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January 19, 2018 - Worcester MagazineHear what our clinicians had to say about cancer in the workplace, Alzheimers, staying healthy while traveling and the impact of sugar on your bodyin the Health and Wellness issue of Worcester Magazine.
January 18, 2018 - Quartzy
As a health reporter, every so often I’ll get inspiration from questions in my own life. Or in this case, my coworker’s.
January 18, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette
A quickly spreading car fire damaged 10 cars in a parking garage at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus on Wednesday afternoon.
Patrick L. Muldoon, president of UMass Memorial Medical Center, said Wednesday night there were no injuries, and staff and patients in the Ambulatory Care Center, which is attached to the garage, were briefly evacuated.
January 18, 2018 - Boston Globe
Ten cars caught fire inside a parking garage at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester late Wednesday afternoon, and an adjacent building was briefly evacuated, officials said.
The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of the six-floor South Road garage. It was contained by 6:30 p.m., and the garage reopened around 8:15 p.m. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, officials said.
January 18, 2018 - WHDH News Boston
Several cars were destroyed after a fire sparked at a parking garage at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester Wednesday night.
The fire broke out on the third floor of the garage. Eight cars caught fire, reducing several to burnt frames.
January 10, 2018 - Telegram & Gazette
Local hospitals are grappling with the shortage of intravenous bags and fluids caused by the temporary shutdown of manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The storm devastated the island and wiped out much of its power grid in September.
Representatives of St. Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center say that through proactive planning, they’ve been able to adjust.
“We have not canceled a surgery. We have not compromised patient care,” said Paul Paladino, director of pharmacy at St. Vincent.
December 30, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette
Christina Connolly, public services supervisor and reference librarian at the Worcester Public Library, said there’s a lot of things one doesn’t foresee when going into the library profession: Reversing an opioid overdose to save a patron’s life would be one of them.
The library at Salem Square is one of the city’s hot spots for drug overdoses. Since June 2016, 49 staff members have been trained in how to administer the opioid overdose-reversing drug, naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, as part of first aid and AED training.
December 25, 2017 - Worcester Business Journal
This month, a rankings report published by the United Health Foundation, dubbed Massachusetts as America's overall healthiest state. Advantages include a low uninsurance rate, a low obesity rate and a relatively high number of mental health providers.
As the ranking notes, challenges remain. There are pockets of underserved people who don't have good access to providers, as well as a high rate of drug overdose deaths and too many preventable hospitalizations.
December 22, 2017 - Worcester Business Journal
Dogs, believe it or not, can cheer you right up with just a few licks of the face even in the worst of times.
That's according to a study from American Humane, which included UMass Memorial Medical Center pediatric physicians and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts in Worcester and Graton.
December 21, 2017 - Community Advocate
On December 15, 2016, our son Jonathan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He was 17 years old, and at that moment, when we heard the news from his oncologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center, it felt like all the oxygen in the room was suddenly sucked out.
December 16, 2017 - Worcester Sun
Last July, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) asked for public comment on a proposal to reform the liver transplantation system in the United States. The plan, “Enhancing Liver Distribution,” proposed placing a 150-nautical-mile-radius sharing circle around donor hospitals.
December 14, 2017 - Boston Herald
UMass Memorial Medical Center has seen a total of 123 drug-exposed infants born this year — up 10 percent since 2015 — and the hospital has added peer addiction mentors for new parents and round-the-clock “cuddle buddies” for the smallest victims of the opioid crisis.
“No matter what we’re doing, the numbers just keep increasing,” said Dr. Lawrence Rhein, head of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “There are lots of places to tackle this problem, and it needs to be at all ends of the spectrum.”
December 14, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette
File the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017” under bills with disingenuous names. There’s nothing reciprocal, as in a mutual exchange, about pending legislation in Congress that would force Massachusetts to allow citizens of other states with far more lax gun ownership requirements to carry concealed weapons into Massachusetts, a state with some of the nation’s strictest gun laws.
This is not an anti-gun editorial. But it is an editorial that supports current Massachusetts law.
December 13, 2017 - Worcester News Tonight
Goods for Guns buyback program allows people to exchange guns for gift cards in hopes of keeping cities and towns safe.
December 11, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette
Energy is a significant cost of doing business for Central Massachusetts companies.
But from switching to more efficient light bulbs to purchasing “brown” power from animal waste, the region’s businesses are trying myriad ways to remain competitive as energy prices rise.
“I’m into brown power - cow poop,” said Christopher Crowley, executive vice president at Polar Beverages. “Cow poop and turkey poop off-gasses methane ... they recover that and are changing it into electricity.
December 10, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette
Even before it opened in November, Westborough Behavioral Healthcare Hospital received calls daily about available beds.
Now, with only a small number of its 152 beds patient-ready, the hospital cannot yet satisfy that big demand for care.
As more units come online, CEO Patrick Moallemian said, the hospital hopes to meet the need for psychiatric beds with a policy of accepting all payers and a “desire to never say no.”
December 6, 2017 - Worcester News Tonight
Cam Jandrow reports- Celebrating the gift of life, transplant recipients and donors share their stories of getting and giving a second chance.
December 4, 2017 - Worcester Business Journal
When it comes to reproductive fertility, the biological clock is always ticking. And while medical science has come a long way since Louise Brown became the world's first test-tube, or in-vitro fertilization (IVF) baby in 1978, scientists still haven't found a way to stop and start the clock at will.
There are, however, more options for women when it comes to issues of timing, such as the retrieval, freezing and preservation of ovarian eggs for later fertilization — with much of the process, but not all — done in Central Massachusetts.
November 26, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette
Dr. Michael P. Hirsh, a passionate advocate on the subject of gun violence and using preventive methods to address the issue, believes physicians belong in the middle of the gun debate.
Co-founder of Goods for Guns, a gun-buyback program that is spreading across the state and country, the 63-year-old Northboro resident still vividly remembers holding the heart of one of his best friends in his hand during emergency surgery years ago after the friend was shot in a violent armed robbery in front of a New York City hospital where they were both training in surgery.
November 22, 2017 - Worcester Business Journal
Because of its four years of financial improvement and launch of the Epic electronic medical records system, UMass Memorial Health Care's revenue bond rating from Moody's has been upgraded from Baa3 to Baa2, according to the healthcare organization.