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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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

    4. 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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    5. 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

    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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