Noreen Johnson Smith, the vice president of development and advancement at Family Health Center in Worcester, where the number of patients served last year was up 29 percent over 2009.

For the underserved, primary care landscape is changing

Livia Gershon |

An increasing amount of primary care is being provided by agencies set up specifically with low-income and marginalized people in mind: federally qualified community health centers.


UMass Memorial Health Care marks 20 years

Grant Welker |

UMass Medical Center and Memorial Hospital merged two decades ago, wanting to keep local control and changing health care in the region.

Local doctors steer patients away from prescriptions

Emily Micucci |

One local healthcare system is trying to stem opioid dependence and addiction through other pain relief options.

Health News

Central Mass. care centers staff at above-average levels

Grant Welker |

Health care is expensive in Massachusetts, but when it comes to health and rehabilitation centers, staffing levels here are generally above national averages, statistics show.

September deliberations set for nursing staffing ballot question

State House News Service |

Twenty citizen panelists will participate in four days of deliberations on a 2018 ballot question calling for mandatory nurse staffing ratios, a fiercely debated measure.

House committee moving toward bill supporting abortion access

State House News Service |

The House Committee on Ways and Means has begun moving legislation eliminating antiquated anti-abortion statutes, as abortion access has become less certain nationally.

Former legislator tapped for UMMHC post

Grant Welker |

A former Worcester state representative and Patrick administration official has been named the vice president of government and community relations for UMass Memorial Health Care.

Joyce Murphy stepping down from Commonwealth Medicine

Zachary Comeau |

Joyce Murphy, executive vice chancellor for Commonwealth Medicine at UMass Medical School in Worcester, will step down from her role in August and be succeeded by the former CEO of Clinton Hospital.

Worcester's first pot dispensary to open Aug. 2

Zachary Comeau |

Good Chemistry was approved on Thursday to open its medical marijuana dispensary in the Canal District at 9 Harrison St.

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