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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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