October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which celebrates the many contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. With this year’s theme – “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion” – the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
On September 7, 2021, the University of Massachusetts announced a history-making $175 million donation from The Morningside Foundation to UMass Medical School.
The transformational gift is unrestricted and will more than double the Medical School’s endowment. It comes as the Medical School celebrates its 50th year of educating future physicians, nursing leaders and biomedical scientists and as its Nobel Prize-winning research enterprise has grown to $400 million.
Commonwealth Medicine’s Clinical Pharmacy Services team is partnering with Xcenda to develop Product Snapshots for promising drugs in the pharmaceutical pipeline for their FormularyDescisionsⓇ platform.
Commonwealth Medicine (CWM) is pleased to welcome Catherine “Katie” Mick, MSW, MBA, as the new chief of staff under the direction of Executive Vice Chancellor Lisa M. Colombo, DNP, MHA, RN and in collaboration with Deputy Executive Vice Chancellor for Operations Patti Onorato, RN, MS, APN.
Mick joins CWM from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), where she held vital roles in leadership, policy development, administration, and financial management over many years of service to the Secretariat, its agencies, and mission.
Commonwealth Medicine’s Clinical Pharmacy Services team took a “farm”acy trip to the Community Harvest Project in Grafton Massachusetts! 40 volunteers worked together to harvest over 3,000 pounds of fresh vegetables, equal to 18,830 individual servings of food, for individuals in need of a healthy and nutritious meal in Massachusetts.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has renewed its contract with Commonwealth Medicine to manage comprehensive medical services for the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Devens in Massachusetts. This award includes the provision of services both onsite at FMC Devens and in the local community through Commonwealth Medicine’s extensive network of hospitals and specialists.
Worcester, Mass. –The Saint Vincent Hospital Vaccine Collaborative at Worcester State University, a collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Commonwealth Medicine and the City of Worcester, will close on June 10, 2021,after administering over 83,000 COVID-19 vaccines in almost four months.
(Albany, N.Y.) – Capital Region, N.Y. native, and persons with disabilities activist, John Robinson, CEO of Our Ability, has recently made an agreement with the Commonwealth Medicine/University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Work Without Limits, based in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The program encourages new businesses throughout New England to post their jobs on the newly launched Jobs Ability platform, and enable more individuals with disabilities interested in marketing their skills towards employment, to do so.
At a recent virtual public hearing, a Commonwealth Medicine expert presented an analysis of the proposed sale of New Hampshire’s LRGHealthcare to Concord Hospital. The sale would include Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia and Franklin Regional Hospital.
New drugs are coming to market faster than ever. For many patients, new pharmaceutical therapies represent the potential for life-changing impact. Yet uncertain uptake of these often high-cost specialty drugs poses a significant risk for pharmacy budgets.
A large-scale vaccination site is now open on the campus of Worcester State University. Commonwealth Medicine, in partnership with Saint Vincent Hospital and Worcester State University, formally opened the site earlier this week with the aim of providing up to 2,000 vaccinations a day.
Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and three local partner organizations announce that a mass vaccination site will open this month on the campus of Worcester State University. It is the sixth mass vaccination site to be announced statewide.
Commonwealth Medicine’s Linda Long-Bellil, JD, PhD, was named as this year’s recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion at the 2021 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Tribute at UMass Medical School.
Commonwealth Medicine's (CWM) Senior Associate Kristin Killeen has been honored with the state's coveted Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service as part of a multi-agency team that performed critical work during the pandemic.
Commonwealth Medicine's program Work Without Limits has been chosen to participate in Massachusetts' new Commission on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. This honor is the result of contributions the Work Without Limits team, led by Director Kathy Petkauskos, has made in partnership with Representative Josh Cutler's (Plymouth District) WorkAbility Subcommittee of the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.