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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. '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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. Springfield medical group opens state's first Hypertension Practice Center

      Springfield medical group opens state's first Hypertension Practice Center

      Recently, the United States Preventative Services Task Force recommended that an office diagnosis of high blood pressure be confirmed by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring before starting treatment, a service one local medical practice now offers through its certified hypertension center. USPSTF made the recommendation because a person's blood pressure can become elevated in response to being in a clinical setting, something called the "white coat" effect. Nicotine and caffeine can also result in an elevated reading.

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    17. Holyoke Medical Center breaks ground on $22 million addition

      Holyoke Medical Center breaks ground on $22 million addition

      Holyoke Medical Center was set to break ground this morning on its $22 million addition, which includes expanded emergency department space, as well as a floor for medical offices. The new construction, scheduled for completion in spring 2017, will expand the emergency department at the community hospital from 8,500 square feet to more than 20,000 square feet, with 40 treatment areas representing an increase of 22 beds. It will include a crisis center for psychiatric services. SMRT Architects and Engineers of Andover is designing the project.

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    18. Holyoke Medical Center to break ground on expanded emergency department

      Holyoke Medical Center to break ground on expanded emergency department

      A ground breaking for Holyoke Medical Center's center's emergency department addition, which will also include medical office space, will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at 575 Beech St. Plans for the now $22 million addition, in what is currently a parking lot on the west side of the hospital just north of the main entrance, were presented to the Planning Board in August.

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    19. YWCA of Western Massachusetts leader leaves abused women legacy of empowerment

      YWCA of Western Massachusetts leader leaves abused women legacy of empowerment

      Mary Reardon Johnson is retiring as executive director of the YWCA of Western Massachusetts at the beginning of the new year after more than three decades with the organization. Johnson, 65, joined the YWCA in 1983. She was a 33-year-old wife and mother of two babies and in need of a job to complete her master's degree in social work at the University of Connecticut. The YWCA, long a pioneer in catering to the needs of women from diverse backgrounds, was in financial difficulty, without a permanent home or executive director.

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    20. Mass General Cancer Center officially opens at Northampton hospital

      Mass General Cancer Center officially opens at Northampton hospital

      The new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital is officially open this week with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 16 and tours for donors and legislators. Hospital officials received notification the same day that the Massachusetts Department of Health had completed its review and approved the center. Care of patients in the physical space will begin Oct. 5.

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    21. Baystate Health diversity conference to explore unconscious bias

      Baystate Health diversity conference to explore unconscious bias

      In a release, Dr. Mark A. Keroack, Baystate Health president and chief executive officer, called inclusion "a business imperative." "At Baystate Health, we understand that diversity and inclusion are a business imperative," Keroack said. Issues to be explore at the event include research into unconscious bias, awareness of one's own background and its influence on perceptions, and how such perceptions impact the workplace. Registration, which includes parking, is $150. To register, visit the baystate health website, then click on "About Us," then click on "Diversity and Inclusion."

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    22. U.S. News & World Report's best hospitals: Baystate Medical Center ranks third best in state

      U.S. News & World Report's best hospitals: Baystate Medical Center ranks third best in state

      In the U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking for best hospitals, both within a state and in national standing for specialties, Baystate Medical Center scored third best in the commonwealth, and was a nationally ranked hospital in two adult specialties. Massachusetts General Hospital topped the honor list as the best hospital in the country, with another Boston-based hospital, Brigham and Women, placing sixth on the honor list. Last year, Mass General had placed second; Brigham and Women, ninth.

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    23. Downtown Springfield's first women-owned business good fit for five decades

      Downtown Springfield's first women-owned business good fit for five decades

      If the Clothes Tree at 311 Bridge St. were not still in business after five decades, a case could be made for it to become part of the the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

      According to owner Kal Perazzola, she and the late Marge Merigian were the first women to open a retail shop in busy downtown back in 1962. "We were pioneers," said Perazzola, adding Mayor Charles Ryan "came down and cut the ribbon." The date was Aug. 16, 1962, and the store was then a few doors away at 289 Bridge St. The store found its ...

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    24. University of Massachusetts Medical School to open Springfield campus

      University of Massachusetts Medical School to open Springfield campus

      In a move to increase the number of physicians in the state and improve health care here, the University of Massachusetts Medical School is expanding its footprint into Western Massachusetts. The commonwealth's only public medical school, in conjunction with Baystate Health and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will open a regional clinical campus in Springfield. It will focus on training future physicians in the much-needed areas of rural and urban primary care, and be known as UMMS-Baystate Health. Besides its neighborhood clinics and other outpatient facilities, Baystate has four area hospitals with plans to acquire a fifth, Noble in ...

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