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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. Baystate Health Foundation receives $26K grant for Palmer emergency department

      Baystate Health Foundation receives $26K grant for Palmer emergency department

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded Baystate Health Foundation a $26,000 Capital Grant to purchase two patient monitors for the recently opened Baystate Wing Hospital Emergency Department in Palmer. The Phillips IntelliVue MX450 portable patient monitors will allow team members to quickly check vital signs on one screen, including blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate.  That data then moves with patients to their next phase of treatment, if required.

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    16. Job market bright for graduates of UMass Center's accelerated nursing baccalaureate degree...

      Job market bright for graduates of UMass Center's accelerated nursing baccalaureate degree...

      Howett, is the assistant dean of the accelerated bachelor's degree program in nursing at the UMass Center at Springfield, where she is excited about helping others make a career shift to a field that is both rewarding and in great demand. "People who choose to go into nursing long for that patient connection," she says. "They are highly motivated. They have their eyes on the prize." Students who enroll in the fast-track program must already hold a bachelor's degree to apply, according to Howett. Their previous bachelor's degrees run the gamut - from political science to journalism and ...

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    17. Baystate Health seeks input for Community Health Needs Assessment report

      Baystate Health seeks input for Community Health Needs Assessment report

      Beginning Friday, Baystate Health will be holding the first of several Community Conversations to learn which health needs are most important to the local population.  The first gathering will take place Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Riverview Senior Center on 122 Clyde St. in Springfield This first Community Conversation will be conducted in Spanish, and lunch will be provided.  The goal is to gather as many community members and stakeholders as possible to ensure that all aspects of community issues and assets can be included in the final 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment  report ...

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    18. Baystate Health plan for new psychiatric hospital raises questions, hopes in community

      Baystate Health plan for new psychiatric hospital raises questions, hopes in community

      Baystate Health’s plan to build a behavioral health hospital has left folks who work in mental health in the Pioneer Valley with a lot of questions, as well as a sense of reassurance. The new hospital will be for children and adolescents as well as adults and will serve patients with mental health and substance abuse needs, Baystate announced Monday. It will be a partnership with for-profit provider US HealthVest of New York. “It’s good to see that they are reviewing their utilization of psychiatric beds,” said Nick Fleisher, vice president of community-based services for Clinical & Support Options ...

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    19. Dena Hall to Chair Baystate Health Foundation Board of Trustees - BusinessWest

      Dena Hall, who has served as Baystate Health Foundation’s vice chair for the past two years, has succeeded Jean Deliso as the foundation’s chair.  “Jean has left an indelible stamp on the foundation over the past two years, and we are incredibly proud of all that we’ve achieved together under her leadership,” said Scott Berg, vice president of Philanthropy for Baystate Health and executive director of Baystate Health Foundation. “We are grateful for the gift of Jean’s talents and thrilled that she will be passing the baton to someone as accomplished and committed as Dena.”

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    20. HCC, Westfield State Announce Nursing Degree Partnership

      Officials from Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Westfield State University signed a dual admission agreement this week that streamlines the process for students who want to continue their nursing educations at Westfield State after earning an associate degree in nursing at HCC.  The RN-to-BSN completion program partnership was announced during a ceremony at HCC’s Center for Health Education on Jarvis Avenue in Holyoke, home to the college’s RN (registered nurse) and LPN (licensed practical nursing) programs and medical simulation center.

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    21. An inside look at the newly opened ARA Holyoke Dialysis Center in Holyoke

      An inside look at the newly opened ARA Holyoke Dialysis Center in Holyoke

      In a special place in Holyoke, tucked up on a hill overlooking the valley is the newly opened 9,000 square-foot state-of-the-art ARA Holyoke Dialysis Center located at 36 Lower Westfield Rd. The new dialysis center features comfort and convenience with more than 20 machines in the main treatment room. Each is equipped with a flat screen television, wireless internet, DVD players, and heated massage dialysis chairs, and a team of dedicated staff to provide direct care. The main treatment room also features three isolation rooms if needed.

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    22. Baystate Franklin to Launch Pilot Program for Stress Management

      Baystate Franklin to Launch Pilot Program for Stress Management

       Baystate Franklin Medical Center announced it will offer the Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) course beginning Monday, Jan. 28. Developed by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, the SMART program helps participants achieve greater quality of life and an enhanced sense of well-being. The program teaches self-care practices that help buffer daily stress, making participants less emotionally and physically vulnerable to it. Stress affects more than just mental health; an estimated 75% to 90% of all doctor visits are for stress-related issues. Stress is a factor in five out of the six leading causes ...

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      Mentions: Greenfield
    23. Newly re-branded Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts shows...

      Newly re-branded Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts shows...

      Health care professionals and invited guests were on hand for private and group tours during a name rebranding event at the former HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts Tuesday. The Alabama-based HealthSouth Corporation kicked-off a name re-branding with their new name, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts. The nationwide name re-branding began on January 1.

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    24. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts to unveil new name

      HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts to unveil new name

      HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts will unveil its new name and brand as part of its management Company’s name change and rebranding initiative. Beginning Jan. 1, the inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be known as Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts. It will continue to provide the same high quality, post-acute care for patients overcoming a variety of major illnesses and injuries.

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