April 21. 2020
The funds will be earmarked for telemedicine tools to help protect caregivers from unnecessary exposure to highly infectious diseases
Worcester, Mass, – Trustees of The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation have approved a grant of more than $120,000 to strengthen UMass Memorial’s ability to protect its caregivers from infection during patient interactions. The funds will be used to acquire technology that will create a safe distance between caregivers and patients while not sacrificing quality of care. Some of the areas UMass Memorial hopes to address include telemedicine for the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), emergency services, and the equipping of its primary response areas with telemedicine tools that will limit exposure and cutdown on the unnecessary use of personal protective equipment or PPE. The UMass Memorial grant is part of the McGovern Foundation’s $8.9 million commitment to respond to COVID-19 throughout Massachusetts and California’s Bay Area.
“I am humbled by this generous contribution to the physical well-being and peace-of-mind of our 14,000 caregivers, who have worked tirelessly, selflessly and courageously in the face of this dreadful global Pandemic,” said Eric Dickson, MD, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care. “It is becauseof organizations like the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation that we are in a better position today to address the PPE challenges than we were a few weeks ago. I can’t say it loudly enough but I am eternally grateful for this wonderful investment in our people.”
About UMass Memorial Health Care www.umassmemorialhealthcare.org: UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Central Massachusetts with more than 12,900 employees and 1,670 physicians, many of whom are members of UMass Memorial Medical Group. Our member hospitals and entities include UMass Memorial – Clinton Hospital, UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital, UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital, UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Memorial – Community Healthlink, our behavioral health agency. With our teaching and research partner, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, our extensive primary care network and our cancer, diabetes, heart and vascular, orthopedic and surgery programs, UMass Memorial delivers safe, high-quality and compassionate care.