UMass Memorial Medical Center News

  • February 14, 2017 - MV Times

    The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC) is addressing the escalating concern about substance abuse and other risky behavior among the Island’s young people with a focus on education and awareness-building.

    On Thursday, Feb. 16, the IWYC will host a forum at the Edgartown School. IWYC program director Susan Mercier believes the forum will be of interest to everyone: teens, parents, educators, and other community members whose lives are touched by substance abuse. The talk is titled “Child Trauma and Addiction: Connecting the ‘Dots’ and Finding the ‘Fix.’” The main speaker is Dr. Heather Forkey, of UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center and UMass Medical School.

  • February 14, 2017 - Mass Live

    When the U.S. News & World Report released its 100 Best Places to Live in 2017, Boston, Worcester and Springfield all ranked in the top 75, but Business Insider took a different look at the cities and ranked Boston and Worcester in the Top 20 places to earn a high salary.

    Business Insider used the Top 100 Best Places to Live report and re-ranked the communities based on average annual salary in order to find cities where people earned more than $50,000, according to Business Insider's report.

  • February 14, 2017 - Yahoo Finance

    Shields Health Solutions, creator of specialty pharmacies for hospitals and health systems, today announced a new agreement with Fairview Health Services, a Minneapolis-based integrated health system, to co-develop care-related products and services for hospitals to better serve patients living with chronic illness. The agreement builds on five years of partnership co-developing products and services for hospital-based specialty pharmacies.

  • February 11, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette

    Nineteen faces, mostly young and mostly male, smile at the camera from Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.'s website. The pictures reflect happier times among area residents ranging in age from 22-year-olds Eva Hall of Worcester and Michael Valerio of Sutton, to 55-year-old Thomas Morrell of Northbridge.

    The pictures and loving remembrances, posted on the district attorney's memorial wall, give a glimpse of lives cut short by drugs, mainly opioids such as heroin.

  • February 9, 2017 - Worcester Magazine

    Jessica Griffin knew she wanted to be a psychologist when she was just 9 years old. The concept of helping others work through their problems was always appealing to the Wooster, Ohio native. She pursued her goals through a successful career focused on families, children and relationships, working at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center as well as operating a private practice in Shrewsbury.

    The one thing she couldn’t have foreseen as a child, however, is her role on the FYI Network’s “Seven Year Switch” television program. Griffin spoke with Worcester Magazine on “Seven Year Switch,” her passionate work with childhood trauma and what makes relationships work.


  • February 9, 2017 - Boston Business Journal

    When time is short and lives are on the line, the last thing an ambulance needs is to get stuck in the snow.

    But thanks to equipment changes and staffing shifts over the last year, Worcester's UMass Memorial Health Care paramedics are no longer sidelined by bad weather.

    According to EMT and paramedic crews at UMass Memorial, the hospital has made several changes over the last year to operate better in a blizzard, including purchasing ambulances with all-wheel drive, stocking ambulances with snow shovels and staffing its own fleet of SUVs to pull ambulances out of snow drifts.




  • February 8, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette

    As a merger between Clinton and HealthAlliance hospitals gained state approval, Clinton Hospital President Lisa Colombo was named senior vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

    The promotion takes effect on Jan. 19, according to a news release from UMass Memorial.