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  • May 28, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal

    As the head of the largest employer in Central Massachusetts, Dickson has an ability to affect the livelihoods of thousands of people, to say nothing of all those who are treated at UMass Memorial Health Care hospitals in Worcester, Clinton, Leominster and Marlborough. In 2017, UMass contributed $168 million in community benefit to the region. Dickson, UMass Memorial’s leader since 2013, first put UMass back on track financially, which required hundreds of layoffs and tough union negotiations, and then worked to overhaul its record-keeping to go fully electronic in a $700-million project.

  • May 26, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette

    The biggest health organization in Central Massachusetts wants to improve the region’s health, but in ways that do not necessarily involve medicine.

    UMass Memorial Health Care is remaking its ties to the community by setting aside investment funds for local investments, thinking about ways to target certain neighborhoods for hiring and looking into whether it can buy more goods and services locally.

  • May 25, 2019 - Politico

    Democrats who've made "Medicare for All" a top health care priority are running up against their toughest opponent yet: their own neighborhood hospitals.

    The multibillion-dollar industry has emerged as the most formidable foe of single-payer health care. It’s helped assemble a coalition of health care lobbies that has launched social media campaigns attacking Medicare for All and its most high-profile proponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), while fighting narrower Democratic proposals to expand federal health coverage over concerns any change would slash hospital revenue.

  • May 19, 2019 - Telegram

    It’s been 25 years since UMass Memorial Health Care began its bone marrow transplant program. Dr. Jonathan M. Gerber, 46, has been chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology and medical director of the UMass Memorial Health Care Cancer Center since August.

    Dr. Gerber was not at UMass Memorial in 2011 when Victoria Mason of Webster, then 80, became one of the first people known over 80 to receive a successful stem cell transplant. But he reflected on advances in transplant technology for some of the deadliest cancers

  • May 10, 2019 - Telegram

    UMass Memorial Medical Center has reached a tentative four-year agreement with the Massachusetts Nurses Association bargaining unit at its University Campus, according to a statement from UMass Memorial Medical Center.

  • April 25, 2019 - MassLive

    Patients leaving Central Massachusetts for health care cost UMass Memorial Health Care a significant amount. Every 1 percent of commercial market share that heads to Boston is a $12 million hit to UMass Memorial’s operating margin, officials said.

    Fixing the issue -- known as leakage and out-migration -- could have a major impact on the health care system. UMass Memorial is focusing on providing better customer service, improving quality at its facilities and collaborating with some of Boston’s premier health care systems.

  • April 21, 2019 - Worcester Telegram

    By the time Terri Ryan returned home from knee surgery last year, the Uxbridge woman had something new in her email inbox: a video message from her surgeon. Dr. Brian D. Busconi, an orthopedic surgeon with UMass Memorial Health Care, greeted her by name. He explained what happened during the procedure at The Surgery Center in Shrewsbury to repair cartilage and arthritis damage, and told her how to ice and to elevate her leg.

    "When you wake from surgery, you think you're listening," said Ms. Ryan, a physical therapist who injured her right knee while stepping off exercise equipment. Although Dr. Busconi said all that to her in person after the surgery, she said, "I just wasn't remembering it."

  • April 16, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal

    Kate McEvoy, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's former Central and Western Massachusetts vice president, has been named the vice president of corporate relations at UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester.

    In her new role, McEvoy will be the primary liaison between the healthcare group and major businesses in the region to develop and implement a product strategy to improve UMass' commercial market share.

  • April 16, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette

    After a two-night stay following surgery, Renee was able to go home, only to be back at UMass Memorial within 24 hours with what turned out to be a painful urinary tract infection. “They gave her an antibiotic, but this time, they gave it directly to her in an IV. And she had just had the IV removed the day before,” said Monaghan, with a slight groan.

    In December, Renee went back to UMass for another VCUG test to check on her kidneys. “Just before they put me under, before they put me to sleep,” explained Renee herself, with some excitement in her voice. “I got an IPAD so I could watch a movie.” 

  • April 15, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal

    Dr. Alvaro Alonso was completing his residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston when he and his colleagues spotted something peculiar.

    Only later did doctors discover the misunderstanding.

    Alonso's story is one of many illustrating how providing health care has become more complicated with a more diverse population. Challenges with language barriers are only a part of it.

    As the population in and around Worcester has diversified in recent decades, health care has changed with it. New ethnic and racial groups have various health needs, with the differences caused by still largely unknown factors.

  • April 15, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette

    Dr. Broadhurst said, what made being a Boston Marathon medical volunteer so special was “bringing together that group and working incredibly hard.”

    And from a disaster point of view, the medical volunteers save hundreds of visits to emergency rooms, he said. “We think we provide the best medical care in support of a marathon anywhere in the world.”

  • April 15, 2019 - The Hearty Soul

    Modern medicine, truly, can’t explain everything. It certainly couldn’t explain the sort of powerful love radiating between these twin baby sisters who were born prematurely. Love so powerful that a warm touch was enough to save a life. One of the girls was on the brink of death, and a hug from her sister gave her a full chance at life. It was a story we shouldn’t forget.

  • April 13, 2019 - Boston Globe


    Suzor has sheltered more than a dozen children. She’s among a legion of foster parents who toil in obscurity, opening their hearts and homes to some of the state’s most vulnerable kids.

    “They are just so little, so injured, and you really want to wrap them in your arms and keep them all safe,” Suzor said.

    But instead of doing everything possible to assist foster parents like Suzor, the state has done little to lighten their load, and in many ways has made the work even tougher.

    Some 2,000 families have stopped accepting foster children in the past five years — almost as many as the total number of foster families currently in the system. The departures have further strained the longstanding gap between available foster homes and the thousands of abused and neglected kids who need a safe haven.

  • April 12, 2019 - Becker's Hospital Review

    Becker's Healthcare is pleased to release the 2019 edition of its list of "100 great hospitals in America."

    The hospitals included on this list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction. These institutions are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties. The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in healthcare technology, hospital management and patient satisfaction.

  • April 4, 2019 - Telegram & Gazette

    The state Tuesday announced the fourth death of a child from the flu this season, a number in line with previous years, a local doctor said, but that underscores the importance of greater vaccination rates.

    “I would strongly encourage everyone to get the flu shot,” Dr. Richard T. Ellison III, hospital epidemiologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center, said Wednesday – sentiment doctors express every year, to little avail.

  • April 3, 2019 - Newsweek

    The hospitals on this list are at the forefront of adapting to these new challenges while providing top-notch patient care. They range from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, with its peerless educational arm; to Singapore General Hospital, which pursues clinical research and offers outstanding nursing; to the Charité hospital in Berlin, which employs more than half of Germany’s Nobel Prize winners in physiology or medicine.

  • April 3, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal

    A plan to evaluate opioid overdose patients using technology known as telemedicine has received an annual prize and funding from the UMass Memorial Medical Group.

    The proposal that won the $200,000 award and the funding that comes with it would allow doctors to talk with emergency department patients through tablet-based video. The program is meant to replicate face-to-face doctor-and-patient interactions and allow experts to evaluate those suspected of an overdose to determine the best plan for care.

  • April 3, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal

    A plan to evaluate opioid overdose patients using technology known as telemedicine has received an annual prize and funding from the UMass Memorial Medical Group.

    The proposal that won the $200,000 award and the funding that comes with it would allow doctors to talk with emergency department patients through tablet-based video.

  • March 27, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal

    Renovations at UMass Memorial Medical Center's Memorial Campus have earned the hospital a national award.

    UMass overhauled patient rooms in its medical and surgical unit and updated common areas including hallways and gathering spaces, taking a delicate approach to undertaking sometimes noisy work while making sure not to disrupt patients.

  • March 27, 2019 - Worcester Business Journal

    When Marie retired more than two decades ago, she decided to spend her days volunteering. But then she got sick and wasn't able to continue, which was frustrating.