Category Archives: HCN News & Notes

Kimball Farms Life Care to Host Author Annette Berkovits

LENOX — Annette Berkovits, a part-time resident of the Berkshires, will discuss her newest book, Confessions of an Accidental Zoo….

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Fort Street in Springfield to Host ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Today

SPRINGFIELD — Today, Aug. 29, Springfield’s Fort Street, from Main Street to East Columbus Avenue downtown, will be closed for….

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Dr. Daniel Sage Joins Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Health Systems announced the appointment of Dr. Daniel Sage, a fellowship-trained joint-reconstruction specialist, to the medical staff….

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Kimball Farms Life Care to Host Talk by ACLU Regional Director

LENOX — Kimball Farms Life Care in Lenox will host William Newman, director of the Western Massachusetts Legal Office of….

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Addiction & Recovery Awareness 5K and Music Festival Set for Sept. 9

BELCHERTOWN — SOAAR (Speaking Out About Addiction & Recovery) and Honest Beginnings, in conjunction with the Belchertown Police Department (BPD),….

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BFAIR Welcomes Michelle Baity as Director of Human Resources

NORTH ADAMS — BFAIR (Berkshire Family & Individual Resources) announced the appointment of Michelle Baity as director of Human Resources…..

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Immunizations Protect Health of Both Children and Adults

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts has some of the highest childhood immunization rates in the country. In fact, the state Department….

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United Way Seeking Companies to Volunteer for Day of Caring

Sept. 15 will mark United Way of Pioneer Valley’s 23rd Annual Day of Caring. Day of Caring is the perfect….

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Lecture Slated on Nutrition During Cancer Treatment

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Rachel Sapelli, MS, RD, LDN, will present a lecture entitled Nutrition During Cancer Treatment at 5:30 p.m…..

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WNEU to Offer Data Science Boot Camp

SPRINGFIELD — Western New England University is offering a 10-week data science boot camp, Data Science & Analytics, in partnership….

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Opioid Deaths Drop in Bay State

The Boston Globe reported that opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts declined by an estimated 5% in the first half of 2017….

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AIDS Foundation of Western Mass. Announces Closing, Vigil

CHICOPEE — After almost 25 years of service to the community, The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts Inc. (AFWM) will….

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Nominations Sought for Difference Makers Award

Nearly a decade ago, BusinessWest, HCN’s sister publication, created a new recognition program called Difference Makers. That carefully chosen name….

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Christine Maiwald to Lead Unify Against Bullying

EAST LONGMEADOW — Edward Zemba, president of Unify Against Bullying, has announced that Christine Maiwald of Agawam has been named….

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Physician: Prevention Is Best Way to Combat Mosquito-borne Illness

WARE — The Mass. Department of Public Health (DPH) recently announced that 36 additional communities are now at moderate risk….

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Springfield College School of Social Work to Host Convocation

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield College School of Social Work hosts its 2017 fall semester convocation on Sept. 9, starting at….

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Student Prince Ice Bucket Challenge Slated

SPRINGFIELD — On August 29, Springfield’s Fort Street, from Main Street to East Columbus Avenue Downtown, will be closed for….

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Mercy Leader Heralds Partnership with BMC

SPRINGFIELD — The Baker-Polito Administration has announced that 17 health care organizations across the state, including Boston Medical Center (BMC)….

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Program on Needs of Older Adults Slated

NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Jane Fleishman will present a one-hour discussion on the emotional and intimacy needs of older adults on….

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AMA Offers Comments to CMS 2018 Medicare Reform Proposal

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) submitted comprehensive comments Monday to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and….

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Tufts Signs ACO Partnerships with Four Providers

WATERTOWN — The Mass. Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) announced that Tufts Health Plan has signed contracts….

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ILI Announces Enhanced Workplace Training Initiative

NORTHAMPTON — The International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI) is focusing on improving communications among staff and customers in the workplace with….

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Elms Offers B.S.W. Degree Completion Program on ACC Campus

ENFIELD — Classes begin on August 26 at Asnuntuck’s campus for the first cohort of students to participate in an….

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MassHealth Partners with 17 Organizations in Restructuring

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that 17 healthcare organizations across the state have executed agreements to participate in….

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Austin Riggs Center Slates Fall Conference

STOCKBRIDGE — The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center announced its annual fall conference for clinicians and scholars: Mental….

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Springfield College Departments Collaborate on Workshop

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield College Departments of Physical Therapy and Visual and Performing Arts recently hosted a cross-disciplinary collaboration that….

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State Releases Updated Analysis of Opioid Epidemic

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration released an update of its Chapter 55 report, providing residents, policy makers, and public officials new….

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UMass Researchers Find Switch That Turns on Cells’ Tumor-Killing Ability

AMHERST — Molecular biologists at UMass Amherst led by Leonid Pobezinsky and his wife and research collaborator, Elena Pobezinskaya, published….

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American Legion Supports CDH Efforts to Serve Foster Children

SPRINGFIELD — Three members of the American Legion recently visited the Center for Human Development (CDH) to present a donation….

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Baystate Medical Center Awards $54,500 in Scholarships

SPRINGFIELD — Thirty-two college students have been awarded a total of $54,500 in scholarships from the Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership….

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Hart & Patterson Donates $20,000 to Cooley Dickinson Breast Center

NORTHAMPTON — For a women-owned financial-services firm that thrives on relationships, the local community matters. So when it came time….

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Bay Path Welcomes 136 Master of OT Students to Campus

LONGMEADOW — Bay Path University’s master of occupational therapy class of 2019 has begun its first term. The cohort of….

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River Valley Counseling Center Slates Golf Tournament for Sept. 15

HOLYOKE — River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC), an affiliate of Holyoke Medical Center and a member of Valley Health Systems,….

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Christopher Heights of Northampton to Host ‘A Matter of Balance’

NORTHAMPTON — Christopher Heights of Northampton, an assisted-living community, will be a host location for Highland Valley Elder Service’s “A….

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Joshua Schimmel Elected to National Clean-water Board

SPRINGFIELD — During the National Assoc. of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) Utility Leadership Conference and 47th annual meeting in St…..

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Facial Cosmetic & Maxillofacial Surgery Welcomes Dr. Max Kernizan

EAST LONGMEADOW — Facial Cosmetic & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C. announced that Max Kernizan, DMD has joined its oral-surgery practice. Richard….

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Linda Manor to Host Successful Aging Summit on Sept. 12

NORTHAMPTON — Linda Manor Assisted Living and Linda Manor Extended Care in Northampton will host the third “Successful Aging Summit”….

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State Public-health Officials Warn of West Nile Virus Risk

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that 36 additional communities are now at moderate risk for West….

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Austen Riggs Center Recognized as a ‘Best Hospital’ by U.S. News

STOCKBRIDGE — Austen Riggs Center has been recognized as a “Best Hospital” for 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report,….

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UMass Researcher: Cancer-risk Assessment Is Based on Flawed Science

AMHERST — In a new paper, UMass Amherst environmental toxicologist Edward Calabrese continues his campaign to cast doubt on the….

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