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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. Massachusetts Department of Public Health demands Baystate Health provide more detail on plans to close ICUs, pediatric unit in Westfield, Palmer

      Massachusetts Department of Public Health demands Baystate Health provide more detail on plans to close ICUs, pediatric unit in Westfield, Palmer

      The intensive care units at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield and Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, along with a pediatric unit at Noble, are essential services “necessary for preserving access and health,” the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has ruled. That means that Baystate Health must submit detailed information before it can move forward with plans to close the three units at the end of August. The state is asking for information on patient travel times, transportation needs, language difficulties and other factors.

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    12. Online Nursing Programs Evolve to Meet Workforce Needs

      Online Nursing Programs Evolve to Meet Workforce Needs

      Back in 2010, the Institute of Medicine put out a call for 80% of all registered nurses to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) by 2020. National nurse organizations picked up the goal as well — 85% is the current goal — while hospitals with ‘magnet’ status, such as Baystate Medical Center, maintain even stricter staffing goals. One problem, though: RNs work full-time jobs, and many go home to a full slate of family and parenting obligations. And that leaves little opportunity to go back to school to take classes toward a BSN.

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    13. Mercy Medical Center names Dr. Robert Roose chief medical officer - masslive.com

      Mercy Medical Center names Dr. Robert Roose chief medical officer - masslive.com

      Dr. Robert Roose, well-known in the commonwealth for his expertise in the area of substance abuse disorders, has been named chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center, which is part of Hartford-based Trinity Health Of New England.  Roose, who most recently served as Trinity’s regional chief of addiction medicine and recovery services, fills the position left vacant in February by the departure of Dr. Mark Dumais.

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    14. Baystate Health hails $4M grant for clinical trial centers in Springfield, Greenfield: ‘It’s about hope for patients’

      Baystate Health hails $4M grant for clinical trial centers in Springfield, Greenfield: ‘It’s about hope for patients’

      Baystate Health has received $3.95 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to build units for clinical trials in Springfield and at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield that will increase local patients’ access to groundbreaking drug therapies, medical devices and electronic technology that’s now only available in Boston or New Haven.

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    15. Developer eyes Vibra Hospital property on State Street in Springfield; state’s contract for mental-health unit runs out in 2020

      Developer eyes Vibra Hospital property on State Street in Springfield; state’s contract for mental-health unit runs out in 2020

      A Chicago-area developer says he has an agreement in place to buy Vibra Hospital and convert the building into housing once the hospital closes next year. The state’s contract with Vibra to operate a 30-bed mental health unit at the 1400 State St. hospital expires at the end of June 2020. Vibra has talked for years of its desire to close its Springfield operation. Vibra Healthcare, based in Pennsylvania, announced in 2017 its plans to close the 400,000-square-foot hospital, in part because of the difficulty of maintaining the 1950s-era building.

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    16. Baystate Health plans ICU closures at Noble in Westfield, Wing in Palmer, as Massachusetts lawmakers mull making such shutdowns harder

      Baystate Health plans ICU closures at Noble in Westfield, Wing in Palmer, as Massachusetts lawmakers mull making such shutdowns harder

      Baystate Health plans to close underutilized intensive care units in Westfield and Palmer and convert the six beds at each hospital to regular medical-surgical use with a lower level of care. It has also asked the state Department of Public Health to take the six pediatric beds at Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield off the institution’s license and close that ward, said spokeswoman Shelly Hazlett.

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    17. Marion A. McGowan named CEO of Health New England, VP for Baystate Health

      Marion A. McGowan named CEO of Health New England, VP for Baystate Health

      Baystate Health announced Thursday that it will appoint Marion A. McGowan to the newly created position of president and CEO of Health New England and senior vice president of payer innovation for Baystate Health. "We are confident that Marion’s experience in strategy development, operations, and new business ventures — along with her background in new population health business, service models and value-based payment — will help us to improve the health and the health care experience for the populations we serve,” said Dr. Mark A. Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health and chair of the Health New England board of ...

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    18. People in Business: Mercy Medical Center Welcomes Tina D’Agostino to New Role in Fund Development

      People in Business: Mercy Medical Center Welcomes Tina D’Agostino to New Role in Fund Development

      Tina D’Agostino has joined Mercy Medical Center as a Major Gifts Officer in the Fund Development Department. In this role, D’Agostino’s responsibilities include expanding the Major Gifts Program by cultivating donors and donor prospects, coordinating major gifts as they relate to capital fundraising campaigns, and overseeing volunteers who support the department.

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    19. Baystate Health & Wellness Center in Longmeadow opens its doors | masslive.com

      Baystate Health & Wellness Center in Longmeadow opens its doors | masslive.com

      The new Baystate Health & Wellness Center marked its grand opening on Monday morning.  Baystate Health President & CEO Mark Keroack, state Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and state Rep. Brian Ashe, D-Longmeadow were among those who attended the ribbon cutting at the facility at 21 Dwight Road facility.  The $11 million, 54,000-square-foot medical office building offers primary and multi-specialty care, as well as onsite services like Baystate Reference Laboratories and Baystate Radiology and Imaging.

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    20. Baystate Health and US HealthVest propose behavioral hospital for former Holyoke Geriatric...

      Baystate Health and US HealthVest propose behavioral hospital for former Holyoke Geriatric...

      Baystate Health and US HealthVest have chosen the former Geriatric Authority of Holyoke property as the site of their planned 70,000 square-foot behavioral hospital.  The hospital project beat out two other proposals for reuse of the facility at 45 Lower Westfield Road. The City Council and other city boards will now scrutinize the project. The council was expected to take up the proposal and land purchase at its Feb. 19 meeting. The property is currently zoned multifamily and professional office.

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    21. Baystate Mary Lane in Ware opens Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

      Baystate Mary Lane in Ware opens Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

      Baystate Health underscored its commitment to keeping Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center in business with the opening of its Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Baystate invested about $400,000 to refurbish the Davis Wing at Mary Lane, creating the specialized  wound center. "I never know what the future holds -- but our commitment to Mary Lane will not change," said Baystate's Eastern Region President Michael Moran at Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony.

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    22. Baystate Health-UMass Medical docs-in-training learn to 'heal at home' in Springfield:...

      Baystate Health-UMass Medical docs-in-training learn to 'heal at home' in Springfield:...

      For almost two years now, Springfield has been the home of a thriving branch of the Worcester-based University of Massachusetts Medical School, one with the aptly named acronym PURCH. Forty-six first- and second-year medical students are now enrolled in Baystate Health's PURCH program, which stands for Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health. The diverse group of students, including several from Springfield, came up with the name when the program was considering its niche, according to Dr. Kevin Hinchey, chief education officer at Baystate Health.

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    23. Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint

      Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint

      Progress, innovation, advancement, development; whatever words we use to describe humanity's march to an improved future state doesn't happen without learning. Learning is the essential ingredient for progress and innovation. Health care is no different. In fact, in healthcare, progress and innovation are happening at an ever accelerating pace. In 2018, Holyoke Medical Center marked its 125th year of continuous operation. It is a history very rich in experiences, lessons and advancement. Those years have afforded the medical center and the entire Valley Health System, many opportunities to learn and to teach.

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