UMass Memorial Medical Center News

August 5, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

Camp Kinneywood in Holden Gives City Girls of All Ages Opportunity to Learn, Thrive

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The sound of girls singing the camp cheer classic, "Boom Chicka Boom!," echoes from the covered picnic area, the epicenter of Camp Kinneywood. The rustic 90-acre property offers a plethora of outdoor opportunities for young ladies who would otherwise be cooped up inside on a hot summer day.

About 85 campers rotate between activities ranging from swimming in Crystal Pond, to hiking the surrounding woods. Each station provides special attention to each age group and their curriculum, according to Kathy Odgren, director of programming at Girl Inc. of Worcester.

  • October 5, 2016 - Boston Herald

    A new effort is underway to examine the effectiveness of medical marijuana, which doctors say could provide a springboard for further research into the largely under-studied drug.

    “There’s really no scientific data or peer-reviewed studies on how medical cannabis affects the individual or patient,” said Jason Draizin, a Northeastern graduate and CEO of Marijuana, which gives patients information on where to find medical marijuana treatment.

  • October 3, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

    A doctor, an educator and a prosecutor have been named winners of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts 2016 Great Guys Awards.

    The winners are Dr. Erik Garcia, medical director of the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project clinic of Worcester; Robert Jones, chief empowerment officer at T. Lee Associates and associate director of multicultural education at College of the Holy Cross; and Edward N. Karcasinas Jr., head of the domestic violence unit in the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

  • September 30, 2016 - Worcester Magazine

    UMass Memorial Medical Center hosted a reunion Sept. 30 between a Foxboro man and three “angels” who saved his life – registered nurses in the neurology department who just so happened to be vacationing in Saco, Maine, when near-tragedy struck.

    Weylon Baxter had jumped into the Saco River from the riverbank, just after two nurses on break from their job in Worcester had done so. But Baxter, who had jumped headfirst into the water, ended up breaking two vertebrae, and could not move his arms or legs as he floated slowly to the surface.

  • September 28, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

    The event is organized by PINK Revolution, a fundraising arm of the UMass Memorial Foundation, and brings together health-care professionals, researchers and pharmaceutical companies from the region to offer an opportunity for attendees to hear stories of strength, learn about medical developments and celebrate the lives of those who have been afflicted.

  • September 26, 2016 - Boston Herald

    The grant program — slated to launch late winter or early spring — aims to reduce the number of drug-addicted babies and cut their length of stay by combining prenatal services, suboxone and methadone treatments, and counseling for their mothers.

  • September 25, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

    Twenty-five employees of UMass Memorial Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School recently volunteered for the United Way “Day of Caring” at Belmont Street Community School and the Barbara Price Park.

  • September 22, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

    The club soccer coach was speaking to the parent of a teen who wasn’t getting the playing time he once enjoyed on a team that not only crisscrossed the state, but also flew across country to tournaments in Florida and Minnesota, and even made an annual trek to Canada for an international tournament.

    The explanation was quite simple. His 14-year-old son was taking winters off for competitive skiing, consequently losing ground to teammates who were focused on soccer year-round. A choice would have to be made: soccer or skiing if he wanted to continue playing at that level. Unacknowledged, however, were risks of overuse injuries that would later afflict teammates, and burnout too.