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    1. Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

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      Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

      The development and evolution of breath-analysis technology has long been the focus of medical research as a less invasive way to detect chemical compounds at certain levels that could indicate the presence of specific diseases. Researchers, including two in the Pioneer Valley, have been developing an analyzer for diabetics to use their exhaled breath to determine blood sugar/glucose levels through the detection of acetone. This is seen as a less invasive check than the traditional portable meter that utilizes a prick of blood for its test strip.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    2. Baystate Health welcomes UMass Medical School campus to Springfield with goal to train docs who'll practice in Western Massachusetts

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      Baystate Health welcomes UMass Medical School campus to Springfield with goal to train docs who'll practice in Western Massachusetts

      Baystate Health has already offered admission to four prospective students for the new medical school program it's starting in cooperation with the University of Massachusetts, including students from Springfield interested in continuing their education in their hometown. One of the missions of the medical school -- called the PURCH for Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health -- will be to train physicians who will be more likely to build their careers in Western Massachusetts and fill the region's chronic need for more primary care doctors.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    3. Springfield start-up seeks to keep hospitals in the black

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      Springfield start-up seeks to keep hospitals in the black

      he state of healthcare is changing. Hospitals across the United States are operating with smaller budgets and fewer beds or closing outright. A new start-up in the city is working with hospitals and healthcare providers to keep the doors open.  Prophit Insight is a software and analytics company that helps healthcare providers improve profitability.  Kym and Michael Arian founded the company in 2015 seeking an answer. After more than two decades of working in the field, Michael wondered, "Why don't hospitals have traditional sales profits? What makes them so different?"

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    4. Springfield's Caring Health Center teams up with Health Connector to reach uninsured

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      Springfield's Caring Health Center teams up with Health Connector to reach uninsured

      Semprit, along with fellow staff member Maria Sanchez, is featured in a series of ads created by Archipelago Strategies Group for the Massachusetts Health Connector, which helps state residents navigate the very complicated world of health insurance. "After doing multiple focus groups at the YMCA in Springfield and several in Chelsea, we had a better understanding of what the message is that people want to receive, and overwhelmingly they want to know where to go to get insurance and how to do it," said Josiane Martinez, CEO of Archipelago.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. TechSpring Succeeds in Connecting Technology with Healthcare

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      TechSpring Succeeds in Connecting Technology with Healthcare

      When TechSpring opened two years ago in downtown Springfield, its leaders knew they were flying blind, at least at first. That’s how uncharted this territory was. But the concept — connecting technology companies, large and small, with the region’s largest health system to solve pressing problems — proved a compelling one, and today, TechSpring has numerous success stories to tell. It’s a conversation, they say, that needs to continue.  Eric Harry says genomics is one of those “sexy” areas of healthcare, and scientists are certainly engaged in exciting work to learn how genes influence disease.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Baystate Health

    6. Health care waiver means $28.05M for Baystate, stability for local hospitals

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      Health care waiver means $28.05M for Baystate, stability for local hospitals

      A Medicaid waiver announced last week means increased funding to local hospitals, including $28.05 million over five years in long-sought "safety net" money for Baystate Medical Center. That's money the hospital administration felt was wrongly withheld in the past. The waiver, a $52.4 billion deal between the hospitals, the state and the federal government, has three distinct funding streams: the Health Safety Net, funding for new accountable care organizations meant to improve health and save money, and improved Medicaid reimbursement rates, according to hospital executives in the Pioneer Valley.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Baystate Health   Holyoke Medical Center

    7. Holyoke Medical Center earns an 'A' safety rating

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      Holyoke Medical Center earns an 'A' safety rating

      Holyoke Medical Center has once again earned an "A" rating from The Leapfrog Group, ranking them among the safest hospitals in the United States. The new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced this week by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Holyoke Medical Center was one of 844 hospitals to receive an "A", ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. "HMC's consistency in achieving this "A" rating is attributed ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Holyoke

    8. Baystate Medical Center begins work on $27M power plant in Springfield's North End

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      Baystate Medical Center begins work on $27M power plant in Springfield's North End

      Baystate Medical Center will be able to operate for 30-days off the electrical grid once its new, $27-million combined heat and power plant is completed by December 2017. "We will be able to operate as an island," said Sean Gouvin, director of facilities planning and engineering for Baystate Health. Baystate's existing power plant dates back to the 1930s.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Baystate Health   Springfield

    9. WSU, STCC Forge Unique Partnership in Nursing

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      WSU, STCC Forge Unique Partnership in Nursing

      A new partnership between Westfield State University and Springfield Technical Community College will allow nursing graduates from STCC to earn a four-year degree from WSU on the Springfield campus. At a time when it’s increasingly important for nurses to have four-year degrees, the goal, as one STCC dean said, is to “remove any barriers to success.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Westfield State University   Springfield

    10. Westfield State, STCC create joint nursing program

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      Westfield State, STCC create joint nursing program

      The presidents of Springfield Technical Community College and Westfield State University put pen to paper Tuesday, forging a partnership aimed at producing more highly skilled nurses. Under the agreement, graduates of STCC's associate's degree-level registered nurse (RN) program will be able to transfer up to 90 course credits to Westfield State's bachelor's degree program and obtain their final 30 credits through online and on-campus classes. While the two institutions already had a working relationship, the new hybrid program takes the partnership to a new level, said Westfield State President Ramon S. Torrecilha.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Westfield State University

    11. $23.8 million construction of Holyoke Medical Center emergency department proceeds on schedule, including 'signing of the beam'

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      $23.8 million construction of Holyoke Medical Center emergency department proceeds on schedule, including 'signing of the beam'

      Construction of a $23.8 million emergency department at Holyoke Medical Center at 575 Beech St. is on schedule with the facility set to be ready by spring, a hospital press release said. "This will allow 'HMC' to treat patients in a more efficient and dignified way," the press release said Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, joined state, city and hospital officials on Monday in writing their signatures on the last beam to be installed in the project, formally known as the Emergency Department and Medical Office Building, the press release said.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield

    12. Springfield Regional Chamber Debuts New Dental Benefit

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      Springfield Regional Chamber Debuts New Dental Benefit

      The Springfield Regional Chamber has teamed up Altus Dental to offer to its chamber members a new employee benefit to enhance their employee-compensation package. Administered through American Benefits Group, dental insurance provided by Altus Dental is now available for companies with as few as one employee. Altus Dental offers the state’s largest preferred-provider (PPO) dental network with more than 6,200 participating locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Southern New Hampshire, and national access through CONNECTION Dental, with more than 108,000 dentist locations nationwide.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    13. Public Health Council approves merger of Baystate Mary Lane, Wing hospitals

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      Public Health Council approves merger of Baystate Mary Lane, Wing hospitals

      The Massachusetts Public Health Council on Thursday approved a merger between Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and Baystate Wing Hospital, despite opposition from area residents. Baystate Health, the parent company of both hospitals, has proposed ending inpatient care at Mary Lane in Ware. Instead, patients would need to go to Wing in Palmer. The hospitals are about 10 miles apart, or an approximately 20 minute drive.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Baystate Health   Springfield

    14. Bridging community and health: Holyoke Community College offers new public health program

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      Bridging community and health: Holyoke Community College offers new public health program

      A new program at Holyoke Community College seeks to better connect communities to medical services outside of a doctor's office.  HCC has created a Community Health Worker certificate this year, the first institution in the area to offer such a program.  Community health covers a spectrum of needs, from providing direct services - such as informal counseling and health screenings - to offering culturally appropriate health information to people in their homes, schools or other community spaces. Position titles in the field vary from harm reduction counselors working with drug addicts to public health nurses employed by municipalities.  

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Baystate Health   Springfield

    15. Baystate Medical Center preps to open Springfield school; looks to enroll 25 for fall 2017

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      Baystate Medical Center preps to open Springfield school; looks to enroll 25 for fall 2017

      Doctors of the future won't begin Baystate Health's new medical school until August of 2017. But Baystate's doctors of the present will soon — probably in the next few weeks, and definitely before September — start combing through 600 or more applications, said Dr. Andrew W. Artenstein, regional executive dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate and chief physician executive and chief academic officer for Baystate Health.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Baystate Health

    16. Facing budget gap of $75 million, Baystate Health to eliminate about 300 positions | masslive.com

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      Facing budget gap of $75 million, Baystate Health to eliminate about 300 positions | masslive.com

      In the face of a budget shortfall of $75 million spurred by several factors, Baystate Health officials are poised to eliminate 300 positions system-wide, with the heaviest focus on Springfield-based operations, according to a memo to employees sent by Baystate President and CEO Mark Keroack.  In the memo, Keroack says the most significant factor is the 'continuing shortfalls in the reimbursements we receive for providing Medicaid services,' an issue about which Baystate officials have pleaded with elected officials to help address.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    17. Nursing Schools Almanac Names AIC among Top 50 Nursing Schools in New England

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      Nursing Schools Almanac Names AIC among Top 50 Nursing Schools in New England

      American International College has been named one of the top 50 nursing schools in New England. The research team at Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on more than 3,200 nursing schools and campuses throughout the United States with just 10% making the final list. The New England rankings included Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    18. Baystate ranked 3rd best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report

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      Baystate ranked 3rd best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate Medical Center is the third-best hospital in Massachusetts, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report 'Best Hospitals' rankings. It was the top-ranking hospital outside of Boston, and the only one in the state's western four counties to make the list. U.S. News released its 27th-annual Best Hospitals rankings Tuesday. A searchable database of the new rankings is available here.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Northampton

    19. Health New England Appoints Michael Marrone Chief Financial Officer

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      Health New England Appoints Michael Marrone Chief Financial Officer

      Health New England announced the recent appointment of Michael Marrone as chief financial officer. In this role, he will lead all aspects of financial strategy for the organization, aiming to provide cost-effective healthcare coverage while maintaining high-quality member care. Marrone is also responsible for accounting and financial reporting and also oversees provider operations. He joins Health New England’s executive leadership team and reports directly to President and CEO Maura McCaffrey. “Mike’s broad healthcare-industry experience and financial acumen make him a great asset to the company and a valuable addition to our executive team. We’re thrilled to welcome ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Health New England

    20. UMass receives $870,000 grant to train nursing students to screen for drug and alcohol...

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      UMass receives $870,000 grant to train nursing students to screen for drug and alcohol...

      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the college an $870,000 grant to develop the training. Over 500 students are expected to participate over a three-year period. The project is one of only 12 to be funded nationally by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    21. Cooley Dickinson Health Care earns Practice Greenhealth "Partner for Change" Award | masslive.com

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      Cooley Dickinson Health Care earns Practice Greenhealth "Partner for Change" Award | masslive.com

      For the fourth consecutive year, Cooley Dickinson Health Care was awarded the 'Greenhealth Partner for Change' award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.  The award is one of the Practice Greenhealth's Environmental Excellence Awards that is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector, according to a news release.

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    22. Baystate Launches Revised Community Health Grant Program

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      Baystate Launches Revised Community Health Grant Program

      Baystate Medical Center and its Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC) announced a request for proposals (RFP) for the newly established Better Together Grants Program. Formerly known as the DoN Grant Program, Better Together unites healthcare and community-based nonprofit organizations across Baystate Health’s service areas to shape future healthcare and human services. The aim is to develop approaches that, by targeting the social determinants of health, will improve people’s overall well-being and make area communities healthier places to live.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    23. Forty-seven Local Farmers Receive Awards Totaling $117,500

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      Recognizing that farming is essential to the region, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and Big Y awarded 47 local farmers from the Berkshires to the Pioneer Valley $2,500 each to make physical infrastructure improvements to their farms. Along with the support of sponsors Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and MGM Springfield, farmers have already put to use the awards for farm-improvement projects. This represents a 42% increase in awards from the 2015 inaugural year.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    24. Mercy’s New President Takes a Progressive Perspective

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      Mercy’s New President Takes a Progressive Perspective

      Dr. Scott Wolf takes the reins at Mercy Medical Center and the Sisters of Providence Health System at an exciting time in the system’s history, but also a challenging era in healthcare overall — one in which its leaders must emphasize cost efficiency, yet focus on the patient experience and outcomes more than ever before. The key, he said, is to maintain a holistic, ‘360-degree view’ of a rapidly changing industry.

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      Mentions:   Sisters of Providence Health System   Mercy Medical Center

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