UMass Memorial Medical Center News

August 5, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

Camp Kinneywood in Holden Gives City Girls of All Ages Opportunity to Learn, Thrive

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The sound of girls singing the camp cheer classic, "Boom Chicka Boom!," echoes from the covered picnic area, the epicenter of Camp Kinneywood. The rustic 90-acre property offers a plethora of outdoor opportunities for young ladies who would otherwise be cooped up inside on a hot summer day.

About 85 campers rotate between activities ranging from swimming in Crystal Pond, to hiking the surrounding woods. Each station provides special attention to each age group and their curriculum, according to Kathy Odgren, director of programming at Girl Inc. of Worcester.

  • December 6, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care will celebrate a nearly 18,000-square-foot downtown expansion Wednesday at Mercantile Center.

    The ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the official expansion of its office space in Mercantile Center by more than 17,000 square feet. The addition expands the provider's footprint in the downtown Worcester building by 20 percent.

  • December 5, 2016 - Boston Globe

    The eighth annual Winter Ball, a black-tie fund-raising gala supporting the mission of the UMass Medical School and the UMass Memorial Medical Center, took place at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall Friday evening, hitting a major milestone by raising more than $1 million.

  • December 5, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    Since buying the troubled Caritas Christi Health Care system in 2010, Boston-based Steward Health Care has systematically shored up the multi-hospital system, growing from six to 10 hospitals through acquisitions.

    Until now, the growth has been largely concentrated in Eastern Massachusetts, but Steward's latest venture – the planned acquisition of the Central Massachusetts Independent Physicians Association (CMIPA) – would bring a major new healthcare player into a region that Boston-area providers have mostly stayed out of.

  • December 5, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    While President & CEO Eric Dickson is undoubtedly the public face of UMass Memorial, Lapriore keeps things running smoothly. At the healthcare network, she oversees business partnerships, public image and relations, and the fluidity of the executive team.

    "I can't think of anyone more dedicated to improving the health of Central Massachusetts and making Worcester great than Cheryl Lapriore," Dickson said.

  • December 4, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    Dinelia Pabon, a 58-year-old former preschool teacher with asthma, diabetes and other health issues, huddled in her apartment in a Victorian-era house in Spencer, amid boxes she's packing to move as soon as she can get a new place.

    Ms. Pabon told her UMass Memorial Health Care primary care doctor last summer that her electricity had been cut off after she couldn't pay an outstanding $3,000 bill racked up over two months in winter.

    If it weren't for the teamwork of a medical-legal partnership between Community Legal Aid of Worcester and UMass Memorial, Ms. Pabon might still be in the cold and dark, her fingertips numb and her respiratory health worse.

  • December 1, 2016 - Baystate Parent

    When your child has enough doctors and medical specialists to create a basketball team, it would be helpful if these professionals could meet together to collaborate on care strategies. The new UMass Down Syndrome Program makes this concept a reality for many individuals with Down syndrome.

    A person typically has 46 chromosomes; a person with Down syndrome has 47. That additional chromosome may affect various body systems, which in turn might require medical care or monitoring.

    According to the program’s website: “An estimated 5,000 people with Down syndrome live in Massachusetts. Of those, approximately 25% live in Central or Western Massachusetts.” The UMass Down Syndrome Program is a multidisciplinary coordinated care program for individuals of all ages with Down syndrome, based out of UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University Lake Ave. Campus in Worcester.

  • November 30, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    Laurie D. Wilcox, 64, waited to see her physician at Family Health Center of Worcester on Wednesday and reflected on the date as her five-year anniversary of having undetectable levels of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS by destroying a person's immune system. It was a milestone after being diagnosed with the virus in 1995.

    At the time her doctors prescribed 10 to 15 pills, which she took three times a day, she recalled. Now, she takes a combination of three drugs in one pill to keep her viral load suppressed. "I know I have to keep taking my pills," she said. "I live my life but I'm just as healthy as the next person."