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  • Current Issues (January 2015)

    Making the Days Count – Hospice Brings Quality of Life to Dying Patients, Families

    There’s a big difference, Leslie Hennessey said, between giving up on life and accepting that the end is near. “Hospice….

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    Also Inside

    Know the Impact of Food on Your Health

    Food has become a centerpiece of American life, filling holiday celebrations, family milestones, and gatherings of friends or co-workers, regardless….

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    Physician Burnout: Where Do We Go from Here?

    When I made the decision 18 years ago to leave clinical medicine after three years in general practice, I felt chronically….

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    Where Every Voice Matters – Emeritus of East Longmeadow Caters to Residents’ Requests

    Philip Noto says the difference between Emeritus of East Longmeadow and other local assisted-living facilities can be found in the….

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    Growing Clientele – Pediatricians Adjust to a Changing Landscape

    Years ago, pediatricians were authority figures, and new parents reverently followed their instructions. But now, these doctors consider themselves partners….

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    Left to Their Own Devices – Child-development Experts Worry About the Effects of Screen Time

    Television, computer, and smartphone screens shouldn’t replace human contact, doctors say, but increasingly, they are doing just that. And the….

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    States of Cooperation – Children’s Hospitals Begin Unique Clinical Collaboration

    Dr. John Schreiber says that, while there’s some geography involved in the recently launched collaboration between Baystate Children’s Hospital and….

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    For the Love of Your Partner – Plan Now to Avoid Some Serious Problems Down the Road

    Presently, many committed couples are choosing not to get married, especially when they have been married in the past but….

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    Career Pulse

    Ermellini, Robert, Willis Join Growing Team at O’Connell Care at Home HOLYOKE — O’Connell Care at Home, with offices in….

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    Beyond the Winter Blues – Seasonal Affective Disorder Is a Common Problem for Older Adults

    As the days get shorter, many people find themselves feeling sad. You might feel blue around the winter holidays, or….

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    Knowledge Is Power – Questions and Answers Regarding Genetic Counseling, Testing

    What role do genetic counselors and medical geneticists play in today’s ever-evolving world of medicine? Genetic counselors are specially trained,….

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    Decisions, Decisions The Art and Science of Selecting a Retirement Plan for Your Practice

    Selecting a retirement plan is an important decision for physician practices, as well as other small businesses working in the….

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    Noble Hospital Surgeon Offers Advanced Treatment for Tendon Pain

    WESTFIELD —Dr. Peter Pascal, an orthopedic surgeon at Noble Hospital, is now offering an advanced treatment that quickly and safely removes….

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    Berkshire Medical Center Named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality

    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)….

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    Two Area Childbirth Centers Earn Breastfeeding Achievement Awards

    NORTHAMPTON, GREENFIELD — Staff of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Childbirth Center and the Birthplace at Franklin Medical Center received the 2014….

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    BMLH Diabetes Support Group Moves Monthly Meeting Day

    WARE — The Diabetes Support Group at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital has changed its monthly meeting day. The group now meets….

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    Mass. Medical Society Physicians Adopt New Resolutions

    WALTHAM — Resolutions on end-of-life care, the age to purchase tobacco products, bicycle helmets, medical marijuana, and care for lesbian, gay,….

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    Mercy Medical Center Gains STAR Program Certification

    SPRINGFIELD — When a patient suffers a stroke or has knee-replacement surgery, rehabilitation is an important part of the recovery process…..

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    Wingate at Hampden Earns Deficiency-free Rating from State

    HAMPDEN — Wingate at Hampden, a skilled-nursing and rehabilitation center, announced it has been awarded a deficiency-free survey from the Mass…..

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    Holyoke Medical Center Recognized for Outstanding Patient Safety

    HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center has long been recognized for its patient-safety initiatives, including 24/7 intensivist coverage in the Intensive Care….

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    Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Upgrades CT Scanner

    WARE — Baystate Mary Lane Hospital is upgrading its medical-imaging capabilities for its patients. The hospital’s Radiology Department is installing a….

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    Two Baystate Hospitals Named Top Performers by Joint Commission

    WARE, PALMER — Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and Baystate Wing Hospital were named among the nation’s top performers on key quality….

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    Cooley Dickinson Hospital Recognized as Top Performer

    NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission,….

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    Mass General, MMS Publish Guidebook on Human Trafficking

    BOSTON — Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Mass. Medical Society (MMS), recognizing that “the physical and psychological trauma caused by….

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