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    1. ‘Partners’ Becomes Public Health Institute of Western Mass.

      ‘Partners’ Becomes Public Health Institute of Western Mass.

      Partners for a Healthier Community recently initiates a rebrand, and is now known as the Public Health Institute of Western Mass., a name that officials say more accurately reflects what this agency has evolved into over the past 22 years and the critical role it plays within the region.  As she talked about a rebranding effort involving the agency now formerly known as Partners for a Healthier Community Inc. (PFHC), Jessica Collins said the project wasn’t initiated because the name chosen in 1996 didn’t convey what the nonprofit is or does. .

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    2. Baystate Health looks to make difference for healthcare in Western Massachusetts...

      Baystate Health looks to make difference for healthcare in Western Massachusetts...

      I grew up in Springfield, in the hospitals that would one day become Baystate Health. On Saturday mornings, I sometimes accompanied my father, Dr. Alvin Keroack, on his rounds. I absorbed a bit of what he and my mother - a nurse at Springfield Hospital (now Baystate Medical Center) - had learned about healthcare and the human condition. Like everyone else, I look back on those days as simpler times. In fact, life then was complicated, too. Many of the patients in my parents' care coped with the same stressors that challenge our families, friends, and neighbors today - factors that we now ...

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    3. Westfield YMCA adds Baystate Health pediatric weight management program

      Westfield YMCA adds Baystate Health pediatric weight management program

      The Greater Westfield YMCA is partnering with Baystate Health and Kohl's Cares to bring the MIGHTY program to the city. MIGHTY is Baystate Health's pediatric weight management program that stands for Moving, Improving and Gaining Health Together at the YMCA. It has operated in Springfield since 2007.  YMCA of Greater Westfield Fitness Director Cindy Agan said the local Y has been communicating with the Baystate Health's MIGHTY team, striving to form a partnership to continue the growth of the program.  "Thanks to the support of a Kohl's Cares Grant, Baystate is able to expand the program ...

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    4. Tower Square Health Expo in Springfield offers 20 services including DNA testing

      Tower Square Health Expo in Springfield offers 20 services including DNA testing

      DNA testing will be among 20 services available at the Tower Square Health and Wellness Expo on Wednesday. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the food court on the second floor. The snow date is Thursday. True Blue Health and Wellness will be one of 20 vendors offering services, screenings and education during the free daylong expo. True Blue's "True Blueprint Genetic Testing" uses cheek swabs to collect testing material. The cost of the test is covered by most health insurance plans.

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    5. Mercy Medical Center names Harvard graduate to top post

      Mercy Medical Center names Harvard graduate to top post

      Dr. Mark Dumais has been named chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center. A Harvard Medical School graduate who also holds a master's degree in business administration, Dumais will provide clinical and administrative leadership at the 182-bed acute care hospital as well as its affiliated facilities, including the 126-bed Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke.

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    6. Mercy Health ACO Announces State Certification for New Program

      Mercy Health ACO announced that the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) certified it as an accountable-care organization (ACO) in the HPC’s new, first-in-the-nation program. The HPC’s first round of ACO certification includes 17 HPC-certified ACOs and is a significant milestone for Massachusetts, making it the first state to implement statewide, all-payer standards for care delivery. “We are pleased to take the next step in this important effort to improve care for MassHealth patients and reduce costs for the Commonwealth,” said Mark Fulco, president of Mercy Medical Center. Mercy has formed an ACO partnership with Boston Medical Center (BMC ...

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    7. Construction begins on Baystate Health and Wellness Center Longmeadow

      Construction begins on Baystate Health and Wellness Center Longmeadow

      The $11 million, 54,000-square-foot medical office building at the intersection of Benton Drive, Maple Street, Williams Street and Dwight Road is one part of a multi-step development process. Crowley also plans to build an office building next door for a variety of tenants, not necessarily doctors. Road work and a rebuilt nursing home at the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center are also planned.

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    8. Report: Massachusetts is the Healthiest State in the Nation

      Report: Massachusetts is the Healthiest State in the Nation

      Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the nation, according to the 28th annual America’s Health Rankings report. Among the state’s strengths are its low percentage of uninsured people, low prevalence of obesity, and high vaccination rates. The 2017 report also ranked Massachusetts first for the health of women and children. “This report highlights the notable progress that our state is making to improve the health and well-being of every individual living in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Massachusetts is proud to have the lowest number of uninsured residents in the country and robust public-health efforts, and our ...

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    9. Baystate Family Advocacy Center receives reaccreditation from National Children's Alliance

      Baystate Family Advocacy Center receives reaccreditation from National Children's Alliance

      The National Children's Alliance has awarded reaccreditation to Baystate Family Advocacy Center following an extensive application and site review process. As part of Baystate Children's Hospital in Springfield, the Baystate Family Advocacy Center serves as the Hampden County Child Advocacy Center and provides additional service to children, families and communities of Western Massachusetts, affected by child abuse and exploitation, domestic and community violence and homicide.

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    10. STCC to Host Health Careers Exploration Night on Nov. 29

      STCC to Host Health Careers Exploration Night on Nov. 29

      On Wednesday, Nov. 29, Springfield Technical Community College will offer Health Careers Exploration Night, an opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a healthcare professional to learn more about STCC’s programs. Open to the public, the free event will take place from 4 and 6 p.m. While no registration is required, visitors should check in with organizers in the first-floor lobby of Building 20, on the Pearl Street side of the campus.

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    11. Smart Band-Aids: Gov. Baker announces $500K for flexible electronics at UMass Amherst

      Smart Band-Aids: Gov. Baker announces $500K for flexible electronics at UMass Amherst

      Within five to seven years a piece of clothing -- a watch band, a bandage -- might be able not only to monitor the wearer's heart rate but also perform more sophisticated diagnostic tasks, even harvesting sweat to instantly get a handle on body chemistry and hydration. And research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is helping to make that happen, now with the help of $500,000 from the state. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the funding Friday with a visit to the campus' Institute for Applied Life Sciences and its Center for Personalized Health Monitoring.

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    12. Mark Fulco Takes the Reins at Mercy Medical Center

      Mark Fulco Takes the Reins at Mercy Medical Center

      Roughly 21 months ago, Mark Fulco left Mercy Medical Center for a position with the hospital’s parent company, Trinity Health, one that would groom him for a leadership role somewhere within the vast Trinity system. As it turned out, somewhere became Mercy Medical Center. Mark Fulco called it the “president track.” Formally, he was carrying out a role within the Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health system, specifically that of ‘vice president, Health Ministries & System Office Communications Interface.’ While doing that, though, he was learning and essentially being groomed for a leadership position in one of the system’s many ...

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    13. New MedExpress Urgent Care center to open in Hadley

      New MedExpress Urgent Care center to open in Hadley

      The new MedExpress Urgent Care is set to open in Hadley Wednesday and is holding an open house Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. for people to view the new facility.  The mission of the center is "to serve the neighborhood (as a) health care partner," said spokeswoman Ellen Dietrick, adding that the staff will provide "high quality affordable health care when they need it the most."

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    14. Trinity Health Of New England shifts Mark Fulco back to Springfield to serve as president of Mercy Medical Center and local affiliates

      Trinity Health Of New England shifts Mark Fulco back to Springfield to serve as president of Mercy Medical Center and local affiliates

      Mercy Medical Center, part of Trinity Health Of New England, has named Mark Fulco president. Fulco, who has previously served the hospital in a number of capacities, will oversee Mercy and its affiliates starting on Oct. 9. "Mark is a highly respected, highly engaged health care leader with extensive experience in various areas of hospital operations. We are certain he will not only help sustain our rich legacy of providing high quality care with a compassionate touch, he will also help us reach new levels of service to our community," said John E. Sjoberg, the hospital's board chair, in ...

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    15. Nursing Students Begin Class at UMass Center at Springfield

      Nursing Students Begin Class at UMass Center at Springfield

      As the academic year gets underway, 88 new students from the UMass Amherst College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program will begin class at the UMass Center at Springfield (UMCS). The College of Nursing made the decision to permanently teach the accelerated bachelor’s program in the Tower Square location earlier this year. The 26,000-square-foot space features 10 classrooms and clinical simulation space specifically designed for the needs of the nursing program. State-of-the-art telehealth facilities are being developed and will be ready later this year.

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    16. Health Connector adds employee choice to new small business insurance exchange

      Health Connector adds employee choice to new small business insurance exchange

      Springfield and Worcester-based health insurers were among the first companies to adopt a new state platform for selling health insurance to small businesses. The Massachusetts Health Connector recently updated its exchange for companies with fewer than 50 employees. Insurers will be required to participate, but only three are involved in the first stage of the launch: Health New England of Springfield, Fallon Community Health Plan in Worcester and Boston Medical Center Health Plan in Boston.

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    17. Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

      Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

      When city native Kevin White was a kid, he told people he wanted to go to medical school. Now, he is -- and he's doing it here in his hometown, as part of the first class at the new Baystate campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Out of 22 members of this first-ever class of aspiring physicians, four are from Springfield or nearby communities. "It's something close to my heart. I was born in Baystate," said White, 22, referring to Baystate Medical Center. "I learned everything I needed to know in Springfield." And Springfield is where he ...

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    18. Partnership Connects Incoming STCC Students to Career Pathways

      Partnership Connects Incoming STCC Students to Career Pathways

      They just graduated from high school and will start college this fall, but these five teenagers are not kicking back and taking it easy this summer. They are enrolled in an eight-week nurse’s aide certification program at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) that is tied to an internship program through Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership (BSEP). Thanks to the STCC-BSEP partnership, Springfield residents Rumbila Abdullahi, Julia Hong, Genesis Medina, Anderson Nguyen, and Suraji Omoru are gaining the kind of experience they say will make them stand out as they work toward careers in healthcare.

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    19. Springfield Technical Community College honored home health aide graduates

      Springfield Technical Community College honored home health aide graduates

      Eighteen people recently were certified as home health aides at Springfield Technical Community College, the last group to graduate under a state-funded training program. The graduates are highly sought after by employers, according to Arlene Rodriguez, vice president of academic affairs at STCC. "It is one of the highest-demand occupations not only in the Springfield area, but throughout the commonwealth," Rodriguez said in a statement.

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    20. Mercy Medical Center earns top honors for stroke care | masslive.com

      Mercy Medical Center earns top honors for stroke care | masslive.com

      For the sixth consecutive year, Mercy Medical Center has received the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines program.  For the second year, Mercy has also qualified for receiving the award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll, meaning it made association stroke care targets for honor roll level involving how quickly clot busting drugs are delivered to eligible stroke patients.  Noting that Mercy has received the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award since 2012, Patricia Henault, coordinator of the hospital's stroke program, said it 'proves our continued commitment to ...

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    21. Greenfield Center for Human Development project gets MassDevelopment financing

      Greenfield Center for Human Development project gets MassDevelopment financing

      The largest social-service organization in Western Massachusetts bought and will renovate the former Central Appliance store at 102 Main St. with a $3.1 million tax-exempt bond from MassDevelopment. MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, announced the financing Thursday. The Springfield-based Center for Human Development will use bond proceeds to renovate and furnish the 38,000-square-foot building. It will house offices, clinical space, and the organization's primary medical, dental, outpatient behavioral and wellness services, according to the news release.

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    22. Holyoke Medical Center to open new Emergency Department on Thursday

      Holyoke Medical Center to open new Emergency Department on Thursday

      Holyoke Medical Center will open its new $25.4 million Emergency Department on Thursday at 7 a.m. The new facility is located at 575 Beech St. and will be accessible by the main campus entrance at the intersections of Beech Street and Hospital Drive, as well as Northampton Street and Corser Street.  The Emergency Department will no longer be accessible from Portland Street and Winchester Avenue.

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    23. Baystate Health honored for healthcare innovation

      Baystate Health honored for healthcare innovation

      North Carolina-based health care improvement company Premier Inc. has awarded Baystate Health its 2017 Premier Alliance Excellence Award for being a national innovator in industry practices and in the delivery of cost effective care. Premier, which was created by hospitals who share information and purchasing power to improve patient care and lower costs, selected Baystate from among the partnership alliance of approximately 3,750 hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organizations. "An industry-leader, Baystate is never satisfied and always looking for ways they can improve," said Susan DeVore, president and chief executive officer of Premier whose insurance subsidiary ...

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