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Hampden County Health Improvement Plan to Be Released March 31
Willie Ross School for the Deaf, Baystate Health to Host Conference
Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center to Host Job Fair April 19
UMass Amherst to Offer Accelerated B.S. in Nursing in Springfield
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  • December 2015

    Blue Cross Members with Advanced Illnesses to Receive Enhanced Benefits

    BOSTON — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts announced the launch of a comprehensive program aimed at improving quality of….

    Don’t Double-dip That Chip!

    SPRINGFIELD — OK, admit it. You’ve bitten into a potato chip or cracker covered in onion dip, then dipped it….

    Death Rate, Poor Health Rise for Middle-aged Whites, Reversing Trend

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The death rate among middle-aged, white Americans rose significantly between 1999 and 2013, reversing a decades-long trend….

    Baystate Doctors Offer Tips for Flu Season

    SPRINGFIELD — It’s that time of year again: flu season is upon us. If you want to stay healthy this….

    Learn How to Prevent a Choking Emergency at Jan. 18 Class

    NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital is offering an educational program for anyone who would like to learn how to respond….

    U.S. Childhood Asthma Rates May Be Leveling Off, but Not Among the Poor

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal study suggests the childhood asthma epidemic may be levelling off or even declining after years….

    Partners for a Healthier Community Names Jessica Collins as Executive Director

    
SPRINGFIELD — Partners for a Healthier Community (PHC), the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, has confirmed Jessica Collins as….

    Community Enterprises Hires New Director of Springfield Program

    SPRINGFIELD — Richard W. Venne, president/CEO, announced the appointment of Theresa Cook to the position of director of Springfield Community….

    Feb. 12 Deadline Set for 40 Under Forty Nominations

    HCN’s sister publication, BusinessWest Magazine, has set Feb. 12 as the deadline for receiving nominations for the 40 Under Forty….

    SPHS Names Leadership Team at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital

    HOLYOKE — The Sisters of Providence Health System (SPHS) announced that three physicians have been named to expanded leadership roles….

    January 6 blood drive to be held in Ware

    WARE — January is National Blood Donor Month, a time to celebrate blood donors and to raise awareness about the….

    DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology Honored by Modern Salon

    WEST SPRINGFIELD — Modern Salon has named the 2015 class of Excellence in Education honorees in its sixth annual program….

    Wesson Women’s Nurses Remember Beloved Staff Member with Giving Tree

    SPRINGFIELD — It was back in 2009 when staff on Wesson 2 at Baystate Medical Center lost a beloved nurse….

    AMA Commends FDA’s New Blood-donation Policy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is relaxing a 32-year-old ban on blood donations from gay….

    Holiday Treats, Decorations, Plants Pose Health Hazards for Pets

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — This holiday season, remember to watch out for hazardous holiday temptations for your pets. To that end,….

    Video of Children Caroling at Baystate Children’s Hospital Goes Viral

    SPRINGFIELD — A video posted on Facebook recently has already received over 13,000 views and helped raise more than $16,000….

    MMS Adopts Resolutions on Marijuana at Interim Meeting

    WALTHAM — Resolutions on recreational marijuana and medical-marijuana use in women of reproductive age were among those adopted as new….

    Dakin Launches ‘Happy Neuter Year’ Campaign

    SPRINGFIELD — Dakin Humane Society wants people to make a New Year’s resolution to neuter their male dogs and cats….

    Baystate Noble Hospital Raises Funds with Giving Tree

    WESTFIELD — Ornaments for the Baystate Noble Hospital Giving Tree can be purchased for anniversaries, retirements, births, marriages, and memorials…..

    Dinner Event on Jan. 19 to Create Awareness for TMS Therapy

    LUDLOW — Expert board-certified psychiatrists will gather on Tuesday, Jan. 19 to create awareness for a new technology saving the….

    Local Chapter of Honor Society for Nurses Inducts 130 New Members

    CHICOPEE — The Beta Zeta-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nurses, recently inducted 130 new….

    Cooley Dickinson Opens Dedicated Mental-health Area in ER

    NORTHAMPTON — A new mental-health area within the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Emergency Department recently opened to patients who are experiencing….

    Elms Doctor of Nursing Practice Students Celebrate Milestone

    CHICOPEE — Elms College School of Nursing held a white coat ceremony on Dec. 16 to honor the college’s inaugural….

    Community Enterprises Welcomes Gary Daniele

    GREENFIELD — Richard Venne, president and CEO of Community Enterprises Inc., announced the appointment of Gary Daniele as director of….

    Greylock CEO Joins Fight Against Mental-illness Stigma in Workplace

    PITTSFIELD — John Bissell, the new president and CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union, is the first chief executive in….

    Elms College Nurses Take Caring to Another Level in Community

    CHICOPEE — The ability to recognize a need in the community and seek out a way to make a difference….

    Social Worker Offers Advice for Dealing with Grief During Holidays

    PALMER — A question commonly asked by bereaved people at this time of the year is, “how can I get….

    AFC Doctors Express Welcomes New Regional Medical Director

    WEST SPRINGFIELD — AFC Doctors Express announced the appointment of Dr. Vincent Meoli as regional medical director. “We are very….

    Cooley Dickinson Earns 2015 Breastfeeding Achievement Award

    NORTHAMPTON — The state Department of Public Health awarded Cooley Dickinson’s Childbirth Center its 2015 Breastfeeding Achievement Award in recognition….

    AMA Proposes Reforms to Meaningful-use Program

    CHICAGO — The American Medical Assoc. (AMA) released a set of recommendations to improve the troubled meaningful-use program so it….

    ‘Christmas Tree Syndrome’ Symptoms Mimic Colds, Flu

    WEST SPRINGFIELD — AFC Doctors Express, the largest independent urgent-care provider in the Commonwealth, announced that more than one-third of….

    Baystate Vein Center – Greenfield Earns Accreditation

    GREENFIELD — Baystate Vein Center – Greenfield has been granted accreditation in superficial venous treatment and management by the Intersocietal….

    JGS Lifecare to Hold Honorable Menschen Day on Christmas

    LONGMEADOW — On Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, more than 30 volunteers from the community will continue the annual tradition….

    Bay Path Employees Donate to Baystate Children’s Hospital

    LONGMEADOW — In keeping with Bay Path University tradition, an area nonprofit organization has been selected to receive donations from….

    BFMC Oncology Department Offers Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors

    GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s (BFMC) Oncology Department will present three consecutive eight-week yoga classes called “Gentle Yoga for….

    Ruth’s House to Host Blood Drive Dec. 30

    LONGMEADOW — JGS Lifecare will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, Dec. 30 from 11 a.m. to….

    Clinical & Support Options Recognizes Employees

    AMHERST — Clinical & Support Options Inc. (CSO) honored eight employees for their outstanding commitment to the community at its….

    Robert Charles Photography Sets $20,000 Goal for Children’s Hospital

    EAST LONGMEADOW — Robert Charles Photography recently announced a goal to raise $20,000 for Baystate Children’s Hospital. Since 2005, the….

    Annual Report Ranks Massachusetts Third in Overall Health

    MINNETONKA, Minn. — Massachusetts scores high rankings for its low percentage of uninsured residents, low infant-mortality rates, and low prevalence….

    Take Steps to Protect Your Hearing

    Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent medical conditions affecting Americans of all ages, with more than 30 million….

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