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    1. Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to host first Holiday Bazaar

      Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to host first Holiday Bazaar

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce will host its first Holiday Bazaar Nov. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange St. Jessica Roncarati-Howe, chamber president, said the 325-member organization has traditionally done an auction and tasting as its fall benefit. It decided to do a bazaar this year as a new approach to raising funds for the educational programs and community events it hosts as well as bringing people into downtown.  "We have just started to promote ticket sales, but we have had a great response from vendors and for prizes to raffle ...

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    2. Thomas Aquinas College earns state approval to operate branch campus in Massachusetts

      Thomas Aquinas College earns state approval to operate branch campus in Massachusetts

      California-based Thomas Aquinas College has received approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to operate a branch campus here and award a bachelor of arts degree in liberal education. The approval is subject to stipulations, including that the college submit annual status reports during its initial five years of operation. In an Oct. 23 press release announcing the approval, the private, four-year institution founded by Catholic lay people in 1969, said its admissions office "is accepting applications to the New England campus" as the college seeks to extend its accreditation to that campus.

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    3. Medical provider to rebrand as Holyoke Medical Group

      Medical provider to rebrand as Holyoke Medical Group

      Western Mass Physician Associates will be re-branded as Holyoke Medical Group as of Oct. 1. The Holyoke Medical Center provider affiliate is part of Valley Health Systems as is the hospital. "The name change will allow for the organization to have stronger brand awareness in the community," said Spiros Hatiras, president and chief executive officer of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems.

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    4. Riverbend, Mercy Medical practices renamed Trinity Health of New England Medical Group

      Riverbend, Mercy Medical practices renamed Trinity Health of New England Medical Group

      Medical practices affiliated with Mercy Medical Center, including RiverBend and Mercy Medical Group locations throughout Greater Springfield, have been renamed Trinity Health Of New England Medical Group. Mercy is part of Trinity Health Of New England. "We have been evolving into a true regional health system since Trinity Health Of New England was established in 2015," said Dr. Reginald J. Eadie, president and chief executive officer of Trinity Health Of New England, in a Sept. 10 statement.

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    5. Baystate Health gets $750K grant to expand asthma program

      Baystate Health gets $750K grant to expand asthma program

      A Baystate Health partnership formed to served MassHealth enrollees through the model of an Accountable Care Organization has been awarded a $750,000 state grant to expand in-home asthma services through an area pilot program. The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission grant to Baystate Health Care Alliance/BeHealthy Partnership ACO will help expand over an 18-month period beginning this fall the asthma program of Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative.

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    6. Holyoke Medical Center stroke program earns five awards

      Holyoke Medical Center stroke program earns five awards

      Holyoke Medical Center has once again received multiple honors for the coordination and delivery of care to patients who have had a hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke, that is, a blood vessel in the brain has ruptured or is blocked by a clot. The hospital received four awards from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. It has also earned the 2018 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.

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    7. 'Putting America to Work' job expo today at Basketball Hall of Fame

      'Putting America to Work' job expo today at Basketball Hall of Fame

      FutureWorks Career Center is among the sponsors of "Putting America To Work," a job expo today, June 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 Hall of Fame Ave. (West Columbus Avenue). The event includes employers looking to hire in the service, health care and manufacturing fields as well as in education and advertising. Alpha Oil Company, Baystate Health and Hillside Plastics are among the companies slated to be represented as well as Cambridge College and 94.7WMAS/Sportsradio 1450.

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    8. Elms College adds online certificate program in legal nurse consulting

      Elms College adds online certificate program in legal nurse consulting

      Elms College has introduced an online program for candidates to earn a paralegal studies certificate in legal nurse consulting. The 18-credit program may be done in less than one year by completing three, 8-week sessions online. Courses include health law, principles of litigation and tort and personal injury. Candidates must hold an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree as well as a current license to practice as a registered nurse. They must have completed 2,000 hours of clinical practice as a registered nurse. "The best candidates for the legal nurse consulting track are licensed nurses who are ...

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    9. Elms College adds computer science major

      Elms College adds computer science major

      Elms College has revamped its computer information technology and security major and added a major in computer science for the fall 2018 semester. "Computer science graduates are in high demand, and computer security is one of the fastest-growing job markets within IT," said Beryl Hoffman, associate professor of computer information technology at Elms, in a statement. The computer science major will focus on the design and development of software. Required courses will include programming, data structures and algorithms, cyber ethics, and web design.

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    10. FutureWorks to host Six Flags recruiting event

      FutureWorks to host Six Flags recruiting event

      FutureWorks Career Center will hold a recruiting event for Six Flags New England on March 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. Interested individuals need to apply online in advance of the special event. Job positions featured at the amusement park company include ride operators, game team members, and food services staff. The Agawam location has said it plans to hire 3,000 employees for its season this year which begins April 7. It held on-site job fairs last month for applicants 16 years and older for positions paying minimum wage or higher.

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    11. River Valley Counseling opens office in Easthampton

      River Valley Counseling opens office in Easthampton

      River Valley Counseling Center has expanded its presence here, opening an office at Liberty Commons on  2 Mechanic St. "River Valley Counseling Center is pleased to expand its services and provide comprehensive mental health services in Easthampton," said Rosemarie M. Ansel, the center's executive director, in a statement. "As new members of the Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, we look forward to becoming a contributing member of a thriving and vibrant community." For the last five months, the center, part of Holyoke-based Valley Health Systems, has been offering school-based services in Easthampton Public Schools.

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    12. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts receives $25K grant

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts receives $25K grant

      Women in Western Massachusetts interested in seeking positions of leadership recently received some real encouragement - some $25,000 worth of it. This is the amount the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, which runs leadership programs for both women and girls, received in a grant from the Irving and Sulamith Blackberg Charitable Foundation. "This funding will directly support our ability to serve more program participants, helping us to grow and serve local women in need of professional development," said Donna Haghighat, WFWM chief executive officer, in a statement.

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    13. Mercy Medical Center names Harvard graduate to top post

      Mercy Medical Center names Harvard graduate to top post

      Dr. Mark Dumais has been named chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center. A Harvard Medical School graduate who also holds a master's degree in business administration, Dumais will provide clinical and administrative leadership at the 182-bed acute care hospital as well as its affiliated facilities, including the 126-bed Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke.

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    14. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts names new CEO

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts names new CEO

      Donna Haghighat, whose background is in fund-raising and advocacy work in the Connecticut area, has been named the new chief executive officer of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts. A graduate of Hartford's Trinity College and the University of Connecticut School of Law, Haghighat has previously served as chief engagement and advocacy officer for YWCA Hartford Region, executive director of the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls in Greater Hartford, and chief development officer at Hartford Public Library.

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    15. Trinity Health Of New England shifts Mark Fulco back to Springfield to serve as president of Mercy Medical Center and local affiliates

      Trinity Health Of New England shifts Mark Fulco back to Springfield to serve as president of Mercy Medical Center and local affiliates

      Mercy Medical Center, part of Trinity Health Of New England, has named Mark Fulco president. Fulco, who has previously served the hospital in a number of capacities, will oversee Mercy and its affiliates starting on Oct. 9. "Mark is a highly respected, highly engaged health care leader with extensive experience in various areas of hospital operations. We are certain he will not only help sustain our rich legacy of providing high quality care with a compassionate touch, he will also help us reach new levels of service to our community," said John E. Sjoberg, the hospital's board chair, in ...

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    16. FutureWorks schedules Mini Healthcare Job Fair

      FutureWorks schedules Mini Healthcare Job Fair

      Looking for employment in the healthcare industry? FutureWorks Career Center is holding a Mini Healthcare Job Fair Aug. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m., with a number of area employers and recruiters expected to attend, including Baystate Health, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and J. Morrissey - Health Care Services Group, as well as Allied Health. Job openings are said to include those for registered nurses, home health aides, and certified nursing assistants, as well as physical therapist assistant, medical assistant and food service aide.

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    17. Baystate Health honored for healthcare innovation

      Baystate Health honored for healthcare innovation

      North Carolina-based health care improvement company Premier Inc. has awarded Baystate Health its 2017 Premier Alliance Excellence Award for being a national innovator in industry practices and in the delivery of cost effective care. Premier, which was created by hospitals who share information and purchasing power to improve patient care and lower costs, selected Baystate from among the partnership alliance of approximately 3,750 hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organizations. "An industry-leader, Baystate is never satisfied and always looking for ways they can improve," said Susan DeVore, president and chief executive officer of Premier whose insurance subsidiary ...

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    18. Depression treatment center opens in North End

      Depression treatment center opens in North End

      The Tuesday ribbon cutting at Achieve TMS East's treatment center for depression in the city's North End came with an applauded announcement. Dr. Thomas J. Bombardier, who is helping the California-based Achieve Treatment Centers open such partnership clinics nationwide, announced the clinic would be dedicated to Sister of Providence Mary Caritas Geary. Bombardier, an ophthalmologist turned businessman, also said he would donate half of his profits from the Springfield location to Providence Ministries Service Network.

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    19. State Senate clean energy tour to make Springfield stop tonight

      State Senate clean energy tour to make Springfield stop tonight

      The Western New England University School of Law Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs is hosting the Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour, tonight, 6 to 8 p.m., in the J. Pellegrini Moot Court Room of Blake Law Center. The event seeking public input is the sixth of nine statewide tour stops, and is being presented here by Senator James T. Welch, D-Springfield. It is an initiative of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, will chair Monday's event.

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    20. Women's Fund seeks applicants for $150K in partnership money

      Women's Fund seeks applicants for $150K in partnership money

      The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts is inviting nonprofits that serve young women to apply, by midnight June 2, for $150,000 in funds over three years as a partner in a pilot program here designed to help this population succeed economically. Ellen T. Moorhouse, the fund's program officer, said the fund is seeking proposals from a "Springfield-based organization or collaborative of organizations serving young women to help guide implementation" of its Young Women's Initiative Springfield Partnership.

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    21. Holyoke Medical Center raises $2M; ER ribbon cutting set for June 19

      Holyoke Medical Center raises $2M; ER ribbon cutting set for June 19

      A ribbon cutting ceremony for Holyoke Medical Center's new Emergency Department has been set for June 19. The center also announced that its capital campaign has raised $2 million in pledges during its "quiet" phase of the last year, and is now mounting a public campaign, complete with a fund-raiser indicator thermometer on the hospital's Beech Street campus, to help meet the goal of $3 million. "To raise $2 million in what is often called the 'quiet' phase of our capital campaign efforts shows the true value that businesses and individuals see in supporting our local, community-based hospital ...

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