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    1. Ron Bryant Named President of Baystate Health Regional Hospitals

      Ron Bryant Named President of Baystate Health Regional Hospitals

      Ron Bryant, president of Baystate Noble Hospital and Baystate Franklin Medical Center – Northern Region, will extend his role to become president of Baystate Health Regional Hospitals, which also includes Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer. His new role becomes effective on Oct. 9 upon the retirement of Molly Gray as president and chief administrative officer of the Baystate Health Eastern Region. “At Baystate Health, our goal is to continue providing a top-tier patient experience while focusing on safety, quality, and value across our organization. Ron’s proven visionary leadership and business acumen will further our mission of improving the health of ...

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      Mentions: Palmer Springfield
    2. Sam Skura Named President of Baystate Medical Center, SVP at Baystate Health

      Sam Skura Named President of Baystate Medical Center, SVP at Baystate Health

      Sam Skura, MPH, MBA, a healthcare professional with more than 25 years of clinical leadership experience, has been named president of Baystate Medical Center and senior vice president of Hospital Operations for Baystate Health. His appointment becomes effective Sept. 12.  In his new role, Skura will join the senior leadership team and serve as a member of the president’s cabinet, reporting directly to Marion McGowan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Baystate Health.

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    3. Palliative Care Unit at Mercy Will Bear Andy Yee’s Name - BusinessWest

      Palliative Care Unit at Mercy Will Bear Andy Yee’s Name - BusinessWest

      Sarah Yee recalls that, during her husband’s final stay at Mercy Medical Center before he succumbed to cancer — a week in the intensive care unit in late May 2021 — there was some subtle “bending of the rules,” as she called it.  Most of it involved visitation, and, more specifically, the number of people who could visit and the hours when people could drop in, she noted. But there was more to it, especially efforts to make his room more like home, she said, adding that steps involved everything from the music playing — Earth Wind & Fire — to the Disney movies ...

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    4. Mercy Medical Celebrates 4th Consecutive ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

      Mercy Medical Celebrates 4th Consecutive ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

      Mercy Medical Center colleagues gathered Thursday to celebrate the hospital’s fourth consecutive “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Mercy Medical Center’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. Members of Mercy executive leadership team and board of directors congratulated colleagues and medical staff on the achievement.

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    5. Rebuilding the healthcare workforce: Elms College students meet with potential employers

      Rebuilding the healthcare workforce: Elms College students meet with potential employers

      The nursing shortage grew out of this pandemic, leaving many hospitals and nursing homes short-staffed. For example, Baystate Health said it is hiring a hundred new employees each week. So the big question, how do we fill those gaps? Elms College is taking its own approach, hosting the first ever Health Care Organization Forum, connecting the more than 80 graduating nursing students with local healthcare facilities.

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    6. Freedom Credit Union commits $15K to Baystate Franklin Medical Center

      Freedom Credit Union commits $15K to Baystate Franklin Medical Center

      Freedom Credit Union announced their plan to commit $15,000 to Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s new Department of Family Medicine over the next five years. According to a statement released by Freedom Credit Union, the new department is described as a partnership between Baystate Franklin Medical Center and UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate.

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    7. Dr. Lynnette Watkins Takes the Helm at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

      Dr. Lynnette Watkins Takes the Helm at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

      Dr. Lynnette Watkins says she is most definitely her father’s daughter. By that, she meant she is a second-generation ophthalmologist, following the lead set by her father, L.C. Watkins, who is one of the first African-Americans practicing in that specialty in St. Louis. “When I say that I stand on the shoulders of giants, I don’t take that lightly, and first and foremost is my dad,” she noted. “He’s been my biggest supporter, mentor, and point of light.”

       

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    8. Cooley Dickinson Health Care's newest President starts Monday

      Cooley Dickinson Health Care's newest President starts Monday

      Cooley Dickinson Health Care’s latest President and CEO, Doctor Lynnette M. Watkins starts Monday. According to a news release from Cooley Dickinson Health Care, Dr. Watkins was found for the position following a national search, and chosen to lead the extensive Northampton-based health care system due to her experience in health care leadership and notable accomplishments in performance improvement, quality, safety, provider relations and financial management.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    9. With COVID-19 Surging at Baystate, Dr. Mark Keroack Encourages Vaccination

      With COVID-19 Surging at Baystate, Dr. Mark Keroack Encourages Vaccination

      Despite having just 5.5% of the state’s hospital inpatient beds, Baystate Health’s four hospitals housed 18% of all inpatient COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts on Wednesday — and system President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack is calling on the community to do its part, through vaccination and other measures, to help slow a recent surge in cases in Western Mass., mostly driven by the Delta variant. “Baystate Health has really been hit unusually hard by the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We went from four cases on the first of July to, last weekend, having over 100 cases ...

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    10. Richard Swift Settles In as CEO at Health New England

      Richard Swift Settles In as CEO at Health New England

      For roughly two decades, Richard Swift hop scotched the country on a series of interim assignments during which he shared his considerable expertise with several different health plans. As fruitful as this niche has been for Swift, he has traded his ‘interim’ tag for something permanent at Health New England — the role of president and CEO — and at a very unique and challenging time, for him and the company.

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    11. Lynnette Watkins, MD, MBA, Named President and CEO at CDH - BusinessWest

      Lynnette Watkins, MD, MBA, Named President and CEO at CDH - BusinessWest

      Lynnette Watkins, MD, MBA, an ophthalmologist and widely respected health care administrator and leader, has been named president and chief executive officer at Cooley Dickinson Health Care.  Currently the group chief medical officer for the Baptist Health System/Tenet Healthcare — Texas Group, she will begin her new role at Cooley Dickinson Sept. 27.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    12. Baystate Medical Center Names Interim President, Interim Chief Nursing Officer

      Baystate Medical Center Names Interim President, Interim Chief Nursing Officer

      A respected healthcare professional with more than 30 years of clinical leadership, Frank Cracolici, has been named interim president of Baystate Medical Center. Meanwhile, Joanne Miller, who has more than 30 years of hospital-operations experience, has been named interim chief Nursing officer (CNO). Cracolici has an extensive background in leading hospitals and most recently served as senior advisor to the CEO of Morton Hospital, a member facility within the Steward Health Care System, a $7 billion system comprised of 36 hospitals with more than 40,000 employees. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations for the 125-bed hospital located in ...

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    13. HNE Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

      SPRINGFIELD — Health New England announced the recent appointment of Lisa Cohen to the role of vice president of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. In this position, Cohen is responsible for leading Health New England’s financial strategy, accounting, actuarial, underwriting and financial reporting, ensuring its ability to provide cost-effective health care coverage while maintaining high-quality member care.

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    14. UMass to Create Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation

      UMass to Create Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation

      Michael and Theresa Hluchyj are no strangers to giving back to their alma mater — and seeing their investments bear fruit. For example, the couple, who graduated from UMass Amherst in 1976 and 1977, respectively, established a graduate fellowship program in 2008 to support students from the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing who are interested in clinical healthcare research. One recipient of the fellowship, Akshaya Shanmugam, who earned a master’s degree and PhD from UMass in electrical and computer engineering, earned recognition in 2017 in Forbes’ 30 under 30 for her achievements in healthcare. She founded Lumme ...

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    15. Cooley Dickinson Hospital Receives $30,000 Gift to Support Childbirth Center

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital Receives $30,000 Gift to Support Childbirth Center

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital received a $30,000 gift from Thomson Financial Management to support the Childbirth Center project, which, when completed, will offer expanded services in a newly renovated space that includes an upgraded nursery, birthing tubs, and more home-like surroundings for moms and babies.

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    16. Dr. David Brown to Lead Cooley Dickinson Health Care as Interim President, CEO

      Dr. David Brown to Lead Cooley Dickinson Health Care as Interim President, CEO

      Dr. David Brown has begun serving as the interim president and CEO at Cooley Dickinson Health Care. Brown steps in to lead the organization after Joanne Marqusee announced her resignation in January following seven years of service to Cooley Dickinson. Brown, chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), will serve in an interim capacity while a search is conducted for a permanent president and CEO. The search process will be aligned with the Mass General Brigham United Against Racism priority and will include a diverse search committee and slate of candidates for consideration.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    17. Health Partners New England Acquires Providence Behavioral Health Hospital

      Health Partners New England Acquires Providence Behavioral Health Hospital

      Mercy Medical Center has long collaborated with other hospitals, organizations, and agencies to offer new and more integrated, sustainable pathways to behavioral healthcare. Such collaborative planning, the health system notes, is essential in developing creative and effective ways of matching patient needs with available resources.

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    18. Nursing Schools Almanac Names AIC among Best Schools for Nursing in Mass., N.E.

      Nursing Schools Almanac Names AIC among Best Schools for Nursing in Mass., N.E.

      Nursing Schools Almanac has released its 2020 rankings of the best nursing schools in the United States. In collecting data on more than 3,000 institutions nationwide only 20% made the list of the best nursing schools in each geographic region. The nursing program at American International College (AIC) was named in both the New England and Massachusetts categories placing 45th in the region and 21st in in the state.

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    19. Valley Health Systems Appreciates Employees by Supporting Locally Owned Eateries

      Valley Health Systems Appreciates Employees by Supporting Locally Owned Eateries

      Valley Health Systems Inc., which consists of Holyoke Medical Center, Holyoke Medical Group, Holyoke VNA Hospice Life Care, and River Valley Counseling Center, will express appreciation to employees by providing a voucher to use at locally owned food establishments. “Normally, we would celebrate the season by serving a holiday meal with all the trimmings to employees in our cafeteria,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems. “Because of the challenges presented this year due to COVID-19, we are unable to carry out this tradition. However, we wanted to recognize staff for their tireless ...

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    20. Holyoke Medical Center Earns Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Quality, Safety

      Holyoke Medical Center Earns Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Quality, Safety

      Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Holyoke Medical Center was named a Top General Hospital nationally by the Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard setters for healthcare safety and quality. “Holyoke Medical Center is proud to once again accept the Top General Hospital award from the Leapfrog Group,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems Inc. “With only 29 hospitals receiving this distinction nationally, it speaks volumes about our amazing team members. It is through their dedicated work ...

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    21. Even Amid a Pandemic, Healthcare Continues to Evolve - BusinessWest

      Even Amid a Pandemic, Healthcare Continues to Evolve - BusinessWest

      A rundown of the big issues facing healthcare 20 years ago would, in some ways, be similar to the same list today, encompassing persistent challenges like hospital finances, staffing shortages in certain specialties, strategies to tackle substance abuse, and diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.  Yet, the solutions to those issues have certainly evolved. For example, hospitals have seen a dramatic shift to accountable care, a model in which disparate providers work together and are paid for patient outcomes, not how many procedures they order up.

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    22. Health New England Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

      Health New England Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

      Health New England announced the recent appointment of Dr. Ira Klein to the role of vice president and chief medical officer. In this position, he is responsible for ensuring the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services for Health New England members, and will focus on clinical excellence, innovation, and technology to improve health outcomes. Klein joins Health New England’s executive leadership team and reports directly to Richard Swift, president and CEO.

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