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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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  • January 2004

    New England College Launches Degree-completion Program

    HENNIKER, N.H. — This January, New England College will launch a new degree-completion program that focuses specifically on individuals who….

    ‘Role’ Model ‘It Helps You Understand The Human Heart If You’ve Portrayed People’

    Dr. William Swiggard isn’t sure if his work in medicine makes him a better actor or singer. But he can….

    A Genetic Scourge Huntington’s Disease Poses Harsh Challenges For Patients And Families

    While most Americans know about Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions that afflict the elderly, other illnesses can be just….

    Altering The Great Society Prescription Drug Benefit Highlights Far-reaching Medicare Legislation

    The landmark Medicare legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in November and signed into law by President Bush offers the….

    Are You Getting Paid What Is Due You? When It Comes To Revenue Maximization, Work Smarter – Not Just Harder

    Revenue maximization is a goal of every medical practice. Doctors, in general, are working longer hours and seeing more patients….

    Chicopee Middle-school Students Work To Encourage Children With Cancer

    When Tim Clarke needed to come up with a community project for school, he didn’t have to look far for….

    Berkshire Medical Center Names Manager Of Clinical Engineering

    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) recently announced the appointment of Jack Henault to the position of Manager of Clinical….

    Critical Condition Industry Faces Mounting Challenges As 2004 Dawns

    Hank Porten remembers the bleak economic picture that greeted the health care industry at the start of 2003. One year….

    FMC Announces Three Promotions

    GREENFIELD — Franklin Medical Center (FMC) recently announced appointments to three key senior leadership positions. Greg Brink, CPA, has been….

    Hands-on Health Professionals Massage Therapy: A Rewarding Career At One’s Fingertips

    Bernadette Della Bitta Nicholson says that, as a profession, massage therapy is in what she would call its “adolescence.” The….

    Heavy Decisions Bariatric Surgery Is Less Invasive Than Ever — And It’s Catching On

    No one who has walked down the street recently can deny what doctors have been warning about for years —….

    To Ease The Nursing Shortage, Health Care Providers Should Look Abroad

    We have all seen the projections of massive nursing shortages in the coming years. Right now, 12% of nursing positions….

    Hospitals’ Access To Capital Drops

    BOSTON — The Healthcare Financial Management Assoc. (HFMA) recently released a report to members showing that the percentage of hospitals,….

    Is The Life Estate Secure? Just When You Thought Your House Was Secure … The State Goes After It

    All Massachusetts seniors have an interest in protecting their assets against reclamation by the state when they obtain Medicaid benefits…..

    LEA Acquired By Behavioral Health Network

    SPRINGFIELD — Leslie Educational Alternatives (LEA), a for-profit provider of residential and day services for the developmentally disabled and mentally….

    Linberg Joins Practice, BMC

    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) announced the appointment of Thomas J. Linberg, M.D., a family practice physician to its….

    Litscher Opens Eye Center In East Longmeadow’s Heritage Office Park

    EAST LONGMEADOW — Dr. Larry Litscher, an eye surgeon who has practiced in Springfield for the past 16 years, has….

    MA Hospitals Sign On To Quality Effort

    BOSTON — The Mass. Hospital Assoc. (MHA) recently reported that nearly 70% of the state’s acute care hospitals serving adult….

    Opinion Medical Students Are Not Immune To Liability Crisis

    The words are heartfelt — and strong. “I have stood by the bedside of sick and dying patients. I have….

    MMS: Survey: MDs Slow To Use IT In Clinical Practice

    WALTHAM — A statewide survey of physicians released recently shows that, while nearly 75% of all physicians believe computers are….

    National Organization Honors BMC Emergency Physician

    PITTSFIELD — An Emergency Department physician at Berkshire Medical Center has been named Volunteer of the Year for 2003 by….

    Editorial Physicians Should Embrace Technology In Their Practices

    According to a new study, there’s a wide gap between what doctors in Massachusetts think of computer technology in the….

    Program Slated On Revenue Strategies

    WALTHAM — The Mass. Hospital Assoc. will kick off 2004 with a program, Proven Strategies for Increasing Revenue, on Jan…..

    Searching For A Quick Fix Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures Are Catching On With Women And Men

    In decades past, the term ‘cosmetic surgery’ evoked images of going under the knife and hoping things turned out for….

    Uplifting News On Headaches Study Suggests Forehead Surgery Could Help Eliminate Migraines

    Migraine headaches afflict about 28 million Americans each year, often debilitating sufferers to the point they cannot conduct their daily….

    Words To Live By

    Since children have attended school, teachers have been confronted with language issues — from learning disabilities to pronunciation and stuttering….

    Karen Johnson Named VP Of HR For Jewish Geriatric Services

    LONGMEADOW — Karen L. Johnson, SHRP, CPM has been named vice president of Human Resources for Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS),….

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