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    1. Jewish Geriatric Services breaks ground on $11.4 million Sosin Center for Rehabilitation

      Jewish Geriatric Services breaks ground on $11.4 million Sosin Center for Rehabilitation

      Just before ground was broken for the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation on the campus of Jewish Geriatric Services on Tuesday, Seymour Frankel took the podium as a former patient in the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home. Frankel had been admitted to that JGS facility's short-term rehab program after triple bypass surgery. While he was "treated like a king," Frankel, a former JGS board member, was asked for improvement suggestions. He declared the Small House design that will constitute the environment of the new 24,000 square foot center just what is "needed."

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    2. Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery

      Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery

      Baystate Children's Hospital and Hartford-based Connecticut Children's Medical have announced a new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery that is the first major outgrowth of several months of collaboration. The two facilities had announced in October their intent to explore potential areas in which they could collaborate on services, including pediatric neurosurgery.

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    3. YWCA of Western Massachusetts receives Verizon grant of $20,000 to combat domestic violence

      YWCA of Western Massachusetts receives Verizon grant of $20,000 to combat domestic violence

      A donation of $20,000 to the YWCA of Western Massachusetts is being made by Verizon in recognition of the YWCA's participation in Verizon's just-ended Because Voices Have Power campaign. Through its campaign of encouraging text messages in support of victims of domestic violence, Verizon contributed $300,000 nationwide to organizations that address domestic violence.

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    4. Noble Hospital-Baystate Health proposed affiliation looks to keep Noble operational

      Noble Hospital-Baystate Health proposed affiliation looks to keep Noble operational

      The proposed affiliation of Noble Hospital with Baystate Health announced Thursday will help the 97-bed community hospital better serve its patients, many of whom are government insured, as well as face the future in a time of health reforms and changing government reimbursements, its top executive said. "We want to be part of their regional system," Ronald P. Bryant, president and chief executive of Noble Health Network, said of the potential affiliation. "This allows us to bring services to our community that, without additional resources, we are not able to do."

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    5. Johnson Memorial Medical Center plans bankruptcy to become part of Saint Francis Care

      Johnson Memorial Medical Center plans bankruptcy to become part of Saint Francis Care

      The emerging pattern in the delivery of health care, in this age of accountable and affordable care, is for smaller hospitals systems to merge with bigger ones. In December, Michigan-based Trinity Health, the country's second largest non-profit health system, announced it had signed a definitive agreement for Hartford-based Saint Francis Care to join its system. Today, another Connecticut-based system, Johnson Memorial Medical Center, announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to allow it to become a subsidiary of Saint Francis Care. Johnson Memorial has been in a two-year affiliated arrangement with Saint Francis Care. "Throughout our working ...

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    6. Sisters of Providence Health System, Hartford's St. Francis Care posed to create new regional system under Trinity Health

      Sisters of Providence Health System, Hartford's St. Francis Care posed to create new regional system under Trinity Health

      The country's second largest non-profit health system is set to expand in New England, with Michigan-based Trinity Health's announcement Dec. 17 that it has signed a definitive agreement for Hartford-based St. Francis Care to join its system. The agreement, which has been negotiated over eight months, and been approved by the Archdiocese of Hartford, which sponsors St. Francis Care, includes plans for the Sisters of Providence Health System and St. Francis Care to form a non-profit regional system.

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    7. Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.9 million from state for behavioral health ER space, services | masslive

      Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.9 million from state for behavioral health ER space, services | masslive

      Holyoke Medical Center has been awarded $3.9 million by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, and will use nearly half of the money to expand its emergency department to include a wing for the treatment of patients with behavioral health issues, and the rest for coordination of services to those patients.
      'This funding will allow us to create significantly improved conditions for all our patients, especially those with behavioral health needs,' Spiros Hatiras, hospital president and chief executive officer, said in a release.   Baxter Chandler, director of behavioral health for the hospital, added, 'Not only will we more effectively address ...

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    8. Harold Grinspoon Foundation's JCamp 180 program will bring together 425 fund raisers

      Harold Grinspoon Foundation's JCamp 180 program will bring together 425 fund raisers

      Camp 180, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, will bring together some 425 leaders, Nov. 2 and 3, at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, to celebrate their raising some $90 million, over the last 10 years, through the foundation's matching challenge grant campaign, for Jewish children's camps across the country

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    9. Health New England's Maura McCaffrey voted Professional Woman of Year

      Health New England's Maura McCaffrey voted Professional Woman of Year

      Maura McCaffrey, president and chief executive officer of Health New England, will be honored as Professional Woman of the Year during Western Mass Women Magazine's annual "Top 25 Women to Watch" Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Chez Josef. According to a press release, the magazine honors the women, selected by public vote, for career and community achievements.

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    10. Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy

      Once homeless, Jessica Prokop draws standing ovation at United Way of Pioneer Valley fund-raiser breakfast; Michael Mathis stresses MGM philanthropy

      Keynote speaker Michael Mathis, president and chief operating officer of MGM Springfield Development, the breakfast's signature sponsor, highlighted the event's theme, "A New Generation of Philanthropic Leaders," through photos of his two sons, with heads shaven for a St. Baldrick's Foundation fund-raiser for childhood cancers, projected on a screen.

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    11. Baystate Wing officially part of Baystate Health: 'Winner is the patient,' doctor says

      Baystate Wing officially part of Baystate Health: 'Winner is the patient,' doctor says

      It is official. The signage now reads Baystate Wing Hospital. The 74-bed hospital, which for the last 15 years has been part of UMass Memorial Health Care, in Worcester, has become part of Baystate Health. In an hour-long ceremony on Sept. 5, attended by hospital representatives, as well as area legislative representatives, a crowd of several hundred heard those speakers praise Wing becoming partnered with Baystate, with the transfer of ownership from UMass Memorial.

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    12. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts awards $240,000 in grants

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts awards $240,000 in grants

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts has awarded some $240,000 in partnership grant commitments to organizations in the four counties, including ones that work in the area of foster care, teen pregnancy prevention and with incarcerated mothers. "The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts leverages the power of partnership to positively change the landscape for women and girls in Western Massachusetts," said Elizabeth Barajas-Román, the foundation's new chief executive officer. "Our most recent grant commitment of $240,000 over three years in the four counties is a significant investment to support projects that we know will ...

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    13. Elizabeth Barajas-Román named to head Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

      Elizabeth Barajas-Román named to head Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

      Elizabeth Barajas-Román has been named chief executive officer of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts. Barajas-Román, who holds a master's degree from Harvard University, had been a manager at Pew Charitable Trusts, where she coordinated lobbying efforts on behalf of children's health. She succeeds long-time director Carla Oleska, who stepped down earlier this year and is now vice president of institutional development at Elms College in Chicopee.

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    14. Winifred Sandler Grinspoon to head Harold Grinspoon Foundation

      Winifred Sandler Grinspoon to head Harold Grinspoon Foundation

      The foundation founded by Grinspoon and his wife Diane Troderman, in 1993, established and funds the popular PJ LIbrary program. The program provides free Jewish content books and CDs to children, six months to eight years of age, being raised on Jewish values by their family. Locally, it is under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. The foundation, through its partners, has distributed more than 10 million books to children in this country, Israel, Mexico and elsewhere.

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    15. Baystate Medical rated among top 15 hospitals for heart bypass, aortic valve surgery

      Baystate Medical rated among top 15 hospitals for heart bypass, aortic valve surgery

      Baystate Medical Center is one of only two Massachusetts hospitals, along with UMass Memorial Medical Center, in Worcester, to earn a top score, along with 15 others in the country, in both heart bypass, as well as traditional aortic valve replacement surgery, in a first-time rating of some 400 participating hospitals on these surgeries by Consumer Reports. "We are very happy to see that," said Dr. John A. Rousou, a native of Greece who is chief of the division of cardiac surgery at Baystate.

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    16. Baystate board of trustees move toward Phase 3 of Baystate Medical Center expansion

      Baystate board of trustees move toward Phase 3 of Baystate Medical Center expansion

      In addition to the naming this week of 3300 Main St., an outpatient facility, as The Tolosky Center, in honor of Mark R. Tolosky, who steps down at month's end as president and chief executive officer of Baystate Health, after a 22-year career with the system, Baystate's board of trustees has announced, in Baystate Health employees' Connections publication, "intentions to begin the third phase of the Baystate Medical Center expansion."

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    17. Baystate Health names building for outgoing chief Mark Tolosky

      Baystate Health names building for outgoing chief Mark Tolosky

      Mark R. Tolosky is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of Baystate Health at month's end, and, on June 18, his 22-year career, that focused on Baystate Medical Center's expansion and modernization, was honored, in brick and mortar, with the naming of the center's 3300 Main St. outpatient facility, The Tolosky Center.

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    18. Baystate Children's Hospital among top 50 in specialty rankings of U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate Children's Hospital among top 50 in specialty rankings of U.S. News & World Report

      For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Baystate Children’s Hospital among the top 50 programs in the nation in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Just 89 hospitals across the nation ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists, according to a release.

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    19. Springfield, Smith & Wesson, Caring Health among recipients of Springfield Preservation Trust awards

      Springfield, Smith & Wesson, Caring Health among recipients of Springfield Preservation Trust awards

      The City of Springfield, as well as Smith & Wesson and Caring Health, are among the recipients named to receive the Springfield Preservation Trust's Annual Historic Preservation Awards, that will be given at a public reception on June 17, at 6 p.m., at Center Court, Tower Square, 1500 Main St. The event honors individuals and groups that have made contributions with renovation and stewardship of properties in the City of Springfield.

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    20. UMass research team granted $495,950 for quicker, earlier detection of food contamination

      UMass research team granted $495,950 for quicker, earlier detection of food contamination

      A research team, led by food scientist Sam Nugen at the University of Massachusetts, has received a $495,950 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop a quicker method for detecting contamination in both liquid and dry food before it is sold. New techniques designed by Nugen, and fellow food scientists Amanda Kinchla and doctoral student Juhong Chen, with nanochemist Vincent Rotello, aim to shorten the time it takes to detect and separate microbial contamination in food prior to its sale, and thus save money.

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    21. Collective Copies to create bookstore within its Amherst retail space

      Collective Copies to create bookstore within its Amherst retail space

      The bookshop will have its grand opening on May 1 at 11 a.m., the 31st anniversary of Collective Copies. Strimer will discuss the first five years of Levellers Press, followed by Levellers' authors reading from their work. There will be a 4 p.m. public reception for all Levellers Press and Off the Common Books authors to which the public is invited. Since publishing "Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts," by Robert H. Romer, in 2009, Levellers Press of Amherst has produced nearly 50 titles.

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    22. Colorado collective buys Hadley solar array, offers solar use without panels

      Colorado collective buys Hadley solar array, offers solar use without panels

      Clean Energy Collective, a Colorado-based, community-owned solar developer, has purchased Western Massachusetts Community Solar Array, a 997 kW community solar facility in Hadley, from BlueWave Capital, a Boston-based solar developer and management company. The collective is also buying Southeastern Massachusetts Community Solar Array, a 997 kW facility in Rehoboth,

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    23. Cooley Dickinson grants three agencies close to $90,000 for health, planning

      Cooley Dickinson grants three agencies close to $90,000 for health, planning

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will collaborate with the United Way of Hampshire County to conduct an inventory of transportation programs and services of target populations in Hampshire and Franklin counties. These include low income housing and environmental justice neighborhoods. An environmental justice neighborhood concept is based on the principle that all people have a right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment.

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    24. Breast cancer researcher D. Joseph Jerry: Targeting DNA repair and cells | masslive.com

      Breast cancer researcher D. Joseph Jerry: Targeting DNA repair and cells | masslive.com

      This renews scientists and clinicians in their efforts to find strategies to prevent and treat breast cancer, even when one finds the path difficult. The combined efforts of advocates and researchers have resulted in well-developed tools and resources that make breast cancer a model for understanding many other cancers.  It also represents the opportunities that are possible when the patient community is an active part of research, energizing and guiding priorities. The Advocacy Council, that is part of the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, plays a pivotal role fostering innovative research here in Western Massachusetts.

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    25. New England Public Radio Foundation gets $113,432 state grant to aid in construction of downtown Springfield headquarters for WFCR/WNNZ

      New England Public Radio Foundation gets $113,432 state grant to aid in construction of downtown Springfield headquarters for WFCR/WNNZ

      The New England Public Radio Foundation has been awarded a state grant of $113,432 to assist construction of new headquarters for WFCR and all-news WNNZ in downtown Springfield. The grant, made June 17 from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, was announced in a release from the foundation.

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    26. Northampton's Cooley Dickinson Hospital officially affiliate of Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare, affiliation includes plans for comprehensive cancer center

      Northampton's Cooley Dickinson Hospital officially affiliate of Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare, affiliation includes plans for comprehensive cancer center

      Cooley Dickinson Health Care officially became an affiliate of Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare System on July 1, according to a release from Cooley. The affiliation became final when amended articles of organization for Cooley Dickinson Health Care and Cooley Dickinson Hospital that made Mass General the sole corporate member of Cooley Dickinson Health Care Corp. became effective Dr. Peter L. Slavin, Mass General president, and Craig Melin, Cooley Dickinson president and chief executive officer, signed off on the affiliation closing memorandum, using telemedicine technology.

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