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January 24, 2021 - Boston Globe
Kenneth R. Smith has visited the convention center in downtown Worcester many times over the years for trade shows and exhibitions. This month, he was there as a patient during a pandemic.
Smith was among dozens of COVID-19 patients being treated at a field hospital constructed inside the large hall of the DCU Center. Patients lie in beds in long rows across the convention center floor, separated by black curtains. There are no walls and no windows to offer a view of the outside world, just bright overhead lights and the thrum of a busy hospital.
January 23, 2021 - WBZ 4 CBS Boston
Massachusetts is rolling back some coronavirus restrictions on Monday. But with the United Kingdom COVID variant in the state, two local doctors say now is not the time to let our guards down.
January 23, 2021 - Fox News
Taming a ranging pandemic that has already claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans lies heavily in the rollout of the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine — a process that has been slow and arduous since the emergency approval of such jabs in the U.S.
January 23, 2021 - NBC 10 Boston
Massachusetts is now allowing everyone in Phase 1 to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. For hospitals, that means they can now give shots to everyone on staff.
At UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Dr. Andrew Karson, the chief medical officer, believes the vaccine is resulting in a reduction of cases among employees.
January 22, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal
Coronavirus cases have taken an encouraging downward dip in the past week, including in Worcester County and the city of Worcester, but that relatively promising sign was tempered by a more contagious variant found this week in a person who was tested at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
January 22, 2021 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson has been named the new chair of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, the Boston hospital advocacy nonprofit announced Friday.
January 15, 2021 - NBC 10 Boston
Doctors at hospitals across Massachusetts – and the globe – believe the measures being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus are responsible.
January 14, 2021 - Barron's
The DCU center, a convention center complex in Worcester, Massachusetts, is converted into a Covid-19 field hospital to take in non-emergency and an overflow of coronavirus patients. The facility has admitted 365 Covid patients in the past five weeks.
January 13, 2021 - TimeWe Can't Afford to Wait for COVID-19 Vaccines To Be Rolled Out. Here’s What We Can Do to Curb the Virus Now
On Jan. 7, 2021, the U.S. hit another grim milestone, for the first time recording over 300,000 new cases of COVID-19 and over 4,000 deaths from the infection in one day.
January 2, 2021 - NBC 10 Boston
Officials at a field hospital in Massachusetts say they are concerned as a post-holiday spike in COVID cases nears.
As of the start of the new year, roughly 60 patients were being treated for coronavirus at the DCU Center in Worcester, where the director of operations says they are already seeing more volume than they ever saw last spring.
December 30, 2020 - Bloomberg
Dr. Eric Dickson, CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care, on how the DCU field hospital is filling up with Covid patients, and the status of Covid vaccinations (1:12:51)
December 29, 2020 - Boston Business Journal
UMass Memorial Health Care canceled thousands of procedures and faced multi-million dollar drops in revenue, but ended fiscal 2020 in the black.
December 29, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
UMass Memorial Health Care has posted a $15 million operating surplus for 2020, crediting federal funding and caregivers with reversing two straight years of operating losses.
“We are extremely grateful to our 14,000 caregivers who have spent the past 10 months inside our hospitals, community practices, and out in the community helping the people in central Massachusetts fight a global pandemic,” a statement from UMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson and Chief Financial Officer Sergio Melgar said Tuesday.
December 29, 2020 - WCVB 5 Boston
Massachusetts hospitals are scrambling to open up new surge capacity as more patients seek out medical care from facilities across the Commonwealth.
Dr. Eric Dickson, who oversees the field hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester, says that makeshift facility is quickly filling up with new patients.
"Just over the past 3 days, we've surpassed the number of patients in the hospital than we saw in the spring."
December 28, 2020 - One News Page
"If Christmas is as bad as Thanksgiving, we're going to see a compounding of bad on top of bad," said Dr. Dickson to CBSN Boston's Anna Meiler.
December 25, 2020 - WBZ 4 CBS Boston
Healthcare workers are no strangers to skipping traditions with family to work a holiday. In 2020, it’s a different experience, especially for those working on COVID-19 floors in hospitals.
“It’s pretty tough in here today,” nurse Shannon Lora told WBZ over Zoom from the CCU at HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster.
“It’s a horrible day here actually. We have a lot of very sick patients. We have a couple of people dying. It has not been a very good day.”
December 21, 2020 - WCVB 5 Boston
Hospital beds in Massachusetts are filling up fast amid a surge in coronavirus cases, and if the number of cases continues to rise, they may soon be full.
On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker said the state's health care system is under immense pressure, as the seven day average of COVID-19 hospitalizations has more than doubled within the last month.
The number of hospital beds that are currently available statewide is much lower than it was during the first COVID-19 surge in the late spring.
December 21, 2020 - Mass LiveUMass Memorial and Harrington health care systems, seeking merger, file with state regulatory agencies
UMass Memorial Health Care and Harrington Health Care System, seeking to become officially affiliated, have taken another step forward in the process by filing with state regulatory agencies.
The health care systems have jointly submitted the first in a series of required filings for UMass Memorial to become the parent company of Harrington, UMass Memorial said in a statement Tuesday. This would make Harrington Hospital, system employees and the medical group members of the UMass Memorial Health Care system.
December 19, 2020 - Mass LiveChildren’s mental health has worsened and suicidal thoughts have increased during COVID pandemic and remote learning, physicians say
With children in Massachusetts continuing to learn remotely, full- or part-time, during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, physicians have noticed concerning declines in students’ mental health.
December 18, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest employer in Central Massachusetts, plans to have all of its health providers vaccinated against coronavirus by mid-February, a period of roughly two months.
All of the system's caregivers are expected to have at least appointments in place for vaccinations by Jan. 11, according to a memo sent to employees Friday. Those who are providing care directly to COVID-19 patients are going first, followed by those with less contact with virus patients, and then other providers.