Supporting UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Priorities

Patient care is our primary concern. Bringing the highest quality care to those in need is first and foremost on our agenda. UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest health care network and the only academic health care system in Central Massachusetts. Its physicians are renowned for their care of patients with cancer, cardiovascular disease, orthopedic conditions and diabetes, as well as providing emergency, maternal and women’s health and children’s medical services. UMass Memorial’s comprehensive network includes a three-campus medical center in Worcester, four community hospitals, eight affiliated community hospitals, ambulatory services including community based physician practices, home health care, hospice, and behavioral health services. Lifeflight is the busiest single air ambulance service in the country. The new Ambulatory Care Center, opened in summer 2010, brings physicians and clinical researchers together in one location to facilitate translational science and clinical trials.

UMMS is recognized as one of the fastest growing research institutions in the United States. Continuing to build on past research achievements and grounded in the tradition of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, our physicians, scientists, nurses and health care leaders are motivated by the direct connection that exists between medical research achievements, advanced health care and quality of life. By using basic research to examine cellular and molecular activities in the body, our scientists take a whole-body approach to understanding the root causes of disease and reasons for disease progression. These findings are applied to clinical research and used to develop and evaluate new medicines and treatments that can positively impact patient care.

Education is how we equip tomorrow’s health care professionals to care for families in our generation and those to come. UMMS includes a School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Long at the forefront in educating primary care physicians and consistently ranked in the top ten of graduate schools by U.S. News and World Report, recent initiatives in cross professionalism, learning communities and fostering competencies are all pushing the frontiers of medicine.

Public Service is one of the cornerstones of our mission. We fulfill that mission by serving the community, filling the gaps in care and helping to provide a healthy environment for all our citizens. We define health in the same broad context as the World Health Organization: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease.”

Our Community Benefits Program supports community health initiatives that address unmet health needs in a proactive manner through partnerships with many local human service organizations. Medical interpreter services and cultural competency, mobile medical and dental services, healthy communities, literacy, youth development and violence prevention, children's wellness and protection, senior services, health services in low-income neighborhoods, mental health services for youth, and programs for the uninsured, underinsured, indigent and homeless are all an integral part of fulfilling our mission to the community. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides care in our neighborhoods while the Disaster Management Assistance Team is regularly deployed to such world crisis spots as Haiti and Chile.