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    1. Baystate Health & Wellness Center in Longmeadow opens its doors | masslive.com

      Baystate Health & Wellness Center in Longmeadow opens its doors | masslive.com

      The new Baystate Health & Wellness Center marked its grand opening on Monday morning.  Baystate Health President & CEO Mark Keroack, state Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and state Rep. Brian Ashe, D-Longmeadow were among those who attended the ribbon cutting at the facility at 21 Dwight Road facility.  The $11 million, 54,000-square-foot medical office building offers primary and multi-specialty care, as well as onsite services like Baystate Reference Laboratories and Baystate Radiology and Imaging.

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    2. Baystate Health and US HealthVest propose behavioral hospital for former Holyoke Geriatric...

      Baystate Health and US HealthVest propose behavioral hospital for former Holyoke Geriatric...

      Baystate Health and US HealthVest have chosen the former Geriatric Authority of Holyoke property as the site of their planned 70,000 square-foot behavioral hospital.  The hospital project beat out two other proposals for reuse of the facility at 45 Lower Westfield Road. The City Council and other city boards will now scrutinize the project. The council was expected to take up the proposal and land purchase at its Feb. 19 meeting. The property is currently zoned multifamily and professional office.

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    3. Baystate Mary Lane in Ware opens Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

      Baystate Mary Lane in Ware opens Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

      Baystate Health underscored its commitment to keeping Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center in business with the opening of its Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Baystate invested about $400,000 to refurbish the Davis Wing at Mary Lane, creating the specialized  wound center. "I never know what the future holds -- but our commitment to Mary Lane will not change," said Baystate's Eastern Region President Michael Moran at Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony.

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    4. Baystate Health-UMass Medical docs-in-training learn to 'heal at home' in Springfield:...

      Baystate Health-UMass Medical docs-in-training learn to 'heal at home' in Springfield:...

      For almost two years now, Springfield has been the home of a thriving branch of the Worcester-based University of Massachusetts Medical School, one with the aptly named acronym PURCH. Forty-six first- and second-year medical students are now enrolled in Baystate Health's PURCH program, which stands for Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health. The diverse group of students, including several from Springfield, came up with the name when the program was considering its niche, according to Dr. Kevin Hinchey, chief education officer at Baystate Health.

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    5. Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint

      Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint

      Progress, innovation, advancement, development; whatever words we use to describe humanity's march to an improved future state doesn't happen without learning. Learning is the essential ingredient for progress and innovation. Health care is no different. In fact, in healthcare, progress and innovation are happening at an ever accelerating pace. In 2018, Holyoke Medical Center marked its 125th year of continuous operation. It is a history very rich in experiences, lessons and advancement. Those years have afforded the medical center and the entire Valley Health System, many opportunities to learn and to teach.

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    6. Baystate Health Foundation receives $26K grant for Palmer emergency department

      Baystate Health Foundation receives $26K grant for Palmer emergency department

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded Baystate Health Foundation a $26,000 Capital Grant to purchase two patient monitors for the recently opened Baystate Wing Hospital Emergency Department in Palmer. The Phillips IntelliVue MX450 portable patient monitors will allow team members to quickly check vital signs on one screen, including blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate.  That data then moves with patients to their next phase of treatment, if required.

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    7. Job market bright for graduates of UMass Center's accelerated nursing baccalaureate degree...

      Job market bright for graduates of UMass Center's accelerated nursing baccalaureate degree...

      Howett, is the assistant dean of the accelerated bachelor's degree program in nursing at the UMass Center at Springfield, where she is excited about helping others make a career shift to a field that is both rewarding and in great demand. "People who choose to go into nursing long for that patient connection," she says. "They are highly motivated. They have their eyes on the prize." Students who enroll in the fast-track program must already hold a bachelor's degree to apply, according to Howett. Their previous bachelor's degrees run the gamut - from political science to journalism and ...

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    8. Baystate Health seeks input for Community Health Needs Assessment report

      Baystate Health seeks input for Community Health Needs Assessment report

      Beginning Friday, Baystate Health will be holding the first of several Community Conversations to learn which health needs are most important to the local population.  The first gathering will take place Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Riverview Senior Center on 122 Clyde St. in Springfield This first Community Conversation will be conducted in Spanish, and lunch will be provided.  The goal is to gather as many community members and stakeholders as possible to ensure that all aspects of community issues and assets can be included in the final 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment  report ...

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    9. Baystate Health plan for new psychiatric hospital raises questions, hopes in community

      Baystate Health plan for new psychiatric hospital raises questions, hopes in community

      Baystate Health’s plan to build a behavioral health hospital has left folks who work in mental health in the Pioneer Valley with a lot of questions, as well as a sense of reassurance. The new hospital will be for children and adolescents as well as adults and will serve patients with mental health and substance abuse needs, Baystate announced Monday. It will be a partnership with for-profit provider US HealthVest of New York. “It’s good to see that they are reviewing their utilization of psychiatric beds,” said Nick Fleisher, vice president of community-based services for Clinical & Support Options ...

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    10. Dena Hall to Chair Baystate Health Foundation Board of Trustees - BusinessWest

      Dena Hall, who has served as Baystate Health Foundation’s vice chair for the past two years, has succeeded Jean Deliso as the foundation’s chair.  “Jean has left an indelible stamp on the foundation over the past two years, and we are incredibly proud of all that we’ve achieved together under her leadership,” said Scott Berg, vice president of Philanthropy for Baystate Health and executive director of Baystate Health Foundation. “We are grateful for the gift of Jean’s talents and thrilled that she will be passing the baton to someone as accomplished and committed as Dena.”

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    11. HCC, Westfield State Announce Nursing Degree Partnership

      Officials from Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Westfield State University signed a dual admission agreement this week that streamlines the process for students who want to continue their nursing educations at Westfield State after earning an associate degree in nursing at HCC.  The RN-to-BSN completion program partnership was announced during a ceremony at HCC’s Center for Health Education on Jarvis Avenue in Holyoke, home to the college’s RN (registered nurse) and LPN (licensed practical nursing) programs and medical simulation center.

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    12. An inside look at the newly opened ARA Holyoke Dialysis Center in Holyoke

      An inside look at the newly opened ARA Holyoke Dialysis Center in Holyoke

      In a special place in Holyoke, tucked up on a hill overlooking the valley is the newly opened 9,000 square-foot state-of-the-art ARA Holyoke Dialysis Center located at 36 Lower Westfield Rd. The new dialysis center features comfort and convenience with more than 20 machines in the main treatment room. Each is equipped with a flat screen television, wireless internet, DVD players, and heated massage dialysis chairs, and a team of dedicated staff to provide direct care. The main treatment room also features three isolation rooms if needed.

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    13. Baystate Franklin to Launch Pilot Program for Stress Management

      Baystate Franklin to Launch Pilot Program for Stress Management

       Baystate Franklin Medical Center announced it will offer the Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) course beginning Monday, Jan. 28. Developed by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, the SMART program helps participants achieve greater quality of life and an enhanced sense of well-being. The program teaches self-care practices that help buffer daily stress, making participants less emotionally and physically vulnerable to it. Stress affects more than just mental health; an estimated 75% to 90% of all doctor visits are for stress-related issues. Stress is a factor in five out of the six leading causes ...

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    14. Newly re-branded Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts shows...

      Newly re-branded Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts shows...

      Health care professionals and invited guests were on hand for private and group tours during a name rebranding event at the former HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts Tuesday. The Alabama-based HealthSouth Corporation kicked-off a name re-branding with their new name, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts. The nationwide name re-branding began on January 1.

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    15. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts to unveil new name

      HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts to unveil new name

      HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts will unveil its new name and brand as part of its management Company’s name change and rebranding initiative. Beginning Jan. 1, the inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be known as Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts. It will continue to provide the same high quality, post-acute care for patients overcoming a variety of major illnesses and injuries.

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    16. HealthSouth changes its name to Encompass

      HealthSouth changes its name to Encompass

      HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts is changing its name to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts as part of a corporate rebranding. HealthSouth will host an Embrace Encompass event from from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 8. The event will be open to the public and will take place in the hospital cafeteria, 222 State St., Ludlow. Birmingham, Alabama-based HealthSouth Corp. launched its new name and brand on Jan. 1, 2018, according to a news release. It is transitioning 130 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and 273 home health and hospice locations serving 36 states and Puerto Rico to the new ...

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    17. Bay Path Physician Assistant Class Scores 100% Pass Rate on National Exam

      Bay Path Physician Assistant Class Scores 100% Pass Rate on National Exam

      The physician assistant (PA) studies class of 2018 from Bay Path University posted a 100% first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). The PANCE must be taken before a PA can be licensed for the first time upon graduation from an accredited program. Bay Path University’s PA program currently holds a three-year average pass rate for first-time exam takers of 97%.

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    18. Baystate Health Names Judith Ward VP of Marketing and Communications

       Judith Ward, an accomplished healthcare marketing professional, has been named vice president of Marketing & Communications for Baystate Health. In her new role, Ward will oversee marketing, digital/web, communications, public affairs, social media, creative services, loyalty programs, and special events at the Springfield-based health system, which includes hospitals in Springfield, Greenfield, Palmer, and Westfield, along with more than 100 medical practices at some 80 locations throughout Western Mass. Among the strategic marketing executive’s past accomplishments include conceiving and executing strategies that define, differentiate, and drive increased brand recognition, preference, customer loyalty, and market share.

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    19. Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event

      Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event

      Mercy Medical Center's Spirit of Women network, which provides educational opportunities for women to learn about their health, is gearing up to present "Sparkle! Springfield" on Wednesday night. "At Mercy Medical Center, we strive to be a valuable health resource to our community," said Mark Fulco, president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates.  "Sparkle! is the premiere event for Mercy's Spirit of Women network, where the emphasis is on women and their personal health and wellness."

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    20. Holyoke Medical Group Opens Walk-in Care Services in Chicopee

      Holyoke Medical Group Opens Walk-in Care Services in Chicopee

      The newly expanded Holyoke Medical Group’s services at 1962 Memorial Dr., Chicopee are now offering walk-in care. Under the medical direction of Dr. Kevin Snow, the Holyoke Medical Group Walk-in Care will offer same-day treatment services for conditions such as a sore throat, aches and pains, fever, and physicals needed for work, school, or sports. “Holyoke Medical Center is dedicated to listening to our community and responding with the services that will meet the needs of our friends and neighbors. The Holyoke Medical Group Walk-in Care service is one way we are increasing the accessibility of quality healthcare in ...

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    21. President of Mercy Medical Center in Springfield notifies staff of plan to eliminate jobs, some departments | masslive.com

      President of Mercy Medical Center in Springfield notifies staff of plan to eliminate jobs, some departments | masslive.com

      The letter, sent by President Mark Fulco to staff on Wednesday, said the coming changes were necessary to allow the hospital to continue its mission.  'The decision to make these changes has been difficult and the subject of a thorough discernment process. We deeply regret that the reduction of positions is necessary,' Fulco wrote. 'We are grateful to all of our colleagues who provide a healing touch as a reflection of their commitment to Mercy's Mission and Values.'

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    22. Medical provider to rebrand as Holyoke Medical Group

      Medical provider to rebrand as Holyoke Medical Group

      Western Mass Physician Associates will be re-branded as Holyoke Medical Group as of Oct. 1. The Holyoke Medical Center provider affiliate is part of Valley Health Systems as is the hospital. "The name change will allow for the organization to have stronger brand awareness in the community," said Spiros Hatiras, president and chief executive officer of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems.

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