Current Issues (NOV 2015)
The Big Disconnect – What’s Next for Electronic Health Records?
The goals of electronic health records are easily understood. The path to get there … well, that’s a bit thornier…..
Protecting Children’s Health Is Critical
Children today face many risks to their health and safety; some were nonexistent just a decade ago, others have persisted….
We Need to Help, Not Hurt, Patients
D octors often wrestle with dilemmas. The profession has tried to establish ethical guidelines for resuscitation and end-of-life care following….
A Showcase for Business – Fifth Edition of the Expo Set for Nov. 4 in Springfield
T he final countdown is underway. Indeed, the fifth annual Western Mass. Business Expo, produced by HCN and BusinessWest, is….
Expo Looks to Build Momentum for Manufacturing
One of those tags will require just a single word: ‘Oscar.’ That’s the name given to the robot created by….
Fitness & Nutrition Critical Juncture – Attain’s Bridge Program Helps People Transition from PT to Exercise
People who have had surgery or injure themselves often don’t know what to do when their physical-therapy sessions end. They….
Practicing What They Preach – Dowd Agency’s Wellness Program Inspires Healthy Habits
On June 1, Karen Drudi completed her first five-kilometer run. It was her 55th birthday, and she took third place….
The Eight-glasses Rule – How Much Water Should We Really Drink Daily?
Confused over the latest attempt to debunk a popular health myth about the need to drink eight glasses of water….
Passing the Test – Two Approaches to Treating Childhood Obesity Appear Effective
A Mass General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) study comparing two protocols for the treatment of childhood obesity finds that both….
Food for Thought – Calorie Restriction May Lower Risk Factors for Age-related Diseases
A study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides some of the first clues about the impact of….
Ask the Doctor – Deciphering Diabetes, Changes in Diet Can Help Prevent This Common Disease
Q. I received a phone call from my primary-care physician, who sent me for some routine blood tests after my….
Career Pulse – Nov 2015
Mazza, Wright Honored by HMC HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) honored surgeon Dr. Samuel Mazza and civic leader Angela….
A 2015 Meaningful-use Update – The Rules Continue to Change, and Practices Must Adjust
Ever since the HITECH provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 helped provide the outline for meaningful….
Poll Finds One-quarter of Seniors Have Healthcare Cost Concerns
BOSTON — A poll conducted by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of….
Cooley Dickinson Issues Grants for Community Health Projects
NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Health Care awarded a total of $15,000 in grants to help local communities understand how they….
UMass Medical School, UConn Health Center Partnership Awarded $29.2M in Funding
WORCESTER — UMass Medical School, in partnership with UConn Health Center, created one of the 39 healthcare collaborative networks selected….
Baystate Noble Hospital Receives Money from State
WESTFIELD — Baystate Noble Hospital was recently awarded $150,000 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to enhance Baystate Noble’s entrance and….
Campaign Educates Women about Pelvic-floor Disorders
SPRINGFIELD — Mercy Medical Center will host an educational event as part of a public awareness campaign to help women….
Porchlight Contracts with Highland Valley Elder Services
LEE — Porchlight VNA/Home Care recently began a new partnership with Highland Valley Elder Services for fiscal years 2016-18. The….
BMC Named First Member of New Dana-Farber/
BOSTON — Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently announced they have named Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) Cancer….
Three Berkshire Healthcare Communities Recognized
WESTERN MASS. — With top national scores, Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in….
Three Complete Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice Residency Program
NORTHAMPTON — On Sept. 30, the members of the first graduating class of the Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice Cross….
Baystate Again Named Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence
SPRINGFIELD — For a third consecutive time, Baystate Medical Center has achieved Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center….
EANE Issues Findings of 2015 Insurance & Benefits Survey
AGAWAM — The Employers Assoc. of the NorthEast (EANE) announced its findings from the 2015 Insurance & Benefits Survey, conducted….
Holyoke Health Center Renovation Expands Imaging, Lab Space
HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) has announced the opening of newly renovated space at Holyoke Health Center (HHC), located….
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