Current Issues (April 2016)
A Holistic View of Healthcare Mercy’s – New President Takes a Progressive View
Dr. Scott Wolf says he brings to his job what he refers to as a “360-degree view” of healthcare. That’s….
Concussion: the Invisible Injury
For years, athletes and coaches downplayed the injury, calling it merely a ‘ding,’ or getting your ‘bell rung.’ No longer…..
Updating the Language of Disability
Language can be a powerful tool that enables human beings to convey not just information but also ideas, emotions, and….
See Change – Scleral Lenses Give Hope to Desperate Patients
Since Bradley Sweet was diagnosed with keratotonus, he’s had to choose between poor vision and constant discomfort. Until now. Keratoconus,….
Addiction in the Workplace – Substance-abuse Issues Pose Stern Challenges for Employers
Rene Pinero says antiquated beliefs persist about individuals who become addicted to alcohol or drugs, despite recent headlines and ample….
Taking Matters to Heart – A Healthy Lifestyle Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
The statistics are chilling: Not only is cardiovascular disease the number-one killer of women in this country, every 80 seconds….
Screen Test – Mammograms Can Help Reduce Deaths from Breast Cancer
Every year, Dr. Lisa Planeta sees about six patients with large, cancerous breast tumors who have never had a mammogram…..
Life-saving Measure – New Vaccine Can Prevent Development of Cervical Cancer
In the 1940s, cervical cancer was a leading cause of cancer-related death for women in the U.S. But today, thanks….
Employers, Prepare Now Changes – May Be Coming to White-collar Overtime Exemption Rules
This year, the Department of Labor (DOL) is making some significant changes to the regulations governing which executive, administrative, and….
Survey Finds Insurance-coverage Gains, but Access, Affordability Gaps
BOSTON — Results from a survey of Massachusetts residents regarding health insurance released by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of….
CSO Offers Free Youth Mental-health First-aid Trainings
NORTHAMPTON — Funded by a three-year grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) through the White….
An Aging World – New Census Bureau Report Details Global Phenomenon
The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5% of people worldwide (617 million) are age….
AMA Details Vision for Ending Opioid Epidemic
ATLANTA — Dr. Patrice Harris, chair-elect of the American Medical Assoc. and chair of its Task Force to Reduce Opioid….
Workshop on ‘Grieving the Death of a Child’ Slated for May 14
NORTHAMPTON — The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens announced a free workshop, “Grieving the Death of a….
Thoughts to Chew On – Parents Need to Be Gatekeepers and Keep the Junk Food Out
Q: I’ve followed to the rule breastfeeding my child, introducing him to solid foods at about five months while continuing….
Career Pulse – April 16
Houff Named Director of Physician Services for HMC Specialty Practices HOLYOKE — Spiros Hatiras, President and CEO of Holyoke Medical….
Questions and Answers What to Consider Before Selling Your Practice
A re you looking to escape the regulatory and administrative burdens associated with running a practice? Maybe you’re considering joining….
North Adams Mayor Joins Anti-stigma Campaign
NORTH ADAMS — North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright has long advocated for people with mental-health and substance-use issues. Now, he….
BFMC, Health Policy Commission Announce CHART Grant
GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) recently announced the hospital’s receipt of a $1.8 million grant from the Mass…..
BFMC Heart & Vascular Program Moves to Main Hospital Building
GREENFIELD — Baystate Heart & Vascular’s Greenfield practice has moved from its former location at 48 Sanderson St. to a….
Dementia Initiative Announces Workshop Series
FLORENCE — The Dementia Initiative welcomes three Cooley Dickinson Health Care providers as guest experts at its spring 2016 workshop….
Trinity Health Awards Grant for Mercy Medical Center Project
SPRINGFIELD — Trinity Health, the parent organization of Mercy Medical Center, has selected Mercy’s new community health project as a….
Wernick Achieves Deficiency-free Survey from DPH
Participants in Wernick Adult Day Health Care take part in a number of stimulating activities throughout the day. LONGMEADOW —….
Community Enterprises to Mark 40 Years with Luncheon
NORTHAMPTON — Richard Venne, president and CEO, invites the public to join Community Enterprises Inc. in celebrating 40 years of….
Governor Signs Landmark Opioid Legislation into Law
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed landmark legislation into law to address the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic plaguing….
Look Good … Feel Better’ Program Slated for April 28
WARE — The Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and the American Cancer Society will present “Look….
Springfield College Students Volunteer in Haiti
SPRINGFIELD — Dawn Roberts, professor of Physical Therapy at Springfield College, and a group of nine physical therapy students took….
A Night of Laughter’ to Support Children’s Charities
SPRINGFIELD — Smith & Wesson will host its annual live comedy show, “A Night of Laughter,” to support two local….
Rays of Hope Founder to Keynote Breast Cancer Survivors’ Day
SPRINGFIELD — Lucy Giuggio Carvalho, founder of Rays of Hope – A Walk and Run Toward the Cure of Breast….
CSO to Host Mental Health and Wellness Fair
GREENFIELD — In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, Clinical & Support Options Inc. (CSO) will host its 14th annual….
AMA Pushes to Improve Electronic Health Records
CHICAGO — The American Medical Assoc. (AMA) pledged to work with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)….
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