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.

  • October 25, 2016 - WCVB 5 Boston News

    A transplant patient donates 6,000 books to UMass Memorial Medical Center as a way to give back. 

  • October 24, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    Since she was a kid, Matilde Castiel -- commissioner of health and human services for the city of Worcester -- has always felt a strong desire to improve the lives of others – especially those in underserved communities. Part of that came from her father, who she said was always going out of his way to help people. Part of it also came from growing up in Southern California after immigrating there from Cuba.

  • October 23, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center announces that it will present the 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Award on Nov. 3 at Mechanics Hall. Dr. Stephen Tosi, president of the UMass Memorial Medical Group, will be acknowledged for his leadership in strengthening the health care delivery system in the greater Worcester community. The MetroWest Health Foundation will be acknowledged for their efforts in being a catalyst for health and wellness in the communities they serve. U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester will be on hand for the awards event to share his thoughts on healthcare, and this year’s awardees.

  • October 19, 2016 - UMass Med Now

    Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff is the selection for UMass Medical School’s fourth annual Diversity Campus Read. The 2016 Campus Read Event will take place Tuesday, Nov. 1, at noon in the Faculty Conference Room.

    Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience and medicine, Clean’s premise is that drug use is preventable and addiction is a preventable, treatable disease. Sheff rejects the stigmatization of drug use and calls for a new approach that treats use and addiction for what it is: a health crisis.

    Sheff is also the author of the memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, an award-winning, New York Times bestseller that recounts Sheff’s struggle to help his son Nic overcome his methamphetamine addiction. Its publication led Sheff on a mission to determine why America is losing its war against drugs and so many of its children in the process, which culminated with Clean. Learn more about Sheff and his books at the author’s website.

    The Diversity Campus Read is an initiative launched by Chancellor Michael F. Collins and sponsored by the UMMS–UMass Memorial Diversity and Inclusion Office. 

  • October 19, 2016 - Boston Globe

    One unique highlight of the gala was the “hospital chef competition,” in which guests got the chance to sample — and vote — on their favorite dishes prepared by culinary teams from local hospitals and health care facilities. In case you’re wondering who won, Benchmark Senior Living earned the most votes and snagged first place bragging rights, while UMass Memorial Medical Center came in second place and Atria Senior Living ranked third. The “chef’s choice” winner, chosen by a panel of expert culinary judges, was Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital.

  • October 18, 2016 - Milford Daily News

    Several doctors got an unexpected visit from a young friend with a big surprise Tuesday afternoon.

    With her newly-published book in hand, 11-year-old Franklin resident Betorah Lianos visited doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Group on Water Street and then doctors at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center on Prospect Street.

    For the past two years, teams of medical professionals at those institutions have worked tirelessly to rid her mother, Robin, of squamous cell carcinoma.

    The mother and daughter – along with grandma – traveled first to UMass to visit and thank Dr. Leonard DiGiovanni, Linda’s gynecologist who first discovered the cancer, according to Betorah’s book, 

  • October 17, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

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    Public-health efforts to encourage breast-feeding are increasingly coming into conflict with guidelines to ensure babies sleep safely, new research suggests.

    A recent study published in the journal Acta Paediatrica found that far more mothers who share their bed at night with their baby were still breast-feeding at six months. Breast-feeding is associated with a host of health benefits for the mother and child. But bed-sharing is strongly discouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics and some other experts who believe it raises the risk of suffocation, strangulation and SIDS, or the unexplained death of an infant, usually during sleep.