Category Archives: HCN News & Notes

Family Veterinary Business Expands with Acquisition

WILBRAHAM — East Springfield Veterinary Hospital (ESVH) announced it has purchased Wilbraham Animal Hospital, which will operate under the Wilbraham….

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JGS Lifecare to Host WMEPA Breakfast June 27

LONGMEADOW — JGS Lifecare will host the next Western Mass. Eldercare Professionals Assoc. (WMEPA) breakfast on Tuesday, June 27 in….

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With No Deal in Place, Baystate Franklin Prepares for Nursing Strike

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Massachusetts Nurses Assoc. (MNA) continued negotiations on Friday but ended without reaching….

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Cooley Dickinson Urgent Care Expands Hours, Welcomes Younger Ages

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson announces expanded hours at its hospital-based Urgent Care clinic, and clinicians now treat children ages 2….

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Baystate Franklin Medical Center Asks NLRB to Enjoin MNA Strike

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center has asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for injunctive relief to stop the….

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Baystate Emergency Chief Offers Tips to Keep Cool in Summer Heat

SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Joseph Schmidt, Baystate Medical Center’s vice chair and chief of Emergency Medicine, offers the following ways to….

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McKenna Orthodontics Receives Symbolic Gifts from Tufts

FEEDING HILLS — On June 1, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine presented Tufts alumni Dr. Stephen McKenna and Dr…..

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Healthcare Heroes Nomination Deadline Extended to July 10

SPRINGFIELD — Healthcare Heroes, an exciting recognition program involving the Western Mass. healthcare sector, was launched this spring by HCN….

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Healthy Development Initiative to Host Open House, Family Fun Day

AMHERST — The Healthy Development Initiative, a community-focused research, education, and outreach program led by UMass Amherst faculty, will host….

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Holyoke Public Schools Answer Call to Help Foster Children

HOLYOKE — Answering a call to support the children in the Center for Human Development’s Caring Together residential foster-care program,….

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State Announces New Number for Reporting Elder Abuse and Neglect

BOSTON — Beginning June 30, all calls to report elder abuse and neglect in Massachusetts must be made to a….

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Blue Sox Partner with Mercy to Host Free Community Clinic June 25

SPRINGFIELD — The Valley Blue Sox announced their makeup date from the previously scheduled Mercy kickoff clinic. The Sox will….

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Jimmy Mazz to Perform at Orchard Valley at Wilbraham July 19

WILBRAHAM — The annual summer concerts at Orchard Valley at Wilbraham are underway. Local favorite Jimmy Mazz will be performing….

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Achieve TMS East to Open New Facility in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Achieve TMS East will host a grand opening and open house on Tuesday, June 27, from 5 to….

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Providence Ministries Names Shannon Rudder Executive Director

HOLYOKE — The Providence Ministries for the Needy Inc. (PMN) board of trustees named Shannon Rudder executive director of PMN’s….

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Center for Human Development Spotlights PTSD Treatment Resources

SPRINGFIELD — Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often viewed in the context of soldiers coming home from war where they….

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Cooley Dickinson Offers Choking-relief Course for Food-service Workers

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Health Care is offering a course designed for anyone who works in food service and wants….

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Housing Authority to Host Community Health/Enrichment Fair

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Housing Authority’s ROSS Elderly/Persons with Disabilities program will host a community health/enrichment fair on Thursday, June….

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Country Bank’s Employee Charitable Giving Program Donates $40,000

WARE — Country Bank’s Employee Charitable Giving (ECG) program recently donated more than $40,000 to two causes, raising more than….

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HospiceCare Offers Support Group for Loss of Spouse or Partner

PITTSFIELD — HospiceCare in the Berkshires will host a drop-in monthly support group for those who have lost a spouse….

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Nominations Sought for Healthcare Heroes Awards

SPRINGFIELD — Healthcare Heroes, an exciting recognition program involving the Western Mass. healthcare sector, was launched this spring by HCN….

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Is It Alzheimer’s or Just Normal Memory Loss?

SPRINGFIELD — It’s a chilling fact: more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. And, according to a new report….

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AMA Adopts Policy to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-sweetened Beverages

CHICAGO — With consistent evidence showing a link between consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and an increase in type 2….

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State Rep. Aaron Vega Recognizes CHD for Mental-health Work

SPRINGFIELD — The Center for Human Development recently hosted state Rep. Aaron Vega, who presented CHD with a citation in….

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Springfield College Partners with Canyon Ranch Institute on Program

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College has partnered with the Canyon Ranch Institute to implement and evaluate a public-health project on the….

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Baystate Franklin Medical Center to Remain Open During Nurse Strike

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center received a notice from the Massachusetts Nurses Assoc. (MNA) of its intent to strike….

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Williamstown Commons Offers Blood-pressure Screenings at Harper Center

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown Commons will offer a free blood-pressure clinic at the Harper Center in Williamstown beginning Tuesday, June 27….

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Mercy Medical Center to Enroll MassHealth Patients in ACO Model

SPRINGFIELD — The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has selected, for the purposes of entering into contract negotiations, a proposal which will….

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CleanSlate Centers Opens New Treatment Facility in Lynn

LYNN — Officials with CleanSlate Centers announced that the company will continue to expand local access to safe, effective, physician-led….

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State Provides More Naloxone to 10 Community Health Centers

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration announced it is providing $100,000 in naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, to….

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Holyoke Medical Center Offers Preview Events for New ED

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) will open its new, $25.3 million Emergency Department early next month. The hospital has….

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Dr. Sean Mullally Returns to Berkshire Health Systems

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems announced the appointment of Dr. Sean Mullally, a board-certified and fellowship-trained hematology oncologist, to the….

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The Atrium to Host Dementia Live Program and Memory Screenings

AGAWAM ­— To mark the longest day of the year, the Atrium at Cardinal Drive will host a free public….

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Teens Learn Stress Relief in Summer Program at Bay Path

LONGMEADOW — Bay Path University’s Occupational Therapy program will host Chillin’ Out, a summer day program for girls and boys….

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Community Foundation to Host Estate-planning Luncheon Seminar

SPRINGFIELD — Professional advisors are invited to an exclusive estate-planning luncheon seminar with nationally recognized speaker Conrad Teitell on Thursday,….

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Atrium at Cardinal Drive to Host Seminar on Dementia-related Behavior

AGAWAM — The Atrium at Cardinal Drive will host the second part of an informational series in partnership with the….

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Benchmark Senior Living Employees to Perform 1,000 Acts of Kindness

WALTHAM — Nearly everyone has heard of ‘random acts of kindness,’ but Benchmark Senior Living employees are taking things up….

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Orchard Valley to Host Presentation on Dementia-Related Behaviors

WILBRAHAM — Orchard Valley at Wilbraham will host the second part of an informational series in partnership with the Alzheimer’s….

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Baystate Mary Lane to Sponsor Babysitters Academy on July 22

WARE — Baystate Mary Lane will sponsor a Babysitters Academy in July to ready area youth for summer and fall….

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Williamstown Commons to Host Senior-citizen Picnic on June 15

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center welcomes seniors in the community to a cookout under the big tent….

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