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2019 Power 50: Eric W. Dickson, MD

Erick Dickson, M.D.  President & CEO UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester Residence: Princeton Colleges: Merrimack College, Harvard University, UMass Medical School
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As the head of the largest employer in Central Massachusetts, Dickson has an ability to affect the livelihoods of thousands of people, to say nothing of all those who are treated at UMass Memorial Health Care hospitals in Worcester, Clinton, Leominster and Marlborough. In 2017, UMass contributed $168 million in community benefit to the region. Dickson, UMass Memorial’s leader since 2013, first put UMass back on track financially, which required hundreds of layoffs and tough union negotiations, and then worked to overhaul its record-keeping to go fully electronic in a $700-million project.

Outside of UMass, the initiative nearest to Dickson’s heart is supporting the United Way Summer Strong program, which helps families send their kids to summer camps.

Where is Central Mass. headed? From an economic and cultural/social perspective, Central Massachusetts has tremendous momentum right now. We have to guard against some communities being left behind.

Sticky: I process and bottle my own maple syrup.

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