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UMMS hosts State House Health Day

Faculty, staff and students from UMass Medical School provided flu shots, blood pressure screenings, CPR demonstrations and preventative health tips at State House Health Day on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Great Hall.

Honoring the achievements of students and faculty, with a look to the future

Honoring the achievements of students and faculty, with a look to the future

UMass Worcester celebrated the start of the academic year with a week of Convocation 2014 events, recognizing faculty and students. This video highlights ceremonies honoring the achievements of the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Graduate School of Nursing, and captures Chancellor Collins’ promise in his annual address of ‘moments of exhilaration and success’ for the academic medical center.

Rock out for the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk

On Friday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 11 p.m. WBOS-FM radio 92.9 is holding a benefit for the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk at Boston’s Hard Rock Café, with appearances by The Naked Stills, Skyler, AJ Edwards and the List, and Dan Henig.

UMMS Executive Vice Chancellor Joyce Murphy to be honored by Massachusetts Health Council

UMMS Executive Vice Chancellor Joyce Murphy to be honored by Massachusetts Health Council

Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine, is one of four individuals and one wellness program the council is applauding for exemplifying its 94-year mission of promoting prevention and wellness. Murphy is being recognized for her devotion to supporting healthy communities, families and individuals.

UMMS hazard mitigation plan progresses, public forum planned for Sept. 26

UMass Medical School is developing an all-hazards mitigation plan for the medical school. UMMS will hold a public forum on Friday, Sept. 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. to discuss the draft hazard mitigation plan, highlight some of the hazards that could present risks to campus operations, and summarize potential mitigation strategies. 

Telegram: UMMS students write ‘prescription’ program for fresh produce

Telegram: UMMS students write ‘prescription’ program for fresh produce

Second-year medical students Elizabeth Rosen, Kathryn Bailey and Rachel Erdil started the Farm to Health Center Initiative in July, offering free vegetables and fruits to hundreds of families on Thursday mornings at the Worcester Family Health Center to help address the high level of food insecurity among patients.  

Debbie Sacra requests prayers for husband and practical help for Ebola-stricken Liberia

Debbie Sacra requests prayers for husband and practical help for Ebola-stricken Liberia

In response to the outpouring of concern for her husband, Richard Sacra, MD, the third American doctor infected with Ebola in Liberia, Debbie Sacra expressed gratitude and hope at a press conference at UMass Medical School moments after the announcement that he was headed to Nebraska for treatment. 

UMMS colleagues describe dedication of Richard Sacra

UMMS colleagues describe dedication of Richard Sacra

When news broke that Richard Sacra, MD, was the third American doctor to contract Ebola while providing care in West Africa, his colleagues at UMass Medical School were heartsick but unsurprised  he had chosen to return to Liberia in the midst of a crisis that is overburdening an already fragile health care system.  

‘I wear my head shaved pretty proudly,’ UMass Medicine Cancer Walk participant tells NECN

‘I wear my head shaved pretty proudly,’ UMass Medicine Cancer Walk participant tells NECN

Charity Grzelecki, call center manager at UMass Medical School affiliate UHeathSolutions, shaved her head after surpassing her UMass Medicine Cancer Walk fundraising goal of $1,000, according to a report on Charter TV3 Worcester News Tonight and New England Cable News.

UMMS statement on Dr. Richard Sacra

UMMS statement on Dr. Richard Sacra

Our thoughts are with Richard Sacra, MD, today, as he has reportedly contracted the Ebola virus while working as a physician in Liberia. Dr. Sacra is a 1989 graduate of UMass Medical School and on the medical staff of the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at UMass Memorial Medical Center since 2010. 

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