UMass Memorial Medical Center News

  • January 12, 2017 - Boston Herald

    Bay State schools combating a surge in suicidal behavior among students are running into a shortage of treatment beds and specialists who can work with troubled kids, according to state mental health officials trying to address the issue.

    “It is important to note that a big challenge is the lack of specialty-services beds, plus a shortage of really skilled, resilient clinicians to work in the many settings in which children receive services, including office, home and school settings,” said Sharon Torgerson, spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. “MassHealth is currently examining this issue in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health.

  • January 9, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette

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    WORCESTER - UMass Memorial Medical Center will enter into a collaboration with the Dana-Farber Cancer Center in Boston, which will provide expedited consultation and evaluation for adult UMass Memorial patients dealing with rare and resistant forms of cancer.

    UMass Memorial has notified the state Massachusetts Health Policy Commission that it intends to join the Dana Farber Cancer Care Collaborative.

    Some of the cancers to be covered in the agreement include leukemia and bone marrow disorders, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and other blood disorders, according to a UMass Memorial spokesman.

  • January 3, 2017 - CBS Boston TV

    Thomas Reardon of Rutland is thankful to be alive after a horrific car accident on Christmas Eve with his brother and father.

    “I was screaming in pain ‘help, help’ and paramedics dragged me out of the car,” Thomas said.

    The family was on their way to visit relatives when dad lost control because of severe solar glare and hit a tree. Even though everyone was wearing a seatbelt Thomas had several internal injuries; the worst being a tear in the largest vessel in his heart.

    Thomas was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester where he underwent a very complex surgery.

  • January 2, 2017 - Community Advocate

    St. Rose of Lima recently collected approximately 1,100 gifts for children and families in need as part of their Giving Tree effort run by the church’s youth. Around 70 student volunteers in grades 7-12 were involved this year.

    Every year a Christmas tree is set up in the church, which is decorated with color-coded gift tags representing gift wishes from area organizations whose mission is to help those in need in Worcester County and the town of Northborough.

  • January 1, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette

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    On the first day of the new year, Ayden Jose Martinez Hernandez became the first baby born at UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus in 2017.

    Ayden is the first in several ways. He is the first grandchild on both sides. And he's sort of the first boy in his mother's family - she has four sisters.

  • December 28, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    In an interview discussing year-end financial results last week, UMass Memorial Health Care CEO Eric Dickson said the system is planning more affiliations in the year ahead in order to maximize patient volume, and larger acquisitions may even be possible.

    With a joint contracting agreement with ATI Physical Therapy, a national provider of physical therapy services, pending before the state, Dickson said similar deals with other providers to expand services are likely.

  • December 27, 2016 - Boston Business Journal

    Ask UMass Memorial Health System executives the secret to ending its third year operating in the black, and they'll point to the creativity of their front-line employees.

    The health system, which includes three hospitals with two campuses apiece, has employed 30,000 ideas from front line staff over the last three years on how to improve and be more efficient — everything from rearranging chairs in the waiting room (enabling patients to walk a shorter distance) to implementing telemedicine (allowing a pathologist to remotely work at several hospitals, for example).