan said the goal is to avoid canceling elective procedures, the way hospitals did during the spring surge.

  • September 8, 2020 - WBUR

    Dr. Maria Diaz, a primary care physician in Lawrence, thinks she has a plan that will allow her to keep working this fall. Her kindergartener has a full day, in-person option through his pre school. Her second grader will go live with in-laws in Sharon for the three weekdays when her public school is remote. On the two days when the second grade classes are in person, Diaz hopes to be able to work from home.

  • September 2, 2020 - AOL

    A new alarming trend on TikTok is prompting teens to take dangerously high amounts of Benadryl — and experts are warning the activity could be fatal. In July, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Texas wrote a blog post warning that three teens had been hospitalized in one week after ingesting large amounts Benadryl.

  • September 1, 2020 - Spectrum News

    The old Worcester Boys Club building on Ionic Avenue is going to be rehabilitated.

    Creative Hub Worcester will turn the facility into an arts and community center for the Main South community. In addition to the arts center, event space will be available to the neighborhood.

    At Monday’s presentation, UMass Memorial Health Care announced they are providing a seven-year, $500,000 investment loan to Creative Hub Worcester. All involved see this project as an important piece in an underdeveloped community.

  • August 31, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    The interim leader of Community Healthlink, a Worcester outpatient health center in Worcester, has been named its permanent CEO, making her the first Black leader of a UMass Memorial Health Care entity.

    Tamara Lundi, who took over on an interim basis in the role last December, was announced as the permanent CEO by UMass Memorial on Monday.

  • August 26, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care was not alone in having to marshal all of its resources to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the spring and to delay revenue-generating procedures until the worst of the outbreak had passed.

    The Worcester-based health system, however, didn't have as bleak of a financial quarter as could have been expected. In fact, it turned a $9.6-million operating profit in the three months ending June 30, according to financial documents released last week. 

  • August 24, 2020 - WBZ 4 CBS Boston

     Massachusetts has developed a rapid testing response program that will be available for schools if there are signs of a potential cluster developing among students and teachers.

    “Currently, this program can be deployed to test students within a particular classroom or other groups,” Baker said. “A local health department and the Department of Public Health at the state level will work with a local school district

  • August 24, 2020 - WBZ 4 CBS Boston

    UMass Memorial gastroenterologist Dr. Savant Mehta battled COVID-19 on a ventilator for two weeks. His wife, Sonia, watched in agony as her husband went from physician to helpless patient.

    “There was like no hope,” Sonia said.

    As a last resort to save Mehta’s life, doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester used two transfusions of convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients.

  • August 14, 2020 - Fox 25 Boston

    During the height of the pandemic, Worcester was hit hard. On Friday, the city offered free coronavirus testing, masks, and hand sanitizers outside of city hall. People started lining up early from Worcester, and surrounding cities and towns.

    Many people that lined up say, they aren’t taking any chances, and are taking precautions and want to know if they are carrying the virus.

    During the height of the Coronavirus pandemic, UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester was running on surge capacity.

  • August 14, 2020 - 7 News Boston

    Thousands of people are sharing a UMass Memorial Medical doctor’s mask message.

    Dr. Luu D. Ireland took to social media to share her story about wearing a mak over the course of a long shift with the hope that others will take her words to heart and wear one too.

  • August 12, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Massachusetts locked down fast and hard in March in response to COVID-19, according to a new study examining the number of social interactions in the continental United States before and during the pandemic.

    “Without question, we have seen a marked decrease in social interactions across the country this year compared to last year,” said Sean Lansing, director of client strategy at TOP Data, part of the TOP Agency network that does market research and data studies and conducted the new study.

  • August 7, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    Worcester County reported 972 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases and 70 fatalities in July, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

    The new cases in Worcester County increased in July to 13,322 since the pandemic began. Statewide, cases increased by 8,730 in the month of July, increasing the total to 117,620. 

  • August 3, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    In this new recurring Worcester Business Journal feature where leading executives interview each other, the president & CEO of Hanover Insurance Group and the president & CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care discuss their separate ascensions to the top job, why companies need to advocate for causes like social justices, and how to

  • July 29, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    Four Central Massachusetts hospitals have been included in an annual rating of the best places to receive specialty care services.

    UMass Memorial Medical Center and Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham and Natick, and Milford Regional Medical Center each had specialties ranked as high performing by the U.S. News & World Report, a publication whose guides for hospitals, colleges and others can be highly sought.

  • July 20, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    In Massachusetts, it's all but impossible to top any hospital ranking if you're not Massachusetts General Hospital or Boston Children's Hospital.

    UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital in Leominster, however, has topped those facilities — which are regularly ranked as among the best in the country — and every other in Massachusetts in a new ranking by the Lown Institute weighing civic leadership and value along with other standard hospital-ranking measures, such as mortality and readmission rates.

  • July 8, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center has begun a pilot testing program using saliva to test for the coronavirus, offering a new method in addition to the more common nasal swab.

    The pilot program, announced in a staff-wide memo, began Tuesday on four units in UMass Memorial's University Campus and three units on its Memorial Campus. Other sites will continue to use nasopharyngeal specimens, or nasal swabs.

  • July 2, 2020 - Mass Live

    Stepping in the front doors of UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, greeters instruct visitors to sanitize with a palmful of Purell and supply them a fresh face mask.

    As the rate of new COVID-19 cases started to ease and some visitors were finally going to be allowed back into hospitals to see loved ones in June, employees of UMass Memorial Medical Center had to think fast.

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