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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. Former North Adams Regional Hospital gets $3 million state grant | masslive

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      Former North Adams Regional Hospital gets $3 million state grant | masslive

      Berkshire Medical Center has received a $3 million grant from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission to create a 'Patient Centered Medical Neighborhood' as well as enhance behavioral health care in Northern Berkshire County.  State Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, and State Rep. Gailanne M. Cariddi, D-North Adams announced the grant Thursday

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer

    19. BMC HealthNet renews contract with Holyoke Medical Center | masslive

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      BMC HealthNet renews contract with Holyoke Medical Center | masslive

      BMC Healthnet Plan has renewed a one-year contract with Holyoke Medical Center and with Holyoke medical Center's Western Mass Physicians Associates, according to a news release. BMC Healthnet, a Medicaid managed care insurer owned by Boston Medical Center, canceled its contract with Baystate Health, its hospitals including Baystate Medical Center, and Baystate's doctor's practice Baycare Health Partners in a dispute over the rates paid for medical care.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield

    20. Former North Adams Regional Hospital to get $6 million in capital improvements from new owner Berkshire Medical Center | masslive

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      Former North Adams Regional Hospital to get $6 million in capital improvements from new owner Berkshire Medical Center | masslive

      Berkshire Health Systems, owners of Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and new owners of the former North Adams Regional Hospital, have pledged $6 million in improvements to the former North Adams hospital and has plans to offer there mammograms again.

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    21. Holyoke company VertitechIT announces deal with Baystate Health to manage new data system

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      Holyoke company VertitechIT announces deal with Baystate Health to manage new data system

      The announcement of VertitechIT's work with Baystate Health came during a ceremony officially opening VertitechIT's headquarters at Open Square off Lyman Street. The 13-year-old company moved here in March from Northampton. Clownishly large scissors wielded by VertitechIT founders and Mayor Alex B. Morse snipped a computer cable filling in as a ribbon at the VertitechIT office. Chief Operating Officer Gregory H. Pellerin said the growing company needed a comfortable, tech-friendly place to expand. Holyoke, with the presence of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center a block away, provided that, he said.

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Baystate Health   Kathleen G. Anderson

    22. Northampton nursing home sold to Connecticut company

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      Northampton nursing home sold to Connecticut company

      In a move that might reflect the refocusing of care for the elderly on independent and assisted living, the company that owns the Overlook nursing facility in Leeds is selling it to a Connecticut-based health care system. Patrick McShane, a corporate vice president at Masonic Health System, said his company, which bought the nursing home from Hampshire County for $4 million in 2009, wants to concentrate more on its Charleton campus, a continuous care retirement community with 219 independent living and 181 enhanced living units. The facility was formerly called the Northampton Nursing Home.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    23. Research by UMass scientist could lead to development of new antibiotics

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      Research by UMass scientist could lead to development of new antibiotics

      Peter Chien, a biochemist at the University of Massachusetts, is part of a team of researchers that conducted a study that could be key to the development of new antibiotics.  The team’s discovery unveiled a major bacterial process that is crucial for bacterial growth, virulence and infection, according to a UMass press release. The research was completed in partnership with a team of University of California, Berkeley biochemists led by Kathleen Ryan. “There is a present human health need for the development of alternative antibiotics,” Chien said. “The mechanisms of the current ones are becoming less effective. There is ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    24. Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 20 National Awards | BusinessWest

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      Of the select few long-term-care and senior-living providers in Massachusetts recognized this year by National Research Corp. for exceptional customer and employee satisfaction, more than half of the Massachusetts winners are Berkshire Healthcare communities.  “We are very honored to award these exemplary locations of Berkshire Healthcare for their excellent quality of care, resident experiences, and staff engagement, as recognized by their customers and employees,” said Mary Oakes, vice president of Post-Acute at National Research. “Every day, Berkshire Healthcare is making a difference in the lives of residents and caregivers across all facets of the long-term-care and senior-living spectrum to ensure ...

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