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April 3, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
A plan to evaluate opioid overdose patients using technology known as telemedicine has received an annual prize and funding from the UMass Memorial Medical Group.
The proposal that won the $200,000 award and the funding that comes with it would allow doctors to talk with emergency department patients through tablet-based video. The program is meant to replicate face-to-face doctor-and-patient interactions and allow experts to evaluate those suspected of an overdose to determine the best plan for care.
March 27, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
Renovations at UMass Memorial Medical Center's Memorial Campus have earned the hospital a national award.
UMass overhauled patient rooms in its medical and surgical unit and updated common areas including hallways and gathering spaces, taking a delicate approach to undertaking sometimes noisy work while making sure not to disrupt patients.
March 27, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
When Marie retired more than two decades ago, she decided to spend her days volunteering. But then she got sick and wasn't able to continue, which was frustrating.
March 20, 2019 - PYMNTS.com
Like many other facets of consumers’ lives, medical care is becoming increasingly digital. Many healthcare providers’ systems offer smartphone apps enabling users to schedule appointments with primary doctors, check in for appointments, chat with nurses or review test results. Before they can access this sensitive information, however, patients must first verify their identities.
March 18, 2019 - https://www.hfmmagazine.com/articles/3592-summit-helps-to-connect-the-dots-in-health-care-design
More than 3,600 professionals have gathered for the International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit), which kicked off this morning in Phoenix with a focus on collaboration. This year’s theme of “Connect the Dots” was integrated into keynote and breakout sessions as speakers emphasized the need for cooperation between various health care disciplines to achieve the best patient outcomes.
March 18, 2019 - U.S. News
EXPERIENCING gastroesophageal reflux – or when particles in the stomach like food and acid go back up into the esophagus – is, in some ways, par for the course of being human. About 20 percent of American adults have it at least weekly, and more than 50 percent have it at least once a year, says Dr. John O. Clarke, clinical associate professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Stanford University, where he directs the esophageal program.
March 12, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
Tina Leger’s message to patients and families at UMass Memorial Health Care Cancer Center is simple: “hope.”
And that message is not to be missed, as Ms. Leger has stamped it out in the snow in a field visible to patients as they receive treatment.
“When you walk in and see something like that, it brings you hope,” said Aline DaSilva, a breast cancer survivor who saw the message while at the hospital for a checkup.
March 7, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp brought Slime University to UMass Memorial Medical Center on Wednesday, giving pediatric patients and visitors a break from regular hospital life.
March 4, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
Close to 3,000 babies are born each year in Massachusetts through what's called assisted reproductive technology, when couples have difficulty conceiving.
None of those babies were born to couples who used in Central Massachusetts the most common reproductive assistance method, in vitro fertilization, or IVF.
Dr. Julia Johnson is looking to change that.
March 4, 2019 - Beacon Broadside
The critically acclaimed film and Best Picture Academy Award winner, Green Book, tells the story of a real-life tour of the Deep South in the 1960s by Jamaican-American classical pianist Don Shirley and New York bouncer Tony Lip, who served as Shirley's driver and security. Set in 1962, they use The Negro Motorist Green Book to guide them to establishments safe for Blacks as they travel through the Deep South.
February 27, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
In the summer of 2015, as incidents of youth violence swept through the city, the familiar knee-jerk reaction of squelching violence with a strong police response was heard from some quarters, with one city councilor even suggesting calling in state police for reinforcement.
Fortunately, city leaders such as Mayor Joe Petty and City Manager Ed Augustus were attuned to voices in the community pitching a more comprehensive - and what they believed would be a more effective - approach to reducing youth violence.
February 14, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
Newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center were topped with knitted red hats on Thursday, in a dual recognition of Valentine’s Day and National Heart Month. The hats, distributed to hospitals by the American Heart Association, are knitted by nurses and volunteers, including knitting clubs.
February 13, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Medical Center and MetroWest Medical Center have made a new list of the best seven hospitals in Massachusetts and 100 best in the country.
The new 2019 ratings from the website Healthgrades focus on clinical quality outcomes for 32 conditions and procedures.
February 10, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
As chief of cardiac surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Jennifer D. Walker, 53, of Littleton, is helping break ground for other women to enter the field.
Women as cardiac surgeons are becoming more prevalent, but few are chief of surgery at an academic medical center. Though the numbers are low across the nation, UMass Memorial has two female cardiothoracic surgeons – Dr. Walker and one of her recruits.
February 7, 2019 - Cogen Power Technologies
With a statewide trend towards energy efficiency, in 2015 UMass Memorial Medical Center embarked on their Energy Strategic Master Plan and studied the benefits of CHP to make the hospital more energy independent and resilient in the face of power outages.
February 7, 2019 - Western MA News Fox
Firefighters battle brutal conditions to save our lives, and those conditions are causing life-threatening diseases.
Western Mass News reported about the toxins first responders face that cause deadly diseases such as cancer, and now, Parkinson's disease.
46-year-old Westfield firefighter Greg Heath went from overnight alarms and saving lives, to a new wake up call keeping him alive.
"Every three hours this thing goes off," said Heath.
February 5, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
The last memory Kathleen Menard has from her previously normal life was working with her husband, Dave, to maneuver the Thanksgiving turkey into the oven, then going upstairs to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, while Dave went outside to walk the family dog
February 4, 2019 - WBZ CBS Boston
The next generation of Patriots superfans made their sweet debut over Super Bowl weekend! Among the new arrivals at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester – was little Adriana who will go home to Shrewsbury. Her mom tells WBZ she was due last Tuesday but had another grand entrance in mind.
January 31, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette
For 30 years, the chance that someone who needed a liver transplant would actually get an appropriate liver in time depended at least as much on geography as on how sick the patient was.
But under a policy change approved in December by the board of directors of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing, patient severity of illness will weigh more heavily in allocating available organs to waiting patients.
January 28, 2019 - Sentinel and Enterprise
UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital will mark the opening of the community's new Emergency Department in Leominster today -- two weeks ahead of schedule.
This completes phase one of the five-phase project and becomes immediately available for patient utilization.