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Updated: January 8, 2021

Caregiver involved in Capitol riot no longer at UMass Memorial

Photo | Grant Welker UMass Memorial Medical Center's University Campus in Worcester, which is one of the hospitals under the UMass Memorial Health umbrella

A UMass Memorial Health Care employee involved in a riot that briefly overtook the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday no longer works there, the Worcester health care system said.

UMass Memorial first said it was investigating reports that its employees were among those involved in a riot that briefly overtook the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. It then said a caregiver involved was no longer employed with the hospital system.

"We strongly condemn such behavior," it said.

UMass Memorial President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson and UMass Medical School Chancellor Dr. Michael Collins were among prominent business leaders that spoke out against the violence afterward.

"We ask you to join with us to respectfully acknowledge this painful time, and not allow this divisiveness to seep into our UMass Memorial and UMass Medical School communities," they said in part, in a joint statement to their workers. "Together, let us focus on the important tasks at hand – to help our patients, families, colleagues and students get through this pandemic, and to continue to support our democracy and a peaceful public discourse."

The UMass Memorial health system, which includes UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and hospitals in Clinton, Leominster and Marlborough, is the largest employer in Central Massachusetts.

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