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  • April 29, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester has expanded the number of COVID-19 patients being treated with the blood plasma of someone who recovered from coronavirus.

    The hospital has used so-called convalescent plasma to treat at least three patients, including one who was treated with the plasma from UMass Memorial's chief of colorectal surgery, Dr. Justin Maykel. Dr. Jonathan Gerber, the medical director of the UMass Memorial Cancer Center, is leading the program in partnership with the American Red Cross.

     

  • April 23, 2020 - Boston Globe

    In recent weeks, hospitals across the region have launched joyous sendoffs for recovered coronavirus patients as they leave hospital care.(Produced by: Felicia Gans/Globe Staff, Tyler Dolph/Globe Correspondent)

    “It’s emotional,” said Carole Lestienne, a nurse manager at Beverly Hospital. As she spoke from her office Wednesday, she heard the chime signaling that another patient was being discharged. A clip from “Here Comes the Sun” played. She paused to listen.

  • April 23, 2020 - New York Times

    As parents around the country cancel well-child checkups to avoid coronavirus exposure, public health experts fear they are inadvertently sowing the seeds of another health crisis. Immunizations are dropping at a dangerous rate, putting millions of children at risk for measles, whooping cough and other life-threatening illnesses.

  • April 22, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester has opened a new clinic for expecting mothers who've tested positive for coronavirus or are under investigation for it.

    The clinic is located in the endoscopy unit at UMass Memorial's Memorial Campus, where moms-to-be can be seen for appointments requiring face-to-face visits such as fetal heart rate monitoring, ultrasounds and exams. When the patient is cleared of coronavirus, she can go back to the referring office to continue regular obstetric care.

  • April 22, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester will receive a $120,000 grant from the Trustees of The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation of Boston, to be earmarked for implementing telemedicine technology in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the healthcare provider announced on Tuesday.

    The healthcare provider hopes to prioritize spending on telemedicine for the pediatric intensive care unit, emergency services and equipping primary response areas with telemedicine tools.

  • April 21, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester has reported encouraging results from the first coronavirus patient it has treated with the blood plasma of a recovered patient.

    After hours of transfusion, the patient has dramatically improved and is being weaned off a ventilator, the hospital said Tuesday. That's a dramatic improvement after the critically ill patient was on the ventilator near maximum settings to get enough oxygen.

  • April 20, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is starting on Monday a new program requiring employees to report before each shift through an app whether they have a new cough, shortness of breath or fever.

    The new self-monitoring program is the latest health safety measure by UMass Memorial, which has already required employees to wear a mask throughout their shift and to be monitored washing their hands when arriving at work. Those wearing N95 masks are also asked not to wear make-up because it makes them unable to be used again.

  • April 20, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is starting on Monday a new program requiring employees to report before each shift through an app whether they have a new cough, shortness of breath or fever.

    The new self-monitoring program is the latest health safety measure by UMass Memorial, which has already required employees to wear a mask throughout their shift and to be monitored washing their hands when arriving at work. Those wearing N95 masks are also asked not to wear make-up because it makes them unable to be used again.

  • April 19, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    You can hear the pride and empathy in the voice of Dr. Michael Gustafson, when he speaks about the nurses, doctors and other medical staff at UMass Memorial Medical Center who are working relentlessly to care for hundreds of people who have COVID-19, the highly contagious and deadly disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

  • April 18, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Margaret “Maggie” Rizzo, a registered nurse in the ICU at UMass Memorial Medical Center, has always known that she would become a nurse. She comes from a family of nurses: her mother, sister and several aunts are all nurses, so was her late grandmother. Rizzo worked as a nurse’s aide as a teen.

    There are plenty of stories around the country of nurses becoming burnt out and even some having to give up the job because of the high stress and fear associated with working with countless patients infected with and dying from COVID-19.

  • April 18, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Less than two months ago, when Ron Gigliotti, a paramedic, would respond to a 911 call, he would go running into a home to help a screaming child who may have broken a leg, or an elderly person having a heart attack, or to a serious car crash.

    Now, he and other paramedics and emergency medical technicians rely on dispatchers for UMass Memorial Emergency Medical Services to ask more questions of callers regarding symptoms of COVID-19 to make sure they have all their personal protective equipment on appropriately before rushing to the scene.

  • April 18, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    As a highly skilled ICU nurse practitioner, Johnny Isenberger has been trained to be on the front line during major health crises. But, he was not quite psychologically prepared the first day he began caring for some of the sickest COVID-19 patients in the ICU at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

    His anxiety level was off the chart. It was 12, past the highest level of 10, he said.

  • April 15, 2020 - Mass Live

    As the COVID-19 pandemic started to permeate through the community, Worcester city officials and medical professionals realized there would need to be specific plans designed to help members of the homeless population who end up testing positive.

    Worcester EMS found a solution in a transport van.

  • April 14, 2020 - Hyperallergic

    When a patient has a highly contagious virus like COVID-19, doctors and nurses must take the necessary precautions and wear protective gear from head to toe, exposing just a sliver for their eyes. From the perspective of the patient, it can be a highly lonely experience to not really see anyone for days, to not even recognize the medical staff helping you.

  • April 14, 2020 - Boston 25 News

    For intensive care nurse Elizabeth Phelan, and others at UMass Memorial Health Care, its one day at a time right now.

    “We keep telling ourselves this is not how it’s going to be forever, this will all end eventually, and we will get back to normal eventually, we just have to take it day by day,” said Phelan.

    In response to the fighting spirit of health care employees like Phelan, more than 30 cities and towns joined forces to help with the tough days in a massive show of support.

  • April 13, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    Dr. Eric Dickson didn’t pull any punches during our interview on April 3 for WBJ’s podcast. The president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care said unless something is done to help fix the Central Massachusetts’ hospital system’s finances, the region’s only level 1 trauma center won’t be around for the next pandemic.

  • April 12, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Mapfre Insurance’s global nonprofit arm, Fundación MAPFRE, this week announced a donation of $2.3 million across five Massachusetts-based organizations – including UMass Memorial Health Care and Harrington HealthCare. The insurance company has committed $38 million worldwide to medical providers and communities.

  • April 11, 2020 - WBZ 4 CBS Boston

    Hospital Workers Find Way To Show Smiles Despite Wearing Face Masks

  • April 10, 2020 - WCVB 5 Boston

    Many EMT's are now responding to 911 calls with the capability to connect a caller directly with a doctor via telehealth.

  • April 10, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    In fiscal 2019, Worcester nonprofit conglomerate UMass Memorial Health Care narrowed its annual operating losses from $28 million to $10 million, although that only came after the system sold its pharmacy management unit for $263 million to lessen its overall losses..

    In order to get UMass Memorial back in the black for the first time since fiscal 2017, the system’s leadership is pushing toward a new, focused effort on community fundraising, hiring Kathleen Driscoll away from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to be its new chief philanthropy officer.

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