UMass Memorial Medical Center News

  • July 19, 2017 - Community Advocate

    It was Christmas in July for the patients of the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center in Worcester. On July 11, the Campero family from Northborough delivered more than 100 toys and games to the patients there.

    Christian Campero, 9, was a patient of the center when he was diagnosed with leukemia more than five years ago. He underwent three and a half years of chemotherapy and in August he will have been in remission for five years. Christian, along with his parents Tricia and Cesar, and brother Alex, 8, wanted to help other sick children and give back to the place that took such good care of him. The boys are students at the Fannie E. Proctor Elementary School in Northborough.

  • July 10, 2017 - Go Local Worcester

    The Florida non-profit Smith Smiles will donate over 100 toys and games to UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center for patients.

    The toys and games will be donated on Tuesday, July 11 at 11:30 a.m.

    Smith Smiles has never donated outside of their state before, but found a connection with Tricia and Cesar Campero and their sons, Christian and Alex, of Northboro. 

  • June 25, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette

    Dan Wolpert is, by his own account, a lucky man. In 2008, Wolpert had a major heart attack that could have easily handed him on the transplant list. Instead, he became the first person in New England to receive the Impella, a pencil-tip sized pump, manufactured by Aboimed Inc. in Danvers. Because Mr. Wolpert’s heart was too weak to pump sufficient blood on its own, the Impella did the work instead, allowing the heart to rest and recover. Twelve days later, he walked out under his own power.

    In the years since, Mr. Wolpert has been a volunteer at UMass, where he received his care. He currently serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council and recently returned from Washington, where he had traveled for the second time to meet with politicians and share his experience.

  • June 23, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette

    While the latest disruption capturing public attention may be Amazon’s entree into the grocery business, a major transformation is being debated within the Massachusetts Legislature over eye care - who can treat glaucoma as well as minor eye infections.

    The political maneuvering is pitting optometrists, doctors carrying an O.D. degree obtained after a four-year, post-college study at an institutions like MCPHS University, which has a campus in downtown Worcester; and ophthalmologists, physicians carrying an M.D. obtained after four years of post-college study in medical schools, such as UMass Medical School in Worcester, and who undergo a one-year internship, and then three-to-five years of residency/fellowship in their specialty.

  • June 23, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette

    Working with an urgency that is second nature, more than 80 emergency workers took part in the 12-week Worcester EMS Fitness Challenge that ended Friday with an 11-event relay race, the finale being a 15,000-pound ambulance pull.

    “I think fitness is big especially in our profession because lifting people off the floor, people that have been injured and stuff like that, carrying people with stair chairs, you have to be able to do this stuff and if you can’t, you’re no help to anybody else,” said Josh Bennett, a paramedic who started the Fitness Challenge. “So if you can take care of yourself, you can take care of someone else.”

  • June 20, 2017 - Worcester Business Journal

    Mary Lou Dolan decided she wanted to be a hospital volunteer after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery at Milford Regional Medical Center.

    Although her recovery was going well already, a pair of volunteers, Jim and Kelly, stepped in to help Dolan, a Millville resident, following her December procedure. Both received the weight loss surgery at the hospital too, and it was their job to get Dolan up and walking.

    "Having somebody that has gone through it already is a great help," said Dolan, a Millville resident. "They're also living proof that (the surgery) works."


  • June 17, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette

    Each school day, Madison Nodurft, a junior at Worcester’s Doherty Memorial High School, wakes up around 6:15 a.m. to begin her day, just a little more than an hour before her school’s 7:20 a.m. start time.

    “I’ve gotten used to it,” she said. “Especially after three years of it, you eventually adapt.”

    A growing scientific consensus, however, says that Madison, along with the thousands of other teenagers in the region who also have to awake at the crack of dawn because of their school’s early start time, may be sacrificing their cognitive abilities and emotional health as a consequence.