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  • February 19, 2020 - Boston 25 News

    Once again, health officials have collected data that shows the number of STDs has been on the rise, particularly among young people.

    Overall, between 2010 and 2018, cases of chlamydia have increased by 42%, syphilis is up by 150% and gonorrhea has spiked 209%.

  • February 18, 2020 - WBZ 4 Boston

    Many patients who have blockages in their coronary arteries undergo special CAT scans to evaluate the problems. Now UMass Memorial Medical Center is using new 3D imaging to get a more detailed look.

  • February 17, 2020 - Becker's Healthcare Review

    John Berry-Candelario, MD, is director of spine and spine oncology at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and medical director of the hospital's spine center.

    Here, he discusses advancements in augmented reality and artificial intelligence as well as innovations in spinal oncology.

  • February 10, 2020 - The Hastings Center

    Tinslee Lewis, a critically ill 1-year-old girl born with a rare heart defect and severe lung disease, has spent her entire life in the intensive care unit at Cook Children’s Hospital in Texas and undergone multiple surgeries in attempts to save her life. Tinslee’s care team has determined that she has no chance for any meaningful survival and that ongoing intensive care is harmful and causing her undue suffering. They recommend withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, against the parent’s wishes.

  • February 4, 2020 - WMCT-TV Marlborough

    Marlborough Hospital announced earlier this week a big change is coming to the local campus. A new women's imaging center will be coming to town next fall, breaking ground as early as next month.

  • February 3, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Emily Gilbreath works with dialysis patients awaiting kidney transplants, so when Keith Rutkiewicz, her best friend’s husband, needed a new kidney, she knew what she had to do. She donated one of her kidneys.

    Four weeks after the Jan. 7 transplant surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester, Gilbreath and Rutkiewicz are on the mend. They proudly wear their matching “Kidney Buddies for life” T-shirts, with two red kidneys holding hands, that Rutkiewicz’s wife, Sarah, gave them for Christmas.

  • February 2, 2020 - Mass Live

    Onetime Worcester Police Chief Gary J. Gemme received the gift of life from his son and it came on Valentine’s Day.

    On Feb. 14 Gemme will celebrate his recovery from Leukemia. It was on that day, a year ago, that he had a bone marrow transplant.

    Gemme’s youngest son, Matthew, was the donor.

  • January 30, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Beacon Hill lawmakers and advocates seeking to end the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting were anxiously awaiting the Joint Committee on the Judiciary’s imminent report of proposed legislation on Thursday, which would indicate if bills targeting the practice would move forward in this legislative session.

    The deadline for all bills to be reported under Joint Rule 10 is Feb. 5, but some at the Statehouse said this proposed legislation might come out sooner.

  • January 29, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    Harrington HealthCare System has signed a letter of intent with UMass Memorial Health Care to join the hospital system, which is Central Massachusetts' largest employer.

    Board of trustees for both systems have approved the agreement, UMass administrators said in a memo to staff caregivers Wednesday. State regulatory approval is needed before the deal becomes official.

    Regulatory reviews are expected to take six to nine months, UMass President and CEO Eric Dickson and Chief Administrative Officer Doug Brown said in the memo.

  • January 15, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care has appointed an interim president and CEO for its Community Healthlink outpatient health center in Worcester.

    Tamara Lundi, a licensed clinical social worker who joined Community Healthlink in 2014, replaces Nicole Gagne, who accepted a new leadership role in behavioral health in Western Massachusetts, UMass announced Wednesday.

  • January 13, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    As the city schools make a push to increase vaccination rates, a new measure before the Legislature could help eliminate a controversial exemption used by families to avoid getting their child inoculated.

    The bill, H3999, which has garnered support from health care officials in the state, specifically would prevent parents from claiming religious objections as a reason to skip vaccinations, which are otherwise a requirement for students to attend school.

  • January 9, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Four years after the pilot program launched in the city, state treasurer Deborah Goldberg visited Worcester Thursday to promote the rollout of the now-statewide BabySteps college savings program.

    The new initiative, which began on Jan. 1, provides a $50 contribution to a college savings plan for every new child born or adopted in the state. Parents just have to check a box on a form provided shortly after the baby’s birth or adoption.

  • January 2, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    The first Worcester baby of the 2020s arrived 11 minutes into the decade — and he isn’t the first in his family born on a holiday.

    Aaron Jared Jimenez came into the world at 7 pounds, 15 ounces at 12:11 a.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Campus of UMass Memorial Medical Center — the same building his older brother, Argenis, was born on Thanksgiving Day in 2015.

  • January 2, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    The American Academy of Dermatology honored UMass Memorial Health Care physician Karen Wiss as a Patient Care Hero for her role in treating Jonathan Gionfriddo, a patient born with an extremely rare skin disease caused by a genetic mutation. Wiss is the director of pediatric dermatology at UMass, where she has worked since 1992, shortly after going to medical school at the University of Texas. Wiss, who is also a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, co-founded the Connecticut location of Camp Discovery, a sleep-away camp for children with chronic skin diseases.

  • December 9, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette

    Many hospitals hate the idea. Pharmaceutical companies, health insurance groups and hospital trade groups are lobbying against it. In fact, for many in the health care industry, the only thing universal about Medicare for All is disdain.

    But for UMass Memorial Health Care CEO Dr. Eric W. Dickson, Medicare for All — specifically, Sen. Elizabeth’s Warren’s plan for Medicare for All — is not only worth considering, it’s worth praising.

  • December 4, 2019 - Mass Live

    Police, firefighters and EMTs are on the front lines trying to save lives throughout the city of Worcester. But on tragic days when those first responders are the people in need of saving, there’s another front line waiting.

  • November 26, 2019 - Boston Globe

    When Senator Elizabeth Warren released her detailed Medicare for All plan this month, a coalition of insurers, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies denounced it as an unaffordable government takeover that would force Americans to pay more and wait longer for medical care.

    But Dr. Eric W. Dickson thought it was the best health care plan he had seen all year.

  • November 26, 2019 - Boston 25 News

    With packed roads and clogged interstates, emergencies can be extra challenging for first responders this week. But there is one way to fly above the traffic and get patients the lifesaving care they need. 

    Life Flight can cover over a million miles. From the helipad at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Life Flight can be in a place like Cape Cod in 30 minutes. 

  • November 25, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal

    As the population in and around Worcester has diversified in recent years, with more newcomers not so fluent in English, the medical community has taken what was once almost an afterthought – interpreter assistance – and made it an essential service.

    At UMass Memorial Medical Center’s three Worcester campuses, the number of patients who don’t speak English fluently has rose 22% in the past five years.

    Around a third of them, or about 50,000, arrive in the emergency department, when the need to quickly explain symptoms or a course of treatment may be most critical.

  • November 24, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette

    Gregory Alger is not your typical nursing home patient. He’s 36. He hopes to go back to work. And he’s in recovery from substance use disorder, for which he takes buprenorphine, or Suboxone, daily.

    Alger was admitted to Worcester Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in May, a skilled nursing facility on Vernon Hill, after a month-and-a-half-long stay at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital and a hospital admission at UMass Memorial Medical Center.