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  • April 2008

    The Transition Game Many Are Finding New, Rewarding Careers in Health Care

    Ron St. Peter, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, had a steady career with good benefits. But something….

    Jim Clifford describes the Farren Care Center as a “safety net” for a challenging constituency.

    It’s called ‘specialized long-term care.’ That’s an industry term, and maybe the most expeditious way to categorize the services provided….

    New Study at Breast Care Center May Change Management of Cancer

    SPRINGFIELD — Results from a research study initiated at the Breast Care Center at Mercy Medical Center hold promise that….

    Brightside, Behavioral Health Network Collaborate on Outpatient Services

    WEST SPRINGFIELD — Brightside for Families and Children and Behavioral Health Network Inc. (BHN) recently announced an agreement that will….

    Dirty Words in Health Care

    The closest you can come to heresy in today’s health care policy debate is to suggest that managed care can….

    Region Struggles with Dearth of Social Services for Children

    There is something that Gov. Deval Patrick’s newly minted — and desperately needed — Office of the Child Advocate needs….

    Life Laboratories Earns Accreditation

    SPRINGFIELD — Life Laboratories has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists….

    Quaboag Valley VNA Ranked among Top 25%

    PALMER — The Quaboag Valley VNA (QVVNA) of Wing Memorial Hospital has been named to the 2007 HomeCare Elite, a….

    Career Pulse

    Sheth Targets Prevention at Cardiovascular Practice HOLYOKE — When he recently joined Hampden County Cardiovascular Associates, Dr. Nirav Sheth said….

    New President Appointed to Lead Baystate Franklin Medical Center

    GREENFIELD — Baystate Health has concluded its search for a new president to lead Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Trish Hannon, senior….

    Eleventh Annual Breast Cancer Survivors’ Day Slated for April 12 in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Medical Center will host its 11th Annual Breast Cancer Survivors’ Day, “Celebrating Life,” on Saturday, April 12,….

    Baystate to Host Annual ‘Spiritual Prescriptions’

    SPRINGFIELD — Identifying and developing wellness techniques and spiritual resources to address the impact of compassion fatigue on health care….

    Mercy Medical Center Gains Bariatric Surgery Accreditation

    SPRINGFIELD — Mercy Medical Center has been approved for Bariatric Surgery Accreditation by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation….

    Massachusetts Medical Society Urges Changes in Medical Liability System

    WALTHAM, Mass. — The Mass. Medical Society (MMS), which recently offered testimony before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on….

    MMS Testifies Before U.S. Congress

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The president-elect of the Mass. Medical Society put forth five recommendations to improve primary care medicine and….

    Healing Globetrotter Dr. Simone Topal Changes Lives in Her Hometown and Worldwide

    During a trip to Cusco, Peru in 2005, Dr. Simone Topal blogged about meeting a 9-year-old girl named Ocdulia, who….

    ‘It Sounds Like Science Fiction’ UMass Researcher Wants to Turn Bacteria into Cancer-fighting Robots

    Neil Forbes, an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at UMass Amherst, has received a four-year grant of more than $1….

    Just Breathe Yoga Goes Mainstream with People of All Ages

    Pictures, Carolyn Ruszala says, can be intimidating. Especially when it comes to the photographs that grace the covers of books….

    The Business of Beauty Avanti Skin Centers Puts a New Face on Cosmetic Procedures

    They’re called ‘lunchtime procedures,’ and they’re not just for the Hollywood set anymore.Treatments such as Botox injections, ultrasound facials, and….

    Words to Live By Writing Workshop Brings Emotional Healing to Cancer Patients

    Pam Roberts wrote about prayers — for help, for endurance, for the cancer to retreat … and for the chance….

    Four-legged Therapists Horses Can Be Valuable Conduits for Physical and Emotional Healing

    Michaelan Burke was 13, and her teen years were not getting off to the best of starts. “I was getting….

    To the Canines Sandy Meadow Farm Trains Therapy Dogs to Help Kids

    Being a hospital patient typically means a loss of control — particularly for a child. That’s why having a dog….

    Beam Me Up Advances in LASIK Surgical Technology Continue to Emerge

    Back in the 1950s and 1960s, when scientists were making the discoveries that would lead to LASIK surgery, the idea….

    Clearing Away the Clouds Common Questions and Answers about Cataracts

    A cataract is an opacification, or clouding, of the natural lens inside of the eye. The lens helps someone focus….

    Making the Balance Sheet Shine The Art and Science of Collecting Deductibles and Past Due Balances

    There is a changing paradigm in health care, referred to as consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs), which is presenting a significant….

    Picture This

    Radio Days The success of the 94.7 WMAS Children’s Miracle Network Telethon gave people plenty of reason to smile. Above….

    CMN Radiothon Breaks a Record and Makes a Young Girl Happy

    SPRINGFIELD — This year’s 7th annual 94.7 WMAS Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon not only broke a record by raising $201,000….

    Preparing the ‘Nurse of the Future’ STCC, UMass, Baystate Receive Grant for Program Focusing on Core Competencies

    Mary Tarbell calls it “a framework for the future of nursing education and practice in Massachu-setts.” That’s how she described….

    Walk of Champions Gets Strong Start with Help from ‘Cut-a-thon’

    WARE — The day itself was cold and snowy; seven inches of new snow fell to the ground that day,….

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