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November 13, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal
Worcester's DCU Center will once again be used as a field hospital to help handle an expected surge of coronavirus cases this fall and winter.
The hospital is expected to open around Dec. 6, UMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson said in a staff memo Friday. Gov. Charlie Baker detailed some plans for additional bed capacity at a press conference Friday afternoon, saying the DCU Center will have roughly 240 beds.
November 11, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Medical Center is no longer allowing visitors to its University Campus in Worcester in a new policy started Tuesday night.
The policy change comes as the campus is seeing a rising number of coronavirus cases, a trend taking place both statewide and nationally. In the most recent data available from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, UMass Memorial's University Campus had 10 inpatient coronavirus cases, with three in intensive care as of Nov. 1.
November 11, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Health Care is working with state officials on plans for potentially opening a field hospital in Worcester as was done during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring at the DCU Center.
Dr. Eric Dickson, UMass Memorial's president and CEO, said in a statement Wednesday that the health system is prepared to set the field hospital back up again if asked to do so.
November 10, 2020 - GBH
The coronavirus pandemic has been making its way through Massachusetts for just about eight months now.
And all the while, doctors, nurses and hospital staff have been heading to work and caring for patients.
But many are worried about burnout among this workforce — especially with no exact end date in sight.
November 9, 2020 - Fox 25 BostonLocal woman taking part in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial encourages others to get vaccinated once they can
Scientists in Cambridge and throughout the country have been working around the clock to come up with a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.
For one local woman, she says that when she noticed the death rate in her own community keep rising, she had to do something about it.
Gina Plata-Nino, who is Latina, said she wanted to be part of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial so her community could feel safe.
November 9, 2020 - Boston 25 News
When it comes to vaccines, everything depends on trust.
“It’s still skeptical so I’m gonna still keep doing what I’m doing, social distancing until there’s consistency behind it,” said Boston resident Will Lature.
Even with Pfizer Inc. announcing that its COVID-19 vaccine may be a remarkable 90% effective, based on early and incomplete test results, some people remain less trusting than others.
November 5, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
The number of children and adolescents seen at the UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus for behavioral health needs, including intentional medication overdoses and other suicide attempts, tripled last month, leaving the hospital with a waiting list for beds to treat them.
Dr. Brian Skehan, director of Child Emergency Mental Health and Child Consult Liaison of Psychiatry at the hospital, said Thursday that he had never before seen a problem this severe throughout the state and he blames the pandemic.
November 4, 2020 - Boston Business Journal
In the midst of dealing with the start of a second coronavirus surge, some hospitals are also readying to respond to election turmoil.
Much about the election may remain uncertain in the coming days or weeks, as votes are tallied across the country. But hospitals are preparing for a potential increase in volume, whether from violence associated with potential protests or stressed-out residents.
November 3, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester is tightening visitor restrictions again as coronavirus cases rise in the city and across Central Massachusetts.
Beginning Tuesday, the hospital is allowing only one visitor per day for patients who haven't been diagnosed with coronavirus or are under investigation of having it. Patients who have coronavirus or are under investigation are not allowed any visitors, nor are ambulatory patients.
November 1, 2020 - Boston 25 News
A 'second surge': UMass Memorial CEO says hospitalizations are rising.
October 13, 2020 - Fox 25 BostonTwo COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, one antibody treatment put on hold cause concern for future of fight against virus
As two COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials and an antibody treatment experiment have been put on hold, there is concern for people’s hope for the ongoing efforts to fight the virus.
Anxieties can run high when the news is flooded with reports of clinical trial participants falling ill and less than ideal setbacks in what seems to be our only hope in ending the pandemic.
October 13, 2020 - Fox 25 BostonLocal doctor seeing evidence of early second surge says it’s too soon to continue reopening Mass. economy
On Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker assessed the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, saying we have learned so much since the spring surge.
“We’re going to be living with Covid until there is a vaccine or treatment,” Baker said Tuesday afternoon during a news conference. “But the Commonwealth’s response to this pandemic has been transformational since last spring in nearly every aspect of our daily lives.”
October 6, 2020 - Business WireJAMA Network Open Reports Specialty Pharmacy Partnership Between Shields Health Solutions and UMass Memorial Medical Center
In an article published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/27
October 6, 2020 - Boston Business Journal
In a year unlike any other, the leaders of Greater Boston's business community are meeting the challenges of 2020 head on.
October 5, 2020 - WBZ 4 CBS Boston
One of the treatments President Trump is receiving for the coronavirus is raising questions for some doctors.
The President’s doctors say Mr. Trump is taking a steroid called dexamethasone to combat inflammation. It was shown in a study to reduce mortality in patients severely ill with COVID-19.
Dr. Nicholas Smyrnios, a pulmonologist at UMass Memorial Hospital Medical Center says steroids, such as dexamethasone, have the potential to do harm as well.
September 25, 2020 - Boston 25 News‘Nobody knows just which way this is going to go’: MA hospitals ready for 2nd COVID-19 surge, but a virus mutation could upend plans
Healthcare systems across the Commonwealth are readying their COVID-19 surge plans ahead of an anticipated second wave of the virus. Experts predict COVID-19 could once again overwhelm the state next month.
But staying ahead of a virus that is known to mutate won’t be easy for hospitals, as they must be prepared for whatever comes their way.
“This is the calm before the second storm. But nobody knows just which way this is going to go and where it’s going to end up,” said Dr. Eric Dickson, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care.
September 24, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Health Care has named its chair of ophthalmology as its new medical group president, effective in December.
Dr. Shlomit Schaal will succeed Dr. Steve Tosi, who since 2013 has led UMass Memorial Medical Group, which has roughly 1,100 physicians and is the largest physician group in Central Massachusetts. Tosi, who has held multiple leadership positions over 17 years at UMass Memorial, will continue to serve as medical director for UMass Memorial's captive insurance company and system risk management.
September 23, 2020 - Fox 25 Boston
When COVID-19 was surging in Massachusetts in the spring, many hospitals came dangerously close to running out of essential personal protective equipment, or PPE.
There was a global competition for N95 masks, surgical gowns and gloves, and these lifesaving items were in short supply.
But out of the those tense moments came valuable lessons on how to prepare for highly infectious diseases. Now, as a fall surge looms over the Commonwealth, hospitals are applying those lessons.
September 23, 2020 - Boston Business Journal
UMass Memorial Health Care has signed an agreement to acquire Harrington Hospital, a deal that would add a fourth community hospital to the Central Massachusetts system.
September 20, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
UMass Memorial Health Care has a three-month stockpile of personal protective equipment in preparation for the upcoming flu season and a possible second wave of the coronavirus.
Dr. Kimiyoshi Kobayashi, chief quality officer at UMass Memorial Medical Center, said they are wary of a second COVID-19 surge coming on top of the flu season.