UMass Memorial Medical Center News

  • April 3, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette

    It took Dr. Kevin Floyd, an electrophysiologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center, and his team only about 20 minutes one day last April to negate a major threat to the health and possibly even the life of 86-year-old Northboro resident Bucky — nobody has called him by his first name, Grenville, since he was a teenager — Rogers.

  • March 26, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal

    How should a primary care office measure its success in treating patients? Increasingly, providers are going right to the source and asking patients, and it's starting to pay off.

    "Over time, the bar has continued to be raised," said Barbra Rabson, president and CEO of Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP), an organization that collects and shares information about health care quality. "There's an expectation and an awareness that patients are the best reporters."

    MHQP has been collecting data on patients' experience since 2005. Its most recent report, released in January, shows that both adult and pediatric primary care offices have improved substantially over the years.

  • March 23, 2018 - Lowell Sun

    David Mercado appeared right at home munching on a homemade oatmeal cookie while reclining on a padded table inside Trinity Lutheran Church in Chelmsford on Tuesday.

    Red Cross attendant and phlebotomist Wilfredo Cruz bustles around him preparing donation equipment. Michael Jackson's classic "Billie Jean" echoed from a stereo across the room. In the skies outside, clouds started to gather as the fourth nor'easter this month barreled toward the area, an uncertain and quickly changing forecast calling for snow yet again.

    Tuesday's blood drive took place as planned, but the weather has not been generous to similar plans in recent weeks.

  • March 22, 2018 - Health

    Is mono contagious? Let’s put it this way: Mono is called “the kissing disease”–and not because there’s anything romantic about it! The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the most common cause of mono, hitches a ride in people’s saliva.

    “You can pass it on when you have direct sharing of secretions, like kissing or sharing a cup,” says Christine Hermos, MD, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and pediatric infectious disease specialist at the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center.


  • March 21, 2018 - Sentinel & Enterprise

    No one can ever question Fitchburg High senior Audrey Johnson's toughness.

    The 17-year-old student-athlete was in a battle for her life last February, as her Jeep tumbled down a 70-foot cliff and landed upside down in the icy waters of Phillips Brook in Fitchburg.

    Johnson eventually managed to free herself from the vehicle and get to the snow-covered embankment, but was at risk of severe hypothermia and her fingers and toes were severely frostbitten after being exposed to the bone-chilling elements for more than an hour.


  • March 7, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is heading into a year of labor negotiations, renovations and growth challenges with an interim president who has studied management, law and medicine.

    Dr. Jeffrey A. Smith, the hospital’s chief operating officer, took over Feb. 1 as interim leader after the retirement of Patrick L. Muldoon, who had been president since 2013. Now as UMass Memorial officials conduct a national search for candidates to replace Mr. Muldoon, Dr. Smith is managing a 779-bed hospital that operates on three Worcester campuses and employs about 10,460 people.

  • March 7, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care and Reliant Medical Group have launched an online platform designed to help patients get the social services they need, according to a statement from the Worcester-based healthcare providers Wednesday.

    Community Health and Everyday Living Programs (HELP) allows patients and their families find and apply for government and charitable social service programs using an online director. Reliant and UMass Memorial say this will help bridge the gap often experienced by patients between clinical and community-based services.