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West Central Family and Counseling Announces New Clinical Leadership
Orchard Valley at Wilbraham to Hold Benefit Car Wash on Aug. 2
AMA Online Education Aims to Help Physicians Use Cancer Panel Testing
Baystate Ob/Gyn Group Earns Site Approval for CenteringPregnancy
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  • December 2008

    Critical Condition Financial Challenges in Health Care Threaten Jobs, Access to Treatment

    The financial challenges to hospitals and other health care organizations have been well-documented for many years: a significant gap between….

    The Effects of Defensive Medicine on Health Care

    The results of a first-of-its kind survey of Massachusetts physicians about the practice of ‘defensive medicine’ — tests, imaging, hospitalizations,….

    Health Care, Education Through the Looking Glass

    Transitions are exciting times, buzzing with possibility and new ideas. Task forces, academics, and bloggers seek attention and support for….

    Healthy Signs of Success A Passion for Wellness Has HNE Moving Up the Charts

    Peter Straley says there are a host of quantitative methods for measuring the relative success of a health care plan….

    Good Thing in a Small Package Flaxseed, Its Proponents Say, Is One of Nature’s Miracle Foods

    Jonathan Evans noted that modern medicine has been around only a couple hundred years, but people have been on the….

    What Went Wrong? Avoid These 11 Crippling Mistakes When Starting a Fitness Program

    Why do so many fitness programs fail?Every year, millions of people make a decision to improve their health and fitness….

    A Matter of Time When a Heart Attack Strikes, Quick Action Can Save a Life

    Sometimes people get a harsh reminder of a health issue they should give more attention. And sometimes, they get two…..

    What Lies Beneath Vascular Surgery Isn’t Just Skin-deep for Dr. Robert Goodman

    Dr. Joseph Sklar was more than 2,000 miles away from the operating room in the Salt Lake City Hospital in….

    Picture This

    Key ContributionThe East Longmeadow High School Key Club recently presented a $4,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley….

    Read the Fine Print Beware Invalidating Your Custom Health Care Proxy with a Generic One

    Hospitals encourage patients to complete a health care proxy upon arrival and tend to direct patients to complete one upon….

    Instruments to Job Security Surgical Technicians Are in Growing Demand

    They’re called ‘surg techs.’ That’s a the colloquialism within health care circles for the surgical technician, an individual who plays….

    Career Pulse

    Hartnell Joins CDH Radiology Department NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital welcomes Dr. George Hartnell to the hospital’s medical staff. Hartnell,….

    The Anti-markup Rule What Changes to This Billing Regulation Mean to Your Practice

    The Medicare program imposes certain billing provisions applicable to purchased diagnostic tests. The original purpose of these provisions was to….

    Baystate Medical Center, Chamberlain Group Develop Surgical Training Kit

    SPRINGFIELD — The John Adams Innovation Institute announced a $150,000 grant to Baystate Medical Center and the Chamberlain Group to….

    Country Bank Donates $40K to Baystate Mary Lane Hospital

    WARE — A $40,000 gift from Country Bank for Savings in Ware has enabled Baystate Mary Lane Hospital to purchase….

    Local Red Cross Chapters to Merge

    SPRINGFIELD — The board of directors of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has unanimously approved a….

    Cooley Dickinson Conducts 122nd Annual Organizational Business Meeting

    NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s 122nd annual meeting of its board of trustees on Oct. 14 was marked by awards,….

    Mercy Announces Healthy Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program

    SPRINGFIELD — Mercy Medical Center is looking for a few good ideas to improve the overall health and safety of….

    Jewish Geriatric Services Receives Pathways to Greatness Award

    LONGMEADOW — Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) has been named the recipient of the 2008 Pathways to Greatness Award, given annually….

    CDH Cancer Care Program Receives Approval, Commendations

    NORTHAMPTON — The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has awarded Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Cancer Care Program a three-year….

    Audiology Fund Helps Purchase Hearing Aid

    PALMER — The Audiology and Hearing Improvement Center at Wing Memorial Hospital & Medical Centers has announced that applications are….

    Quaboag Valley VNA Named to HomeCare Elite

    PALMER — For the second year in a row, the Quaboag Valley VNA (QVVNA) of Wing Memorial Hospital has been….

    Tapestry Health Awarded Grant to Address Teen Birth Disparities

    FLORENCE — Tapestry Health has received a one-year planning grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation to….

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