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    1. Baystate Health gets $2.5 million grant 'to transform how we care for older people' | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health gets $2.5 million grant 'to transform how we care for older people' | masslive.com

      Baystate Health is the recipient of $2.5 million federal grant to give health care providers more training in the medical needs of older adults through a regional project that will integrate palliative and geriatric care.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant was awarded through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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    2. Holyoke Medical Center opening physical therapy site in West Springfield

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      Holyoke Medical Center opening physical therapy site in West Springfield

      Holyoke Medical Center will open a satellite location for physical therapy at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness in West Springfield Aug. 31 with plans for similar sites in Chicopee and South Hadley, a spokeswoman said Wednesday (Aug. 26). The satellites are part of the hospital's commitment to physical therapy and rehabilitation services. That includes renovation and expansion of its in-house physical therapy, occupational therapy, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation department, Marketing Director Rebecca MacGregor said.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield

    3. Dell & TechSpring Partner to Strengthen Healthcare's Heartbeat

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      TechSpring, the Baystate Health Technology Innovation Center, is proud to announce a promising partnership developing between Baystate and Dell.  With TechSpring as facilitator, we are developing innovation projects related to telehealth and predictive analytics to provide better care to those individuals who are chronically ill in our community.

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    4. Holyoke planners seek traffic study for Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room project

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      Holyoke planners seek traffic study for Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room project

      The Planning Board after a 90-minute public hearing Tuesday (Aug. 25) told Holyoke Medical Center to return Sept. 8 with a traffic study and other details related to a plan for a $12 million emergency room. The hospital at 575 Beech St. needs a new emergency department because the existing one was built to handle 18,000 visits a year and has been drawing more than 45,000, officials said. "The existing emergency room is untenable," said Spiros Hatiras, hospital president and chief executive officer.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield

    5. 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Set for Sept. 10

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      2015 Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Set for Sept. 10

      Exploring unconscious bias will be the topic for discussion at the 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Interactive Workshop, sponsored by Baystate Health, to be conducted Sept. 10 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.  Open to the public, participants can select either the morning session from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or attend a repeated session from 1 to 5:45 p.m.  “At Baystate Health, we understand that diversity and inclusion are a business imperative. In alignment with our business and development goals, and in support of the community, we are pleased to offer hands-on education and best ...

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    6. Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room plan set for public hearing

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      Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room plan set for public hearing

      The Planning Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday (Aug. 25) on Holyoke Medical Center's plan to build a $12 million emergency department. The public hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Annex in the fourth-floor conference room, said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development. The hospital needs a new facility to replace what was described in the site plan review application as an undersized current emergency room that has an inefficient floor plan. The addition would be on the west side of the hospital in what is now ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Holyoke

    7. UMass professor awarded $419,000 grant to study gene's role in infertility, Alzheimer's | masslive.com

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      UMass professor awarded $419,000 grant to study gene's role in infertility, Alzheimer's | masslive.com

      A University of Massachusetts professor has received a $419,00 federal grant to study how early exposure to estrogen, as well as environmental pollutants called dioxins, may impair the regulation of a certain gene and impact a women's fertility.  She will also look at how any impairment of the gene caused by exposure to estrogen during fetal development may be linked to late-onset Alzheimer's.

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    8. Holyoke Medical Center gets 2 hyperbaric oxygen chambers for pain relief | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Medical Center gets 2 hyperbaric oxygen chambers for pain relief | masslive.com

      Two hyperbaric oxygen chambers delivered to Holyoke Medical Center last week could signal relief for chronic pain sufferers.  'These hyperbaric chambers are only one component of our long-term efforts to bolster community-centered care,' said Carl R. Cameron, hospital chief operating officer.  The chambers, each weighing nearly 2,000 pounds and measuring 9 feet long, are part of the hospital's new $500,000 Wound Care Center set to open next month, officials said.

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    9. Hyperbaric chambers arrive for Holyoke Medical Center wound care center | masslive.com

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      Hyperbaric chambers arrive for Holyoke Medical Center wound care center | masslive.com

      The Wound Care Center is a major strategic priority of HMC as it makes investments that will strengthen the level of community-centered care to effectively address patients' critical healthcare needs in the Pioneer Valley, according to a news release sent by Holyoke Medical Center.  The center will be at 18 Hospital Drive on the Medical Center campus.  Weighing nearly 2,000 pounds each, measuring approximately nine feet by four feet by five feet in size, the chambers will treat serious chronic wounds for approximately 10 percent of the patients seen in the wound center. The use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy ...

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    10. Holyoke Medical Center gets OK to demolish Isabella Street home for parking lot

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      Holyoke Medical Center gets OK to demolish Isabella Street home for parking lot

      Hospital officials said they hope to break ground in early October on a $12 million emergency room and next month the hospital will open a wound care center. The latter will have hyperbaric chambers that treat numerous conditions and wounds such as those suffered by diabetics with 100 percent oxygen at high pressure, officials said.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield

    11. Healthcare Workforce Partnership Aligns Education, Workplace - BusinessWest

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      Healthcare Workforce Partnership Aligns Education, Workplace - BusinessWest

      Dramatic changes are expected to take place in the field of healthcare and the way it is delivered over the next five years. But graduates from local colleges should be well prepared to fill the needs of regional employers, thanks to the Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Mass., an arm of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, or REB.  “Our partners come together to think through strategies to respond to ever-changing workforce needs,” said David Cruise, the REB’s president and CEO. “Part of the challenge is to be forward-thinking, innovative, and able to anticipate and balance supply versus ...

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    12. U.S. News & World Report's best hospitals: Baystate Medical Center ranks third best in state

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      U.S. News & World Report's best hospitals: Baystate Medical Center ranks third best in state

      In the U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking for best hospitals, both within a state and in national standing for specialties, Baystate Medical Center scored third best in the commonwealth, and was a nationally ranked hospital in two adult specialties. Massachusetts General Hospital topped the honor list as the best hospital in the country, with another Boston-based hospital, Brigham and Women, placing sixth on the honor list. Last year, Mass General had placed second; Brigham and Women, ninth.

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    13. 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

    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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

    22. 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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    23. 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

    24. 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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