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In Good Health: All is Well in Worcester

Central Massachusetts residents can find innovative, world-class medical care right at home. 

By Patsy B. Weiler on December 12, 2022

Students and an instructor at UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester, MA.
UMass Chan Medical School

Relentlessly pursuing the well-being of their patients regardless of their ability to pay, UMass Memorial Health is the most extensive health care system in the area with 15,500 caregivers, four hospitals and Community Healthlink — a provider of around-the-clock emergency behavioral and mental health evaluation and services.

Located in Worcester, UMass Memorial Medical Center is the anchor facility of the network and was ranked sixth in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report as best regional hospital. The facility offers advanced care with a Level I adult trauma center and Level III neonatal intensive care unit and was named one of America’s Top 50 Teaching Hospitals by The Washington Monthly.

Practitioners at work at UMass Memorial Health in Worcester, MA.
UMass Memorial Health

The facility’s clinical partnership with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School provides access to the latest technology, research and clinical trials, plus the school has received more National Institutes of Health funding than any other higher education institution in the state, including Harvard and MIT. In addition, one of their many community outreaches, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, delivers medical services and preventive dental care to vulnerable, socioeconomically disadvantaged children and their families living in Worcester County.

Nighttime exterior shot of St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA.
Andrew Davis/t. Vincent Hospital

Over 125 Years of Serving Others

Founded in 1893 by the Sisters of Providence, Saint Vincent Hospital has stood as a strong heartbeat of the area, providing trusted, quality medical services for over 125 years.

Although rich in tradition, the state-of-the-art facility was the first hospital in Central Massachusetts to offer minimally invasive, computer-assisted joint replacements and robotically assisted surgical procedures. The Saint Vincent Cancer and Wellness Center is one of the few in Massachusetts where you can find CyberKnife robotic surgery. The CyberKnife procedure provides painless, non-invasive radiation treatment to both cancerous and noncancerous tumors and lesions while sparing healthy surrounding tissue.

A hybrid operating room at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA.
Matt Wright/St. Vincent Hospital

The hospital’s diagnostic and treatment offerings were recently recognized with six high-performance awards from U.S. News & World Report for the care of COPD, diabetes, heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure and knee replacement.

Saint Vincent offers specialties in orthopedics, maternity services, physical therapy and bariatric (weight loss) surgery. In addition, it was the \first hospital in Central Massachusetts to offer robotically assisted surgical procedures and minimally invasive, computer-assisted joint replacements.

But Saint Vincent is perhaps best known for its cardiac rehabilitation program, which takes a comprehensive approach to solve heart-health issues. These include nutritional classes, supervised exercise regimens, and social and emotional support. 

Nurses stand in the shape of a heart outside of UMass Memorial Health in Worcester, MA.
UMass Memorial Health

The hospital also uses a multidisciplinary team method to solve many health issues, combining cardiology with obstetrics for women enduring a high-risk pregnancy and with oncology for cancer patients going through chemotherapy or radiation.

Also, making a positive difference in lives is a stellar selection of outstanding medical groups. UMass Medical Group is one of the largest on the East Coast, consisting of more than 1,200 physicians at 70 locations. The largest independent medical group in the area is Reliant Medical Group, with over 500 primary providers and over 30 medical and surgical specialties. Fallon Health is both an insurer and offers Summit ElderCare, an innovative and integrated home- and community-based nursing home alternative for older adults. All groups provide face-to-face, convenient care close to home or work.

Want to know more?

To learn more about the Worcester area, check out the latest edition of Livability Worcester, MA

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