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    1. GCC and Cooley Dickinson collaborate to train licensed practical nurses

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      GCC and Cooley Dickinson collaborate to train licensed practical nurses

      Greenfield Community College and Cooley Dickinson Health Care in Northampton have announced they will work together to train new, entry-level nurses. Starting this year, the college's ten-month Practical Nursing Certificate Program will be housed at 10 Main Street in Florence, a space leased by Cooley Dickinson. The program prepares students for certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), but does not guarantee they will pass the required licensure examination. However, GCC graduates have a good record of passing the exam, according to the college.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Northampton   Greenfield

    2. Why Baystate Health thinks you should go to its community hospitals | masslive.com

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      Why Baystate Health thinks you should go to its community hospitals | masslive.com

      Mark A. Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, has asserted he wants as many services as possible delivered in the community hospitals, a goal he believes benefits both patients and the healthcare system's bottom line.  As Baystate continues to acquire community hospitals - in March the system announced it will buy Noble Hospital in Westfield outright - enthusiastic patients like Kowalcyzk are helping its leaders craft a hometown healthcare model that will attract others in the community and keep costs low.

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    3. Former Abdow's location in Westfield to become MedExpress urgent care medical practice | masslive.com

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      Former Abdow's location in Westfield to become MedExpress urgent care medical practice | masslive.com

      The Westfield building that was once an Abdow's Big Boy and then a Bickford's restaurant is slated to become a MedExpress urgent care doctors practice.  Ronald J. Abdow said the practice is expected to open in October. The Abdow family still owns the real estate, he said, despite not having run the restaurant since 1995.  Urgent care medical practices, where people can go if their primary care doctor is busy and a visit to a full emergency room is not warranted, are in vogue at the moment.

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    4. Western New England University Phamacy College gets accredited | masslive.com

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      Western New England University Phamacy College gets accredited | masslive.com

      The Western New England University College of Pharmacy is now fully accredited, according to a news release.  Pharmacy school Dean Evan Robinson announced that the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education has granted full accreditation status to the University's College of Pharmacy.  The ACPE is the national agency that sets the standards for professional degrees in the education of pharmacists. This completes the final accreditation step for the College of Pharmacy that graduated its founding class on May 17.  The College of Pharmacy enrolled its first class of Doctor of Pharmacy students in 2011 with enrollment limited to about 75 ...

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    5. Baystate Health plans $2 million in Noble Hospital improvements, urgent care center in Feeding Hills | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health plans $2 million in Noble Hospital improvements, urgent care center in Feeding Hills | masslive.com

      The newly renamed and acquired Baystate Noble Hospital is getting $2 million worth of improvements to its heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and to improve access to the building.  Dennis W. Chalke, senior vice president of Baystate Community Hospitals and chief financial officer of Baystate Health, discussed the planned improvements Tuesday prior to a press conference and ceremony marking Baystate's acquisition of Noble Hospital here. Chalke described the work as modest and behind the scenes.

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    6. Hartford-based health insurance company Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion | masslive.com

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      Hartford-based health insurance company Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion | masslive.com

      Aetna will spend $37 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.  The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, could make Aetna the nation's second-largest insurer and a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities.  It also would bolster Aetna's presence in the state- and federally funded Medicaid program and Tricare coverage for military personnel and their families.


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    7. Baystate Health Announces Completion of Noble Acquisition

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      Baystate Health Announces Completion of Noble Acquisition

      The trustees of Baystate Health and Noble Hospital announced that Noble and its affiliated entities are now part of Baystate Health. As of July 1, the hospital will be known as Baystate Noble Hospital and will join Baystate’s team of community hospitals in Greenfield, Palmer, and Ware. Ronald Bryant, currently president and CEO of Noble Hospital, will accept the position of president of Baystate Noble Hospital, in accordance with Baystate Health’s structure for its community-hospital leadership. 

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    8. Health New England's $2.6 million risk adjustment fee less than expected | masslive.com

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      Health New England's $2.6 million risk adjustment fee less than expected | masslive.com

      Health New England has been assessed a payment of $2.6 million as its risk adjustment cost for selling individual and small group coverage on the state health exchange. It is one of the lower assessments for payment among carriers in the exchange, and considerably less than anticipated.  What affect such fees will have for consumers remains to be seen, as the risk assessment program launches for the first time under the Affordable Care Act, but its enactment is part of the act's mandate to extend universal coverage through exchange insurers like HNE

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    9. University of Massachusetts Medical School to open Springfield campus

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      University of Massachusetts Medical School to open Springfield campus

      In a move to increase the number of physicians in the state and improve health care here, the University of Massachusetts Medical School is expanding its footprint into Western Massachusetts. The commonwealth's only public medical school, in conjunction with Baystate Health and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will open a regional clinical campus in Springfield. It will focus on training future physicians in the much-needed areas of rural and urban primary care, and be known as UMMS-Baystate Health. Besides its neighborhood clinics and other outpatient facilities, Baystate has four area hospitals with plans to acquire a fifth, Noble in ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Baystate Health

    10. How Baystate Franklin Medical Center went from failing to flourishing | masslive.com

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      How Baystate Franklin Medical Center went from failing to flourishing | masslive.com

      Even as Baystate Health recently laid off 24 employees, cut hours for 17 workers and opted to not fill 45 open positions as a way of closing a $22 million budget shortfall, Franklin remained unaffected.  'We're fortunate up here at Franklin,' said Dr. Thomas Higgins, who took over as interim president of the hospital after Steven Bradley stepped down from the post unexpectedly in early June. 'We've avoided any cuts because we were somewhat lean to begin with.'

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    11. Springfield non-profit plans 64-bed detox center at former Lunt Silversmiths site in Greenfield, pending environmental cleanup

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      Springfield non-profit plans 64-bed detox center at former Lunt Silversmiths site in Greenfield, pending environmental cleanup

      Greenfield Mayor William Martin said the development entity he is negotiating with on behalf of BHN is 401 Liberty Street, LLC. Principals of the corporation, founded in November, 2013 to market, sell, and manage real estate, are attorneys Raipher D. Pellegrino and Joseph A. Pellegrino of 265 State St. in Springfield, according to records filed with the Massachusetts Secretary of State.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   William Martin   Springfield

    12. Baystate Health plans to acquire Noble Hospital in Westfield | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health plans to acquire Noble Hospital in Westfield | masslive.com

      Baystate Health's plan to acquire the much smaller 97-bed Noble Hospital in Westfield will not require a full cost and market impact review by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, and is expected to be approved at the commission's June meeting Wednesday afternoon in Boston.  When first announced in March, both sides described the proposed arrangement as an 'affiliation,' but the paperwork on file with the state describes the transaction as Baystate buying Noble outright.

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    13. Baystate Health layoffs: Health care system says it needs surplus to reinvest | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health layoffs: Health care system says it needs surplus to reinvest | masslive.com

      aystate Health has a total of 11,500 employees at Baystate Medical Center, Baystate Mary Lane in Ware, Baystate Franklin in Greenfield, Baystate Wing in Palmer and other assorted operations. Of those, 6,100 work at the flagship Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.  This makes Baystate the region's largest employer, according to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (pdf). The next largest employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has roughly 7,900 employees.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Palmer

    14. Baystate Franklin's Steven Bradley departs; Dr. Thomas Higgins new interim head | masslive.com

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      Baystate Franklin's Steven Bradley departs; Dr. Thomas Higgins new interim head | masslive.com

      Dr. Thomas L. Higgins has stepped in as interim president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Baystate Health's Northern Region. He replaces Steven F. Bradley in those roles, according to an announcement by Dennis W. Chalke, senior vice president of Community Hospitals for Baystate Health. The announcement cited unexpected and urgent issues related to family as the reason for Bradley's departure.

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    15. Berkshire Health Systems - Medicaid Insurance Enrollment Fair

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      Berkshire Health Systems - Medicaid Insurance Enrollment Fair

      Berkshire Health Systems, in conjunction  with several Medicaid Insurance providers, will hold Enrollment  Fairs in all sections of the Berkshires to aid residents currently covered by Boston Medical Center HealthNet (BMC HealthNet)  who wish to choose another insurer that covers Berkshire Health Systems services in-network. Certified Application Counselors will be on hand to assist those who wish to select a new plan.

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    16. Career day at Springfield elementary school brings lesson on advertising business in Western Mass.

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      Career day at Springfield elementary school brings lesson on advertising business in Western Mass.

      The third graders at the Arthur T. Talmadge Elementary School in Springfield were treated to a lesson on advertising and how it affects their everyday life this week as Mark French, advertising director for The Republican, was in the classroom for Career Day.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    17. Baystate doing the job and deserving of help: Editorial | masslive.com

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      Baystate doing the job and deserving of help: Editorial | masslive.com

      If Baystate Medical Center is one of the best-kept secrets in the Massachusetts health field, the problem is that the facility's work should be no secret.  U.S News and World Report certainly knows about the Springfield facility. It ranked Baystate as one of just 34 hospitals in the country considered 'high performing' in five common procedures in its first 'Best Hospitals for Common Care' ratings.

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    18. Baystate gets top marks in new 'Common Care' rankings by U.S. News & World Report

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      Baystate gets top marks in new 'Common Care' rankings by U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate Medical Center was one of just 34 hospitals in the country that U.S. News & World Report ranked as "high performing" in five common procedures in its first "Best Hospitals for Common Care" ratings. The rankings, released this week, are available at www.health.usnews.com. U.S. News, known for its extensive rankings of hospitals and of colleges and universities, looked at five areas of practice considered part of "common care." Three are commonly performed operations: hip replacement, knee replacement, heart bypass surgery. Two categories are common chronic medical problems: congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    19. Walden Behavioral Care opens in Amherst, has open house Thursday | masslive.com

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      Walden Behavioral Care opens in Amherst, has open house Thursday | masslive.com

      The Waltham-based Walden Behavioral Care program has opened an eating disorders clinic here and will have be having an open house Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at its 100 University Drive location.  According to the website, the clinic offers adult and adolescent partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs as well as an intensive outpatient program for adult binge eaters.

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    20. Sisters of Providence Health System's Mark Fulco to help facilitate new regional health ministry | masslive.com

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      Sisters of Providence Health System's Mark Fulco to help facilitate new regional health ministry | masslive.com

      The Sisters of Providence Health System includes the 182-bed Mercy Medical Center, where a $15 million expansion of the Sister Caritas Cancer Center is underway; the 126-bed Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke; Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, a comprehensive hospital-based rehabilitation center on the campus of Mercy Medical ; Brightside for Families and Children, an outpatient service offering counseling and family support programs, in Holyoke; two outpatient substance abuse treatment centers; and Mercy Continuing Care Network that includes skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities, an adult day health program.

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    21. Under Construction: New Baystate Dental office opens in downtown Springfield | masslive

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      Under Construction: New Baystate Dental office opens in downtown Springfield | masslive

      Baystate Dental has opened its office in downtown Springfield at 1383 Main St. using its grand opening party earlier this month as an occasion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the building.  The building was constructed in 1915 as the Third National Bank. The office will have a entrance on Market Street- the brick-paved walkway between Harrison Avenue and Falcons Way.  Crag Sweitzer & Co. General Contractors of Monson, built the new, 2,300-square-foot office. Sweitzer has developed a bit of a specialty in building dental offices for Baystate Dental and others.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    22. Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery

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      Baystate Children's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center announce new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery

      Baystate Children's Hospital and Hartford-based Connecticut Children's Medical have announced a new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery that is the first major outgrowth of several months of collaboration. The two facilities had announced in October their intent to explore potential areas in which they could collaborate on services, including pediatric neurosurgery.

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      Mentions:   University of Connecticut   Baystate Health   Springfield

    23. Holyoke's O'Connell Care at Home sets open house to fill jobs

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      Holyoke's O'Connell Care at Home sets open house to fill jobs

      Jobs are available at O'Connell Care at Home and will be discussed at an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Monday (April 20) at the company offices at 14 Bobala Road, Suite 1B. "Whether you are looking for a career or extra income, home health care is rewarding and in demand," said Danielle Lord, company chief operating officer. The company is seeking certified nursing assistants, certified home health aides and personal care assistants to work in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties, a press release from spokeswoman Caroline Lee said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    24. 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

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