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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. Depression treatment center opens in North End

      Depression treatment center opens in North End

      The Tuesday ribbon cutting at Achieve TMS East's treatment center for depression in the city's North End came with an applauded announcement. Dr. Thomas J. Bombardier, who is helping the California-based Achieve Treatment Centers open such partnership clinics nationwide, announced the clinic would be dedicated to Sister of Providence Mary Caritas Geary. Bombardier, an ophthalmologist turned businessman, also said he would donate half of his profits from the Springfield location to Providence Ministries Service Network.

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    12. Healthy Development Initiative to Host Open House, Family Fun Day

      The Healthy Development Initiative, a community-focused research, education, and outreach program led by UMass Amherst faculty, will host its annual open house on Friday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. and a family fun day for families with infants and young children on Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both events will be held at the UMass Center at Springfield. The public is invited to attend either or both events and learn more about the initiative, which is aimed at understanding and promoting the psychological and physical health and well-being of children, adolescents ...

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    13. Holyoke Medical Center cuts ribbon on new $25.3 million emergency department (photos,...

      Holyoke Medical Center cuts ribbon on new $25.3 million emergency department (photos,...

      The ribbon was cut Monday on Holyoke Medical Center's new $25.3 million Emergency Department, as elected officials and local dignitaries gathered for a ceremony in the Paper City hospital.  Holyoke Medical Center was set to break ground this morning on its $22 million addition, which includes expanded emergency department space, as well as a floor for medical offices. The new emergency department expands the current space from 8,500 square feet to approximately 20,750 square feet. The office building will be approximately 18,000 square feet. "We were in desperate need of a new facility," remarked Spiros ...

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    14. TechSpring, Baystate's Springfield innovation center, receives $80K from state for digital health advances

      TechSpring, Baystate's Springfield innovation center, receives $80K from state for digital health advances

      TechSpring, Baystate Health's digital health care laboratory in downtown Springfield, has received $80,000 in state money from the the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative. Christian Lagier, managing director of TechSpring, said the money will help pay for the lab to do more outreach efforts, like its "Tap into TechSpring" networking events and its practice of opening its offices in the MassLive Building at 1350 Main St. in Springfield as co-working space for startups. He calls it innovation community building.

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    15. Holyoke Medical Center Offers Preview Events for New ED - BusinessWest

      Holyoke Medical Center Offers Preview Events for New ED - BusinessWest

      Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) will open its new, $25.3 million Emergency Department early next month. The hospital has scheduled multiple events allowing employees, dignitaries, donors, and community members a chance to tour the facility before it opens.  “For the past 18 months, we have been building the Emergency Department our community deserves. Now that the construction is complete, we are happy to invite the community to take a tour of the facility before it opens through a variety of events,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems.

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    16. Jane Albert named senior vice president at Baystate Health

      Jane Albert named senior vice president at Baystate Health

      Jane Albert has been promoted to senior vice president for marketing, communications and external relations at Baystate Health in Springfield. "Jane has been a trusted Baystate Health leader for 15 years in roles that have progressively increased in responsibility and scope.  She has a breadth and depth of career experiences and skills that make her ideal for this senior leadership role," said Dr. Mark Keroack, president and chief executive officer of Baystate Health.

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    17. New Facility Brings Additional Learning Opportunities to WSU

      New Facility Brings Additional Learning Opportunities to WSU

      John McDonald hit the pause button ever so briefly in his conversation with BusinessWest and went to the window. He then scanned the parking lot for his pick-up truck, found it, and gestured toward it. “There … that was our other lab space — my truck,” said McDonald, an assistant professor in the Environmental Science Department at Westfield State University. “Occasionally, we’d have field labs, such as animal necropsies, and we’d have to do those on the back of the truck, parked next to Route 20. We had zero functional lab space.” The window he pointed from is one of ...

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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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