UMass Memorial Medical Center News

  • September 14, 2017 - Worcester News Tonight

    Organizations participated in various projects and volunteered their time for a good cause.

  • September 13, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette

    At age 19, having assumed from her mother more responsibility for her own life, Randi Fournier always makes two plans for her tomorrows, one if she thinks she will be healthy, the other if she’s wrong about that.

    Diagnosed at age 4 with Crohn’s disease, Randi has no memory of her first years when her only health issue might have been that of a runny nose or a scrapped knee.

    “It came on fast and furious,” said her mother, Lisa Fournier, “with bloody stools, constant pain and cramping, fatigue, and an inability to stay out of the bathroom.”

    Age 4 sounds like an awfully young age to be diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease — after going through the first of eight colonoscopies and almost as many endoscopies over brief lifetime — but it’s not.

  • September 12, 2017 - MassLive

    Brian Bolduc was set on saving his mother's life when he found out she needed a partial liver transplant to treat her Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, or liver disease.

    But when he went to UMass Memorial Medical Center to go through the donation steps, the doctor delivered a heartbreaking blow: At 276 pounds, he was too obese to be his mother's donor.

    "It was devastating," Brian, 38, of Northbridge, said on Tuesday. "I think I had a little, mini breakdown that night. I had to come home and tell my mother. Here's my mother thinking that in a month or two she's going to get my liver. And I had to make the phone call to say, sorry, mom, it's not going to happen."

  • September 12, 2017 - MassLive

    As a patient started to seize at UMass, doctors and nurses rushed to his aid, administering Ativan and other drugs, eventually intubating him and working to get him stable.

    They shouted out exactly how much of each drug they gave the patient, so other nurses could enter each and every move into the computer system.

    This was a mannequin patient and a vital part of UMass Memorial Health Care's training to implement its new health care record system, Epic.

     

  • August 31, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette

    Laurie Hanrahan of Newton stepped out from UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University campus on Wednesday to a startling sight. A sea of purple flags - 2,069 to be exact - fluttered across the quadrangle lawn, where they had been placed by recovery coaches from the UMass Memorial Department of Psychiatry and family and friends of those touched by overdose.

    Each flag represents a person who died from an opioid-related overdose in Massaschusetts in 2016. The display is in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31.

    “Two thousand and sixty-nine lives gone. Too many people stereotype and think it’s ‘just a junkie,’ ” Ms. Hanrahan said. “They haven’t always been junkies. ... They were one time the girl next door or the boy next door. No one is immune.”

  • August 20, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette

    Shaun Ginter, president and CEO of CareWell Urgent Care since 2013, has worked with urgent care centers for more than 10 years. He also frequently seeks care at the centers.

    “I have two young children at home,” Mr. Ginter said. “As you can imagine, things happen, and things happen typically when our pediatricians or our primary care physicians aren’t available.”

    Urgent care offers an alternative to primary care and emergency room visits for conditions that are not life threatening. The industry began expanding in Massachusetts about five years ago. CareWell Urgent Care has 17 locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including five in Worcester County.

  • August 20, 2017 - Telegram and Gazette

    For Blake Kadra, arthritis had caused him to stop playing sports, rendered walking and yard work painful, and made him a candidate for total knee replacement surgery.

    But before the surgery, doctors recommended Mr. Kadra lose 20 pounds to see if it would alleviate the pain.

    “It’s hard to do when you can’t move,” Mr. Kadra, 60, said of losing weight.

    It’s a dilemma shared by many candidates for hip and knee replacements. Doctors recommend losing extra weight prior to surgery to decrease risks from infection and to see if it will ease pain. But weight loss is difficult when exercising hurts.

    But if you think you must lose those extra pounds before a knee or hip replacement, think again, as researchers with UMass Medical School found long-term relief from joint replacement surgery was almost the same in obese and non-obese patients.