News Archive 2020

Now Available: Text Message Appointment Reminders

October 26, 2020

You can now sign up to receive text messages from UHS that will increase the efficiency and quality of your care. Text message notifications from UHS may include appointment reminders and Zoom links for your telehealth appointments. To receive texts from UHS:

  1. Login to SPIRE at
  2. Once logged in, click “Main Menu” > "My Personal Information" > "Phone Numbers."
  3. Select “Local and/or Cell Phone” from the dropdown menu, make sure your cell phone number is listed correctly, and click “Save.”
  4. Login to the UMass Patient Portal at
  5. Click the “Forms” tab, and select “Texting Opt In/Opt Out.”
  6. Follow instructions to consent to receive text messages from UHS.
  7. Questions? Email

Wellness Wednesdays Staff Series Announced

October 20, 2020

University Health Services staff are invited to participate in a series of virtual wellness-promoting sessions. All sessions are held on Wednesdays at 12:15pm.

10/28/20: Mindful Breathing and Movement with Sasha Rivera, RYT
11/18/20: Thanksgiving Roundup: Recipes, Menu Ideas and Tips for a Delicious and Practical Turkey Day with Molly Barnes, MS, RD, LDN, CDE
12/16/20: Holiday Gift Tags Workshop with Michelle Wojtowicz, DHAc, MS

Details will be shared in the weekly staff newsletter.

Flu Shots (Required for MA Students) Available at UHS

September 25, 2020

Flu shots are now available at UHS for UMass students, faculty and staff. Appointments are available Mon-Fri; call 413-577-5101 to schedule. This year, flu vaccine is required for students in Massachusetts. The requirement applies to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students under 30 years of age. The only exception is for college and university students who exclusively attend classes online and never visit campus in person. College students who attend any classes or activities on campus, even once, must be vaccinated by December 31. For more information, click here.

UHS Prepares to Deliver Health Care and Symptomatic COVID-19 Testing

August 25, 2020

University Health Services (UHS) has spent the summer caring for the health of a small on-campus population and preparing for the return this fall of students to campus and surrounding towns. In-person and telehealth appointments are available at UHS for faculty, staff and students living on campus and off campus. Continue Reading

Read Our Patient Guide: How to Use UHS During the COVID-19 Pandemic

August 14, 2020

UHS has implemented many changes to our usual operations in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. View our PDF guide that will tell you all you need to know about using UHS this fall.

University Health Services Adapts and Innovates in the Face of COVID-19

May 13, 2020

Following the transition to remote learning and working for the majority of UMass students and employees, University Health Services (UHS) has implemented many changes to ensure continuity of services for the reduced campus population, while keeping patients and staff as safe as possible. With the conclusion of the academic year, UHS’ leaders are looking ahead to fall 2020. Preparations are underway to scale up testing for COVID-19 and antibodies in-house at the UHS laboratory. Continue Reading