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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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  • October 2008

    Learning Experiences The Life and Times of Some First-year Residents

    Rebecca Levy calls it the ‘dungeon.’ That’s her friendly colloquialism for an area on the ground floor at Baystate Health…..

    SPHS Awarded Grant from Commonwealth Corps

    SPRINGFIELD — Twelve volunteers with Commonwealth Corps will join the ranks of the Sisters of Providence Health System (SPHS), thanks….

    Holyoke Medical Center Recognized for Quality Cardiac and Stroke Care

    HOLYOKE — The American Heart Assoc. and American Stroke Assoc. are recognizing Holyoke Medical Center for its performance in treating….

    OPINION A New Partnership Between Doctors and Patients

    An experiment in Plymouth could help point the way to more effective, affordable, and humane health care, while making its….

    Health Care Reform Will Spur Primary Care Reform

    I have no doubt that health care reform in Massachusetts is working. The physicians of our state can be proud….

    Career Pulse

    Schapiro Joins Team at Baystate Neurosurgery SPRINGFIELD — Neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Schapiro, who specializes in the treatment of tumors, spine,….

    Have Mercy Dr. William Bithoney Says Compassionate Care Is Critical to a Community

    Working toward his medical degree at Yale, Dr. William Bithoney could have gone in almost any direction. He chose kids.After….

    Noble Hospital Receives Achievement Award for Stroke Care

    WESTFIELD — Noble Hospital recently received the American Stroke Assoc. Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award,….

    Annual Brightside Golf Classic Raises $150,000

    WEST SPRINGFIELD — The 28th annual Brightside Golf Classic raised more than $150,000 to benefit the programs and services at….

    Berkshire Health Systems Among ‘Most Wired’

    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems has been named one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired, according to the results of….

    Western Mass. Anti-hunger Advocates Appear on Statewide TV Program

    WALTHAM — Andrew Morehouse, executive director of the Food Bank of Western Mass., and Frank Robinson, executive director of Partners….

    WiFi Service Available at Mercy Medical Center

    SPRINGFIELD — Free wireless Internet access for patients and visitors is now available throughout the Mercy Medical Center campus, including….

    Weldon Patients Benefit from Use of Wii System

    SPRINGFIELD — Nintendo’s Wii video-game system has long been popular with teens, allowing them to simulate the movements of boxing,….

    Hospital ERs Ordered to Halt ‘Diversions’

    BOSTON — The state Department of Public Health (DPH) recently ordered Massachusetts hospitals to stop turning away ambulances when their….

    Knowing the Risk More Women Should Be Screened for Genetic Breast-cancer Marker

    October, recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is a good time to reflect on some sobering statistics.Specifically, more than….

    Rays of Hope Marks 15 Years with Walk Slated for Oct. 26

    SPRINGFIELD — With the 15th Annual Rays of Hope – a Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer slated for….

    Creating ‘Career Pathways’ Health Care Initiative Is a Key Element in the Region’s Bid to ‘Build a Better Workforce’

    As she talked about a new health care sector workforce development project set to commence, Jean Jackson used the phrase….

    The Eyes Have It Mercy’s ‘New Look’ Campaign Is Designed to Change Some Perceptions

    Mark Fulco says Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno provided a good amount of the inspiration for Mercy Medical Center’s ‘Take a….

    Healthy Investments Benton Drive Office Condo Project Courts the Health Care Community

    A new pocket of activity in the health care sector is blooming on Benton Drive in East Longmeadow, and developers….

    Medical Real Estate for sale and Lease

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    An Active Approach Memory Care Poses Specific Challenges for Assisted-living Residences

    It’s more than free groundskeeping. Laurie Kenney, director of residential care at Ruth’s House, recalled a man who had loved….

    Ethical Wills Bequeath Your Values Along With Your Valuables

    ‘To my daughter, I leave my love of laughter.’ ‘And to my son, I leave my passion for knowledge.’ As….

    Is It Alzheimer’s? Forgetfulness Is Not Always a Sign of Dementia

    Many older people worry about becoming more forgetful. They think forgetfulness is the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In….

    Skilled Nursing Facilities Listed Alphabetically

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    Berkshire and Fairview Recognized for Cardiac Care

    PITTSFIELD — The American Heart Assoc. and American Stroke Assoc. are recognizing Berkshire Medical Center for its performance in treating….

    Franklin’s Mammography Service Now Completely Digital

    GREENFIELD — With the installation of its second digital mammography unit, Baystate Franklin Medical Center has completed its transformation to a….

    Arthritis Walk Scheduled for Oct. 19 in Forest Park

    SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation invites everyone to take part in the fourth annual Western Mass…..

    Podbielski Recognized for ‘Humanism in Medicine’

    SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Francis Podbielski, medical director of the Lung Cancer Program at Mercy Medical Center, received the Felix G…..

    Community Invited to Child Health and Safety Fair

    WARE — A number of community-based organizations will join forces for a special Child Health and Safety Fair on Saturday,….

    MHA: Hospitals’ Financial Condition Deteriorating

    BOSTON — Massachusetts hospitals experienced a dramatic decline in their financial condition during the first half of fiscal year 2008,….

    Picture This

    Code Green Kurt Rockstroh, president and CEO of Steffian Bradley Architects, recently addressed Baystate Medical Center employees and media members….

    Countering the Slump New Housing Assistance Tax Act Is a Mixed Bag for Taxpayers

    The Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008 was signed by President Bush on July 30 as part of a larger….

    They Can See Clearly Now Despite a Less-severe Shortage, Radiologic Technologists Are Still in Demand

    Sometimes, people pondering medical career options suddenly get the picture — literally. That is, they’re drawn to one of the….

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