The UMass Memorial Medical Group Difference
UMass Memorial Medical Group is one of the largest and most experienced caregiver networks on the East Coast.
Our 1,100 medical group doctors see patients at more than 70 convenient locations in central Massachusetts. Our health care professionals are medical school faculty members, researchers and lifelong learners. Above all, they’re compassionate caregivers.
A plan to evaluate opioid overdose patients using technology known as telemedicine has received an annual prize and funding from the UMass Memorial Medical Group. The proposal that won the $200,000 award and the funding that comes with it would allow doctors to talk with emergency department patients through tablet-based video. The program is meant to replicate face-to-face doctor-and-patient interactions and allow experts to evaluate those suspected of an overdose to determine the best plan for care. The winning team was four UMass Memorial physicians: Kavita Babu, MD, Amy Costigan, MD, Jeffrey Lai, MD and Karla Rodriguez, MD. The competition, called the Prize for Academic Collaboration and Excellence, or PACE, Award, is given annually to research projects conducted by UMass staff.
The child thought it was just a regular juice box. But the beverage contained 100 mg of THC, the part of marijuana that gets you high, an estimated 20 times the recommended dose and enough to bring the child to the emergency room. And such incidents have ticked up at UMass Memorial Medical Center since marijuana was legalized, said Dr. Mark Neavyn, MD, a medical toxicologist and emergency department physician at UMass Memorial Medical Center and program director for the Fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “Previous to legalization, it was very, very rare and very uncommon to see someone coming to the emergency department for marijuana,” Dr. Neavyn said, relaying the story of the patient with the juice box. “Now we do see it occasionally in adults, but the more concerning population is in kids getting into edible products with high toxification of THC.”
Dr. Leah Richler, MD, a psychiatrist at the UMass Memorial Health Care System in Worcester, has been working with people over 65 in Central Massachusetts for over a decade, and she said loneliness is a real problem in this region. "It is definitely a struggle and definitely impacts the health of aging individuals," Richler said. Richler described one patient who had been struggling with anxiety, depression, and pulmonary disease after her husband died. With Richler's support, she moved to an assisted living facility where she had more company and support. "Within maybe even a month, month and a half, her breathing had significantly improved, her anxiety was improved, she was feeling safe, feeling comfortable," Richler said.
Our Academic Medicine Tradition
All of our primary care doctors and specialists maintain faculty positions at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, our partner school. We constantly teach, learn and bring the latest health care discoveries and treatment options to those needing them most: Our patients.
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