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June 27, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette
Expanding on a $50,000 design grant awarded in December to improve care for opioid addiction, Community Healthlink of Worcester is one of four community-based programs statewide selected to put the new programs in place.
The award was announced last week by RIZE Massachusetts as part of the philanthropy’s inaugural grant program, “Saving Lives, Improving Health: Redesigning Opioid Use Disorder Care.”
June 26, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette
Up, up she soared.
Higher and higher she bounced.
Down, down she came.
And Emma wasn’t happy any longer.
“I was just jumping really high and I leaned forward and gravity took me down,” said the 10-year-old Millbury girl, who will enter the fifth grade at the Raymond E. Shaw Elementary School this fall.
June 20, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal
This spring, when UMass Memorial Health Care announced plans to close its two-physician Plumley Village Heath Services clinic at 116 Belmont St. in Worcester, many in the city were outraged. The clinic serves nearly 2,000 patients, many of them low-income people from surrounding neighborhoods who find it convenient and attentive to their specific needs. For example, its bilingual staff is particularly valuable to Spanish-speakers in the area.
June 20, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal
Two decades ago, the Worcester hospital industry entered a new era at a time when independent hospitals were still fairly common. Memorial Hospital and UMass Medical Center became one entity, a marriage that took years to feel natural and one that forever changed health care in Central Massachusetts.
June 20, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal
With two decades of information-technology experience, the Marlborough company Versatile took a look at the growing IT field in health care and made a confident bet.
With its expertise and name recognition in IT, Versatile launched a new health information technology services arm in March, and it doesn't expect a slow start. Versatile officials said they expect to double its healthcare IT business in 18 to 24 months.
"We cover a unique niche in the market," said David Christianson, Versatile's senior vice president. "We're on an aggressive growth ramp."
June 17, 2018 - NBC10 Boston TV
The Arous father-son team is helping save lives.
June 17, 2018 - For Athletic Trainers
At UMass Memorial Medical Center, our sports medicine team sees a wide range of athletes, from pediatrics to adolescents, high schoolers, collegiate athletes, and on through to mature recreational athletes. We cover every base in sports medicine from overuse injuries to the more complex reconstructive and joint preservation procedures. When dealing with our patients, regardless of the competition level or injury, a theme has emerged: Today’s athletes want and expect immediate results.
June 12, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette
As a baby, the little girl we will call Robin was pretty quiet, not babbling very much, making little sounds. And there were other signs that troubled her mother, although others waved off her concerns.
“She didn’t respond to her name as you would expect. Sometimes it would take five, six, seven or more times before she would even look at us,” said Robin’s mother, who prefers that her family’s real names not be used in this story.
June 5, 2018 - NECN
For many school districts in Massachusetts, funding is incredibly tight, and sports are often among the first things on the chopping block.
Once they're gone, bringing athletics back can be an even bigger challenge.
"It would require the coaches, of course transportation, cost of referees, equipment and a coordinator to coordinate the games," said Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda.
May 31, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette
Dr. Michael Gustafson, president of Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston, will become president of UMass Memorial Medical Center on Sept. 1.
Dr. Gustafson will take over from interim president Dr. Jeff Smith. Mr. Smith has been leading the multi-campus hospital since February, when Patrick Muldoon retired, and will return to his job as chief operating officer of the medical center, UMass Memorial said in a news release.
May 31, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal
The president of Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Boston has been named to lead UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester where he will begin duties on Sept. 1, UMass announced Thursday.
Michael Gustafson will replace Patrick Muldoon, who stepped down in January after 15 years with the Worcester-based UMass Memorial Health Care system and after more than four years as the UMass Memorial Medical Center president.
May 29, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette
A group of medical organizations is close to opening the region’s newest surgical center, a $31 million facility aimed at moving operations out of hospitals.
The Surgery Center – jointly owned by UMass Memorial Health Care, Reliant Medical Group and Shields Health Care Group – is scheduled to begin offering services June 4.
Medical and local leaders got a sneak peek of the center Thursday, as the organizations celebrated its opening with a party.
May 29, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal
A new $31-million ambulatory surgical center built in a partnership between UMass Memorial Health Care, Shields Health Care Group and Reliant Medical Group is set to open Monday.
The 35,000-square-foot center is at 151 Main St., just off Exit 22 from I-290.
May 27, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette
UMass Memorial Medical Group physicians Kimberly Fisher and Susanne Muehlschlegel will research how patients successfully transition from hospital to home and bring that knowledge back to their workplace.
The physicians are the first winners of the $200,000 Prize for Academic Collaboration and Excellence Award. A new initiative at UMMMG, the PACE award seeks to highlight the role research and scientific investigation plays at the academic medical center.
May 23, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Health Care has received a $110-million bond to improve its two Worcester hospital campuses and its Leominster hospital.
The tax-exempt bond was issued by MassDevelopment, a quasi-public state agency, and announced Wednesday.
At UMass' University Campus in Worcester, the bond proceeds will pay for a new 18-bed medical surgical unit, MRI improvements and other renovations. At the Memorial Campus, the funds will cover renovation of inpatient rooms and employee work spaces, and new utility infrastructure including HVAC and water systems.
May 22, 2018 - Mass Live
As John Schofield coasted along the streets of downtown Worcester, small raindrops dropped down onto the windshield.
That Monday afternoon was surprisingly quiet for a Worcester EMS paramedic, few calls coming in over the scanner from dispatchers.
A cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee grew cold in the cup holder beside him.
Schofield, who has been an EMT since the mid-90s, drove around downtown, into Main South, up toward Lincoln Street and back, waiting for a call.
Suddenly, it came.
May 17, 2018 - Mass LiveParkland Shooting, Interest in Finding Solutions to Gun Violence Help Teen, 63-year-old Surgeon Develop Unique Friendship
Sixteen-year-old Rohan Krishnan speaks with his eyes wide open and voice full of emotion, his youthful enthusiasm bubbling to the surface, when he talks about his research on gun violence.
From that youthful lens, Krishnan started to analyze mass shootings in the United States and said he noticed that not many researchers had examined the connection between such shootings and a history of domestic violence.
May 14, 2018 - Worcester Business Journal
After a Harrington Hospital nurse was stabbed by a patient last June, the hospital wasted no time in taking a new safety measure. It installed metal detectors at its emergency department, becoming what it says is the first hospital in the state to do so.
"Initially, I think the public was apprehensive, but since then I think it's sort of become the norm," said Harry Lemieux, Harrington's vice president of support services and chief information officer.
May 10, 2018 - Taunton Gazette
For his birthday, Raynham resident Joseph Cardoso decided to spend a day in surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center to repair the main artery in his body.
After nearly five years of having carefully monitored the increasing size of an aneurysm that was discovered in the wall of his aorta, Cardoso was ready to go at 6 a.m. on April 3, his 82nd birthday.
May 8, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette
Francine Rochette had such clogged-up sinuses that she had headaches and sinus pressure and, most notably, couldn’t smell.
“If you put a rose in front of me, I couldn’t smell it,” she said. “Same thing if you put something really gross in front of me.”
But Ms. Rochette, 65, was reluctant to undergo traditional sinus surgery, where surgeons remove pieces of bone and tissue to clear the sinuses. Sixteen years ago, Ms. Rochette, of Oakham, had gone that route and it was, quite simply, “not pleasant.”