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January 12, 2020

Life Changing Procedure at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance for Emphysema Patients

Sandi, a Fitchburg resident in her 70s, has been short of breath for a number of years.

Since being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, Sandi struggled with routine tasks and was forced to keep family members at a distance, less she risk an infection.

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January 11, 2020

Local Schools, State Bill Focus on "Anti-Vaxxers"

As the city schools make a push to increase vaccination rates, a new measure before the Legislature could help eliminate a controversial exemption used by families to avoid getting their child inoculated.

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January 9, 2020

After Starting in Worcester, BabySteps College Savings Program Launches Statewide

Four years after the pilot program launched in the city, state treasurer Deborah Goldberg visited Worcester Thursday to promote the rollout of the now-statewide BabySteps college savings program.

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January 13, 2020

IU Health Names Senior VP

Indiana University Health has named Tim Tarnowski senior vice president and chief information officer. He most recently served as senior vice president chief transformation officer and CIO at UMass Memorial Healthcare.

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January 6, 2020

UMass Memorial's Dickson proves he is worth $2.3M

This is a trying time to be a healthcare executive. Insurers and government officials are calling on the industry to curb rising costs, while simultaneously the demand for health care is growing, meaning the industry needs more workers, who need to be enticed with attractive salaries.

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January 2, 2020

One on One: Dr. Karen Wiss, UMass dermatologist recognized for work with rare disease

T&G: The American Academy of Dermatology honored UMass Memorial Health Care physician Karen Wiss as a Patient Care Hero for her role in treating Jonathan Gionfriddo, a patient born with an extremely rare skin disease caused by a genetic mutation. Wiss is the director of pediatric dermatology at UMass, where she has worked since 1992, shortly after going to medical school at the University of Texas. 

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January 1, 2020

First Babies of 2020 Born in Massachusetts

The Boston Globe -- As revelers bid farewell to 2019, two Massachusetts hospitals welcomed newborns within minutes of the New Year.

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December 25, 2019

Christmas can still be ‘wonderful’ at UMass pediatric center

T&G – It’s the last place any family wants to be this time of year. Yet staff at UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Children’s Medical Center said even at the hospital, the holidays can be special. 

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December 15, 2019

16 Local Police Departments Collect Guns for Worcester's Buyback Program

WORCESTER - A local business owner teamed up with area police departments on Saturday to help get unwanted guns out of homes. Hundreds of firearms were destroyed as part of the City's "Goods 4 Guns" Buyback program. 

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December 14, 2019

Turning unwanted guns into art: These Massachusetts students are creating something new from firearms given up at gun buyback event

Inside City Welding and Sheet Fabrication in Worcester, the sounds of students hammering away at metal pieces, shaping them into works of art, echoed off the walls. But there was something special about the blacksmith work. Students from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School’s metal fabrication shop weren’t just manipulating metal.

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December 14, 2019

Gun buyback location in Worcester creates new use for firearms​

WORCESTER, Mass. — One gun buyback location in Worcester put a unique spin on the annual program this year. On Saturday, workers at City Welding crushed the guns on-site. The flattened metal was then given to students of the metal fabrication program at Assabet Valley Technical School, who used it to create new garden tools.

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December 15, 2019

Added incentive for Worcester buyback event: Watch your gun get crushed

Co-founded by Dr. Michael P. Hirsh, Worcester Department of Public Health medical director and UMass Memorial Medical Center pediatric surgeon, along with law enforcement officials, the gun buyback program has collected more than 3,400 guns over 16 years.

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December 8, 2019

Two New In Vitro Centers in Worcester Deliver Hope for Would-Be Parents

In the T&G, Dr. Julia V. Johnson stands inside the construction site that will be an in vitro fertilization center at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Marisa and Justin Moran were ready to start their family, after their close friendship that began at Clinton Elementary School finally led to marriage three years ago.But it wasn't as easy as they thought it would be.

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November 26, 2019

Holiday season among busiest time for Life Flight​

With packed roads and clogged interstates, emergencies can be extra challenging for first responders this week. But there is one way to fly above the traffic and get patients the lifesaving care they need. Life Flight can cover over a million miles. From the helipad at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Life Flight can be in a place like Cape Cod in 30 minutes.

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November 25, 2019

UMass Memorial ramping up interpretation services for non-English-speaking patients​

As the population in and around Worcester has diversified in recent years, with more newcomers not so fluent in English, the medical community has taken what was once almost an afterthought – interpreter assistance – and made it an essential service. At UMass Memorial Medical Center’s three Worcester campuses, the number of patients who don’t speak English fluently has rose 22% in the past five years.

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November 8, 2019

‘It’s honestly hell.’ Hospitals see rare vomiting syndrome in heavy marijuana consumers

In the Boston Globe, Dr. Jay Fong, a pediatric gastroenterologist said doctors now see about one new teenager a week who they believe has the illness, up from very few cases five years ago. “It’s been alarming, in the past few years, how much more frequently we’re seeing this,” Fong said. “This is something the community and doctors need to be aware of.”

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November 8, 2019

A few simple questions could help doctors stem the suicide epidemic

In The Washington Post, Edwin Boudreaux, professor of emergency medicine and psychiatry, UMass Medical School, is a suicide prevention researcher pushing to make such suicide screening mandatory in ERs nationwide.  Boudreaux has produced compelling research showing an alarming number of emergency room patients coming in for unrelated problems have nascent, undetected suicidal thoughts — a large population who might be saved if doctors and nurses would simply ask if they’re having suicidal thoughts.

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September 11, 2019
In His Second Year at the Helm, Gustafson Wants to Learn More About Worcester
Getting into his second year as the president of UMass Memorial Medical Center, Michael Gustafson wants to learn more about Worcester. Gustafson was named president of the medical center last year after the retirement of Patrick Muldoon.

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August 30, 2019
UMass Memorial Doctors Pilot First New England use of Israeli Aneurysm Device
Doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester are the first in New England to use a newly approved device that has been used in only 3,000 procedures to treat aneurysms. The device, Comaneci, was approved for U.S. use by the Food & Drug Administration in May.

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