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    1. UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield

      UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield

      Beginning in August, the UMass Amherst College of Nursing’s accelerated bachelor’s in nursing program will be taught at the UMass Center at Springfield in Tower Square. The 17-month program, designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in other subjects or people interested in a career change, will enroll 80 students each year. Courses will be taught by UMass Amherst College of Nursing faculty using state-of-the-art teaching technologies in newly renovated and expanded classrooms to allow for the intensive clinical work that nursing education demands.

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    2. BusinessWest, HCN to Launch Healthcare Heroes Program

      BusinessWest, HCN to Launch Healthcare Heroes Program

      Healthcare Heroes.  Over the past decade or so, those two words have become a national brand — a brand that symbolizes many things, including excellence, dedication, compassion, commitment, and much more.  Indeed, Healthcare Heroes has become the name attached to recognition programs created by business magazines, healthcare publications, health- and wellness-related organizations across the country, and other entities, to honor individuals and institutions that stand out for the work they do. The name has become part of the landscape in New York, California, Hawaii, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Utah, and many other states. And now, it is coming to Western Mass.

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    3. Healthcare Marketing Symposium Slated for April 7

      Healthcare marketing professionals are invited to Union Station in Northampton on Friday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of learning and seeing what is possible in healthcare marketing from those who are breaking the mold of the conventional. Leading organizations, hospitals, and health systems will be in attendance. The Western New England Healthcare Marketing Symposium will provide attendees with opportunities to hear what’s new in this ever-changing and evolving industry, hear about best practices from healthcare-marketing thought leaders, and learn how those best practices were successfully implemented.

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    4. WNEU to Host Annual Pharmacy Conference March 16

      WNEU to Host Annual Pharmacy Conference March 16

      The Western New England University College of Pharmacy will hold its seventh annual Continuing Pharmacy Education and Preceptor Development Conference on Thursday, March 16 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rivers Memorial Hall. The conference is one way the College of Pharmacy supports the educational needs of pharmacists in the region. Hundreds of regional pharmacists from New England participate each year in the full-day training program, which will provide insight into legal issues impacting the pharmacy profession, preceptor development, and updates on clinical therapeutics.

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    5. Can Massachusetts become a leader in digital healthcare? Gov. Charlie Baker's innovation chief Katie Stebbins argues yes

      Can Massachusetts become a leader in digital healthcare? Gov. Charlie Baker's innovation chief Katie Stebbins argues yes

      The future is here and more is on the way: Sensors, which if installed into pill bottles would be able to register when the bottle is lighter and what time it occurred.  "If you have a senior citizen you're caring for, you might be able to monitor remotely through your smartphone, 'has my aging parent taken their medicine or have they not,'" says Katie Stebbins, who previously held jobs with the city of Springfield and the Holyoke Innovation District. Stebbins now works as Gov. Charlie Baker's assistant secretary for innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

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    6. Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      There was a time when a college degree or a high-school diploma was the only ticket a worker needed to enjoy a lifetime of middle-class comfort and security. Those days are long gone, according to Jeremiah Riordan, Springfield Technical Community College's new interim vice president of workforce training, and his colleague Paul Sheehan, director of workforce development. In response, community colleges, including STCC, Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges, along with continuing to offer affordable pathways to a bachelor's degree, are redefining and expanding their roles as vehicles for lifelong learning and, in the process, helping to drive the ...

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    7. Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

      Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

      The numbers alone speak to Holyoke Medical Center’s need for a new Emergency Department, with the current ER designed for 25,000 visits per year but actually logging almost 43,000. But HMC’s new facility, set to open this spring, will do much more than better handle the traffic; it will also call on cutting-edge ideas in design and workflow — not to mention an innovative, dedicated behavioral-health area — to reflect a truly 21st-century vision of emergency care.

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    8. Colleges Respond to Growing Demand for Healthcare Professionals

      Colleges Respond to Growing Demand for Healthcare Professionals

      Many students work hard to earn a college degree, then find there are no jobs that match their credentials.  But the demand for people to work in healthcare settings continues to rise, and high-school graduates or individuals seeking a career change are likely to be hired quickly after graduating from a certificate or degree program in any of several fields.  “Each year, we graduate 125 to 150 students from our healthcare programs, and they walk into jobs within months of passing their exams,” said Julia Chevan, dean of Springfield College School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies. “In the past ...

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    9. Providence Behavioral Health adds in-patient 'step-down' unit to addiction services

      Providence Behavioral Health adds in-patient 'step-down' unit to addiction services

      Mercy Behavioral Health Care is adding an in-patient "step-down" unit at its Providence Behavioral Health Hospital to help individuals fighting substance abuse disorders transition in post-detoxification treatment to outpatient services. The 21-bed unit, in renovated space on the hospital's third floor, is being described as a "bridge" between acute in-patient addiction treatment services and outpatient services by Dr. Robert J. Roose, chief medical officer and vice president of addiction and recovery services for the parent Sisters of Providence Health System, which is part of Trinity Health-New England, and also includes Mercy Medical Center in Springfield.

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    10. Holyoke Medical Center to Host Heart-health Lecture Feb. 9

      Holyoke Medical Center to Host Heart-health Lecture Feb. 9

      Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) will host a free discussion, “Heart Health: Congestive Heart Failure,” on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the HMC Auxiliary Conference Center. February is American Heart Month. There are more than 200,000 cases of congestive heart failure (CHF) each year in the U.S. Dr. Nirav Sheth, HMC cardiovascular specialist, will cover signs and symptoms, as well as how to help prevent CHF.

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    11. Baystate to Announce Recipients of Better Together Grants

      Baystate to Announce Recipients of Better Together Grants

      Baystate Medical Center, in conjunction with its Community Benefits Advisory Council, will hold a media event today, Jan. 6, beginning at 1:30 p.m. to announce the recipients whose requests for proposals last year were accepted as part is Baystate’s new Better Together Grants program. Better Together unites healthcare and community-based nonprofit organizations across Baystate Health’s service areas to shape future healthcare and human services. The aim is to develop approaches that, by targeting the social determinants of health, will improve people’s overall well-being and make area communities healthier places to live.

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    12. STCC Expands Options for EMT Course

      STCC Expands Options for EMT Course

      If a medical crisis occurs when Joan Osana is nearby, he feels confident that he can take control of the situation until help arrives.  The 25-year-old father of two just completed an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basics course at Springfield Technical Community College, and although it involved a tremendous amount of study, he is happy he signed up for it.  “I gained a lot of knowledge in a short period of time that will help me throughout my entire life. I would advise others to take the course,” Osana said, adding that he hopes to become a firefighter, and gaining ...

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    13. Report names Baystate Medical Center one of 50 best cardiovascular hospitals in U.S.

      Report names Baystate Medical Center one of 50 best cardiovascular hospitals in U.S.

      A new study ranks Baystate Medical Center among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country, citing "superior clinical outcomes." The 18th annual report by Truven Health Analytics considers mortality, readmission and complication rates, length and cost of patient stays, and other measures specific to heart health. This is the seventh time Baystate has been included in the upper echelon. "It is a tremendous honor to be recognized once again as a top 50 cardiovascular hospital," said Dr. Aaron D. Kugelmass, chief of cardiology at Baystate. "From Ware to Bernardston and every community in between, we work tirelessly to ensure ...

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    14. JGS Lifecare Unveils a New Rehab Center

      JGS Lifecare Unveils a New Rehab Center

      When JGS Lifecare launched the strategic plan five years ago that would become Project Transformation, the goal was to, well, transform the organization’s entire range of senior services to reflect 21st-century ideas about delivering care in a resident-centric way. The Sosin Center for Rehabilitation, the highlight of the project’s first phase, is a good example, employing the burgeoning Green House philosophy, a model aimed at making residents feel at home while achieving the independence they need to return to their own homes.

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    15. Country Bank donates $1M toward new Baystate Wing Emergency Department

      Country Bank donates $1M toward new Baystate Wing Emergency Department

      Country Bank will contribute $1 million toward the construction of Baystate Wing Hospital's new Emergency Department. The project, scheduled to begin construction in 2017, will right size the emergency department at Baystate's Palmer campus to better accommodate current patient volumes. "We are grateful for the continued generous support of Country Bank," said Michael Moran, president and chief administrative officer for Baystate Health's Eastern Region, which includes Baystate Wing Hospital and the Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center. "We are committed to providing emergency services at both of our campuses. While the Baystate Mary Lane Emergency Department is appropriately ...

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    16. Holyoke Medical Center Earns 2016 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

      Holyoke Medical Center Earns 2016 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

      The Leapfrog Group announced that Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) has been named a Top Hospital for the second time in three years. Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions a hospital can receive in the U.S., the recognition showcases HMC’s commitment to patient safety and quality. “It is with great pride Holyoke Medical Center accepts the Top Hospital award for the second time. Being one of only two hospitals in Massachusetts to receive this distinction demonstrates how truly hard our team is focused on providing high-quality care in a safe environment, close to home. I extend ...

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    17. Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

      Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

      The development and evolution of breath-analysis technology has long been the focus of medical research as a less invasive way to detect chemical compounds at certain levels that could indicate the presence of specific diseases. Researchers, including two in the Pioneer Valley, have been developing an analyzer for diabetics to use their exhaled breath to determine blood sugar/glucose levels through the detection of acetone. This is seen as a less invasive check than the traditional portable meter that utilizes a prick of blood for its test strip.

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    18. Baystate Health welcomes UMass Medical School campus to Springfield with goal to train docs who'll practice in Western Massachusetts

      Baystate Health welcomes UMass Medical School campus to Springfield with goal to train docs who'll practice in Western Massachusetts

      Baystate Health has already offered admission to four prospective students for the new medical school program it's starting in cooperation with the University of Massachusetts, including students from Springfield interested in continuing their education in their hometown. One of the missions of the medical school -- called the PURCH for Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health -- will be to train physicians who will be more likely to build their careers in Western Massachusetts and fill the region's chronic need for more primary care doctors.

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    19. Springfield start-up seeks to keep hospitals in the black

      Springfield start-up seeks to keep hospitals in the black

      he state of healthcare is changing. Hospitals across the United States are operating with smaller budgets and fewer beds or closing outright. A new start-up in the city is working with hospitals and healthcare providers to keep the doors open.  Prophit Insight is a software and analytics company that helps healthcare providers improve profitability.  Kym and Michael Arian founded the company in 2015 seeking an answer. After more than two decades of working in the field, Michael wondered, "Why don't hospitals have traditional sales profits? What makes them so different?"

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    20. Springfield's Caring Health Center teams up with Health Connector to reach uninsured

      Springfield's Caring Health Center teams up with Health Connector to reach uninsured

      Semprit, along with fellow staff member Maria Sanchez, is featured in a series of ads created by Archipelago Strategies Group for the Massachusetts Health Connector, which helps state residents navigate the very complicated world of health insurance. "After doing multiple focus groups at the YMCA in Springfield and several in Chelsea, we had a better understanding of what the message is that people want to receive, and overwhelmingly they want to know where to go to get insurance and how to do it," said Josiane Martinez, CEO of Archipelago.

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    21. TechSpring Succeeds in Connecting Technology with Healthcare

      TechSpring Succeeds in Connecting Technology with Healthcare

      When TechSpring opened two years ago in downtown Springfield, its leaders knew they were flying blind, at least at first. That’s how uncharted this territory was. But the concept — connecting technology companies, large and small, with the region’s largest health system to solve pressing problems — proved a compelling one, and today, TechSpring has numerous success stories to tell. It’s a conversation, they say, that needs to continue.  Eric Harry says genomics is one of those “sexy” areas of healthcare, and scientists are certainly engaged in exciting work to learn how genes influence disease.

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    22. Health care waiver means $28.05M for Baystate, stability for local hospitals

      Health care waiver means $28.05M for Baystate, stability for local hospitals

      A Medicaid waiver announced last week means increased funding to local hospitals, including $28.05 million over five years in long-sought "safety net" money for Baystate Medical Center. That's money the hospital administration felt was wrongly withheld in the past. The waiver, a $52.4 billion deal between the hospitals, the state and the federal government, has three distinct funding streams: the Health Safety Net, funding for new accountable care organizations meant to improve health and save money, and improved Medicaid reimbursement rates, according to hospital executives in the Pioneer Valley.

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    23. Holyoke Medical Center earns an 'A' safety rating

      Holyoke Medical Center earns an 'A' safety rating

      Holyoke Medical Center has once again earned an "A" rating from The Leapfrog Group, ranking them among the safest hospitals in the United States. The new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced this week by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Holyoke Medical Center was one of 844 hospitals to receive an "A", ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. "HMC's consistency in achieving this "A" rating is attributed ...

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    24. Baystate Medical Center begins work on $27M power plant in Springfield's North End

      Baystate Medical Center begins work on $27M power plant in Springfield's North End

      Baystate Medical Center will be able to operate for 30-days off the electrical grid once its new, $27-million combined heat and power plant is completed by December 2017. "We will be able to operate as an island," said Sean Gouvin, director of facilities planning and engineering for Baystate Health. Baystate's existing power plant dates back to the 1930s.

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