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STCC to Host Designer of Artificial Limbs for Children
Kimball Farms Lifecare Hosts ‘Not in Our Town’ Film Showing Oct. 4
CNBC Commentator Ron Insana to Keynote Expo Lunch Event
Springfield College, Baystate Rehabilitation Care Host Joint Speaker Series
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  • March 2008

    At a Loss Dementia Takes Many Forms but So Do Possible Treatments

    Dr. Emily Grandey describes a woman — fictional, but plausible — to show just how serious dementia can be, and….

    Radiothon Seeking ‘Change Bandits’

    SPRINGFIELD — It’s not a crime to be a “change bandit,” at least not when it’s for this year’s annual….

    Elms, Holyoke Health Center Partner on Cultural Competency Program

    CHICOPEE — Thirty employees of the Holyoke Health Center are taking a 10-session Elms College course called “Pathways to Cultural….

    The Cost Problem: Physicians Need to Drive the Solution

    There are at least three compelling reasons why physicians must lead in solving the cost problem in health care. First, it really….

    Stemming the Craze on CT Scans

    In medicine, not everything that makes sense is sensible. Because smoking predisposes to lung cancer, and because advanced lung cancer….

    Baystate Mary Lane Receives Grant from Country Bank

    WARE — Country Bank was recently honored at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital for its $35,000 donation to the hospital’s Technology….

    Mercy Named to ‘Honor Roll’

    SPRINGFIELD — Harvard Pilgrim Health has named Mercy Medical Center to its new “Hospital Honor Roll,” the first such review….

    Career Pulse

    Santamarina Joins Staff at Berkshire Medical Center PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Rodrigo Santamarina,….

    Berkshire Medical Center Recognized by Heart Association for Patient Guidelines

    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center has again been recognized by the American Heart Assoc. for leading the nation in implementing….

    Mary Lane Participates in Safety Survey

    WARE — Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, a 31-bed community hospital in Ware and a member of Baystate Health, has participated….

    Hard Work Pays Off Dr. Francis Martinez Enjoys the Challenges of Colorectal Surgery

    In the Philippines, where Dr. Francis Martinez grew up and attended medical school, three out of every four people cannot….

    Holyoke Medical Center Recognized by Stroke Assoc. for ‘Guidelines’ Work

    HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center has received the American Stroke Assoc. (ASA) ‘Get With The Guidelines-Stroke’ (GWTG-Stroke) Silver Performance Achievement….

    Cooley Dickinson Responds to Demand by Adding More PET/CT Scans

    NORTHAMPTON — Due to increased demand, PET/CT scans are now offered more often at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. In November, CDH….

    Mercy Introduces Open-bore MRI

    SPRINGFIELD — The Diagnostic Imaging Department at Mercy Medical Center has added a new open-bore MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) unit….

    Drawing a Crowd Coalition for Affordable Health Care Takes Its Show on the Road

    Peter Straley, CEO of Health New England, has a new role to play as part of what he calls a….

    All the World’s an Operating Room Author of Definitive Medical Travel Guide Offers Insight for Med-trippers

    When Josef Woodman’s father decided to hop a flight to Mexico for a few months to have some restorative dentistry….

    What’s Gonna Work? Teamwork Baystate, Mercy Look to Collaborate to Boost Recruiting for Allied Health Positions

    Jean Jackson rattled off the positions like she had done it before. Respiratory therapists. Radiology techs, nuclear medicine techs, and….

    A Gentler Approach Initiative Aims to Educate Providers to ‘Child-size’ Radiation Dose in Pediatric Imaging

    As medical imaging exams have replaced more invasive procedures, benefiting patients and revolutionizing medicine, Americans’ exposure to medical radiation has….

    Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow Senior Citizens Grapple with the Challenges of Hearing Loss

    Imagine, Jeanne Coburn said, a man in his 70s, sitting with his doctor, answering routine medical questions. “In this day….

    Some Things to Chew On Estate Planning Considerations for the Baby Boomer/Sandwich Generation

    Sociologists and the media define the Baby Boom generation as those born in the United States between 1946 and 1964…..

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    Gasping for Air Asthma Is on the Rise, but So Is Understanding of the Condition

    On an average day in the U.S., some 30,000 people have an asthma attack. Of those, 5,000 visit the emergency….

    Change We Can Breathe In Environmental Concerns Force Switch to New Type of Albuterol Inhaler

    Chalk up one for the environment — although not all asthma sufferers are happy about going ‘green.’ The inhalers that….

    Picture This

    Sim-ply Generous MassMutual recently made a $150,000 donation to Springfield Technical Community College’s School of Health and Patient Simulation. The….

    The Challenge of Front-office Collections How Well Are You Collecting Your Patients’ Co-pays?

    Changes in health care reimbursement in the last decade have shifted more payment responsibility to patients. Co-pays and deductibles have….

    A More Comfortable Hospital Stay Teen Mini Medical School Introduces High-schoolers to Health Careers

    Henry Figueredo is the executive director of the Parent Information Center for Springfield Public Schools, and a former elementary school….

    Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Opens New Neurodiagnostic and Sleep Center

    WARE — The Baystate Neurodiagnos-tic and Sleep Center has opened a sleep laboratory at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware…..

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