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  • April 2, 2020 - Eyeworld

    For Shlomit Schaal, MD, her renowned retina work is just one of the passions she engages in on a daily basis. Another is competitive swimming. Dr. Schaal was actually afraid of the water until she was 12, despite the fact that she grew up in Israel where there’s year-round sunshine and water sports predominate. It was her father who pressed her to learn, especially because it is a potentially lifesaving skill.
     

  • March 30, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester has set up six specialized care units for coronavirus patients and is planning to add three more, as health officials plan for a surge of patients in the days and weeks ahead.

  • March 30, 2020 - Boston Globe

    State officials Monday were scrambling to find about 1,000 skilled nursing beds for recovering COVID-19 patients across Massachusetts, raising the possibility of relocating hundreds of nursing home residents in a first-in-the-nation plan to relieve pressure on hospitals bracing for a surge of new patients.

  • March 25, 2020 - Boston Globe

    Massachusetts hospitals are scrambling to bring in more ventilators by almost any means possible, including buying and renting machines and repurposing other medical devices, in anticipation of an expected surge in critically ill coronavirus patients.

  • March 24, 2020 - Becker's Healthcare Review

    Academic medical centers play an important role in the healthcare system today, both in caring for patients across the country and devoting resources to research and innovation for the next generation of treatment.

    This list features 100 executives who lead academic medical centers and health systems across the country. The leaders highlighted here are responsible for large, often multisite institutions that provide cutting-edge technology and clinical trials.

  • March 23, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, has trampled its way across Asia, swept through Europe and, to much American’s dismay, touched down in the USA.

    As of March 16, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported cases in 49 states with a total of 3,487 infected persons and 68 deaths.

  • March 20, 2020 - NBC Nightly News

    Major cities are warning they could run out of protective equipment for doctors and nurses within weeks, if not days. Many are now making their own masks and automakers are offering to step in to make ventilators.

  • March 19, 2020 - Child Trends

    While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently reports that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is low for young Americansresearch on natural disasters makes it clear that, compared to adults, children are more vulnerable to the emotional impact of traumatic events that disrupt their daily lives.

  • March 16, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester is canceling most elective procedures starting Monday to leave capacity for potential coronavirus cases at the hospital, days before a state-mandated order for all hospitals goes into effect.

  • March 16, 2020 - Boston Globe

    Massachusetts’s biggest hospitals are preparing for a potential crush of coronavirus patients amid predictions that rapid spread of the disease could overwhelm the health care system.

    Researchers have been racing to develop models that predict the possible impact on US hospitals, and some of those forecasts are alarming — especially if intensifying efforts to contain the virus aren’t successful.

  • March 13, 2020 - Mass Live

    As the state continues to respond to a coronavirus outbreak, UMass Memorial Medical Center is setting up screening tents to limit exposure to people at the Worcester hospital.

    The set-up began Thursday and is expected to be complete next week, the hospital said.

  • March 12, 2020 - Boston Globe

    What should I do if I have symptoms that seem like coronavirus?

    Call your doctor. Don’t go to a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital without calling ahead. If you can’t reach a medical professional, or have general questions, dial 211. Starting Thursday, the Massachusetts 211 line is equipped to answer questions about Covid-19. Staff there have been provided with scripts and trained in triaging calls from the public.

  • March 12, 2020 - Boston Globe

    What should I do if I have symptoms that seem like coronavirus?

    Call your doctor. Don’t go to a clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital without calling ahead. If you can’t reach a medical professional, or have general questions, dial 211. Starting Thursday, the Massachusetts 211 line is equipped to answer questions about Covid-19. Staff there have been provided with scripts and trained in triaging calls from the public.

  • March 12, 2020 - NBC 10 Boston

    Many people have had to self-quarantine due to coronavirus. But what exactly does it entail?

  • March 11, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette

    Area hospitals, courthouses, theaters, museums and airports are gambling that extreme sanitation measures can help stop the spread of the coronavirus and, in turn, quell fears of COVID-19.

    With a statewide state of emergency declared as suspected cases of the respiratory illness mount, institutions open to the public are working to minimize risk.

  • March 11, 2020 - Mass Live

    Among the 13 new cases of coronavirus reported by the state on Monday, one was treated at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, the hospital announced on Tuesday.

    The person is now home under quarantine, the hospital said.

    The case was reported Monday by the Massachusetts Department of Health as the first case of COVID-19 in Worcester County.

  • March 6, 2020 - CBS News Boston

    The annual fitting for N95 face masks for hundreds of employees at UMass Memorial Medical Center is taking on particular urgency this year because of coronavirus.

    “We want to be prepared that the coronavirus, we will be prepared if it comes to our location,” nurse manager Tim McKeon told WBZ-TV. “So we are gearing everything up in order to make sure all of our caregivers are safe.”

  • March 5, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Health Care has named a new chief philanthropy officer to lead its new fundraising division.

    UMass said Thursday that Kathleen Driscoll is its new senior vice president and chief philanthropy officer, joining the Worcester-based health system from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, where she is the secretary for institutional advancement. She will begin working for UMass on April 6.

  • March 5, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has chosen UMass Memorial Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for numerous specialties in its Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

    Blue Distinction Centers are healthcare centers supported by BCBSMA, focused on supplying high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes.

    This program has assisted many patients locate quality care in a myriad of medical fields including cancer treatment, cellular immunotherapy, and a vast range of surgeries.

  • March 4, 2020 - Worcester Magazine

    The 2nd Annual Champions for Children Celebration will take place on Friday, March 6, at Mechanics Hall beginning at 6 p.m.

    What is your history with Worcester?

    I’ve loved Worcester since I moved here in 2003, and I absolutely love what’s happening now. I came here for work. I was previously involved with an organization that helped kids transitioning from the juvenile justice system and that’s what brought me to Worcester. I had the opportunity to join CASA in August of 2016 and I’ve been here ever since.

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