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    1. With COVID-19 Surging at Baystate, Dr. Mark Keroack Encourages Vaccination

      With COVID-19 Surging at Baystate, Dr. Mark Keroack Encourages Vaccination

      Despite having just 5.5% of the state’s hospital inpatient beds, Baystate Health’s four hospitals housed 18% of all inpatient COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts on Wednesday — and system President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack is calling on the community to do its part, through vaccination and other measures, to help slow a recent surge in cases in Western Mass., mostly driven by the Delta variant. “Baystate Health has really been hit unusually hard by the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We went from four cases on the first of July to, last weekend, having over 100 cases ...

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    2. Richard Swift Settles In as CEO at Health New England

      Richard Swift Settles In as CEO at Health New England

      For roughly two decades, Richard Swift hop scotched the country on a series of interim assignments during which he shared his considerable expertise with several different health plans. As fruitful as this niche has been for Swift, he has traded his ‘interim’ tag for something permanent at Health New England — the role of president and CEO — and at a very unique and challenging time, for him and the company.

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    3. Lynnette Watkins, MD, MBA, Named President and CEO at CDH - BusinessWest

      Lynnette Watkins, MD, MBA, Named President and CEO at CDH - BusinessWest

      Lynnette Watkins, MD, MBA, an ophthalmologist and widely respected health care administrator and leader, has been named president and chief executive officer at Cooley Dickinson Health Care.  Currently the group chief medical officer for the Baptist Health System/Tenet Healthcare — Texas Group, she will begin her new role at Cooley Dickinson Sept. 27.

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    4. Baystate Medical Center Names Interim President, Interim Chief Nursing Officer

      Baystate Medical Center Names Interim President, Interim Chief Nursing Officer

      A respected healthcare professional with more than 30 years of clinical leadership, Frank Cracolici, has been named interim president of Baystate Medical Center. Meanwhile, Joanne Miller, who has more than 30 years of hospital-operations experience, has been named interim chief Nursing officer (CNO). Cracolici has an extensive background in leading hospitals and most recently served as senior advisor to the CEO of Morton Hospital, a member facility within the Steward Health Care System, a $7 billion system comprised of 36 hospitals with more than 40,000 employees. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations for the 125-bed hospital located in ...

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    5. HNE Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

      SPRINGFIELD — Health New England announced the recent appointment of Lisa Cohen to the role of vice president of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. In this position, Cohen is responsible for leading Health New England’s financial strategy, accounting, actuarial, underwriting and financial reporting, ensuring its ability to provide cost-effective health care coverage while maintaining high-quality member care.

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    6. UMass to Create Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation

      UMass to Create Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation

      Michael and Theresa Hluchyj are no strangers to giving back to their alma mater — and seeing their investments bear fruit. For example, the couple, who graduated from UMass Amherst in 1976 and 1977, respectively, established a graduate fellowship program in 2008 to support students from the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing who are interested in clinical healthcare research. One recipient of the fellowship, Akshaya Shanmugam, who earned a master’s degree and PhD from UMass in electrical and computer engineering, earned recognition in 2017 in Forbes’ 30 under 30 for her achievements in healthcare. She founded Lumme ...

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    7. Cooley Dickinson Hospital Receives $30,000 Gift to Support Childbirth Center

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital Receives $30,000 Gift to Support Childbirth Center

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital received a $30,000 gift from Thomson Financial Management to support the Childbirth Center project, which, when completed, will offer expanded services in a newly renovated space that includes an upgraded nursery, birthing tubs, and more home-like surroundings for moms and babies.

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    8. Dr. David Brown to Lead Cooley Dickinson Health Care as Interim President, CEO

      Dr. David Brown to Lead Cooley Dickinson Health Care as Interim President, CEO

      Dr. David Brown has begun serving as the interim president and CEO at Cooley Dickinson Health Care. Brown steps in to lead the organization after Joanne Marqusee announced her resignation in January following seven years of service to Cooley Dickinson. Brown, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), will serve in an interim capacity while a search is conducted for a permanent president and CEO. The search process will be aligned with the Mass General Brigham United Against Racism priority and will include a diverse search committee and slate of candidates for consideration.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    9. Health Partners New England Acquires Providence Behavioral Health Hospital

      Health Partners New England Acquires Providence Behavioral Health Hospital

      Mercy Medical Center has long collaborated with other hospitals, organizations, and agencies to offer new and more integrated, sustainable pathways to behavioral healthcare. Such collaborative planning, the health system notes, is essential in developing creative and effective ways of matching patient needs with available resources.

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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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