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    1. HealthSouth changes its name to Encompass

      HealthSouth changes its name to Encompass

      HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts is changing its name to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts as part of a corporate rebranding. HealthSouth will host an Embrace Encompass event from from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 8. The event will be open to the public and will take place in the hospital cafeteria, 222 State St., Ludlow. Birmingham, Alabama-based HealthSouth Corp. launched its new name and brand on Jan. 1, 2018, according to a news release. It is transitioning 130 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and 273 home health and hospice locations serving 36 states and Puerto Rico to the new ...

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    2. Bay Path Physician Assistant Class Scores 100% Pass Rate on National Exam

      Bay Path Physician Assistant Class Scores 100% Pass Rate on National Exam

      The physician assistant (PA) studies class of 2018 from Bay Path University posted a 100% first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). The PANCE must be taken before a PA can be licensed for the first time upon graduation from an accredited program. Bay Path University’s PA program currently holds a three-year average pass rate for first-time exam takers of 97%.

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    3. Baystate Health Names Judith Ward VP of Marketing and Communications

       Judith Ward, an accomplished healthcare marketing professional, has been named vice president of Marketing & Communications for Baystate Health. In her new role, Ward will oversee marketing, digital/web, communications, public affairs, social media, creative services, loyalty programs, and special events at the Springfield-based health system, which includes hospitals in Springfield, Greenfield, Palmer, and Westfield, along with more than 100 medical practices at some 80 locations throughout Western Mass. Among the strategic marketing executive’s past accomplishments include conceiving and executing strategies that define, differentiate, and drive increased brand recognition, preference, customer loyalty, and market share.

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    4. Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event

      Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event

      Mercy Medical Center's Spirit of Women network, which provides educational opportunities for women to learn about their health, is gearing up to present "Sparkle! Springfield" on Wednesday night. "At Mercy Medical Center, we strive to be a valuable health resource to our community," said Mark Fulco, president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates.  "Sparkle! is the premiere event for Mercy's Spirit of Women network, where the emphasis is on women and their personal health and wellness."

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    5. Holyoke Medical Group Opens Walk-in Care Services in Chicopee

      Holyoke Medical Group Opens Walk-in Care Services in Chicopee

      The newly expanded Holyoke Medical Group’s services at 1962 Memorial Dr., Chicopee are now offering walk-in care. Under the medical direction of Dr. Kevin Snow, the Holyoke Medical Group Walk-in Care will offer same-day treatment services for conditions such as a sore throat, aches and pains, fever, and physicals needed for work, school, or sports. “Holyoke Medical Center is dedicated to listening to our community and responding with the services that will meet the needs of our friends and neighbors. The Holyoke Medical Group Walk-in Care service is one way we are increasing the accessibility of quality healthcare in ...

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    6. President of Mercy Medical Center in Springfield notifies staff of plan to eliminate jobs, some departments | masslive.com

      President of Mercy Medical Center in Springfield notifies staff of plan to eliminate jobs, some departments | masslive.com

      The letter, sent by President Mark Fulco to staff on Wednesday, said the coming changes were necessary to allow the hospital to continue its mission.  'The decision to make these changes has been difficult and the subject of a thorough discernment process. We deeply regret that the reduction of positions is necessary,' Fulco wrote. 'We are grateful to all of our colleagues who provide a healing touch as a reflection of their commitment to Mercy's Mission and Values.'

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    7. Medical provider to rebrand as Holyoke Medical Group

      Medical provider to rebrand as Holyoke Medical Group

      Western Mass Physician Associates will be re-branded as Holyoke Medical Group as of Oct. 1. The Holyoke Medical Center provider affiliate is part of Valley Health Systems as is the hospital. "The name change will allow for the organization to have stronger brand awareness in the community," said Spiros Hatiras, president and chief executive officer of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems.

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    8. Training & Workforce Options Helps Enhance Skills of Medical Assistants

      Training & Workforce Options Helps Enhance Skills of Medical Assistants

      When Holyoke Medical Center and Western Mass Physician Associates (WMPA) needed help enhancing the skills of their medical assistants, they partnered with Training & Workforce Options (TWO). TWO developed a curriculum and taught a 10-week class to 15 medical assistants from WMPA. The training was designed to prepare the workers for a national credentialing exam. The TWO course at Holyoke Community College (HCC) was a hybrid of classroom work and online learning taught by a medical assistant.

       

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    9. Riverbend, Mercy Medical practices renamed Trinity Health of New England Medical Group

      Riverbend, Mercy Medical practices renamed Trinity Health of New England Medical Group

      Medical practices affiliated with Mercy Medical Center, including RiverBend and Mercy Medical Group locations throughout Greater Springfield, have been renamed Trinity Health Of New England Medical Group. Mercy is part of Trinity Health Of New England. "We have been evolving into a true regional health system since Trinity Health Of New England was established in 2015," said Dr. Reginald J. Eadie, president and chief executive officer of Trinity Health Of New England, in a Sept. 10 statement.

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    10. Palmer celebrates new emergency department at Baystate Wing Hospital (photos)

      Palmer celebrates new emergency department at Baystate Wing Hospital (photos)

      The community celebrated the new $17.2 million, 17,800-square-foot Emergency Department at Baystate Wing Hospital on Friday with a ceremony attended by about 200 that included the organization's leadership along with local, state and national political leaders. The facility is scheduled to open for patients Tuesday at 5 a.m. "This is a happy day," Baystate Health President and CEO Mark A. Keroack said. Referring to Mike Moran, the president and chief administrative officer of the organization's eastern region that includes Wing and Baystate Mary Lane outpatient center in Ware, Keroack said, "Mike, I really owe you ...

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    11. Baystate Health and VertitechIT Partner to Launch baytechIT

      Baystate Health and VertitechIT Partner to Launch baytechIT

      Baystate Health and VertitechIT announced the formation of a new company to meet the increasingly complex IT needs of medical practices, clinics, and healthcare social-service organizations in the Western Mass. and Northern Conn. regions. BaytechIT is a first-of-its-kind independent joint venture, providing monitoring and management of information-technology networks, telephony, clinical engineering support, and other IT-related consulting and engineering expertise previously unaffordable to the local healthcare community. Already serving Baystate Health, its operating medical practices, and several large and mid-sized offices and clinics, baytechIT currently has 150 clients and manages/monitors more than 16,000 endpoint devices.

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    12. People in Business: Holyoke Medical Center welcomes two new Sleep Lab Providers

      People in Business: Holyoke Medical Center welcomes two new Sleep Lab Providers

      Holyoke Medical Center has recently expanded the Sleep Lab services with the addition of two new providers: Dr. Rani Athreya and Kristie Harrington, FNP. Holyoke Medical Center has offered sleep studies for 20 years and provides both home studies and studies in the sleep lab. The studies monitor patients while they sleep and help technicians gather information about the quality of sleep, heart rate, breathing and oxygen levels. That information gives the providers the data necessary for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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    13. Baystate Health set to cut ribbon on new Wing Hospital emergency department in Palmer

      Baystate Health set to cut ribbon on new Wing Hospital emergency department in Palmer

      The new $17.2 million emergency department at Baystate Wing Hospital is now built, and the organization's leadership will formally inaugurate the facility during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 14. The 10 a.m. event begins with brief remarks by the health system's top leaders, followed by public tours. The 17,800-square-foot facility at 40 Wright St. was funded in part by $2.9 million from donations. "The new space includes separate ambulance and public entryways and features 20 patient rooms, including trauma, behavioral health, and other dedicated specialty care areas," Baystate said in a statement.

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    14. People in Business: Area medical societies select The Markens Group for Management

      People in Business: Area medical societies select The Markens Group for Management

      Springfield - Three regional medical societies have selected The Markens Group, Inc. as their full service management firm, The Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association, Hartford Medical Society and the New England Association of Neonatal Nurses. A Springfield-based company, The Markens Group hopes to help these groups advance wellness throughout the Pioneer Valley, Hartford, and beyond.

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    15. Baystate Health gets $750K grant to expand asthma program

      Baystate Health gets $750K grant to expand asthma program

      A Baystate Health partnership formed to served MassHealth enrollees through the model of an Accountable Care Organization has been awarded a $750,000 state grant to expand in-home asthma services through an area pilot program. The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission grant to Baystate Health Care Alliance/BeHealthy Partnership ACO will help expand over an 18-month period beginning this fall the asthma program of Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative.

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    16. Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Chicopee

      Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Chicopee

      Holyoke Medical Center has expanded services to a new facility on Memorial Drive in Chicopee for primary and specialty physician services, lab draws, X-rays, ultrasound, and CORE physical therapy. “The new Chicopee site speaks to our continued efforts and commitment to provide our patients with medical care and treatment that is more accessible in community-based locations,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center. “Residents of Chicopee, South Hadley, and other surrounding towns will find this new facility to be convenient, with expanded hours and walk-in service.”

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    17. Holyoke Medical Center Names Kathy Anderson Director of Community Benefits

      Holyoke Medical Center Names Kathy Anderson Director of Community Benefits

      Holyoke Medical Center announced the appointment of Kathleen Anderson as the hospital’s director of Community Benefits. She begins her new role on Aug. 27. “We are thrilled to welcome Kathy to the Holyoke Medical Center team. She is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of networking experience in the city of Holyoke and regionally. Her extraordinary ability to build trusting relationships will be greatly appreciated in the role of director of Community Benefits,” said Spiros Hatiras, Holyoke Medical Center’s president and CEO. Added Anderson, “throughout my career I have had the wonderful opportunity to get to know ...

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    18. Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services

      Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services

      Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke will eliminate full- and part-time jobs in a restructuring announced last week. The hospital, part of Trinity Health of New England, can't yet say how many jobs will be eliminated. A prepared statement from the organization refers to service changes, but says no service will be eliminated entirely. Managers have been working, according to the release, to reduce partial hours or eliminate open or unfilled positions

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    19. Holyoke Medical Center stroke program earns five awards

      Holyoke Medical Center stroke program earns five awards

      Holyoke Medical Center has once again received multiple honors for the coordination and delivery of care to patients who have had a hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke, that is, a blood vessel in the brain has ruptured or is blocked by a clot. The hospital received four awards from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. It has also earned the 2018 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.

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    20. Baystate Health receives $1 million from state budget to support UMass Medical School...

      Baystate Health receives $1 million from state budget to support UMass Medical School...

      Baystate Health has received $1 million from the state budget to support an educational program designed to establish a pipeline for primary care physicians who will practice locally. The Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) educational track is part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School regional campus at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Twenty-one students - 15 of whom are Massachusetts residents - were accepted from a pool of 151 candidates who applied to become a part of the PURCH program.

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    21. Massachusetts House passes health care bill to help community hospitals

      Massachusetts House passes health care bill to help community hospitals

      The Massachusetts House passed a major health care bill late Tuesday night. "We recognize the complex factors that are driving the health care marketplace right now and view this legislation as a smart, stabilizing mechanism to ensure residents in each corner of the Commonwealth have access to quality care throughout the changes," said House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, in a statement. The bill H.4617, was named "The Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to Enhance Access to High Quality Affordable and Transparent Healthcare in the Commonwealth," after the late Northampton Democrat who, as House chairman of the Committee on Health ...

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    22. Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield unveils $1.6 million entrance and lobby improvements

      Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield unveils $1.6 million entrance and lobby improvements

       Baystate Noble Hospital officials unveiled their new $1.6 million front entrance and lobby as well as the theme of the 2018 Baystate Noble Ball: "It's Magic!" The entrance improves access and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Automatic sliding doors, re-grading of the circular driveway and walkways to create a level surface, and a protective drive-under canopy improved the exterior.

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