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  • CAREER PULSE – March 2017


    Roose Named VP of Mercy Behavioral Health Care

    SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Robert Roose has been named vice president of Mercy Behavioral Health Care. In this role, Roose oversees Providence Behavioral Health Hospital (PBHH) and leads the behavioral-health service lines, which include psychiatric and addiction and recovery services. He also represents behavioral health services as a member of the senior leadership team.

    Since his arrival at PBHH in 2013, Roose has spearheaded the expansion and renovation of opioid-treatment programs, secured the addition of an office-based practice utilizing all medication-assisted treatments, developed new partnerships with community providers, and gained DPH backing to open a new clinical stabilization service at Providence. He most recently served as chief medical officer and vice president of Addiction and Recovery Services at PBHH.

    In addition to his responsibilities at Providence, Roose is currently on the Quality Improvement Council of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force of the Massachusetts Hospital Assoc., the Hampden County Addiction Task Force, and Gov. Charlie Baker’s Opioid Addiction Working Group. He has presented and published on various aspects of addiction treatment, focusing primarily on patients receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid-use disorder. His work integrating hepatitis C treatment and a peer program into an opioid-treatment program is also featured in an award-winning documentary, The Fix: The Healing Is Mutual.

    Roose earned his doctor of medicine and master in public health degrees at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington D.C. and completed his residency training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y.

    Baystate Wing Board Welcomes New Members

    PALMER — The board of directors of the Baystate Wing Hospital Corp. welcomes three new members: Sheila Cuddy, executive director of the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp. (QVCDC); Darryl Goudreau, founder and owner of D & D Fitness Factory; and Julie Quink, managing principal of Burkhart Pizzanelli, Certified Public Accountants.

    Sheila Cuddy leads the QVCDC, a member-based, nonprofit organization committed to economic development that helps small businesses grow and prosper in the 15 towns of the Quaboag Region. Her previous experience includes management responsibilities in lending, credit policy and retail-sector banking.

    Goudreau is a personal trainer and commercial landlord. In 1995, he purchased Weir River Brick Mill, which houses four local businesses, in addition to running D & D, which employs more than a dozen area residents. He has worked creatively in the art industry with a focus on illustration, and owned and operated his own illustration business, Goudreau Illustrations.

    Quink has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting and consulting, and manages engagements of various size and complexity. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Assoc. of Certified Fraud Examiners. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce, the school committee of Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, the finance committee of East Quabbin Land Trust, and the board of directors for Greater Springfield Senior Services Inc., and is treasurer of both Hardwick Rescue & Emergency Squad Inc. and the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County.

    “The addition of Sheila, Julie, and Darryl will provide Baystate Health with greater insight into the specific and unique needs of its Eastern Region communities,” said Paul Scully, president and CEO of Country Bank and chairman of the Baystate Wing board.

    Added Michael Moran, president and chief administrative officer of the Baystate Health Eastern Region, which includes Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center and Baystate Wing Hospital, “we are grateful and excited to have this new, diverse group of individuals join the board and bring their unique talents, expertise, and perspective of the local communities. We thank and recognize two dedicated and long-standing board members who have completed their terms on our board, Patrick Turley, owner of Turley Publications; and Dr. Linda Schoonover, outgoing medical staff president. Dr. Brian Laliberte, cardiologist, who has been named incoming medical staff president for Baystate Health’s Eastern Region, joins the board representing our medical staff.”

    Mercy Medical Center Taps Kucewicz to Lead Inpatient Services

    SPRINGFIELD — Janice Kucewicz has joined the nursing leadership team at Mercy Medical Center as director of Inpatient Services. In this role, she is responsible for the Orthopedic/Neurology, Urology, Medical/Surgical, Intensive Care, and Intermediate Care units.

    Kucewicz has an extensive background in nursing leadership, most recently serving as chief Nursing officer at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Ludlow. She has also served as vice president of Quality, Process Improvement, and Behavioral Health at Baystate Wing Hospital and as executive vice president and chief of Hospital Operations at the former Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer. While at Wing, Kucewicz also served as senior vice president/chief Nursing executive and vice president for Nursing and Behavioral Health.

    Kucewicz received her RN degree from St. Vincent School of Nursing and her BSN from American International College. She also holds an MPA in health/health care administration/management from American International College, and she is certified in risk management.

    CleanSlate Officials Join District Attorney’s Addiction Task Force

    WEST SPRINGFIELD — Two West Springfield-based officials with CleanSlate Centers, which provides care to those suffering from opioid and alcohol addiction, have been asked to join the District Attorney’s Hampden County Addiction Task Force (HCAT).

    CleanSlate’s Katie Roberts, care coordinator, and Jonathan Candee, manager for the West Springfield center located at 900 Memorial Ave., have accepted the opportunity to work more closely with the DA’s office, local healthcare providers, and other service providers in the region to help prevent and treat opioid addiction.

    “Together with HCAT, we are not only making great strides in the fight against substance abuse but also helping to erase the stigma of addiction,” said Candee. “Successful community partnerships are vital to treating addiction, and I’m confident the residents of West Springfield will see great benefit from CleanSlate and HCAT joining forces. We’re excited about the opportunity to help impact more families in our area.”

    Founded in 2009 in response to the growing opioid epidemic facing the country, CleanSlate has treated more than 14,000 patients in some of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, including Massachusetts, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Northampton, CleanSlate operates 14 treatment centers across Massachusetts.

    CleanSlate’s treatment methods are in accordance with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the nation’s leading addiction-medicine society, representing 4,000 physicians, clinicians, and other professionals, which dictates opioid addiction be defined as a primary, chronic, and relapsing brain disease.

    “At CleanSlate, we know that opioid addiction is best treated as the chronic disease it is,” said Dr. Kelly Clark, chief medical officer of CleanSlate and president-elect of ASAM. “We currently treat thousands of patients for opioid and alcohol addiction in a comfortable outpatient environment with a full-time, dedicated team of physicians and advanced-practice clinicians. Our ultimate goal is to help these patients achieve the life they want and deserve — a ‘clean slate’ from which to thrive.”

    Mateen Receives Recertification for Hospice, Palliative Care

    HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center physician Dr. Zubeena Mateen has received recertification from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in the area of hospice and palliative medicine.

    “This accomplishment demonstrates Dr. Mateen’s knowledge, skills, and attitude to provide our patients with the excellent care they deserve,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems Inc.

    ABIM is an independent, not-for-profit organization that grants board certification, a well-accepted marker of physician quality, to internists and subspecialists. Certification is a rigorous, comprehensive program that assures both patients and payers that a physician has achieved competence for practice in a given field

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