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    1. Holyoke Medical Center names Dr. Simon Ahtaridis chief medical officer

      Holyoke Medical Center names Dr. Simon Ahtaridis chief medical officer

      Dr. Simon Ahtaridis has been named chief medical officer of Holyoke Medical Center. Ahtaridis, who earlier in his career served in that position at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, has been national clinical advisor-chief medical officer for Sound Advisory Services where he oversaw the overall clinical performance of onsite and remote advisory services for that health care organization.

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    2. Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital inpatient programs accredited again

      Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital inpatient programs accredited again

      Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital has again received accreditation for its inpatient rehabilitation program for adults and inpatient rehabilitation program for children and adolescents. The international Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, or CARF, awarded Weldon, part of Trinity Health Of New England’s Mercy Medical Center, its ninth such consecutive three-year accreditation.

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    3. Deborah Bitsoli named president of Mercy Medical Center and affiliates

      Deborah Bitsoli named president of Mercy Medical Center and affiliates

      Deborah Bitsoli has been named president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates, effective Dec. 2. “Deborah is a respected, visionary leader with extensive experience in health care operations. Her dedication to our Mission and tremendous enthusiasm, in combination with her focus on quality, safety and growth, will serve Mercy and the greater Springfield community well,” Paul Mancinone, the hospital’s board chairman, said in an announcement.

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    4. Four Western Mass., 2 Boston hospitals get ‘A’ grades for patient safety

      Four Western Mass., 2 Boston hospitals get ‘A’ grades for patient safety

      Four area hospitals – Baystate Franklin in Greenfield, Baystate Noble in Westfield and Holyoke Medical Center as well as Cooley Dickinson in Northampton – received the top grade of "A" in the Fall 2019 round of hospitals scored nationwide on protecting patients from medical errors, infections and injuries by the Washington-based Leapfrog Group.

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    5. End of partnership with US HealthVest could delay plans for Baystate Health psychiatric hospital in Holyoke

      End of partnership with US HealthVest could delay plans for Baystate Health psychiatric hospital in Holyoke

      Baystate Health’s search for a new partner in its quest to build a standalone psychiatric hospital in Holyoke might set the project back three to six months. “But we feel that the plan is a good one,” Baystate President and President and CEO Mark A. Keroack said. “We are committed to finding a partner who can make this happen.”

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    6. Holyoke Medical Center to Host Annual Gala on Nov. 23

      Holyoke Medical Center to Host Annual Gala on Nov. 23

      Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) will host its annual gala on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Log Cabin. All proceeds will benefit Valley Health Systems, which includes Holyoke Medical Center, Holyoke Medical Group, Holyoke VNA Hospice Life Care, and River Valley Counseling Center. The annual gala will feature a complimentary cocktail reception; a seven-course chef’s dinner, each with its own wine pairing; a silent auction to support Valley Health Systems; award presentations; and dancing to music performed by the O-Tones.

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    7. Hospital profit report points out disparities in Western Massachusetts; Springfield’s Mercy Medical Center report $12.6M loss

      Hospital profit report points out disparities in Western Massachusetts; Springfield’s Mercy Medical Center report $12.6M loss

      Mercy Medical Center reported a $12.6 million loss in its 2018 fiscal year, according to figures released Friday by the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis. That’s a loss of 4.2% compared with an average statewide profit margin for hospitals of 4.5%. Among other local hospitals, only Northampton’s Cooley Dickinson, part of Partners HealthCare, reported a loss — 0.3% or $600,000.

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    8. Three Wingate nursing homes sold for $19 million

      Three Wingate nursing homes sold for $19 million

      hree former Wingate nursing and rehabilitation centers in the Pioneer Valley were sold earlier this month to a New York City investment firm for $19.6 million. The centers, now called Vero Health & Rehab at Hampden, Vero Health & Rehab of South Hadley and Vero Health & Rehab of Wilbraham are now under the management of Vero Health & Rehab, a Maryland company with nine locations including four others in Massachusetts.

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    9. Holyoke Medical Center Opens New Service Location

      Holyoke Medical Center Opens New Service Location

      Holyoke Medical Center announced the opening of a new service location at 5 Hospital Dr., which will include the HMC Pulmonology Center, thoracic surgeons, the Lung Cancer Screening Program, and a new Pulmonary Function Testing Lab. The location opened Sept. 9. An open house has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. “Over the past six months, we have welcomed three new pulmonology physicians and have renovated the 5 Hospital Drive location to better meet the needs of our pulmonary patients. Bringing the services of pulmonology, thoracic, lung-cancer screening, and pulmonary functions tests together in ...

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    10. Mercy Medical Center president Mark Fulco departs after 2 years

      Mercy Medical Center president Mark Fulco departs after 2 years

      Mark Fulco has departed as president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates after two years in that role. No reason was given. A hospital spokesperson praised Fulco in confirming his departure and said a new leader “has not yet been identified" but that the regional team of Trinity Health Of New England, of which Mercy is a member, would provide support. “We are grateful for Mark’s leadership and exceptionally strong commitment to our mission during an important period in the history of Mercy Medical Center,” the spokesperson said.

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    11. Michael Moran out as head of Baystate Health’s eastern region; Molly Gray will replace him as head of Wing, Mary Lane hospitals

      Michael Moran, president and chief administrative officer of Baystate Health’s eastern region, has resigned effective Nov. 1, Baystate confirmed Wednesday. Molly Gray, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, will replace him, according to a statement from Baystate. Gray started with Baystate in 1988 as a staff nurse in the Wesson Women’s Labor and Delivery Unit.

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    12. Developers break ground for Carew Street medical building

      Developers break ground for Carew Street medical building

      Site work and foundation construction are underway on a 14,000-square foot medical office facility developers Francis J. Cataldo Jr. and Paul C. Picknelly are building at 90 Carew St. for dialysis provider American Renal Associates and others.Part of the 1.5-acre site at the corner of Carew and Dwight Streets in the Memorial Square neighborhood was once the site of the Gardner Memorial AME Zion Church. The church was demolished earlier this year to make way for the estimated $3 million project.

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    13. AHA Recognizes Trinity Health for Collaboration for Healthier Communities

      AHA Recognizes Trinity Health for Collaboration for Healthier Communities

      In 2016, Trinity Health selected a new community health project at Mercy Medical Center as a recipient of a grant under its Transforming Communities Initiative (TCI), a program that has resulted in the creation of a successful partnership between Mercy and Live Well Springfield (LWS), a multi-sector, community-based coalition that includes over 26 organizations working in the city. This partnership has seen extraordinary results in several areas, such as school nutrition improvements, Complete Streets infrastructure, and tobacco-use prevention.

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    14. Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Westfield

      Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Westfield

      Holyoke Medical Center announced expanded healthcare services in Westfield, including family medicine, women’s services, gastroenterology, walk-in care, and more. Holyoke Medical Group Family Medicine, an affiliate of Holyoke Medical Center, has relocated to 140 Southampton Road in Westfield. The office offers care for the entire family, including pediatrics, adult primary care, women’s health, and geriatric care. Dr. Thomas Graziano and Deborah Pisciotta, MS, PA-C, are accepting new patients. The office is open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call (413) 535-4800.

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    15. Cooley Dickinson Urgent Care Now Open in Southampton - BusinessWest

      After years of planning and preparation, Cooley Dickinson Health Care has opened a second Urgent Care location at 12 College Highway in Southampton.  Situated directly adjacent to the long-established Cooley Dickinson Rehabilitation Clinic in the Big Y Plaza, the location straddles the Southampton/Easthampton line and serves members of both communities as well as other nearby towns including Westfield and Westhampton.

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    16. Massachusetts Department of Public Health demands Baystate Health provide more detail on plans to close ICUs, pediatric unit in Westfield, Palmer

      Massachusetts Department of Public Health demands Baystate Health provide more detail on plans to close ICUs, pediatric unit in Westfield, Palmer

      The intensive care units at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield and Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, along with a pediatric unit at Noble, are essential services “necessary for preserving access and health,” the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has ruled. That means that Baystate Health must submit detailed information before it can move forward with plans to close the three units at the end of August. The state is asking for information on patient travel times, transportation needs, language difficulties and other factors.

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    17. Online Nursing Programs Evolve to Meet Workforce Needs

      Online Nursing Programs Evolve to Meet Workforce Needs

      Back in 2010, the Institute of Medicine put out a call for 80% of all registered nurses to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) by 2020. National nurse organizations picked up the goal as well — 85% is the current goal — while hospitals with ‘magnet’ status, such as Baystate Medical Center, maintain even stricter staffing goals. One problem, though: RNs work full-time jobs, and many go home to a full slate of family and parenting obligations. And that leaves little opportunity to go back to school to take classes toward a BSN.

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    18. Mercy Medical Center names Dr. Robert Roose chief medical officer - masslive.com

      Mercy Medical Center names Dr. Robert Roose chief medical officer - masslive.com

      Dr. Robert Roose, well-known in the commonwealth for his expertise in the area of substance abuse disorders, has been named chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center, which is part of Hartford-based Trinity Health Of New England.  Roose, who most recently served as Trinity’s regional chief of addiction medicine and recovery services, fills the position left vacant in February by the departure of Dr. Mark Dumais.

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    19. Baystate Health hails $4M grant for clinical trial centers in Springfield, Greenfield: ‘It’s about hope for patients’

      Baystate Health hails $4M grant for clinical trial centers in Springfield, Greenfield: ‘It’s about hope for patients’

      Baystate Health has received $3.95 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to build units for clinical trials in Springfield and at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield that will increase local patients’ access to groundbreaking drug therapies, medical devices and electronic technology that’s now only available in Boston or New Haven.

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