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    1. Nursing Schools Almanac Names AIC among Best Schools for Nursing in Mass., N.E.

      Nursing Schools Almanac Names AIC among Best Schools for Nursing in Mass., N.E.

      Nursing Schools Almanac has released its 2020 rankings of the best nursing schools in the United States. In collecting data on more than 3,000 institutions nationwide only 20% made the list of the best nursing schools in each geographic region. The nursing program at American International College (AIC) was named in both the New England and Massachusetts categories placing 45th in the region and 21st in in the state.

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    2. Valley Health Systems Appreciates Employees by Supporting Locally Owned Eateries

      Valley Health Systems Appreciates Employees by Supporting Locally Owned Eateries

      Valley Health Systems Inc., which consists of Holyoke Medical Center, Holyoke Medical Group, Holyoke VNA Hospice Life Care, and River Valley Counseling Center, will express appreciation to employees by providing a voucher to use at locally owned food establishments. “Normally, we would celebrate the season by serving a holiday meal with all the trimmings to employees in our cafeteria,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems. “Because of the challenges presented this year due to COVID-19, we are unable to carry out this tradition. However, we wanted to recognize staff for their tireless ...

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    3. Holyoke Medical Center Earns Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Quality, Safety

      Holyoke Medical Center Earns Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Quality, Safety

      Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Holyoke Medical Center was named a Top General Hospital nationally by the Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard setters for healthcare safety and quality. “Holyoke Medical Center is proud to once again accept the Top General Hospital award from the Leapfrog Group,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems Inc. “With only 29 hospitals receiving this distinction nationally, it speaks volumes about our amazing team members. It is through their dedicated work ...

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    4. Even Amid a Pandemic, Healthcare Continues to Evolve - BusinessWest

      Even Amid a Pandemic, Healthcare Continues to Evolve - BusinessWest

      A rundown of the big issues facing healthcare 20 years ago would, in some ways, be similar to the same list today, encompassing persistent challenges like hospital finances, staffing shortages in certain specialties, strategies to tackle substance abuse, and diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.  Yet, the solutions to those issues have certainly evolved. For example, hospitals have seen a dramatic shift to accountable care, a model in which disparate providers work together and are paid for patient outcomes, not how many procedures they order up.

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    5. Health New England Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

      Health New England Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

      Health New England announced the recent appointment of Dr. Ira Klein to the role of vice president and chief medical officer. In this position, he is responsible for ensuring the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services for Health New England members, and will focus on clinical excellence, innovation, and technology to improve health outcomes. Klein joins Health New England’s executive leadership team and reports directly to Richard Swift, president and CEO.

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    6. Mark Keroack, President and CEO, Baystate Health

      Mark Keroack, President and CEO, Baystate Health

      Dr. Mark Keroack doesn’t feel like a Healthcare Hero. But he’ll gratefully accept the honor on behalf of everyone who does deserve the award. In his estimation, that’s a lot of people. “Whenever some new challenge comes up, it’s been our tradition to step up and play a leadership role in Western Mass.,” said the president and CEO of Baystate Health. “I wish I could convert my award into an ‘unsung heroes award.’ So many things happened behind the scenes to enable us to step up.”

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    7. Richard Swift named new Health New England CEO

      Richard Swift named new Health New England CEO

      Baystate Health has named Richard Swift the president and CEO of Health New England. His appointment is effective immediately. Swift served as Health New England’s interim chief financial officer since April 2020. Maura C. McCaffrey, former president and CEO of Health New England and a member of the Baystate Health President’s Cabinet, died in April after a long illness. She was 50.

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    8. Mercy Medical Center Opens Center for Breast Health and Gynecologic Oncology

      Mercy Medical Center Opens Center for Breast Health and Gynecologic Oncology

      Mercy Medical Center announced the opening of the Center for Breast Health and Gynecologic Oncology. Formerly known as the Breast Care Center, the new center provides a comprehensive approach to breast and gynecologic cancer care with an enhanced focus on malignancies of the breast, cervix, endometrium/uterus, fallopian tube, ovaries, vagina, and vulva. Services are provided by a broad-based, multi-disciplinary team of cancer specialists and complementary support staff who focus on prompt diagnosis; coordinated, state-of-the-art cancer therapies; and patient education.

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    9. Multiple Sclerosis Center Opens at Mercy Medical Center

      Multiple Sclerosis Center Opens at Mercy Medical Center

      Trinity Health Of New England announced the opening of the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research at Mercy Medical Center. Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients in the Greater Springfield area are now able to access their healthcare needs in one central location with a team of specialists dedicated to every aspect of their care.

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    10. Baystate Health announces Kindred Behavioral Health as partner in 120-bed, $43 million behavioral health hospital

      Baystate Health announces Kindred Behavioral Health as partner in 120-bed, $43 million behavioral health hospital

      Baystate Health has selected Kindred Behavioral Health as its partner in a long-sought standalone behavioral health hospital project that was put on pause last year. The plan is to build a $43-million, 120-bed behavioral health hospital from the ground up, opening two years from the start of construction. The new hospital would employ 220 people, Baystate president and CEO Dr. Mark A. Keroack said.

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    11. People in Business: Baystate Health appoints Marion A. McGowan, Bsn, Mpm, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

      People in Business: Baystate Health appoints Marion A. McGowan, Bsn, Mpm, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

      Baystate Health announces the appointment of Marion A. McGowan, BSN, MPM, PhD as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She is President and CEO of Health New England, and SVP for Payer Innovation at Baystate Health. Marion’s successes during her professional healthcare career, from her start as a staff nurse to her continually expanding, impactful and engaging leadership roles overseeing strategy development, operations, service models, value based payments and population health, position her ideally for this new role. Prior to joining Baystate Health, Marion served as Chief Clinical Administrative Officer & Senior Vice President of Population Health at UPMC ...

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    12. At Baystate, Mercy, Cooley Dickinson and Holyoke Medical Center, hospital losses from coronavirus response mount -- and reopening might not be the cure

      At Baystate, Mercy, Cooley Dickinson and Holyoke Medical Center, hospital losses from coronavirus response mount -- and reopening might not be the cure

      Holyoke Medical Center took a $6-million-a-month budget hit from the coronavirus pandemic as expenses mounted and people stopped going in for other types of care. Spiros Hatiras, the hospital’s president and CEO, said Wednesday that Holyoke was nearly able to fill the gap with $3 million in cost cutting, including employee furloughs, and with aid from the state and federal government.

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    13. Holyoke Medical Center Welcomes Mark Dunn as Health Information Management Director

      Holyoke Medical Center Welcomes Mark Dunn as Health Information Management Director

      Holyoke Medical Center announced the appointment of Mark Dunn as director of Health Information Management (HIM). “With nearly 20 years of experience, Mark brings a broad range of knowledge to the organization, and we are glad he has joined us,” said Michael Koziol, chief financial officer of Holyoke Medical Center. “As the director of Health Information Management, he will ensure efficient and compliant handling of all patient records and related documents.”

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    14. Holyoke Medical Center gets 'A' for patient safety in national survey

      Holyoke Medical Center gets 'A' for patient safety in national survey

      Holyoke Medical Center received an ‘A’ grade from a national organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality and patient safety. The Washington D.C.-based Leapfrog Group, which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals across the country, released its semi-annual report on Thursday. “Our goal is to inform patients about local hospitals with the best safety measures in place and the strongest records,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Every hospital can earn an ‘A’ grade, and we’re proud of the hospitals that are committed to making an effort to protect ...

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    15. STCC Respiratory Care Program Lends Ventilators to Hospitals

      STCC Respiratory Care Program Lends Ventilators to Hospitals

      Springfield Technical Community College’s respiratory care program is lending its five ventilators to area hospitals preparing for a surge in patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Christopher Scott, dean of the School of Health and Patient Simulation, said STCC is prepared to donate or lend any equipment hospitals need during the coronavirus emergency. The school recently donated all of its personal protective equipment to area hospitals, medical centers, and first responders.

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    16. COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley Issues Fourth Round of Grants

      A fourth round of grants, totaling $226,000, from the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley has been announced, with healthcare and medical centers in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties receiving the largest portion of the new round as they battle the impact of the disease on the region with surging admissions to hospitals. Grants were also directed to youth-serving organizations and to programs providing food access to those impacted by the crisis. To date, the Response Fund has granted more than $1.3 million to local organizations.

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    17. TechSpring Community Connect

      TechSpring Community Connect

      We need your help! Baystate Health cares for a population of about 1M people in Western Massachusetts. That's a lot of people that depend on us, right now more than any other time in modern history. Our care depends on medical supplies that are increasing in short supply, around the country, around the world. Plus, there's a whole bunch of new ideas for tools or supplies that can make a difference during the current crisis. 

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    18. Holyoke Medical Center Shares Personal Protective Equipment with First Responders

      Holyoke Medical Center Shares Personal Protective Equipment with First Responders

      Holyoke Medical Center has shared personal protective equipment (PPE) with local first responders, including Action Ambulance, the South Hadley Fire Department, and the city of Springfield. “Holyoke Medical Center is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support and donations received through this COVID-19 pandemic by many community businesses, Novanta, and the efforts made by the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems. “Today we became aware that first responders in some of our surrounding communities, who work with our patients, were in desperate need of PPE. In a time ...

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    19. Coronavirus: After hospital cuts, Baker administration invests $800 million to health care providers for COVID-19 response

      Coronavirus: After hospital cuts, Baker administration invests $800 million to health care providers for COVID-19 response

      After reports of losses and staff cuts, Massachusetts hospitals are getting $800 million in state funding to help stay afloat while they perform tests and treat patients who have fallen ill from the coronavirus. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the $800 million infusion and acknowledged that hospitals were hit hard by the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. One of the biggest examples are the cancellation of elective surgeries, often lucrative procedures for hospitals.

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    20. UMass Amherst Engineers, Nurses Design Fast-track, Low-cost Face Shield to Provide PPE Devices for Health Care

      UMass Amherst Engineers, Nurses Design Fast-track, Low-cost Face Shield to Provide PPE Devices for Health Care

      In just under two weeks, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with engineers, nurses and other health care professionals, have developed a design informed by clinical feedback for protective plastic face shields as the nation combats the spread of the coronavirus. It will be made available to manufacturers to mass-produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers and others. A Southbridge, Mass., company, K+K Thermoforming, is now producing the first order of 80,000 shields placed by the Face Shield COVID-19 Response Team at UMass Amherst. Shields will be distributed to medical facilities and other front-line responders ...

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    21. Monson Savings Bank Donates $25,000 to Baystate Health’s Greatest Needs Fund

      Monson Savings Bank Donates $25,000 to Baystate Health’s Greatest Needs Fund

      Baystate Health has just completed construction of a rapid-response triage area outside of the Baystate Medical Center Emergency Department, allowing the hospital to better protect patients and medical staff from exposure to the virus as patients are being screened and tested. This new triage area is just one of the many large, unplanned expenses this health emergency has created. Additionally, the exploding demand for personal protection equipment for staff and myriad other needs to fight this outbreak are stretching resources and finances to the limit.

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    22. Coronavirus: US Rep. Richard Neal to host telephone town hall with Berkshire Health System doctor

      Coronavirus: US Rep. Richard Neal to host telephone town hall with Berkshire Health System doctor

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., plans a second telephone town hall to update folks on the coronavirus pandemic and the medical, as well as governmental, response. It’s set for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at phone number 866-383-2731. Neal’s guest will Dr. James Lederer of Berkshire Health System in Pittsfield which is the parent of Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington and North Adams Campus of BMC .

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