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Hampden County Health Improvement Plan to Be Released March 31
Willie Ross School for the Deaf, Baystate Health to Host Conference
Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center to Host Job Fair April 19
UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield
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  • November 2003

    Food for Thought Baystate’s ‘Room Service’ Program Gives Patients More Quality, Control

    When Peter Savenko and his colleagues at the Food and Nutrition Services department within Baystate Health System wanted to take….

    Aspen Opens 2nd Area Office

    EAST LONGMEADOW — Aspen Dental, the largest dental practice management group in the Northeast, opened its second office in Western….

    Berkshire Radiological Associates Receives ACR Accreditation

    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Radiological Associates has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Mammography as the result of a….

    CDH Auxiliary Donates $77,000 To Expand Facility’s Cardiac Services

    NORTHAMPTON — The Cooley Dickinson Hospital (CDH) Auxiliary has donated $77,000 to the hospital for expansion of the facility’s cardiac….

    CDH, VNA/Hospice Awarded Accreditation

    NORTHAMPTON — By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Orga-nization’s (JCAHO) national standards for health care….

    Current Events Cooley Dickinson Hospital Initiates Program in Electroconvulsive Therapy

    Editorial Moscow Ballet Marries Art With A Serious Message

    People don’t often connect behavioral health services with ballet. But for Providence Behavioral Hospital, a partnership with the Moscow Ballet….

    HCC Adds Night Nursing Program

    HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College’s Division of Continuing Education, the Division of Health, Education, and Technology, and the Nursing Department,….

    HCC Slates Info Sessions On Program

    HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College will stage information sessions about its program in radiologic technology on Nov. 18 at 11….

    HNE Ranked Among Nation’s Best Health Plans

    SPRINGFIELD — For the second consecutive year, a national report has ranked Health New England (HNE) among the best plans….

    Is Your Fee Schedule Causing Lost Revenues?

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Code Procedure Exist Fee Total RVUs Current Effective Conversion 99203….

    JGS Announces Appointments

    LONGMEADOW — Jewish Geriatric Services Inc. has named Diane Mintz, R.N., B.S.N. to head its home health care entity, Spectrum….

    Living Up To Its Name The Cancer House Of Hope Provides A Relaxing Place For Victims And Families

    The words can be devastating, both physically and emotionally: “I’m afraid the tests indicate that you have cancer.” Modern medicine….

    Loomis Launches Fund Campaign

    SOUTH HADLEY — Underscoring the fact that the state currently underpays the Loomis Nursing Center $40 per resident per day,….

    Mediterranean Menu Helps Put Baystate On The Map

    Peter Savenko says Baystate Medical Center introduced its so-called Mediterranean diet with its patient population about two years ago. It….

    MHA Proposes Sensible Medicaid Overhau

    BOSTON — At a recent hearing before the Joint Committee on Health Care, a hospital panel that included Holyoke Hospital….

    Myths About Cancer, Nutrition

    As a nutrition counselor, Dr. Nancy Dell knows that Americans in general — and cancer patients specifically — are looking….

    Neurology Practice Opens at BMC

    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems recently announced the appointment of two neurologists, Ellen Deibert, M.D., and Marina Zaretskaya-Fuchs, M.D. to….

    Open-door Policy Baystate’s New Cancer Center Focuses On Both Technology And Patient Comfort

    Hard hat in place, entering the construction site that will soon be a $37.5 million regional cancer center, Dr. Wilson….

    Opinion Physician Retention Is Crucial To A Practice’s Success

    Medical group practices that seek to hire physicians often act on the assumption that doing an effective job of recruitment….

    Rehab For Life Lymphedema Patients Learn That Their Condition Must Be Treated — And Managed

    For JoAnn Knight, lymphedema isn’t something she will rid herself of at some point. The same is true for the….

    RiverBend Medical Group Establishes New Ophthalmology Practice

    SPRINGFIELD — RiverBend Medical Group, the largest private multi-specialty medical group in Western Mass., recently announced the start-up of its….

    Ruark Joins Orthopedic Practice

    SPRINGFIELD — Titus, Clarke and Hansen, Orthopedic Surgeons, P.C. recently announced the addition of Dr. Daryle A. Ruark, who joined….

    Single-payer Backers Push For Bill’s Passage Advocates Say The Current System Is Failing Massachusetts Residents, Businesses

    BOSTON — More than 700 health care advocates swarmed a hearing by the Joint Committee on Health Care in Gardner….

    Speaker Will Unmask “Mystery” Patients

    SPRINGFIELD — Nationally known author and speaker Suzanne Boswell will conduct a seminar on Nov. 5 at Springfield technical Community….

    SPHS Announces Collaboration Effort With Springfield College

    SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College students in training to become physician assistants will begin completing clinical rotations at facilities within the….

    STCC Wins $2M Grant Title III Funds Will Bolster Health Programs

    Gail Carberry says Title III of the Federal Education Act is designed to help post-secondary institutions turn weaknesses into strengths…..

    Steps in the Right Direction Moscow Ballet Pitches In To Help Promote Children’s Mental Health Programs

    Robert Simpson says the December performances of the Great Russian Nutcracker by the Moscow Ballet will do more than raise….

    Study Says Tort Reform Could Cut Medical Liability Costs In Bay State

    WALTHAM, Mass. — A new actuarial study released recently says that total savings of approximately 25% to 30% on medical….

    The HIPAA Learning Curve Practical Application Of The Law Is Not Always A Matter Of Black And White

    By now, it is expected that every health care practitioner’s office, hospital, and clinic has conformed with the Health Insurance….

    The Science Of Choosing A Health Plan Survey: Many Americans Give Themselves Poor Grades On Understanding Health Benefits

    BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — An estimated 162 million Americans have health insurance coverage through their employers, and during the fall, many….

    Weldon’s Ambassadors Rehabilitation Facilty’s Program Recognizes Individuals Who Inspire Others

    Tom Szumowski just wanted to ride his motorcycle again. Actually, that was the long-range goal. There were more immediate and….

    What Is A ‘Medical Home’? Shriners Hospital Sponsors Program On Children With Special Needs

    When it comes to ensuring a continuum of care for children with special needs, many are ‘homeless’ — not in….

    Workforce Summit Set For Dec. 5

    BOSTON — New England Healthcare Assembly, in collaboration with the Mass. Healthcare Human Resources Assoc., will present the 5th Annual….

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