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    1. North Adams Regional Hospital sale to Berkshire Medical Center approved

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      North Adams Regional Hospital sale to Berkshire Medical Center approved

      A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved Berkshire Medical Center's purchase of the former North Adams Regional Hospital, clearing the way for the possible restoration of health care services for northern Berkshire County. Berkshire Health Systems, parent of Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, will buy the former hospital and a ground lease for a nearby medical building for $4 million. The sale is now expected to close sometime in August. There were no other bidders for the real estate despite the bankruptcy trustee charged with getting as much cash as possible for creditors having marketed the property.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    2. Maura McCaffrey, new Health New England president and CEO, sees growing business | masslive

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      Maura McCaffrey, new Health New England president and CEO, sees growing business | masslive

      Health New England, the Springfield-based health insurer, is moving forward .  The company, which has $550 million in revenue, has plans to expand into Worcester County, a planned expansion in Connecticut and innovative programs like 'Hospital at Home,' which could let some patients be monitored from home instead staying in the hospital.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Health New England

    3. Noble Hospital in Westfield opens primary health care office

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      Noble Hospital in Westfield opens primary health care office

      Public access to primary health care got a little easier Thursday when Noble Hospital opened its new Noble Primary Care Office at 57 Union St. The opening represents Noble's response to what Noble President Ronald P. Bryant calls a "shortage of primary care services for residents of Westfield and the Hilltowns. "There is a shortage of primary health care in Westfield and its surrounding communities, and we consider this office a vital component of Noble Hospital," Bryant said.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    4. Baystate Medical Center ranked again by U.S. News & World Report

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      Baystate Medical Center ranked again by U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate Medical Center has again been ranked among the nation’s top hospitals, according to a survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. The Springfield-based hospital was nationally ranked in the 2014-2015 listing for its care in the areas of diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; and gynecology. Baystate is also considered "high-performing" by U.S. News in nine other areas of medical specialty: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology, and urology.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    5. Editorial: Baystate Innovation Center provides key intersection for entrepreneurs, hospital | masslive

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      Editorial: Baystate Innovation Center provides key intersection for entrepreneurs, hospital | masslive

      Still under construction but already operating, the Baystate Innovation Center provides a critical intersection for entrepreneurs who hope to bring their ideas to market in the health care sector.  The center, located at 1350 Main St., Springfield, is a stopping point for small businesses that already have done their initial fund-raising and are at the critical testing and tweaking stage just before launch.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    7. Baystate Health Appoints Leaders of Regional Community Hospitals | BusinessWest

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      Baystate Health Appoints Leaders of Regional Community Hospitals | BusinessWest

      Baystate Health announced three leadership appointments for its regional community hospitals. Effective July 1, Steven Bradley will succeed Chuck Gijanto as president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Baystate Northern Region. And effective immediately, Dennis Chalke has been named senior vice president of Community Hospitals for Baystate Health, an expansion of his current role as chief financial officer and treasurer, in which he will continue. Dr. M. Shafeeq Ahmed will continue in his role as chief operating officer and chief medical officer for Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, and will also serve as acting president of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Baystate Health   Springfield

    9. Baystate Health names building for outgoing chief Mark Tolosky

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      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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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Baystate Health

    10. Team Player | BusinessWest

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      Team Player | BusinessWest

      In her first two months on the job, Marqusee has been busy spending time in many different areas of the hospital and, in fact, the entire CDH network. “I’m trying to make people understand that it’s not just a hospital; Cooley Dickinson is also the VNA, off-site physician practices, radiology, and rehab,” just to name a few, she said.
      “I’m also trying to meet people from different shifts — nights, weekends, evenings. It’s a whole new world at night, so I’m trying to understand their challenges, too. I’m just trying to create some visibility; I ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    11. Baystate Recognized Nationally for Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes

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      For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Baystate Children’s Hospital among the top 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. “We’re proud to again be recognized among the ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    13. 'Walk with a Doc' at Holyoke Mall

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      'Walk with a Doc' at Holyoke Mall

      Rebecca MacGregor, Holyoke Medical's marketing and development supervisor, said she read about the program, which is international, online. “I learned there was a hospital in Eastern Massachusetts that was offering this program,” she said. “I learned more about it, and I said, ‘This is a great program, and something we should be offering here in Western Massachusetts.’”

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Chicopee   Holyoke

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

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      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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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    15. Baystate Health and CVS Caremark partnering to provide care at pharmacies | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health and CVS Caremark partnering to provide care at pharmacies | masslive.com

      Baystate Health has teamed up with CVS Caremark in a clinical affiliation where Baystate doctors provide oversight for nurse practitioners at CVS Minute Clinic locations.  This is really part of our overall strategy here at Baystate, which is to provide more integrated and affordable care right here at home in Western Massachusetts,' said Dr. Glenn Alli, interim vice president and medical director for primary care for Baystate Medical Practices. 'And we want to achieve better outcomes, which is what everyone wants.'

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Baystate Health   Springfield

    16. North Adams emergency room will open Monday | masslive.com

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      North Adams emergency room will open Monday | masslive.com

      Berkshire Medical Center will open a satellite emergency room at the former North Adams Regional Hospital Monday at noon.  The emergency facility has been in the works since North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28 with just three days notice. The closure left 40,000 residents of northern Berkshire County without a hospital and dependent on emergency rooms at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield or Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vermont.

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    17. Leading Edge | BusinessWest

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      Leading Edge | BusinessWest

      Indeed, she recently succeeded Peter Straley as president and CEO, completing a succession process that began heating up over the past several months as Straley let his intention to retire be known, but has actually been a work in progress for several years.  As she talked with BusinessWest about her ascension, one that has quickly made HNE one of the largest women-led business in the region, McCaffrey said the company essentially put her on a path to the CEO’s office, and she took it, along with many more of those risks she described earlier.


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      Mentions:   University of Connecticut   Baystate Health   Springfield

    18. American Medical Response shows public its newly updated communications center in Springfield

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      American Medical Response shows public its newly updated communications center in Springfield

      American Medical Response, a company that provides ambulance services in Springfield and some other area communities, had an open house on Wednesday to showcase its newly updated communications center. The upgrades and improvements represented a total investment of more than $750,000, a spokesman said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Holyoke

    19. North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room wins state approval: still awaiting federal OK

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      North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room wins state approval: still awaiting federal OK

      The state has approved Berkshire Medical Center's plan to open a satellite emergency room at North Adams Regional Hospital but federal approvals are still in the works.
      But the North Adams community, especially the Massachusetts Nurses Association which represents nurses at both Berkshire Medical Center and the former North Adams Regional Hospital, is still pushing for the restoration of more services than just the emergency room.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Greenfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    21. Berkshire Medical Center to operate North Adams Regional Hospital ER

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      Berkshire Medical Center to operate North Adams Regional Hospital ER

      Berkshire Medical Center must first apply to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to operate a “satellite emergency facility” under the Berkshire Medical Center license. The application process is under way and is being expedited by DPH, but the timeline for that licensure is not yet clear. BMC will remain engaged with the state DPH to keep the process on track, the release stated.

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    22. Gov. Deval Patrick: North Adams Regional Hospital too vital to close

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      Gov. Deval Patrick: North Adams Regional Hospital too vital to close

      Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters at the Statehouse in Boston Wednesday he doesn't think the North Adams Regional Hospital story is over.  Patrick said state and local officials worked with management at the hospital on a deal to save North Adams Regional Hospital, its parent Northern Berkshire Health Care and more than 500 jobs, including 300 of them at the hospital itself. He said he thought a deal was imminent right up until hospital managers announced Tuesday that the hospital would begin closing immediately and be totally shut down by Friday morning.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    23. North Adams Regional Hospital to close Friday, according to nurses association

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      North Adams Regional Hospital to close Friday, according to nurses association

      North Adams Regional Hospital has stopped admitting patients and plans to close entirely on Friday, according to officers of the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
      The Massachusetts Nurses Association represents about 100 nurses at North Adams Regional Hospital, said spokesman David Schildmeier. The hospital employs a total of about 500 and in recent years was running an annual deficit of about $2 million.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Greenfield   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    24. Mercy Medical Center nears completion on a $20-million office building

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      Mercy Medical Center nears completion on a $20-million office building

      Sisters of Providence Health System expects to have Mercy Medical Center's new $20 million medical office building completed sometime in the next few months, said Mark M. Fulco, senior vice president for strategy and marketing at the Sisters of Providence Health Systems.  The 75,000-square-foot building also helps to improve its location at the corner of Carew and Chestnut Streets.  'Instead of a parking lot you will heave a very attractive office building,' Fulco said

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Sisters of Providence Health System   Mercy Medical Center

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