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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. HCC Donates Personal Protection Equipment from College Programs

      HCC Donates Personal Protection Equipment from College Programs

      In response to requests from area hospitals experiencing shortages of supplies, Holyoke Community College (HCC) is preparing to donate surgical masks, isolation gowns, exam gloves, and other personal protection equipment from its health-science programs to help front-line medical professionals as they battle conoravirus. HCC’s Emergency Response Team has been coordinating with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on the collection of supplies from the college’s Health Sciences division and its division of Business & Workforce Development.

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    4. Coronavirus testing: Baystate Health has OK, but lacks supplies to begin

      Coronavirus testing: Baystate Health has OK, but lacks supplies to begin

      Despite winning federal approval to begin processing coronavirus tests at its Holyoke lab, Baystate Health still lacks the supplies needed to get the effort off the ground. Baystate spokeswoman Shelly Hazlett said Tuesday afternoon that the health system is awaiting swabs and laboratory chemicals including a reagent, which is asubstance or mixture used in chemical analysis to see if a reaction occurs.

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    5. Massachusetts enlists of help of life sciences industry to get supplies for emergency personnel; Here’s what they need - masslive.com

      Massachusetts enlists of help of life sciences industry to get supplies for emergency personnel; Here’s what they need - masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker announced a new Life Sciences Emergency Supply Hub created by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and several medical associations. The supply hub is the latest effort to track down lab equipment, protective gear, diagnostics and other supplies that the state can send to those who are testing and treating coronavirus patients.

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    6. Baystate Is Constructing COVID-19 Triage Facility

      Baystate Is Constructing COVID-19 Triage Facility

      The Emergency Department was rather quiet at Baystate Medical Center on Monday morning. And Dr. Niels Rathlev, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, attributed this to the fact that the public is listening to the governor and other elected officials and staying away from the ER unless they really need to be there. But that relative quiet in the ER — one spokesperson for the hospital described it as “almost eerie” — is almost certain to be short-lived as the spread of COVID-19 continues in this region. And that eventuality was the inspiration for the construction of a rapid-response triage facility ...

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    7. Health New England Announces Third Year of ‘Where Health Matters’ Grants

      Health New England Announces Third Year of ‘Where Health Matters’ Grants

      Health New England is launching its “Where Health Matters” grant program as part of its Community Benefits Program for the third year in a row. The grant application process runs through April 27. The “Where Health Matters” grant program is designed to advance the health and well-being of vulnerable population groups living in Central and Western Mass. Health New England will award five $50,000 grants to community nonprofit organizations, for an annual total of $250,000. The grant program focuses on three areas of health and social factors that influence health: built environment (such as access to healthy foods ...

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    8. Holyoke Medical Center proposes behavioral health hospital; says timing not related to closure of Providence Behavioral Health beds in Holyoke

      Holyoke Medical Center proposes behavioral health hospital; says timing not related to closure of Providence Behavioral Health beds in Holyoke

      Holyoke Medical Center announced Monday that it plans to build a 100-bed inpatient behavioral health hospital on its existing campus. The announcement follows last week’s news that Trinity Health Of New England, parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Providence Behavioral Health, plans to close 74 inpatient psychiatric beds at Providence Hospital in Holyoke as well as Providence’s outpatient methadone clinic in Springfield. Trinity cited a shortage of psychiatrists and the availability of other methadone clinics in Springfield.

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    9. Baystate’s Cardiac Surgery Program Honored by Society of Thoracic Surgeons

      Baystate’s Cardiac Surgery Program Honored by Society of Thoracic Surgeons

      Baystate Health’s Cardiac Surgery program received national recognition by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for achieving a high level of clinical excellence on behalf of its patients. Baystate has received the coveted 3 STAR ranking from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the highest possible ranking bestowed by the organization, placing its award-winning Cardiac Surgery program among the top 10% in the categories of coronary artery bypass surgery, aortic valve replacement surgery, and mitral valve repair surgery. The new rankings place Baystate in the top 1% to 2% of more than 1,000 cardiac surgical programs in the U ...

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    10. Providence Behavioral Health will end inpatient services in Holyoke, close Mill Street methadone clinic in Springfield

      Providence Behavioral Health will end inpatient services in Holyoke, close Mill Street methadone clinic in Springfield

      Mercy Medical Center announced Friday that it will end inpatient psychiatric services at Providence Hospital as of June 30. Providence will also move services at its methadone clinic on Mill Street in Springfield to a methadone clinic in Holyoke, also by June 30. Mercy and its owners, Trinity Health Of New England, cited serious psychiatrist shortages that will prevent its future ability to provide safe, quality care.

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    11. Elms College School of Nursing Ranks in Top 10 of Massachusetts Nursing Schools

      Elms College School of Nursing Ranks in Top 10 of Massachusetts Nursing Schools

      The School of Nursing at Elms College ranks in the top 10 of “Best Nursing Schools in Massachusetts,” according to a recent ranking by registerednursing.org. “We are very pleased and gratified to be recognized by registerednursing.org as a top nursing program in the state,” said Kathleen Scoble, dean of the School of Nursing. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our nursing faculty and staff to provide a high-quality nursing curriculum for our students. As a result, Elms College nursing students have performed extraordinarily well on the NCLEX-RN [National Council Licensure Examination for Registered ...

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    12. Health New England Named a Finalist in Healthiest Employers of Massachusetts

      Health New England Named a Finalist in Healthiest Employers of Massachusetts

      Health New England has been recognized as one of the 2019 finalists of the Healthiest Employers of Massachusetts, a nationally recognized awards program powered by the Springbuk Health Intelligence Platform. Applicants to the Healthiest Employers awards program were evaluated across six key categories, representing a holistic view of employee well-being: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analytics. All companies that applied to the awards program were ranked according to the proprietary Healthiest Employers Index, a 1-100 rubric for employee well-being programming.

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    13. Baystate Health looks to break down barriers with language program for employees

      Baystate Health looks to break down barriers with language program for employees

      As the United States continues to become more diverse, so does the country’s workforce. In order to provide equal opportunity for all employees to achieve their professional aspirations, many industries, including health care, are focused on creating welcoming environments along with plenty of opportunities for advancement.

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    14. Massachusetts commits $469K to boost women, minority workforce through Tech Foundry in Springfield, Boston’s Hack.Diversity

      Massachusetts commits $469K to boost women, minority workforce through Tech Foundry in Springfield, Boston’s Hack.Diversity

      The STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — workforce in Massachusetts is growing and highly paid. But it’s also 76% white. Only 26% of information technology jobs are held by women.Jobs in the field are growing mostly in a few Boston-area communities — making a compelling argument, business boosters heard Thursday, for increasing training and outreach in Western Massachusetts to boost minority and women participation in STEM careers.

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    15. Swift River Building New Pharmacy at Home Campus - BusinessWest

      Swift River Building New Pharmacy at Home Campus - BusinessWest

      Swift River, a member of the Addiction Campuses treatment centers, announced the opening of a new pharmacy. The construction project began in 2019 and is expected to be completed this month.  Swift River has teamed up with Keiter Builders Inc. based in Florence, and Kuhn Riddle Architects of Amherst to lead in the design and construction of a new, 1,690-square-foot addition. The addition is a B-use occupancy including a nurse’s station, patient-service portals, exam rooms, and a pharmacy for the storage and dispensing of narcotic addition-treatment substances.

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    16. TD Bank Awards Baystate Health $1 Million Ready Challenge Grant

      TD Bank Awards Baystate Health $1 Million Ready Challenge Grant

      Baystate Health received a $1 million grant from TD Bank to further the health system’s commitment to the communities it serves by funding an innovative new mobile preventive health clinic called the TD Bank – Baystate Health Bus. Baystate Health is one of only four healthcare organizations in the U.S., along with six in Canada, to receive the Ready Challenge Grant from the TD Bank Group to support programs aimed at improving access to early detection of disease and disease intervention.

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    17. Baystate Health state-of-the-art mobile clinic invokes memories of old-fashioned house calls

      Baystate Health state-of-the-art mobile clinic invokes memories of old-fashioned house calls

      As innovative as it is, the new mobile health clinic Baystate Health will start with a $750,000 Ready Challenge Grant from TD Bank is in some ways a step back in time. Baystate and TD Bank announced the grant at news conference Friday. It’ll pay for a state-of-the -art mobile medical office built into an RV-like bus. The bus will serve hard-to-reach areas both in urban centers and rural communities.

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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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