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    1. Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services

      Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services

      Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke will eliminate full- and part-time jobs in a restructuring announced last week. The hospital, part of Trinity Health of New England, can't yet say how many jobs will be eliminated. A prepared statement from the organization refers to service changes, but says no service will be eliminated entirely. Managers have been working, according to the release, to reduce partial hours or eliminate open or unfilled positions

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    2. Holyoke Medical Center stroke program earns five awards

      Holyoke Medical Center stroke program earns five awards

      Holyoke Medical Center has once again received multiple honors for the coordination and delivery of care to patients who have had a hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke, that is, a blood vessel in the brain has ruptured or is blocked by a clot. The hospital received four awards from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. It has also earned the 2018 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.

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    3. Baystate Health receives $1 million from state budget to support UMass Medical School...

      Baystate Health receives $1 million from state budget to support UMass Medical School...

      Baystate Health has received $1 million from the state budget to support an educational program designed to establish a pipeline for primary care physicians who will practice locally. The Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) educational track is part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School regional campus at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Twenty-one students - 15 of whom are Massachusetts residents - were accepted from a pool of 151 candidates who applied to become a part of the PURCH program.

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    4. Massachusetts House passes health care bill to help community hospitals

      Massachusetts House passes health care bill to help community hospitals

      The Massachusetts House passed a major health care bill late Tuesday night. "We recognize the complex factors that are driving the health care marketplace right now and view this legislation as a smart, stabilizing mechanism to ensure residents in each corner of the Commonwealth have access to quality care throughout the changes," said House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, in a statement. The bill H.4617, was named "The Honorable Peter V. Kocot Act to Enhance Access to High Quality Affordable and Transparent Healthcare in the Commonwealth," after the late Northampton Democrat who, as House chairman of the Committee on Health ...

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    5. Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield unveils $1.6 million entrance and lobby improvements

      Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield unveils $1.6 million entrance and lobby improvements

       Baystate Noble Hospital officials unveiled their new $1.6 million front entrance and lobby as well as the theme of the 2018 Baystate Noble Ball: "It's Magic!" The entrance improves access and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Automatic sliding doors, re-grading of the circular driveway and walkways to create a level surface, and a protective drive-under canopy improved the exterior.

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    6. Businesses aim to save $100M in health care costs by reducing emergency room visits

      Businesses aim to save $100M in health care costs by reducing emergency room visits

      A group of 20 business organizations are launching an effort to save $100 million in health care costs by 2020 by reducing avoidable emergency room visits by 20 percent. The businesses are still figuring out their exact strategies. The first step will focus primarily on raising awareness among employees about the resources available for them to get care outside of the emergency room.  "Our plan is to provide employers with a toolkit, which will include appropriate information communicated in plain English about the most appropriate sites for care, why that's important, and how it impacts premiums," said Eileen McAnneny ...

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    7. Sisters of Providence break ground on affordable housing with elder care services in West...

      Sisters of Providence break ground on affordable housing with elder care services in West...

      The Sisters of Providence have broken ground on Hillside Residence, a $10 million project to build 36 units of affordable, elder care housing on the 27-acre Providence campus at 2112 Riverdale St. The project calls for integrating housing for residents age 62 or older with the health services they will need as they grow older, according to Sister Kathleen Popko, president of the Sisters of Providence.  "At times, the dream seemed futile," Popko told the crowd gathered Friday at the site where the housing will soon rise, recalling the ups and downs of trying to secure project funding over the ...

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    8. Baystate expands Orthopedic Surgery Center in Springfield in $3.8M project

      Baystate expands Orthopedic Surgery Center in Springfield in $3.8M project

      Baystate Health this week received state Public Health Council permission to spend up to $3.8 million to complete unused space at the Baystate Orthopedic Surgery Center at 50 Wason Ave. The project will create six to eight new full-time positions as it ramps up, said spokeswoman Shelly Hazlett. The project will add two new ambulatory surgery operating rooms and equip seven pre- and post-op care rooms. Work is expected to be completed in January 2019.

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    9. Baystate Health secures $1M earmark in House budget

      Baystate Health secures $1M earmark in House budget

      Baystate Health has secured a $1 million earmark in the House version of the state budget, which is being debated this week. "This represents an affirmative step in our quest to equalize the state's commitment to serve the Medicaid population of Western Massachusetts," said Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, in a statement. Baystate has been seeking money annually through the state budget process to make up for what it describes as regional inequities in Medicaid payments.

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    10. Washington company's $722,000 gift brings state-of-the-art equipment to UMass Center at Springfield nursing students

      Washington company's $722,000 gift brings state-of-the-art equipment to UMass Center at Springfield nursing students

      The company behind the equipment that monitored Neil Armstrong's vital signs when he walked on the moon has donated $722,000 in state-of-the-art gear to the nursing lab at the University of Massachusetts Springfield Center in Tower Square. And what Spacelabs Healthcare President Sujit Kumar wanted to talk about during Tuesday's celebration of the gift is the next step in his Washington-based medical equipment company's relationship with UMass.

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    11. Innovative Care Partners Aims to Better Integrate Health Services

      Innovative Care Partners Aims to Better Integrate Health Services

      The healthcare landscape is changing in dramatic fashion, with a movement toward population health and providers being paid to keep people healthy rather than strictly for treating them when they’re sick. There are many intriguing manifestations of this shift, and one that bears watching is a new venture involving three area providers — the Center for Human Development, ServiceNet, and the Gandara Mental Health Center — with a name that speaks volumes about just how it will operate: Integrated Care Partners.

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    12. People in Business: Trinity Health Of New England names Dr. Reginald J. Eadie as the new President and Chief Executive Officer

      People in Business: Trinity Health Of New England names Dr. Reginald J. Eadie as the new President and Chief Executive Officer

      Reginald J. Eadie, M.D., MBA, has officially taken the reins as President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Health of New England, named to the position in Jan., Dr. Eadie succeeds Roger Spoelman, who has been serving in an interim capacity since the prior President and CEO, Christopher Dadlez, steeped down at the end of 2017. Board-certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Eadie has 20 years of health care experience that includes numerous leadership roles such as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Medical Officer. he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Regional Chief Operating Officer ...

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    13. Match Day at UMass brings Springfield women closer to careers as doctors | masslive.com

      Match Day at UMass brings Springfield women closer to careers as doctors | masslive.com

      It was back in Haiti, about a year before Michele Sainvil would immigrate to the United States. She didn't see the car hit her  grandmother but she saw the blood. As a little girl, all she knew was that people were screaming 'She didn't make it,' Sainvil said this week. When Sainvil was 8 her parents sent  her to the U.S. so she could get an education. Twenty-three years later, on 'Match Day' at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she was one of  two Springfield women who learned where she will continue her medical education after ...

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    14. TechSpring redefining the future of health care in region and beyond

      TechSpring redefining the future of health care in region and beyond

      In the not-too-distant future, the delivery of quality health care could be as easy as reading a patient's palm. But the palm reader won't be tucked away in a carnival booth. Instead, the future of health care innovations will most likely come from TechSpring Health Technology Center, a digital nerve center backed by the resources of the $2.5 billion Baystate Health Systems. Currently, TechSpring is collaborating with private health care IT security company imprivata -- headquartered in the eastern part of the state -- to bring palm vein scanning technology used for positive identification of patients  to the medical ...

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    15. New Prosthetic Center Serves Amputees with Innovative Technology

      New Prosthetic Center Serves Amputees with Innovative Technology

      O & P Labs recently opened the doors to the Prosthetic Center at 3500 Main St. in Springfield. The local prosthetic company has been serving Western and Central Mass., Northern Conn., and Southern Vermont for more than 30 years. Co-owners Jim Haas and Blaine Drysdale hosted Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and state Rep. Carlos González, along with team members, patients, medical care providers, friends, and family for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 15. González presented a citation to recognize O & P Labs’ “30 years of healthcare service to the people of Springfield, Mass. and your innovative assistance for patients ...

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    16. ‘Partners’ Becomes Public Health Institute of Western Mass.

      ‘Partners’ Becomes Public Health Institute of Western Mass.

      Partners for a Healthier Community recently initiates a rebrand, and is now known as the Public Health Institute of Western Mass., a name that officials say more accurately reflects what this agency has evolved into over the past 22 years and the critical role it plays within the region.  As she talked about a rebranding effort involving the agency now formerly known as Partners for a Healthier Community Inc. (PFHC), Jessica Collins said the project wasn’t initiated because the name chosen in 1996 didn’t convey what the nonprofit is or does. .

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    17. Baystate Health looks to make difference for healthcare in Western Massachusetts...

      Baystate Health looks to make difference for healthcare in Western Massachusetts...

      I grew up in Springfield, in the hospitals that would one day become Baystate Health. On Saturday mornings, I sometimes accompanied my father, Dr. Alvin Keroack, on his rounds. I absorbed a bit of what he and my mother - a nurse at Springfield Hospital (now Baystate Medical Center) - had learned about healthcare and the human condition. Like everyone else, I look back on those days as simpler times. In fact, life then was complicated, too. Many of the patients in my parents' care coped with the same stressors that challenge our families, friends, and neighbors today - factors that we now ...

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    18. Westfield YMCA adds Baystate Health pediatric weight management program

      Westfield YMCA adds Baystate Health pediatric weight management program

      The Greater Westfield YMCA is partnering with Baystate Health and Kohl's Cares to bring the MIGHTY program to the city. MIGHTY is Baystate Health's pediatric weight management program that stands for Moving, Improving and Gaining Health Together at the YMCA. It has operated in Springfield since 2007.  YMCA of Greater Westfield Fitness Director Cindy Agan said the local Y has been communicating with the Baystate Health's MIGHTY team, striving to form a partnership to continue the growth of the program.  "Thanks to the support of a Kohl's Cares Grant, Baystate is able to expand the program ...

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    19. Tower Square Health Expo in Springfield offers 20 services including DNA testing

      Tower Square Health Expo in Springfield offers 20 services including DNA testing

      DNA testing will be among 20 services available at the Tower Square Health and Wellness Expo on Wednesday. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the food court on the second floor. The snow date is Thursday. True Blue Health and Wellness will be one of 20 vendors offering services, screenings and education during the free daylong expo. True Blue's "True Blueprint Genetic Testing" uses cheek swabs to collect testing material. The cost of the test is covered by most health insurance plans.

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    20. Mercy Medical Center names Harvard graduate to top post

      Mercy Medical Center names Harvard graduate to top post

      Dr. Mark Dumais has been named chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center. A Harvard Medical School graduate who also holds a master's degree in business administration, Dumais will provide clinical and administrative leadership at the 182-bed acute care hospital as well as its affiliated facilities, including the 126-bed Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke.

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    21. Mercy Health ACO Announces State Certification for New Program

      Mercy Health ACO announced that the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) certified it as an accountable-care organization (ACO) in the HPC’s new, first-in-the-nation program. The HPC’s first round of ACO certification includes 17 HPC-certified ACOs and is a significant milestone for Massachusetts, making it the first state to implement statewide, all-payer standards for care delivery. “We are pleased to take the next step in this important effort to improve care for MassHealth patients and reduce costs for the Commonwealth,” said Mark Fulco, president of Mercy Medical Center. Mercy has formed an ACO partnership with Boston Medical Center (BMC ...

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    22. Construction begins on Baystate Health and Wellness Center Longmeadow

      Construction begins on Baystate Health and Wellness Center Longmeadow

      The $11 million, 54,000-square-foot medical office building at the intersection of Benton Drive, Maple Street, Williams Street and Dwight Road is one part of a multi-step development process. Crowley also plans to build an office building next door for a variety of tenants, not necessarily doctors. Road work and a rebuilt nursing home at the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center are also planned.

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    23. Report: Massachusetts is the Healthiest State in the Nation

      Report: Massachusetts is the Healthiest State in the Nation

      Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the nation, according to the 28th annual America’s Health Rankings report. Among the state’s strengths are its low percentage of uninsured people, low prevalence of obesity, and high vaccination rates. The 2017 report also ranked Massachusetts first for the health of women and children. “This report highlights the notable progress that our state is making to improve the health and well-being of every individual living in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Massachusetts is proud to have the lowest number of uninsured residents in the country and robust public-health efforts, and our ...

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    24. Baystate Family Advocacy Center receives reaccreditation from National Children's Alliance

      Baystate Family Advocacy Center receives reaccreditation from National Children's Alliance

      The National Children's Alliance has awarded reaccreditation to Baystate Family Advocacy Center following an extensive application and site review process. As part of Baystate Children's Hospital in Springfield, the Baystate Family Advocacy Center serves as the Hampden County Child Advocacy Center and provides additional service to children, families and communities of Western Massachusetts, affected by child abuse and exploitation, domestic and community violence and homicide.

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