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UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield
JGS Continues Alzheimer’s Lecture Series on March 30
NAMI Western Mass. Art Show Reception Slated for April 5
Healthcare Marketing Symposium Slated for April 7
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  • July 2003

    Making A Pitch A Hospital Recruiter Must Promote The Strengths Of A Facility — And Its Region

    When asked whether it’s more difficult to recruit employees to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield than to a facility in,….

    Mercy Plans $9M Cancer Center

    Frank Claudio says he likes to build things. He had many opportunities to do so as a design engineer for….

    Nothing To Sneeze At – Western Mass. Grapples With Another Tough Allergy Season

    Allergy sufferers just can’t win.   Spring is supposed to be the high-pollen season, and it’s hard not to miss….

    Baystate Receives Award For Advancing Health Care Quality

    SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Medical Center was named as a “distinguished performer” in the Premier Award for Quality program, a national….

    BHN Receives Certification

    SPRINGFIELD — In the midst of a merger that brought 80 staff members and more than 300 clients to its….

    Insurance Agent Honored

    EAST LONGMEADOW — Insurance representative Jeffrey Reilly was recently honored by GE Financial Advisors as one of the company’s top….

    Loncto Named VA Program Manager

    NORTHAMPTON — Elvira A. Loncto, BSN, MSN, nurse manager of the inpatient acute psychiatric unit at the Northampton VA Medical….

    Editorial Court’s Rejection Of Prescription Tax Is Correct Decision

    Chalk one up for the pharmacies.   After a year in which pharmacy chains threatened to leave the Medicaid program….

    Opinion Eight Steps To Combat The Crunch

    The looming crisis in nursing workforce is not news. For the past three years there has been a steady litany….

    STCC Program Graduates 41 Nurses

    SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Technical Community College recently staged a pinning ceremony for the nursing class of 2003 and its 41….

    Mercy’s Hospitalist Program Marks 10th Anniversary

    SPRINGFIELD — Mercy Medical Center’s hospitalist program, also known as the Mercy Inpatient Medicine Service (MIMS), will mark its 10th….

    Agarwal Joins BMC Staff

    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) recently announced the appointment of Renu Agarwal, M.D., F.C.C.P., a specialist in Pulmonary and….

    Children’s Miracle Network Hits Record

    SPRINGFIELD — The annual Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Telethon, staged May 31 and June 1, received a record $610,058 in….

    Building Bridges – Aspen Dental Expands Its Reach Into Western Mass.; Three Offices Are Planned

    Dr. Runjan Seth says there are many reasons why some people simply don’t go the dentist.   The cost of….

    CDH RNs Graduate From UMass With Bachelor’s Degrees

    NORTHAMPTON — The first three Cooley Dickinson Hospital nurses who were enrolled in the University of Massachusetts/Cooley Dickinson Hospital clinical….

    Feeling The Heat – Budget Talk Leaves Health Care Providers With More Questions Than Answers

    Health care professionals have been busy this spring sending a message to Beacon Hill that any budget cuts are going….

    The Paper Chase – Entrepreneurs Look For A Slice Of The Action In The Shredding Business

    Arlene Kelly says the “HIPAA panic” is pretty much over. Now, it’s time for the “HIPAA fall-out.” HIPAA, as most….

    View To The Future – Radiologists Open Their ‘Dream’ Outpatient Clinic In Pittsfield

    Dr. Robert Geehr said he long ago recognized the need for outpatient radiology services in the Berkshires area. “It was….

    One Patient At A Time – As A Mercy Hospitalist, Dr. Peter Elsea Stresses Individualized Care

    Doctors say they want to meet patients where they are. Dr. Peter Elsea understands that concept in a more dramatic….

    Making Contact – To Dr. Lisa Loring, Radiology Is Much More Than Just Staring At Film

    As a specialist in women’s imaging, Dr. Lisa Loring gets to treat patients who want to get better — and….

    Shifting Gears – Dr. Kirby Juengst Has Made A Career Of Staying Open To New Ideas

    To Dr. Kirby Juengst, staying open to new ideas is more than a catchphrase. It’s how he got into medicine….

    Help Wanted – New Nursing Graduates Are Snapped Up Quickly By Western Mass. Employers

    If there’s one positive to the region’s prolonged nursing crunch, it’s that the word has gotten out — and area….

    Rhonda Fernandez ,Leslie Beaudin & Kathleen Herman

    Rhonda Fernandez   Clinical One West Springfield Position: An ICU and telemetry nurse with Clinical One, a staffing agency based….

    Practice Management- New Tax Law Provides Immediate, Profound Relief For Practitioners

    The Jobs and Growth Reconciliation Tax Act of 2003 was signed into law by President Bush on May 28, 2003…..

    Health New England Plan Earns Highest Accreditation From Quality Committee

    SPRINGFIELD — Health New England (HNE) announced recently that it has been awarded ‘excellent’ accreditation for its commercial HMO and….

    Employee Or Independent Contractor? Differences Between State And Federal Regulations Catch Employers In The Middle

    As the Commonwealth of Mass-achusetts faces a severe budget deficit, the state has been utilizing all available additional means to….

    Group Distributes 75,000 Booklets

    BOSTON — A coalition of business, biotech, and health groups have been working together over the past year to raise….

    Bay Path, Ruth’s House Collaborate On Elder Program

    LONGMEADOW — Bay Path College and Ruth’s House, the assisted living residence of Jewish Geriatric Services, recently joined together to….

    State To Lose Another Hospital

    WALTHAM — The Board of Trustees at Waltham Hospital voted late last month to close the 117-year-old facility, the latest….

    BHS Labs Recognized Nationally

    PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire Health Systems Department of Pathology Clinical Laboratories has been recognized by Advance magazine, a national publication….

    Abbott Named BMC Resident Of The Year

    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center has named Charles L. Abbott, M.D., the Gerald L. Haidak Memorial Resident of the Year. ….

    Holyoke Hospital Appoints Cote And Buckley As New Board Members

    HOLYOKE — Holyoke Hosopital has announced the appointment of Elaine Alonzo Cote and Deborah Buckley to its Board of Directors. ….

    Jones Joins BMC Medical Staff

    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center announced the appointment of Jacqueline W. Jones, M.D., to the BMC medical staff.   A….

    Baystate Ob/Gyn Wins Accreditation

    SPRINGFIELD — The Ultrasound Practice Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) announced that Baystate Ob/Gyn Group….

    CDH Youth Leadership Academy Honored

    NORTHAMPTON — The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) of Cooley Dickinson Hospital received an award recently for community leadership at the….

    Country Bank Honored For Donation

    WARE — Country Bank for Savings was recently honored at the Mary Lane Hospital (MLH) Development Council Appreciation Luncheon for….

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