UMass Memorial Medical Center News
May 16, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette
UMass Memorial is the first center in the U.S. to participate in an international trial looking at the role of an innovative surgical technique for rectal cancer treatment.
And Justin Maykel, MD, chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgeries, is one of the most experienced in using the transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME) procedure and will serve as director for the U.S. centers participating in this Color III trial.“It’s a hot topic in our field,” Dr. Maykel said. “People are curious as to what role this (surgery) is going to have for patients with rectal cancer.”
May 15, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette
Visiting UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University Campus a year and a half ago, Dan Wolpert began feeling lightheaded. With a history of a heart attack leading to congestive heart failure, Mr. Wolpert was taken to the emergency department.
Then he waited for an inpatient bed. Six hours later, he was transferred to the Memorial Campus for a bed.“It was frustrating, uncomfortable, stressful,” Mr. Wolpert said, recalling the visit. But he wasn’t waiting alone. “I was concerned for the other people around me who were obviously in more critical condition than I was, who had more serious issues than I did, and were also waiting for similar amounts of time.”
The practice is called boarding, holding an admitted patient in the emergency department because there are no available beds in another unit. The practice can back up the emergency department as new patients wait for beds occupied by boarders. By triage, the most serious cases that come in are moved to the front of the line.
The issue has garnered new attention in the wake of a UMass Memorial plan to convert 13 of its 27 psychiatric beds to medical surgical beds, with both those promoting and protesting the bed change citing boarding as a problem.
May 13, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette
An estimated 75 cyclists kicked off a weeklong trek to Arlington, Virginia, on Saturday, to honor John F. Lynch, a former UMass Memorial Medical Center paramedic, as part of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, which honors fallen Emergency Medical Services providers who have become sick, injured or died in the line of duty.
Better known as Muddy Angels, the East Coast contingent of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride set out from Boston and pedaled to their first pit stop Saturday at St. Vincent’s Hospital.Mr. Lynch, a retired EMS provider at UMass Memorial, also served on the regional emergency medical assistance team, as an EMT at the old Worcester City Hospital, and as an EMT and paramedic examiner for the state.
May 13, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette
It’s a Mother’s Day present she will never forget: leaving the hospital with her first child.
“It’s like a special gift,” said April Letendre, 23, cuddling her newborn son, Julian, in the maternity ward at University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center Memorial Campus on Friday. “It’s funny, I’ve never actually really paid attention to Mother’s Day before.”As moms around the area are feted today, Ms. Letendre and her husband, Michael Letendre, 26, will be heading home with their first child, already nicknamed “Little Man” and “Juju.” Julian was born at 3:42 a.m. Wednesday, weighing 7 pounds, 11.8 ounces after mom spent more than 24 hours in labor.
The Letendres have been together since 2013 and married since September 2015, but they have spent much of the pregnancy on opposite sides of the world.
Mr. Letendre is a senior airman in the Air Force stationed in Gunsan, South Korea, where he has been since Dec. 5. He has until May 29 before he returns to South Korea.
May 12, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette
Doreen Gubber, 60, of Millbury is better known as “Doe” when working in the trauma unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus. But with 40 years of experience in the emergency department, she’s no fawn in the woods. Each day she shows a sort of low-key confidence and patiently waits for her first assignment.
On this particular day, Ms. Gubber is the trauma room nurse. A colleague warns against using the “Q word,” which is quiet, for fear of jinxing a relatively peaceful morning. But it’s less about luck and more about experience. This team knows what happens every day in the emergency department. They save lives and care for the sick and there’s never much downtime. Ms. Gubber exemplifies grace under pressure and moves from task to task, always ready to help wherever needed.“You’ve got to be thick-skinned out here,” she says.
May 10, 2017 - CBS Boston
A terrible car crash with a 70-foot drop, the teenage driver trapped in the freezing cold as frostbite invaded her fingers and toes. However, a fast thinking nurse had a brainstorm and today that has made all the difference.
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Johnson is the catcher on Fitchburg High School’s softball team. However, just a few months ago, there was a chance her playing days were over.
May 6, 2017 - Telegram & Gazette
In 1980, after seven teens were killed in three separate alcohol- and other drug-related car crashes during the previous commencement season, adults in the Oxford Hills, Maine, area began having all-night alcohol- and substance-free celebrations for graduating high school seniors to keep them safe.
Dubbed Project Graduation, the all-nighters in some form has spread to high schools in all 50 states. Some schools choose to do a similar event after the prom.