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  • May 19, 2020 - MelMagazine

    The COVID-19 pandemic has put in clear relief how important access to workplace protections and affordable health care is.

  • May 13, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care has taken a financial beating during the coronavirus pandemic, as it, like other hospital systems, has forgone revenue-generating procedures during the outbreak.

    But the Worcester-based system is committed to not laying off or furloughing any workers despite the financial hit, President and CEO Eric Dickson said in a staff memo Wednesday.

  • May 13, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is testing about 70% of its admitted patients for coronavirus and has plans to soon test all.

    The Worcester hospital already tests pregnant women who have coronavirus symptoms, as well as some arriving for procedures, including vascular and urology patients. Now the hospital's leadership is working with its infectious disease and clinical operations teams to figure out how to test everyone admitted, Chief Nursing Officer Justin Precourt said in an online staff forum Friday.

  • May 13, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is testing about 70% of its admitted patients for coronavirus and has plans to soon test all.

    The Worcester hospital already tests pregnant women who have coronavirus symptoms, as well as some arriving for procedures, including vascular and urology patients. Now the hospital's leadership is working with its infectious disease and clinical operations teams to figure out how to test everyone admitted, Chief Nursing Officer Justin Precourt said in an online staff forum Friday.

    "We just want to get that additional 30%," Precourt said.

  • May 11, 2020 - WGBH

    Family members caring for a parent or spouse with dementia are fighting new battles during the coronavirus pandemic as they try to enforce rules of hygiene and social distancing with loved ones who can’t always grasp how high the stakes are.

    “The idea of telling someone with Alzheimer's disease that they need to quarantine in their room and stay in there is almost impossible,” said Nicole McGurin, the head of family services at the Massachusetts-New Hampshire chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • May 9, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    When Alex Dube followed the inspiration of her mother, Jonna Dube, by becoming a nurse, neither could have expected they would both be a part of the front-line battle against a pandemic.

    Now the mother/daughter nursing duo from Dudley has an intensified mutual pride in each other - and in what they are doing in their respective roles with UMass Memorial Medical Center.

    “I can’t help crying to be honest with you. I’ve always felt nursing is a privilege, ” said Jonna Dube, senior director of ambulatory services at UMass Memorial.

  • May 7, 2020 - NBC10 Boston

    Dr. Callaghan talks about taking care of pregnant patients. 

  • May 6, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester will receive a $100,000 grant from Bank of America to support the healthcare provider's telemedicine program, the company announced Wednesday.

    The decision to bolster the telemedicine program at UMass Memorial comes as nearly 3,5000 patients across its network have tested positive for COVID-19.

  • May 5, 2020 - Boston Globe

    For a state that is largely shut down, shut in, and starving for good news, this may be a start: Massachusetts appears to be descending from its coronavirus plateau.

    Key statistics on COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, by which experts measure progress in the battle to contain the disease, are showing improvement.

  • April 29, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Ambulatory service representatives and nurses take a moment during a lull in coronavirus testing to stretch and breathe on Wednesday. The frontline workers were led by ABR Leeann Cipro at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus.

  • April 29, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester has expanded the number of COVID-19 patients being treated with the blood plasma of someone who recovered from coronavirus.

    The hospital has used so-called convalescent plasma to treat at least three patients, including one who was treated with the plasma from UMass Memorial's chief of colorectal surgery, Dr. Justin Maykel. Dr. Jonathan Gerber, the medical director of the UMass Memorial Cancer Center, is leading the program in partnership with the American Red Cross.

     

  • April 23, 2020 - New York Times

    As parents around the country cancel well-child checkups to avoid coronavirus exposure, public health experts fear they are inadvertently sowing the seeds of another health crisis. Immunizations are dropping at a dangerous rate, putting millions of children at risk for measles, whooping cough and other life-threatening illnesses.

  • April 23, 2020 - Boston Globe

    In recent weeks, hospitals across the region have launched joyous sendoffs for recovered coronavirus patients as they leave hospital care.(Produced by: Felicia Gans/Globe Staff, Tyler Dolph/Globe Correspondent)

    “It’s emotional,” said Carole Lestienne, a nurse manager at Beverly Hospital. As she spoke from her office Wednesday, she heard the chime signaling that another patient was being discharged. A clip from “Here Comes the Sun” played. She paused to listen.

  • April 22, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester has opened a new clinic for expecting mothers who've tested positive for coronavirus or are under investigation for it.

    The clinic is located in the endoscopy unit at UMass Memorial's Memorial Campus, where moms-to-be can be seen for appointments requiring face-to-face visits such as fetal heart rate monitoring, ultrasounds and exams. When the patient is cleared of coronavirus, she can go back to the referring office to continue regular obstetric care.

  • April 22, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester will receive a $120,000 grant from the Trustees of The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation of Boston, to be earmarked for implementing telemedicine technology in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the healthcare provider announced on Tuesday.

    The healthcare provider hopes to prioritize spending on telemedicine for the pediatric intensive care unit, emergency services and equipping primary response areas with telemedicine tools.

  • April 21, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester has reported encouraging results from the first coronavirus patient it has treated with the blood plasma of a recovered patient.

    After hours of transfusion, the patient has dramatically improved and is being weaned off a ventilator, the hospital said Tuesday. That's a dramatic improvement after the critically ill patient was on the ventilator near maximum settings to get enough oxygen.

  • April 20, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is starting on Monday a new program requiring employees to report before each shift through an app whether they have a new cough, shortness of breath or fever.

    The new self-monitoring program is the latest health safety measure by UMass Memorial, which has already required employees to wear a mask throughout their shift and to be monitored washing their hands when arriving at work. Those wearing N95 masks are also asked not to wear make-up because it makes them unable to be used again.

  • April 20, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center is starting on Monday a new program requiring employees to report before each shift through an app whether they have a new cough, shortness of breath or fever.

    The new self-monitoring program is the latest health safety measure by UMass Memorial, which has already required employees to wear a mask throughout their shift and to be monitored washing their hands when arriving at work. Those wearing N95 masks are also asked not to wear make-up because it makes them unable to be used again.

  • April 19, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    You can hear the pride and empathy in the voice of Dr. Michael Gustafson, when he speaks about the nurses, doctors and other medical staff at UMass Memorial Medical Center who are working relentlessly to care for hundreds of people who have COVID-19, the highly contagious and deadly disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

  • April 18, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Margaret “Maggie” Rizzo, a registered nurse in the ICU at UMass Memorial Medical Center, has always known that she would become a nurse. She comes from a family of nurses: her mother, sister and several aunts are all nurses, so was her late grandmother. Rizzo worked as a nurse’s aide as a teen.

    There are plenty of stories around the country of nurses becoming burnt out and even some having to give up the job because of the high stress and fear associated with working with countless patients infected with and dying from COVID-19.

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