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    1. 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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    2. 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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      Mentions: Amherst
    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Baystate Health cuts ties with embattled US HealthVest; seeks new partner for proposed Holyoke behavioral health facility

      Baystate Health cuts ties with embattled US HealthVest; seeks new partner for proposed Holyoke behavioral health facility

      Baystate Health announced Wednesday that it has split with US HealthVest, ending a partnership on a proposed $30 million inpatient behavioral health hospital after published reports alleging substandard care at the for-profit company’s facilities in other states.

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    11. Baystate Health adds $1.7M upgrade to Mary Lane’s Imaging Center in Ware - masslive.com

      Baystate Health adds $1.7M upgrade to Mary Lane’s Imaging Center in Ware - masslive.com

      Baystate Health will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon and showcase the $1.7 million upgrade of a unit at Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center that detects and treats breast cancer.  The Springfield-based health care organization has inatalled 3D mammography at Mary Lane’s Imaging Center.

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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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      Mentions: Springfield
    20. 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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    21. 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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