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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. YouthBuild Springfield graduate achieves once distant goal - a job

      YouthBuild Springfield graduate achieves once distant goal - a job

      The YouthBuild Springfield program at the YWCA of Western Massachusetts, one of 11 in the state, is aimed at helping at-risk teens and young adults become better skilled at accomplishing goals and improving employment opportunities.Twenty-year-old Springfield resident Joseph LaBelle knew firsthand what it is to be out of options when he became part of the program a year ago. His youthful history included several arrests, educational failures and the "difficult" knowledge of his mother's overdose on heroin and cocaine. "I spent many years going in and out of schools until I finally quit and opened a moving company ...

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    10. National Conference for Community and Justice honorees include D'Amours, Russ Peotter

      National Conference for Community and Justice honorees include D'Amours, Russ Peotter

      Philanthropists Michele and Donald D'Amour, of Big Y Foods, are among the individuals being honored this year at the annual human relations award banquet of the New England-based National Conference for Community and Justice. Others being honored for their leadership and promotion of inclusive community values at the June 8 event at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame include Russell J. Peotter, senior advisor for WGBY; the Rev. Calvin J. McFadden Sr., senior pastor of Saint John's Congregational Church; Arlene Rodriguez, vice president of academic affairs at Springfield Technical Community College, and Attorney Ellen Weiss Freyman, of ...

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    11. Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      The Elms College School of Nursing has added a third track in health systems innovation and leadership to its Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum. The addition of the third track will allow candidates for the DNP to focus their study on advanced practice nursing or systems and organizational leadership. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Elms are the two schools in Western Massachusetts to offer a DNP program. The UMass program through its College of Nursing is an online program. Existing tracks at the Elms include the DNP in family nurse practitioner and the DNP in adult-gerontology acute care nurse ...

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    12. Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman stepping down

      Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman stepping down

      Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, chief executive officer of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts for the past three years, is stepping down on Friday to head the Northampton-based Solidago Foundation, which does charitable grantmaking on a national basis. Barajas-Roman called it "incredibly difficult to leave a fantastic organization, with amazing staff," but said her new position will allow her to "advocate for gender equity in a different, but powerful way." She called Solidago "a thought leader in innovative collaborative funding for social impact." "They move the needle through strategic project leadership," she said of the organization whose principles include funding community ...

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    13. Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.2M toward equipment

      Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.2M toward equipment

      A multi-million dollar lease-to-purchase agreement facilitated by the state's economic development and finance authority is once again enabling Holyoke Medical Center to buy hospital equipment and other items on affordable terms. MassDevelopment issued a $3.2 million tax-exempt lease on behalf of the independent, non-profit community hospital, which it regards as located in a Gateway City, that is, one it sees as having the potential to anchor a regional economy. "With the assistance of this tax-exempt lease, Holyoke Medical Center is able to continue to offer the latest in medical technology and an expanded range of services to offer ...

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    14. Women's Fund event to feature former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy

      Women's Fund event to feature former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy

      Former Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Murphy, known in recent years for her efforts to end the gender wage gap for women in the workforce, will be the keynote speaker for the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts' annual graduation celebration May 22 at the Log Cabin.Murphy, who is also being honored with the fund's "She Changes the World" award, is president of The WAGE Project Inc. The nonprofit is an outgrowth of her 2005 book with E.J. Graff, "Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It So We Will."

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    15. Providence Behavioral Health adds in-patient 'step-down' unit to addiction services

      Providence Behavioral Health adds in-patient 'step-down' unit to addiction services

      Mercy Behavioral Health Care is adding an in-patient "step-down" unit at its Providence Behavioral Health Hospital to help individuals fighting substance abuse disorders transition in post-detoxification treatment to outpatient services. The 21-bed unit, in renovated space on the hospital's third floor, is being described as a "bridge" between acute in-patient addiction treatment services and outpatient services by Dr. Robert J. Roose, chief medical officer and vice president of addiction and recovery services for the parent Sisters of Providence Health System, which is part of Trinity Health-New England, and also includes Mercy Medical Center in Springfield.

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    16. 'The Notebook' author Nicholas Sparks to speaker at Bay Path University Women's Leadership Conference

      'The Notebook' author Nicholas Sparks to speaker at Bay Path University Women's Leadership Conference

      Best-selling romance author Nicholas Sparks, whose 20 books include "The Notebook," "A Walk to Remember" and "Message in a Bottle," is a scheduled keynote speaker at Bay Path University's 22nd Annual Women's Leadership Conference on March 31 at the MassMutual Center. Other keynote speakers include Shiza Shahid, who co-founded the Malala Fund, with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and Malala's father Ziaudidn, to help girls everywhere receive at least 12 years of education, and who led the organization as founding chief executive officer. She will speak in the morning.

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    17. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts offers $240K in grants

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts offers $240K in grants

      The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, which works to empower women and girls through partnerships with area programs, has announced the availability of $240,000 in multi-year grant money for organizations that collaborately serve that population in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. Organizations interested in being considered for allocations for fiscal 2017 through 2019 must submit a letter of intent by Jan. 6, 2017. The overall amount available is similar to the previous funding cycling, with $80,000 awarded each year in total during the funding cycle.

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    18. Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

      Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

      The development and evolution of breath-analysis technology has long been the focus of medical research as a less invasive way to detect chemical compounds at certain levels that could indicate the presence of specific diseases. Researchers, including two in the Pioneer Valley, have been developing an analyzer for diabetics to use their exhaled breath to determine blood sugar/glucose levels through the detection of acetone. This is seen as a less invasive check than the traditional portable meter that utilizes a prick of blood for its test strip.

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    19. Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman to participate in New England policy conference

      Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman to participate in New England policy conference

      Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, chief executive officer of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, is among the participants in the New England Women's Policy Conference Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center ballroom at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Mary Frances Berry (pdf), who chaired the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1993 to 2004, is keynote speaker. Berry, who holds both a doctorate in history and a law degree, had previously been a member of the commission and successfully sued in federal court the Reagan administration's efforts to remove her ...

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    20. Western Mass. Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman to attend White House summit

      Western Mass. Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman to attend White House summit

      Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, chief executive officer of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, along with several of the fund's board members, will be among the 5,000 participants in the White House's United State of Women Summit. Tuesday's gathering at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and media mogul Oprah Winfrey. It  is being described as the first large scale event of its kind designed to both celebrate advancements in the area of gender equality as well as address issues of inequality.

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    21. Baystate Health proposes Baystate Mary Lane Hospital as outpatient services center

      Baystate Health proposes Baystate Mary Lane Hospital as outpatient services center

      If approved, Baystate Health plans to turn Baystate Mary Lane Hospital into a regional center for outpatient services. It is also proposing to integrate the facility into a single-license regional hospital network with Baystate Wing Hospital, in Palmer, with that facility becoming the regional center for inpatient services. The two facilities are part of Baystate Health's Eastern Region, and their integration is expected to cause more than two dozen job losses, including among management staff, at Mary Lane.

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    22. Baystate Health services spread throughout Springfield

      Baystate Health services spread throughout Springfield

      Baystate Health's website outlines the many components of its integrated health system, which includes four community hospitals in addition to Baystate Medical Center, its teaching hospital, and its network of providers, primary clinics and laboratories at dozens of locations in the Pioneer Valley. There are many outpatient services, including cancer treatments, as well as diagnostic services located in the city's North End within a short drive of the main Springfield campus.

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