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    1. 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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    2. WSU, STCC Forge Unique Partnership in Nursing

      WSU, STCC Forge Unique Partnership in Nursing

      A new partnership between Westfield State University and Springfield Technical Community College will allow nursing graduates from STCC to earn a four-year degree from WSU on the Springfield campus. At a time when it’s increasingly important for nurses to have four-year degrees, the goal, as one STCC dean said, is to “remove any barriers to success.”

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    3. Westfield State, STCC create joint nursing program

      Westfield State, STCC create joint nursing program

      The presidents of Springfield Technical Community College and Westfield State University put pen to paper Tuesday, forging a partnership aimed at producing more highly skilled nurses. Under the agreement, graduates of STCC's associate's degree-level registered nurse (RN) program will be able to transfer up to 90 course credits to Westfield State's bachelor's degree program and obtain their final 30 credits through online and on-campus classes. While the two institutions already had a working relationship, the new hybrid program takes the partnership to a new level, said Westfield State President Ramon S. Torrecilha.

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    4. $23.8 million construction of Holyoke Medical Center emergency department proceeds on schedule, including 'signing of the beam'

      $23.8 million construction of Holyoke Medical Center emergency department proceeds on schedule, including 'signing of the beam'

      Construction of a $23.8 million emergency department at Holyoke Medical Center at 575 Beech St. is on schedule with the facility set to be ready by spring, a hospital press release said. "This will allow 'HMC' to treat patients in a more efficient and dignified way," the press release said Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, joined state, city and hospital officials on Monday in writing their signatures on the last beam to be installed in the project, formally known as the Emergency Department and Medical Office Building, the press release said.

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    5. Springfield Regional Chamber Debuts New Dental Benefit

      Springfield Regional Chamber Debuts New Dental Benefit

      The Springfield Regional Chamber has teamed up Altus Dental to offer to its chamber members a new employee benefit to enhance their employee-compensation package. Administered through American Benefits Group, dental insurance provided by Altus Dental is now available for companies with as few as one employee. Altus Dental offers the state’s largest preferred-provider (PPO) dental network with more than 6,200 participating locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Southern New Hampshire, and national access through CONNECTION Dental, with more than 108,000 dentist locations nationwide.

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    6. Public Health Council approves merger of Baystate Mary Lane, Wing hospitals

      Public Health Council approves merger of Baystate Mary Lane, Wing hospitals

      The Massachusetts Public Health Council on Thursday approved a merger between Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and Baystate Wing Hospital, despite opposition from area residents. Baystate Health, the parent company of both hospitals, has proposed ending inpatient care at Mary Lane in Ware. Instead, patients would need to go to Wing in Palmer. The hospitals are about 10 miles apart, or an approximately 20 minute drive.

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    7. Bridging community and health: Holyoke Community College offers new public health program

      Bridging community and health: Holyoke Community College offers new public health program

      A new program at Holyoke Community College seeks to better connect communities to medical services outside of a doctor's office.  HCC has created a Community Health Worker certificate this year, the first institution in the area to offer such a program.  Community health covers a spectrum of needs, from providing direct services - such as informal counseling and health screenings - to offering culturally appropriate health information to people in their homes, schools or other community spaces. Position titles in the field vary from harm reduction counselors working with drug addicts to public health nurses employed by municipalities.  

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    8. Baystate Medical Center preps to open Springfield school; looks to enroll 25 for fall 2017

      Baystate Medical Center preps to open Springfield school; looks to enroll 25 for fall 2017

      Doctors of the future won't begin Baystate Health's new medical school until August of 2017. But Baystate's doctors of the present will soon — probably in the next few weeks, and definitely before September — start combing through 600 or more applications, said Dr. Andrew W. Artenstein, regional executive dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate and chief physician executive and chief academic officer for Baystate Health.

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    9. Facing budget gap of $75 million, Baystate Health to eliminate about 300 positions | masslive.com

      Facing budget gap of $75 million, Baystate Health to eliminate about 300 positions | masslive.com

      In the face of a budget shortfall of $75 million spurred by several factors, Baystate Health officials are poised to eliminate 300 positions system-wide, with the heaviest focus on Springfield-based operations, according to a memo to employees sent by Baystate President and CEO Mark Keroack.  In the memo, Keroack says the most significant factor is the 'continuing shortfalls in the reimbursements we receive for providing Medicaid services,' an issue about which Baystate officials have pleaded with elected officials to help address.

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    10. Nursing Schools Almanac Names AIC among Top 50 Nursing Schools in New England

      Nursing Schools Almanac Names AIC among Top 50 Nursing Schools in New England

      American International College has been named one of the top 50 nursing schools in New England. The research team at Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on more than 3,200 nursing schools and campuses throughout the United States with just 10% making the final list. The New England rankings included Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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    11. Baystate ranked 3rd best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate ranked 3rd best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate Medical Center is the third-best hospital in Massachusetts, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report 'Best Hospitals' rankings. It was the top-ranking hospital outside of Boston, and the only one in the state's western four counties to make the list. U.S. News released its 27th-annual Best Hospitals rankings Tuesday. A searchable database of the new rankings is available here.

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    12. Health New England Appoints Michael Marrone Chief Financial Officer

      Health New England Appoints Michael Marrone Chief Financial Officer

      Health New England announced the recent appointment of Michael Marrone as chief financial officer. In this role, he will lead all aspects of financial strategy for the organization, aiming to provide cost-effective healthcare coverage while maintaining high-quality member care. Marrone is also responsible for accounting and financial reporting and also oversees provider operations. He joins Health New England’s executive leadership team and reports directly to President and CEO Maura McCaffrey. “Mike’s broad healthcare-industry experience and financial acumen make him a great asset to the company and a valuable addition to our executive team. We’re thrilled to welcome ...

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    13. UMass receives $870,000 grant to train nursing students to screen for drug and alcohol...

      UMass receives $870,000 grant to train nursing students to screen for drug and alcohol...

      The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the college an $870,000 grant to develop the training. Over 500 students are expected to participate over a three-year period. The project is one of only 12 to be funded nationally by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, according to a press release.

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    14. Cooley Dickinson Health Care earns Practice Greenhealth "Partner for Change" Award | masslive.com

      Cooley Dickinson Health Care earns Practice Greenhealth "Partner for Change" Award | masslive.com

      For the fourth consecutive year, Cooley Dickinson Health Care was awarded the 'Greenhealth Partner for Change' award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.  The award is one of the Practice Greenhealth's Environmental Excellence Awards that is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector, according to a news release.

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    15. Baystate Launches Revised Community Health Grant Program

      Baystate Launches Revised Community Health Grant Program

      Baystate Medical Center and its Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC) announced a request for proposals (RFP) for the newly established Better Together Grants Program. Formerly known as the DoN Grant 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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    16. Forty-seven Local Farmers Receive Awards Totaling $117,500

      Recognizing that farming is essential to the region, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and Big Y awarded 47 local farmers from the Berkshires to the Pioneer Valley $2,500 each to make physical infrastructure improvements to their farms. Along with the support of sponsors Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and MGM Springfield, farmers have already put to use the awards for farm-improvement projects. This represents a 42% increase in awards from the 2015 inaugural year.

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    17. Mercy’s New President Takes a Progressive Perspective

      Mercy’s New President Takes a Progressive Perspective

      Dr. Scott Wolf takes the reins at Mercy Medical Center and the Sisters of Providence Health System at an exciting time in the system’s history, but also a challenging era in healthcare overall — one in which its leaders must emphasize cost efficiency, yet focus on the patient experience and outcomes more than ever before. The key, he said, is to maintain a holistic, ‘360-degree view’ of a rapidly changing industry.

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    18. Baystate Health gets OK to build $27 million power plant for cost savings, reduced gas emissions | masslive.com

      Baystate Health gets OK to build $27 million power plant for cost savings, reduced gas emissions | masslive.com

      Baystate Health Systems received City Council approval this week to construct a new $27 million combined heat and power plant that will trigger millions of dollars in energy savings and a significant reduction in greenhouse gases.  The council voted unanimously to grant a special permit for the project on Monday night following a public hearing at City Hall.  The power plant will be located at 257 Marvin St., adjacent to the existing power plant, said Sean Gouvin, Baystate Health's director of facilities. Baystate owns the Marvin Street property and will relocate a historic house there to another site in ...

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    19. Baystate Health asks for $10 million in state money to avert layoffs | masslive.com

      Baystate Health asks for $10 million in state money to avert layoffs | masslive.com

      Baystate Health officials are hoping to secure an additional $10 million through the annual state budget process. If they do not get the money, hospital officials say Baystate might have to lay off up to 200 employees.  'We're continuing to have financial challenges and experience financial strain,' said Jennifer Endicott, senior vice president of strategy and external relations for Baystate Health. 'If we're unable to secure some bridge funding, we're going to have to look at continued cost cuts across the board.'

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    20. Baystate Health using TechSpring to bring digital revolution to health care in Western Mass. | masslive.com

      Baystate Health using TechSpring to bring digital revolution to health care in Western Mass. | masslive.com

      TechSpring is located on the fifth floor of the MassLive Building, 1350 Main St., and owned by Baystate Health, the same regional health care system that owns Baystate Medical Center and four community hospitals in Westfield, Ware, Greenfield and Palmer as well as Health New England, a health insurer.  TechSpring is working on innovations like the remote monitoring technology, e-visits for health care professionals and automated kiosks where a patient steps into a photo booth-sized pod and uses attached blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes to check his own vitals while a professional looks on via computer.

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    21. Remote Monitoring Equipment Helps Patients Connect the Dots

      Remote Monitoring Equipment Helps Patients Connect the Dots

      Telemonitoring is typically used to treat people with congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which can make it difficult to breathe, although an additional module can be added if the person is diabetic and doesn’t have another reliable method to measure their blood-sugar levels.  Experts say it is valuable because people who are newly released from the hospital can feel overwhelmed when they get home due to the trauma of their diagnosis, the amount of information presented to them, and the lifestyle changes they must make to keep their condition from exacerbating, which can lead to ...

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    22. Trinity Health Awards Grant for Mercy Medical Center Project

      Trinity Health Awards Grant for Mercy Medical Center Project

      Trinity Health, the parent organization of Mercy Medical Center, has selected Mercy’s new community health project as a recipient of a grant under its Transforming Communities Initiative (TCI), a program that will result in the investment of $80 million in grants, loans, community-match dollars, and services in six communities over the next five years. As one of the six initial grant recipients, Mercy Medical Center will receive up to $500,000 per year to support a collaborative program that will improve health and well-being in the local community.

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    23. Millennials and Your Business

      Millennials and Your Business

      Every 20 years or so, there is a generational shift in the workplace.  The most recent group — known as the Millennial generation — is currently integrating itself into the workplace. And by integrating, they are making a seismic statement. Recent studies show that Millennials now make up approximately 25% of the total workforce and that by the year 2020 they will comprise almost 50%. Given that this generation is generally defined as those born between 1980 and 2000, they are now at a point in their careers where they are taking on leadership roles.

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    24. RiverBend Medical Group to become part of Mercy Medical Center, Sisters of Providence Health System | masslive.com

      RiverBend Medical Group to become part of Mercy Medical Center, Sisters of Providence Health System | masslive.com

      RiverBend Medical Group – a health care practice with offices in Agawam, Chicopee, Springfield, Westfield and Wilbraham – will become a part of Mercy Medical Center and Sisters of Providence Health System under an agreement announced Tuesday.  'The transition should be transparent for patients,' said Dr. Scott Wolf, president of Mercy Medical Center. 'RiverBend practitioners will have the same offices, provide the same services and take the same insurances as before.'

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