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    1. Loomis House in Holyoke sold to Berkshire Health Systems

      Loomis House in Holyoke sold to Berkshire Health Systems

      The Loomis Communities has sold its Loomis House property at 298 Jarvis Ave. to Berkshire Healthcare Systems, of Pittsfield, for an undisclosed sum. According to a joint press release issued Monday, Loomis is keeping its other properties: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Village in South Hadley and Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield. Loomis, whose corporate office is at 246 North Main St. in South Hadley, began 115 years ago as Holyoke Home for the Aged, said David W. Scruggs, president and CEO of Loomis. "It was a tough decision to sell," Scruggs said. "This is our roots. This is ...

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    2. Holyoke Medical Center raises $2M; ER ribbon cutting set for June 19

      Holyoke Medical Center raises $2M; ER ribbon cutting set for June 19

      A ribbon cutting ceremony for Holyoke Medical Center's new Emergency Department has been set for June 19. The center also announced that its capital campaign has raised $2 million in pledges during its "quiet" phase of the last year, and is now mounting a public campaign, complete with a fund-raiser indicator thermometer on the hospital's Beech Street campus, to help meet the goal of $3 million. "To raise $2 million in what is often called the 'quiet' phase of our capital campaign efforts shows the true value that businesses and individuals see in supporting our local, community-based hospital ...

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    3. House budget earmarks $1M for new Baystate medical school

      House budget earmarks $1M for new Baystate medical school

      The budget bill passed by the Massachusetts House on Tuesday includes $1 million for Baystate Health's new medical school campus in Springfield. That is less than the $3.4 million that Baystate had asked for. But state Rep. Michael Finn, D-West Springfield, who sponsored the amendment, said he was "ecstatic" that some money made it through the House budget process. "It's a big step for Springfield, and anything we can do to help get the medical school off the ground will do a lot toward improving the overall community," Finn said.

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    4. Elms College Adds New MBA Track in Healthcare Innovation - BusinessWest

      Elms College Adds New MBA Track in Healthcare Innovation - BusinessWest

      A new master of business administration track at Elms College aims to help shape the future of healthcare.  Healthcare — a field that will experience 19% job growth between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — is in ever-increasing need of innovation. Today’s healthcare organizations are tasked with lowering costs, improving quality, expanding access, and increasing efficiency.  “Innovation is the key to meeting these challenges, and MBA-prepared administrators are the leaders who will guide the healthcare system into the future,” said Kim Kenney-Rockwal, director of the MBA program at Elms College.

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    5. HMC Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

      HMC Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

      Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) has once again earned an ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group, ranking them among the safest hospitals in the United States. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the first and only national health care rating focused on errors, accidents and infections. The program has been assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. since 2012. Holyoke Medical Center was one of 823 hospitals to receive an ‘A’ ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

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    6. Baystate Health seeks $3.4M from state for medical school

      Baystate Health seeks $3.4M from state for medical school

      Baystate Health and UMass Medical School are hoping to get $3.4 million in state money to build their new medical school in Springfield. "We think this would be a worthy investment in primary care for the region for the next several decades," said Ben Craft, a spokesman for Baystate Health. The new Baystate medical school is expected to open in August with 25 students. Baystate has touted the program as a way to attract more doctors to Western Massachusetts. The school's focus will be on training primary care physicians and teaching population health in both urban and rural ...

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    7. Mercy Medical Center names interim president

      Mercy Medical Center names interim president

      Trinity Health-New England on Tuesday named Mary Elizabeth (Beth) O'Brien interim president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates. A registered nurse with a bachelors degree and an  MBA, O'Brien most recently served as chief executive officer/chief operating officer for Vancouver, Washington-based PeaceHealth, a $2 billion not-for-profit Catholic health care organization that operates 10 hospitals, medical clinics and laboratories within Alaska, Oregon and Washington.

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    8. Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      Elms College adds 3rd track for doctor in nursing practice

      The Elms College School of Nursing has added a third track in health systems innovation and leadership to its Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum. The addition of the third track will allow candidates for the DNP to focus their study on advanced practice nursing or systems and organizational leadership. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Elms are the two schools in Western Massachusetts to offer a DNP program. The UMass program through its College of Nursing is an online program. Existing tracks at the Elms include the DNP in family nurse practitioner and the DNP in adult-gerontology acute care nurse ...

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    9. Baystate's TechSpring aims to take ideas from lab to bedside; startups include games, remote 3-D dermatology

      Baystate's TechSpring aims to take ideas from lab to bedside; startups include games, remote 3-D dermatology

      Dreaming of technology that lets your paramedic securely text your vital signs from an ambulance to the hospital emergency room instead of relaying it over the radio? How about mobile games that teach kids to avoid life-threatening allergens or how to manage their asthma through the proxy of cute animated pets? That future was the present Thursday as Baystate Health's TechSpring hosted its first ever health innovation showcase at Baystate Medical Center. The event was held in cooperation with MassChallange, a Boston organisation that fosters startups, and PULSE@MassChallenge, a partnership between TechSpring and MassChallange specializing in digital health ...

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    10. Baystate Health’s TechSpring Innovation Center Launches Development Environment Based on InterSystems Platform

      TechSpring, in partnership with InterSystems and J2 Interactive, announced the launch of a new software development environment that accelerates innovation for healthcare technology leaders by providing them with access to real healthcare resources and data. The environment is built on the InterSystems HealthShare® interoperability platform, and was implemented by the IT services firm J2 Interactive.

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    11. $2.5M awarded to Sisters of Providence for new elderly housing in West Springfield

      $2.5M awarded to Sisters of Providence for new elderly housing in West Springfield

      The nonprofit Sisters of Providence has been awarded $2.5 million in state and federal funding for construction of a 36-unit housing complex in West Springfield for homeless senior citizens, the Baker-Polito administration announced Tuesday. "Our administration strongly believes in the value of affordable housing, and as advocates for every Massachusetts resident we will continue to work with our federal, local and community partners to ensure housing is a shared priority," Gov. Charlie Baker said.

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    12. UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield

      UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield

      Beginning in August, the UMass Amherst College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor’s in nursing program will be taught at the UMass Center at Springfield in Tower Square. The 17-month program, designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in other subjects or people interested in a career change, will enroll 80 students each year. Courses will be taught by UMass Amherst College of Nursing faculty using state-of-the-art teaching technologies in newly renovated and expanded classrooms to allow for the intensive clinical work that nursing education demands.

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    13. BusinessWest, HCN to Launch Healthcare Heroes Program

      BusinessWest, HCN to Launch Healthcare Heroes Program

      Healthcare Heroes.  Over the past decade or so, those two words have become a national brand — a brand that symbolizes many things, including excellence, dedication, compassion, commitment, and much more.  Indeed, Healthcare Heroes has become the name attached to recognition programs created by business magazines, healthcare publications, health- and wellness-related organizations across the country, and other entities, to honor individuals and institutions that stand out for the work they do. The name has become part of the landscape in New York, California, Hawaii, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Utah, and many other states. And now, it is coming to Western Mass.

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    14. Healthcare Marketing Symposium Slated for April 7

      Healthcare marketing professionals are invited to Union Station in Northampton on Friday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of learning and seeing what is possible in healthcare marketing from those who are breaking the mold of the conventional. Leading organizations, hospitals, and health systems will be in attendance. The Western New England Healthcare Marketing Symposium will provide attendees with opportunities to hear what’s new in this ever-changing and evolving industry, hear about best practices from healthcare-marketing thought leaders, and learn how those best practices were successfully implemented.

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    15. WNEU to Host Annual Pharmacy Conference March 16

      WNEU to Host Annual Pharmacy Conference March 16

      The Western New England University College of Pharmacy will hold its seventh annual Continuing Pharmacy Education and Preceptor Development Conference on Thursday, March 16 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rivers Memorial Hall. The conference is one way the College of Pharmacy supports the educational needs of pharmacists in the region. Hundreds of regional pharmacists from New England participate each year in the full-day training program, which will provide insight into legal issues impacting the pharmacy profession, preceptor development, and updates on clinical therapeutics.

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    16. Can Massachusetts become a leader in digital healthcare? Gov. Charlie Baker's innovation chief Katie Stebbins argues yes

      Can Massachusetts become a leader in digital healthcare? Gov. Charlie Baker's innovation chief Katie Stebbins argues yes

      The future is here and more is on the way: Sensors, which if installed into pill bottles would be able to register when the bottle is lighter and what time it occurred.  "If you have a senior citizen you're caring for, you might be able to monitor remotely through your smartphone, 'has my aging parent taken their medicine or have they not,'" says Katie Stebbins, who previously held jobs with the city of Springfield and the Holyoke Innovation District. Stebbins now works as Gov. Charlie Baker's assistant secretary for innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

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    17. Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      There was a time when a college degree or a high-school diploma was the only ticket a worker needed to enjoy a lifetime of middle-class comfort and security. Those days are long gone, according to Jeremiah Riordan, Springfield Technical Community College's new interim vice president of workforce training, and his colleague Paul Sheehan, director of workforce development. In response, community colleges, including STCC, Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges, along with continuing to offer affordable pathways to a bachelor's degree, are redefining and expanding their roles as vehicles for lifelong learning and, in the process, helping to drive the ...

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    18. Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

      Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

      The numbers alone speak to Holyoke Medical Center’s need for a new Emergency Department, with the current ER designed for 25,000 visits per year but actually logging almost 43,000. But HMC’s new facility, set to open this spring, will do much more than better handle the traffic; it will also call on cutting-edge ideas in design and workflow — not to mention an innovative, dedicated behavioral-health area — to reflect a truly 21st-century vision of emergency care.

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    19. Colleges Respond to Growing Demand for Healthcare Professionals

      Colleges Respond to Growing Demand for Healthcare Professionals

      Many students work hard to earn a college degree, then find there are no jobs that match their credentials.  But the demand for people to work in healthcare settings continues to rise, and high-school graduates or individuals seeking a career change are likely to be hired quickly after graduating from a certificate or degree program in any of several fields.  “Each year, we graduate 125 to 150 students from our healthcare programs, and they walk into jobs within months of passing their exams,” said Julia Chevan, dean of Springfield College School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies. “In the past ...

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    20. Providence Behavioral Health adds in-patient 'step-down' unit to addiction services

      Providence Behavioral Health adds in-patient 'step-down' unit to addiction services

      Mercy Behavioral Health Care is adding an in-patient "step-down" unit at its Providence Behavioral Health Hospital to help individuals fighting substance abuse disorders transition in post-detoxification treatment to outpatient services. The 21-bed unit, in renovated space on the hospital's third floor, is being described as a "bridge" between acute in-patient addiction treatment services and outpatient services by Dr. Robert J. Roose, chief medical officer and vice president of addiction and recovery services for the parent Sisters of Providence Health System, which is part of Trinity Health-New England, and also includes Mercy Medical Center in Springfield.

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    21. Holyoke Medical Center to Host Heart-health Lecture Feb. 9

      Holyoke Medical Center to Host Heart-health Lecture Feb. 9

      Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) will host a free discussion, “Heart Health: Congestive Heart Failure,” on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the HMC Auxiliary Conference Center. February is American Heart Month. There are more than 200,000 cases of congestive heart failure (CHF) each year in the U.S. Dr. Nirav Sheth, HMC cardiovascular specialist, will cover signs and symptoms, as well as how to help prevent CHF.

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    22. Baystate to Announce Recipients of Better Together Grants

      Baystate to Announce Recipients of Better Together Grants

      Baystate Medical Center, in conjunction with its Community Benefits Advisory Council, will hold a media event today, Jan. 6, beginning at 1:30 p.m. to announce the recipients whose requests for proposals last year were accepted as part is Baystate’s new Better Together Grants 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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    23. STCC Expands Options for EMT Course

      STCC Expands Options for EMT Course

      If a medical crisis occurs when Joan Osana is nearby, he feels confident that he can take control of the situation until help arrives.  The 25-year-old father of two just completed an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basics course at Springfield Technical Community College, and although it involved a tremendous amount of study, he is happy he signed up for it.  “I gained a lot of knowledge in a short period of time that will help me throughout my entire life. I would advise others to take the course,” Osana said, adding that he hopes to become a firefighter, and gaining ...

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    24. Report names Baystate Medical Center one of 50 best cardiovascular hospitals in U.S.

      Report names Baystate Medical Center one of 50 best cardiovascular hospitals in U.S.

      A new study ranks Baystate Medical Center among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country, citing "superior clinical outcomes." The 18th annual report by Truven Health Analytics considers mortality, readmission and complication rates, length and cost of patient stays, and other measures specific to heart health. This is the seventh time Baystate has been included in the upper echelon. "It is a tremendous honor to be recognized once again as a top 50 cardiovascular hospital," said Dr. Aaron D. Kugelmass, chief of cardiology at Baystate. "From Ware to Bernardston and every community in between, we work tirelessly to ensure ...

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