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    1. Baystate Recognized Nationally for Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 11 2014)

      For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Baystate Children’s Hospital among the top programs in the nation in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. The “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Just 89 hospitals across the nation ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists. “We’re proud to again be recognized among the ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    2. Baystate Children's Hospital among top 50 in specialty rankings of U.S. News & World Report

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      Baystate Children's Hospital among top 50 in specialty rankings of U.S. News & World Report

      For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Baystate Children’s Hospital among the top 50 programs in the nation in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Just 89 hospitals across the nation ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists, according to a release.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    3. 'Walk with a Doc' at Holyoke Mall

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      'Walk with a Doc' at Holyoke Mall

      Rebecca MacGregor, Holyoke Medical's marketing and development supervisor, said she read about the program, which is international, online. “I learned there was a hospital in Eastern Massachusetts that was offering this program,” she said. “I learned more about it, and I said, ‘This is a great program, and something we should be offering here in Western Massachusetts.’”

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Chicopee   Holyoke

    4. UMass research team granted $495,950 for quicker, earlier detection of food contamination

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      UMass research team granted $495,950 for quicker, earlier detection of food contamination

      A research team, led by food scientist Sam Nugen at the University of Massachusetts, has received a $495,950 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop a quicker method for detecting contamination in both liquid and dry food before it is sold. New techniques designed by Nugen, and fellow food scientists Amanda Kinchla and doctoral student Juhong Chen, with nanochemist Vincent Rotello, aim to shorten the time it takes to detect and separate microbial contamination in food prior to its sale, and thus save money.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    5. Baystate Health and CVS Caremark partnering to provide care at pharmacies | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health and CVS Caremark partnering to provide care at pharmacies | masslive.com

      Baystate Health has teamed up with CVS Caremark in a clinical affiliation where Baystate doctors provide oversight for nurse practitioners at CVS Minute Clinic locations.  This is really part of our overall strategy here at Baystate, which is to provide more integrated and affordable care right here at home in Western Massachusetts,' said Dr. Glenn Alli, interim vice president and medical director for primary care for Baystate Medical Practices. 'And we want to achieve better outcomes, which is what everyone wants.'

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Baystate Health   Springfield

    6. North Adams emergency room will open Monday | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (May 19 2014)

      North Adams emergency room will open Monday | masslive.com

      Berkshire Medical Center will open a satellite emergency room at the former North Adams Regional Hospital Monday at noon.  The emergency facility has been in the works since North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28 with just three days notice. The closure left 40,000 residents of northern Berkshire County without a hospital and dependent on emergency rooms at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield or Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vermont.

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    7. Leading Edge | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (May 6 2014)

      Leading Edge | BusinessWest

      Indeed, she recently succeeded Peter Straley as president and CEO, completing a succession process that began heating up over the past several months as Straley let his intention to retire be known, but has actually been a work in progress for several years.  As she talked with BusinessWest about her ascension, one that has quickly made HNE one of the largest women-led business in the region, McCaffrey said the company essentially put her on a path to the CEO’s office, and she took it, along with many more of those risks she described earlier.


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      Mentions:   University of Connecticut   Baystate Health   Springfield

    8. American Medical Response shows public its newly updated communications center in Springfield

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      American Medical Response shows public its newly updated communications center in Springfield

      American Medical Response, a company that provides ambulance services in Springfield and some other area communities, had an open house on Wednesday to showcase its newly updated communications center. The upgrades and improvements represented a total investment of more than $750,000, a spokesman said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Holyoke

    9. North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room wins state approval: still awaiting federal OK

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      North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room wins state approval: still awaiting federal OK

      The state has approved Berkshire Medical Center's plan to open a satellite emergency room at North Adams Regional Hospital but federal approvals are still in the works.
      But the North Adams community, especially the Massachusetts Nurses Association which represents nurses at both Berkshire Medical Center and the former North Adams Regional Hospital, is still pushing for the restoration of more services than just the emergency room.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Greenfield

    10. Cooley Dickinson grants three agencies close to $90,000 for health, planning

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      Cooley Dickinson grants three agencies close to $90,000 for health, planning

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will collaborate with the United Way of Hampshire County to conduct an inventory of transportation programs and services of target populations in Hampshire and Franklin counties. These include low income housing and environmental justice neighborhoods. An environmental justice neighborhood concept is based on the principle that all people have a right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    11. Berkshire Medical Center to operate North Adams Regional Hospital ER

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      Berkshire Medical Center to operate North Adams Regional Hospital ER

      Berkshire Medical Center must first apply to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to operate a “satellite emergency facility” under the Berkshire Medical Center license. The application process is under way and is being expedited by DPH, but the timeline for that licensure is not yet clear. BMC will remain engaged with the state DPH to keep the process on track, the release stated.

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    12. Gov. Deval Patrick: North Adams Regional Hospital too vital to close

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      Gov. Deval Patrick: North Adams Regional Hospital too vital to close

      Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters at the Statehouse in Boston Wednesday he doesn't think the North Adams Regional Hospital story is over.  Patrick said state and local officials worked with management at the hospital on a deal to save North Adams Regional Hospital, its parent Northern Berkshire Health Care and more than 500 jobs, including 300 of them at the hospital itself. He said he thought a deal was imminent right up until hospital managers announced Tuesday that the hospital would begin closing immediately and be totally shut down by Friday morning.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    13. North Adams Regional Hospital to close Friday, according to nurses association

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      North Adams Regional Hospital to close Friday, according to nurses association

      North Adams Regional Hospital has stopped admitting patients and plans to close entirely on Friday, according to officers of the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
      The Massachusetts Nurses Association represents about 100 nurses at North Adams Regional Hospital, said spokesman David Schildmeier. The hospital employs a total of about 500 and in recent years was running an annual deficit of about $2 million.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Greenfield   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    14. Mercy Medical Center nears completion on a $20-million office building

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      Mercy Medical Center nears completion on a $20-million office building

      Sisters of Providence Health System expects to have Mercy Medical Center's new $20 million medical office building completed sometime in the next few months, said Mark M. Fulco, senior vice president for strategy and marketing at the Sisters of Providence Health Systems.  The 75,000-square-foot building also helps to improve its location at the corner of Carew and Chestnut Streets.  'Instead of a parking lot you will heave a very attractive office building,' Fulco said

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Sisters of Providence Health System   Mercy Medical Center

    15. Health New England's Peter Straley stepping down at pivotal point

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      Health New England's Peter Straley stepping down at pivotal point

      Peter Straley, CEO of Springfield health insurer Health New England has often referenced his mother's health care plan: eat fruits and vegetables, play outside every day and do common-sense things like wearing a seat belt and brushing your teeth.  But now, heading into his retirement from Health New England April 4, he references camping advice from his father: you have to leave the campsite better than you found it.  'Gather more firewood than you need in case it's raining when the next people come and they need a fire right away,' Straley, who is turning 60, said this ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Health New England

    16. Baystate Medical Center makes list of 100 Top Hospitals

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      Baystate Medical Center makes list of 100 Top Hospitals

      Baystate Medical Center has been recognized as one of the country’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, in its annual search to identify hospitals that provide the highest level of value to their communities. “Creating healthy communities is core to our mission at Baystate Medical Center and we are delighted to be among the nation’s top hospitals in terms of the value we bring to our patients and the community while providing high quality, cost-effective, innovative care,” said Dr. Evan Benjamin, senior vice president and chief quality officer at Baystate Health.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    17. Health care professionals collaborate at Springfield College | masslive.com

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      Health care professionals collaborate at Springfield College | masslive.com

      Headlining the program was Baystate Medical Center Chief Academic Officer Dr. Kevin Hinchey. Hinchey’s lecture challenged the health care professionals in attendance to pursue avenues of integrating IPE into the curriculum to close the gap between health education and practice settings. This would produce a new generation of trained and skilled interprofessional team clinicians.

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    18. Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice gets grant for program in Hampshire and Franklin counties

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      Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice gets grant for program in Hampshire and Franklin counties

      Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice has been awarded a $65,382 grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation for its Strength in Numbers falls prevention program.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    19. EDC Hosts AIM Executive Forum

      Explore From the EDC (Feb 28 2014)

      EDC Hosts AIM Executive Forum

      There are reasons to see the glass as half full and equally compelling reasons to see the glass as half empty. Charlie D’Amour, COO of Big Y, among others, noted that the recovery has been uneven across regions in Massachusetts, with western Mass being behind Boston. Rick acknowledged that, but noted that our region falls in the middle of Mass regions, not as good as Boston or Worcester, but ahead of the South Coast, North Central and the Cape.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Big Y Foods   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    20. Baystate opens colorful, child friendly Children's Specialty Center on Wason Avenue in Springfield

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      Baystate opens colorful, child friendly Children's Specialty Center on Wason Avenue in Springfield

      Baystate Health's new $20 million Children’s Specialty Center is designed not just for kid's health, but for their happiness.  'I work in a place where the colors and the lights make me smile,' said Dr. Laura Koenigs, chairwoman of the Department of Pediatrics at Baystate Health and one of 40 physicians working in the new center . 'When a child walks in here, you see their entire face light up in a smile. And the parents, too.'  The building at at 50 Wason Ave. in Springfield's North End has more than 100 staff members and totals74,000 ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    21. Noble Express Care in Westfield fills healthcare void

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      Noble Express Care in Westfield fills healthcare void

      Express Care, located at 57 Union St., provides care for non-life-threatening issues such as cold and flu, bumps and bruises, accidents and falls, severe sore throat or cough, headaches, ear infections, bleeding from cuts, minor trauma, rashes and other conditions. The idea for the facility was first conceived three years ago with one goal of addressing rising healthcare costs, said Noble Hospital Chief Executive Officer Ronald Bryant. The cost of a visit to Express Care is lower than a trip to the emergency room and the service is quicker.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    22. Dr. David Peck, general contractor Craig Sweitzer renovate former Duryea building in downtown Springfield

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      Dr. David Peck, general contractor Craig Sweitzer renovate former Duryea building in downtown Springfield

      NAI Plotkin real estate brokers and property managers sold the building to Peck, President Evan Plotkin said. Plotkin said he'll keep his offices on the first floor, renting from Peck. Contractor Craig Sweitzer and his family have made a specialty out of dental offices, having built more than 70 such facilities in the Pioneer Valley over the past two decades.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    23. Baystate's Mini-Medical School heads to Northampton

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      Baystate's Mini-Medical School heads to Northampton

      Baystate Medical Center will bring its Mini-Medical School to Northampton, for the first time, when it holds its spring session, beginning Feb. 12 at the Northampton Senior Center. The program – an eight-week health education series featuring a different aspect of medicine each week – will give area residents a reason to come out of hibernation from the cold winter and join others interested in the field of medicine. Classes this spring will include sessions on various medical topics, such as sleep disorders, breast cancer, anesthesiology, psychiatry, infertility and several other subjects.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Northampton

    24. Joanne Marqusee named president/CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care

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      Joanne Marqusee named president/CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care

      Joanne Marqusee has been named the next president/CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care.  Her appointment was approved Tuesday by the Board of Trustees, which approved the recommendation of the search committee.  Marqusee will join Cooley Dickinson on March 31 from Hallmark Health System, located just north of Boston, where she has served since 2009 as executive vice president and chief operating officer.  Matthew M. Pitoniak, who is chief executive officer, chairman of the Board of Trustees and search committee chairmanr, said the selection of Marqusee fulfills the search committee’s goals.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

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