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  • Current Issues (September 2014)

    From Transition to Integration – Making Wing Part of the Baystate System

    On Labor Day, Wing Memorial Hospital — the name that’s been over the door of the Palmer institution for more….

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    Also Inside

    Baseball, Youth, and Smokeless Tobacco

    The headlines first came with baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. His all-too-early death at 54 was attributed to the….

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    The Importance of Planning for the End

    Physicians undergo years of education and training to promote wellness, cure and heal, and protect life. Yet, we also know….

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    Fighting Back – Task Force Takes on State’s Daunting Addiction Problem

    Tough problems require bold solutions, and opiate addiction has become a tougher problem than ever before in Massachusetts. Responding to….

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    Extending Its Reach – Holyoke Medical Center Tackles Nutrition, Wellness in the Community

    Helen Arnold says there’s a responsibility to being a community hospital in a city struggling with pervasive poverty. For instance,….

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    Natural Remedies – The Herbarium Dispenses Medicine, Valuable Information

    Soft, soothing music plays in the background, and a relaxing smell wafts through the air at the Herbarium in Chicopee,….

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    Fusion Reaction At This Unique Gym, – Fitness and Fun Are Equal Parts of the Equation

    For John Glynn and his staff, Fitness Fusion isn’t just a name – it’s a culture that was established along….

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    What’s in That Lunchbox? – Back to School Means Back to Good Nutrition Basics

    As parents launch into yet another back-to-school season, they’ve already scurried to malls in search of new clothes for their….

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    Veteran’s Administration Benefits – Proposed Legislation Could Change the Landscape for Some Individuals

    As this article is being written, so are drafts of various bills being adjusted in Washington. It appears that, although….

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    Rest of the Story – Poor Sleep May Be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

    Lack of sleep or waking up several times during the night may be bad for the brain and may increase….

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    Career Pulse

    Ahmed Recognized by Becker Hospital Review WARE — Dr. M. Shafeeq Ahmed, acting president and chief operating officer at Baystate Mary….

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    An Emerging Health Hazard – CDC Sounds the Alarm on Single-use Laundry Detergent Pods

    Back in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report noting that exposure to single-use laundry….

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    Picture This

    Making a Difference Clara Thatcher, a Hampshire Regional High School student, recently presented a check for $5,605 to the Cooley….

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    Maximizing Social Security – Having the Right Strategy Can Improve Your Retirement Income

    Social Security is an important income source for most retirees. Yet, people tend to overlook how their benefit is calculated….

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    Momentum Building for 21st Annual Rays of Hope

    SPRINGFIELD — This year’s 21st annual Rays of Hope – A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer may still be….

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    North Adams Commons Receives Quality Award

    NORTH ADAMS — The American Health Care Assoc. and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) recently announced the selection of….

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    CDH Lecture to Highlight Advances in Diabetes Care

    NORTHAMPTON — In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes. Two years earlier, the figures were 25.8….

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    New Device at Noble Hospital Improves Treatment of Breast Cancer

    WESTFIELD — Noble Hospital has introduced a new device that improves the treatment of breast cancer. The BioZorb Tissue Marker helps….

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    MMS Offers Information on Advance Care Planning

    WALTHAM — The Mass. Medical Society is offering free information on advance care planning, the term that describes the planning people….

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    BMLH Seeks Community Health Initiative Proposals

    WARE — Baystate Mary Lane Hospital (BMLH) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for community health initiatives from area not-for-profit….

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    Baystate Wins Approval for Determination-of-need Requests

    BOSTON — The Mass. Public Health Council approved three determination-of-need (DON) requests to support Baystate Health’s efforts to modernize its facilities….

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    Rose Sale Celebrates 16 Years of Supporting Cancer Care

    WARE — Sept. 10 will mark the 16th anniversary of the annual Shirley Batsie Memorial Rose sale, which features a dozen….

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    Martini Event to Benefit Melanoma Foundation

    SPRINGFIELD — The Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) announced a fund-raising event, “Martinis for Melanoma,” to take place on Sept…..

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    Kimball Farms Earns Deficiency-free Survey

    LENOX — After the state Department of Public Health completed its annual survey at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center, it issued….

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    Goulette Named Executive Director of Red Cross Chapter

    SPRINGFIELD — The American Red Cross of Massachusetts announced the selection of Kim Goulette as the new executive director of the….

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    UMass Computer Scientist Receives Research Award

    AMHERST — Computer scientist Benjamin Marlin of UMass Amherst recently received a five-year, $536,527 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development….

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    Baystate Ob/Gyn Earns Sixth Consecutive Accreditation

    SPRINGFIELD — The physicians of Baystate Ob/Gyn Group Inc. announced that it has been awarded its sixth consecutive accreditation by the….

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    Cooley Dickinson Receives Gynecologic Excellence Award

    NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital was named among the top 10% of the hospitals evaluated as providing outstanding performance in gynecologic….

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