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  • August 24, 2020 - WBZ 4 CBS Boston

    UMass Memorial gastroenterologist Dr. Savant Mehta battled COVID-19 on a ventilator for two weeks. His wife, Sonia, watched in agony as her husband went from physician to helpless patient.

    “There was like no hope,” Sonia said.

    As a last resort to save Mehta’s life, doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester used two transfusions of convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients.

  • August 14, 2020 - Fox 25 Boston

    During the height of the pandemic, Worcester was hit hard. On Friday, the city offered free coronavirus testing, masks, and hand sanitizers outside of city hall. People started lining up early from Worcester, and surrounding cities and towns.

    Many people that lined up say, they aren’t taking any chances, and are taking precautions and want to know if they are carrying the virus.

    During the height of the Coronavirus pandemic, UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester was running on surge capacity.

  • August 14, 2020 - 7 News Boston

    Thousands of people are sharing a UMass Memorial Medical doctor’s mask message.

    Dr. Luu D. Ireland took to social media to share her story about wearing a mak over the course of a long shift with the hope that others will take her words to heart and wear one too.

  • August 12, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Massachusetts locked down fast and hard in March in response to COVID-19, according to a new study examining the number of social interactions in the continental United States before and during the pandemic.

    “Without question, we have seen a marked decrease in social interactions across the country this year compared to last year,” said Sean Lansing, director of client strategy at TOP Data, part of the TOP Agency network that does market research and data studies and conducted the new study.

  • August 7, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    Worcester County reported 972 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases and 70 fatalities in July, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

    The new cases in Worcester County increased in July to 13,322 since the pandemic began. Statewide, cases increased by 8,730 in the month of July, increasing the total to 117,620. 

  • August 3, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    In this new recurring Worcester Business Journal feature where leading executives interview each other, the president & CEO of Hanover Insurance Group and the president & CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care discuss their separate ascensions to the top job, why companies need to advocate for causes like social justices, and how to

  • July 29, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    Four Central Massachusetts hospitals have been included in an annual rating of the best places to receive specialty care services.

    UMass Memorial Medical Center and Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham and Natick, and Milford Regional Medical Center each had specialties ranked as high performing by the U.S. News & World Report, a publication whose guides for hospitals, colleges and others can be highly sought.

  • July 8, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center has begun a pilot testing program using saliva to test for the coronavirus, offering a new method in addition to the more common nasal swab.

    The pilot program, announced in a staff-wide memo, began Tuesday on four units in UMass Memorial's University Campus and three units on its Memorial Campus. Other sites will continue to use nasopharyngeal specimens, or nasal swabs.

  • July 2, 2020 - Mass Live

    Stepping in the front doors of UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, greeters instruct visitors to sanitize with a palmful of Purell and supply them a fresh face mask.

    As the rate of new COVID-19 cases started to ease and some visitors were finally going to be allowed back into hospitals to see loved ones in June, employees of UMass Memorial Medical Center had to think fast.

  • July 1, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, which used internet-based medical appointments rarely before the coronavirus pandemic hit, has now held more than 100,000 such telehealth visits.

    That news, given Sunday in a memo to caregivers from the health system's top information and virtual medicine officials, came with another announcement: UMass Memorial will be switching to Zoom for telehealth visits on a pilot basis starting July 13, using the popular video conferencing platform in a professional version integrated into Epic, UMass Memorial's online patient health records system.

  • June 27, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Children in Massachusetts have gained almost 10 pounds on average since March when schools, parks, playgrounds and other activities shut down as people began staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent survey.

    The survey of 5,000 parents in states along the East Coast shows children under 16 in Massachusetts gained 9.8 pounds on average, 2.8 pounds more than the average weight gain of 7 pounds regionally.

  • June 24, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Safwat Basha walked into UMass Memorial Medical Center about three months ago concerned that he might have COVID-19.

    The 41-year-old new father, who had no history of serious illness, would not emerge from the building for more than two months. He was put on a ventilator, with a breathing tube inserted in his trachea, as he battled the disease.

    Tuesday, Basha walked back into UMass to thank the doctors and nurses who saved him.

    “We want to thank all of them,” said Sarwat Basha, the man’s brother.

  • June 15, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    When he was attending grade school, Dr. Mark Johnson, now chair of neurosurgery at UMass Memorial Health Care, he was regularly attacked for being a black student in a mostly white school. During a road trip after his high school graduation, he and his family came under gunfire from a group of men at a rest stop. Even as he ascended the ranks of Harvard University, racism was still part of his life.

  • June 15, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    My colleague Lynn Reardon and I, registered nurses at UMass Memorial - Hahnemann Campus day surgery, returned to that department after being deployed to the COVID-19 CCU and SICU at UMass Memorial - Memorial Campus for two months.

    We knew our journey would not be complete without recognizing the manager, Erin Guyette, and her amazing staff there.

  • June 11, 2020 - Boston Globe

    UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester marked a sweet milestone Thursday, when Table Talk Pies donated its 10,000 pie to health care workers since the start of the state’s Covid-19 crisis in March.

    The city’s hometown pie maker dropped off 256 individual-sized pies, including blueberry, chocolate eclair, lemon and other flavors, boosting the total to a whopping 10,000 flaky crust pies.

  • June 6, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    With the peak of coronavirus over, Dr. Eric W. Dickson, CEO and president of UMass Memorial Health Care, has diagnosed himself with writer’s cramp from penning so many thank-you notes enclosed with bottles of his homemade maple syrup.

    “I’ve got a lot of people I’ve got to thank,” Dickson said. “Twenty-seven gallons (of maple syrup) I’ll give out - give it all to the people that helped us, that helped get us through.”

    But the ending of what Dickson called the pandemic “response” phase doesn’t mean that the challenges are over.

  • June 5, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    A few hundred UMass Memorial Medical Center staff, including the hospital system's CEO, stood for 10 minutes outside the Worcester hospital Friday in support of racial equality at a time when Black Lives Matter protests are being held around the world in response to the police killing of Minneapolis black man George Floyd.

  • June 5, 2020 - Fox 25 Boston

    In the middle of the day Friday, at Worcester’s UMass Memorial Medical Center, 200 caregivers, maintaining COVID-19 precautions, stood silent outside the hospital’s main entrance for nine full minutes.

    "It was overwhelming to stand her and just think about that poor man laying with somebody on his neck,” said Angela Halloran, a registered nurse.

  • June 5, 2020 - Fox 25 Boston

    In the middle of the day Friday, at Worcester’s UMass Memorial Medical Center, 200 caregivers, maintaining COVID-19 precautions, stood silent outside the hospital’s main entrance for nine full minutes.

    "It was overwhelming to stand her and just think about that poor man laying with somebody on his neck,” said Angela Halloran, a registered nurse.

  • May 20, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester has received a $350,000 state grant for a mobile addiction services van, one of five such programs in the state.

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Wednesday it gave the same funding amount to other agencies in Boston, Fall River, New Bedford and Springfield.

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