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Snap Fitness Opens Second 24/7 Gym in Hampden
Linda Jablonski Honored for Work on Behalf of Mothers and Babies
AMA Unveils Online Resources to Navigate Value-based Care Models
William Fisher Leads Field Education Research in Social Work
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  • 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….

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    Also Inside

    Concussion: the Invisible Injury

    For years, athletes and coaches downplayed the injury, calling it merely a ‘ding,’ or getting your ‘bell rung.’ No longer…..

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    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….

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    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,….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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…..

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    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….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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….

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    Career Pulse – April 16

    Houff Named Director of Physician Services for HMC Specialty Practices HOLYOKE — Spiros Hatiras, President and CEO of Holyoke Medical….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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…..

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    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….

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    Dementia Initiative Announces Workshop Series

    FLORENCE — The Dementia Initiative welcomes three Cooley Dickinson Health Care providers as guest experts at its spring 2016 workshop….

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    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….

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    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 —….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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….

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    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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