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    1. UMass Amherst hosts conference encouraging minority teenagers to consider career in nursing

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      UMass Amherst hosts conference encouraging minority teenagers to consider career in nursing

      The University of Massachusetts College of Nursing will host about 300 students from Springfield, West Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Northampton and some from Brooklyn, New York for a Nursing Orientation & Celebration Conference at the Campus Center on March 28, according to Carmen Rosa, coordinator for the Achieving Diversity Initiative. "Increasing Workforce Diversity in Nursing is a project sponsored by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College of Nursing. The principal investigator Dr. Jean Swinney wrote the grant and secured approximately $1 million. The goal of the grant is to increase representation for minority and disadvantaged individuals in the nursing workforce," Rosa said ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Springfield

    2. Noble Hospital-Baystate Health proposed affiliation looks to keep Noble operational

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      Noble Hospital-Baystate Health proposed affiliation looks to keep Noble operational

      The proposed affiliation of Noble Hospital with Baystate Health announced Thursday will help the 97-bed community hospital better serve its patients, many of whom are government insured, as well as face the future in a time of health reforms and changing government reimbursements, its top executive said. "We want to be part of their regional system," Ronald P. Bryant, president and chief executive of Noble Health Network, said of the potential affiliation. "This allows us to bring services to our community that, without additional resources, we are not able to do."

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Baystate Health   Holyoke Medical Center

    3. The Spa Opens for Business in Westfield

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      The Spa Opens for Business in Westfield

      New England Dermatology & Laser Center announced the opening of the Spa, a med spa located at 57 Union St. The new med spa at New England Dermatology & Laser Center boasts a peaceful, rejuvenating atmosphere and a complete menu of services designed to relax and revitalize.  “The Spa provides restorative and nourishing treatments, including your favorite spa services and products, in addition to a complete line of medically supervised esthetic procedures,” said Dr. Stanley Glazer, a board-certified physician with over 40 years experience in dermatology.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    4. STCC offers two-year nursing degree for those balancing a job and family commitments

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      STCC offers two-year nursing degree for those balancing a job and family commitments

      Many students dream of pursuing a nursing career but find going to school full time while balancing a job and family commitments a strain both personally and financially. The answer for many aspiring nurses, like Trina Henderson, a student at Springfield Technical Community College, is to pursue a two-year degree at a community college to obtain an associate degree and enter the workforce immediately after graduation.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    5. North Adams hospital plans expanded services, but residents want inpatient beds, maternity ward | masslive

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      North Adams hospital plans expanded services, but residents want inpatient beds, maternity ward | masslive

      Berkshire Health Systems, the new owner of the former North Adams Regional Hospital, is expanding services at the facility with an emphasis on prevention.  'What is happening here is an evolution from focus on health and to creating health and wellness,' said Ruth Blodgett, senior vice president of Planning and Development at Berkshire Health Systems.

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    6. Baystate Begins Registration for Mini-Medical School | BusinessWest

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      Baystate Begins Registration for Mini-Medical School | BusinessWest

      Baystate Medical Center’s Mini-Medical School, which begins its spring session on March 19, will give area residents a reason to come out of hibernation from the long, cold, snowy winter and join others interested in the expanding field of medicine.  Mini-Medical School program is an eight-week health education series featuring a different aspect of medicine each week. Classes this spring will include sessions on various medical topics, such as surgery, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, pathology, and several others. Many of the ‘students,’ who often range in age from 20 to 70, participate due to a general interest in medicine and ...

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    7. Northampton: Construction of Massachusetts General cancer center at Cooley Dickinson begins next week

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      Northampton: Construction of Massachusetts General cancer center at Cooley Dickinson begins next week

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital will begin construction Monday on a $5 million addition to its cancer center, a project that's meant to strengthen its partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital and boost ease of treatment for patients and their families. The rotary and road in front of the hospital's North Building will be closed Monday through Friday as crane operators unload and position 108 steel beams onto the roof of what will become the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman spokeswoman Christina Trinchero.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    8. Baystate Franklin in Greenfield breaks ground for $26 million surgery modernization project | masslive

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      Baystate Franklin in Greenfield breaks ground for $26 million surgery modernization project | masslive

      Baystate Franklin Medical Center hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday for its $26 million surgery modernization project.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    9. Springfield on the rise: $15 million Sister Caritas Cancer Center expansion due for fall completion | masslive

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      Springfield on the rise: $15 million Sister Caritas Cancer Center expansion due for fall completion | masslive

      The Sisters of Providence Health System hopes to consolidate its cancer treatment operations in one location with the $15 million expansion of the Sister Caritas Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center.  The project will include the construction of 10 infusion bays for cancer treatments w, bringing the total number up to 32. the existing 22 infusion bays are in constant use and will be upgraded as well with more privacy as part of this project, according to information provided by Mercy Medical Center.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Sisters of Providence Health System

    10. Baystate Health finances $77 million in projects in Springfield and Greenfield through MassDevelopment | masslive

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      Baystate Health finances $77 million in projects in Springfield and Greenfield through MassDevelopment | masslive

      Baystate Health has financed $77.115 million in building projects – a new addition with operating rooms at Baystate Franklin in Greenfield and an inpatient pharmacy and 96 patient rooms in Springfield – by selling bonds through MassDevelopment.  Baystate plans to hold separate media events in Greenfield and in Springfield over the next few weeks detailing both projects. But an old release describing them can be found here.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Baystate Health   Springfield

    11. Johnson Memorial Medical Center plans bankruptcy to become part of Saint Francis Care

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      Johnson Memorial Medical Center plans bankruptcy to become part of Saint Francis Care

      The emerging pattern in the delivery of health care, in this age of accountable and affordable care, is for smaller hospitals systems to merge with bigger ones. In December, Michigan-based Trinity Health, the country's second largest non-profit health system, announced it had signed a definitive agreement for Hartford-based Saint Francis Care to join its system. Today, another Connecticut-based system, Johnson Memorial Medical Center, announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to allow it to become a subsidiary of Saint Francis Care. Johnson Memorial has been in a two-year affiliated arrangement with Saint Francis Care. "Throughout our working ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Sisters of Providence Health System

    12. UMass grant to help improve health of Springfield Caring Center patients

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      UMass grant to help improve health of Springfield Caring Center patients

      The Commonwealth Corporation has awarded a three-year $249,659 grant to Stuart Chipkin, research professor of kinesiology; Cristina Huebner Torres, center vice president and a UMass Amherst doctoral candidate in epidemiology; and Sabina Dhakal, the agency's community programs coordinator/ethnographer. The money will be used to train 30 staff members about how to support patients in adopting healthy lifestyles. Decreasing the patient no-show rate for appointments is part of that.  Chipkin said in the release, "Most inner city clinics face high no-show rates and our goal is to see if we can decrease the no-show rate." 

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    13. Holyoke Medical Center Awarded Top Hospital Distinction

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      Holyoke Medical Center Awarded Top Hospital Distinction

      Holyoke Medical Center was one of 94 Top Hospitals recognized nationally, including academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, and community hospitals, and children’s hospitals in rural, suburban, and urban settings. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Holyoke

    14. Sisters of Providence Health System, Hartford's St. Francis Care posed to create new regional system under Trinity Health

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      Sisters of Providence Health System, Hartford's St. Francis Care posed to create new regional system under Trinity Health

      The country's second largest non-profit health system is set to expand in New England, with Michigan-based Trinity Health's announcement Dec. 17 that it has signed a definitive agreement for Hartford-based St. Francis Care to join its system. The agreement, which has been negotiated over eight months, and been approved by the Archdiocese of Hartford, which sponsors St. Francis Care, includes plans for the Sisters of Providence Health System and St. Francis Care to form a non-profit regional system.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Sisters of Providence Health System

    15. Progress — by Design

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      Progress — by Design

      Inside the labs at Western New England University’s Biomedical Engineering (BME) department, students aren’t simply studying the technologies behind medicine. They’re constantly searching for ways to improve them.  It’s a philosophy, acting Department Chair Dr. Robert Gettens and BME students agree, that prepares them well to be leaders in a variety of careers. Many recent WNEU graduates have become specialized medical attorneys. Others have gravitated toward research. One particularly accomplished alumnus, Ryan Turner, is on his way to becoming a brain surgeon. But, regardless of what path graduates choose, they all share an ability to comprehensively ...

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      Mentions:   Western New England University

    16. Pioneer Valley Planning commission seeks health survey input

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      Pioneer Valley Planning commission seeks health survey input

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, on behalf of the Oversight Committee of the Hampden County Shared Public Health Nurse Assistance program, has announced an online Hampden County community health survey and invites the public to participate. This survey is conducted by Ready EDI, a local research and consulting company hired to conduct a community public health assessment for 12 Hampden County municipalities: West Springfield; East Longmeadow; Ludlow; Palmer; Monson; Hampden; Brimfield; Southwick; Granville; Tolland; Blandford; and Montgomery.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield   Palmer

    17. Holyoke Medical Center receives Top Hospital honors | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Medical Center receives Top Hospital honors | masslive.com

      The Leapfrog Group has named Holyoke Medical Center to its annual list of Top Hospitals.  The awards, which are given annually, will be announced at Leapfrog's Annual Meeting and Top Hospital Awards on December 2, in Washington, D.C.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Holyoke   The Republican

    18. Sisters of St. Joseph, Tryko partners close on Mont Marie property

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      Sisters of St. Joseph, Tryko partners close on Mont Marie property

      The transfer of the Mont Marie property in Holyoke from the Sisters of St. Joseph to Tryko Partners is a done deal, according to Wendy Hammerle, communications director for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Springfield. The two parties closed on the sale Monday and the deed was filed Tuesday. The 52-acre campus includes the Mont Marie Health Care Center, the congregation's Motherhouse and two HUD-supported senior residences. The sale became necessary as a cost-saving measure, according to Hammerle.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    19. Under Construction: Baystate Dental builds Downtown Springfield office | masslive

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      Under Construction: Baystate Dental builds Downtown Springfield office | masslive

      Crag Sweitzer & Co. General Contractors is building a new 2,300-square-foot dental office for Baystate Dental PC at 1391 Main St. in downtown Springfield.
      Expected to be completed in February 2015, it will be Baystate Dental's 14th office

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    20. Springfield's Baystate Health opens TechSpring innovation hub downtown - The Republican

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      Springfield's Baystate Health opens TechSpring innovation hub downtown - The Republican

      Dr. Keroack along with state and city economic development officials opened TechSpring Friday at the MassLive building, 1350 Main St., the former One Financial Plaza. Funded with a $5.5 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, TechSpring is a "collision space" and collaborative where innovators in the health care technology field can work with Baystate, gaining access to its data and to its expertise in return for developing technologies that help improve people's health, said Managing Director Christian Lagier, himself an import from Denmark via Silicon Valley in California.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Baystate Health

    21. Baystate Health opens shared space in Springfield for health care tech companies

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      Baystate Health opens shared space in Springfield for health care tech companies

      Friday is the official ribbon-cutting for a new shared workspace in Springfield focused on testing and deploying new health care technologies. Baystate Health, the big nonprofit healthcare system that spawned the space, has dubbed it the Baystate Health Technology Innovation Center. But that sounds like a name coughed up by a committee, and Christian Lagier, a former entrepreneur and business development executive who will run it, says he expects everyone will call it TechSpring.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Baystate Health   Springfield

    22. Some former Hampden County Physician Associates doctors will join Sisters of Providence starting Wednesday

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      Some former Hampden County Physician Associates doctors will join Sisters of Providence starting Wednesday

      Nineteen primary doctors who were part of Hampden County Physician Associates and most of ther staff will be part of Sisters of Providence Health System and its Mercy Medical Group beginning Wednesday morning, Nov. 5. Phone numbers will roll over to Mercy operators and physicians will begin scheduling appointments again at locations on Carew Street in Springfield, 98 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow, in Ludlow and in Feedinig Hills, said Daniel Moen, president and CEO of Sisters of Providence Health System. Mercy is taking over Hampden County Physician Associates locations.

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Springfield   Westfield

    23. Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.9 million from state for behavioral health ER space, services | masslive

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      Holyoke Medical Center gets $3.9 million from state for behavioral health ER space, services | masslive

      Holyoke Medical Center has been awarded $3.9 million by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, and will use nearly half of the money to expand its emergency department to include a wing for the treatment of patients with behavioral health issues, and the rest for coordination of services to those patients.
      'This funding will allow us to create significantly improved conditions for all our patients, especially those with behavioral health needs,' Spiros Hatiras, hospital president and chief executive officer, said in a release.   Baxter Chandler, director of behavioral health for the hospital, added, 'Not only will we more effectively address ...

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Holyoke Medical Center   Chicopee

    24. Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new collaboration | masslive.com

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      Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new collaboration | masslive.com

      Baystate Children's Hospital and Hartford's Connecticut Children's Medical Center, known for its research in a number of areas, including pediatric cancers, have announced a collaboration to potentially increase pediatric and neonatal care in the region, as well to work with community pediatric providers, in providing such care. Areas cited for possible growth in access include pediatric neurosurgery, ophthalmology, pulmonology and urology.  'Our two organizations have a lot in common: similar cultures of placing the patient at the very center of our focus, and strong commitments to the health of our communities in the broadest sense,' said Dr ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

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