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Support Structure – The Bridge Home Certainly Lives Up to Its Name

Before Steven came to the Bridge Home, he had, by his own account, hit rock bottom. After years of using….

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Healing Touch – Bottom-Line Bodywork Brings Massage to the Workplace

Twice each week, the assisted dining room at the Life Care Center of Wilbraham is transformed into a quiet, relaxing….

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Meeting an Emergency Need – Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

Running an emergency room is more than a numbers game for hospitals, involving a complex weave of triage and treatment….

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A Transformation in Care – JGS Lifecare Unveils a New Rehabilitation Center

The hallways in the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation are wide, allowing for freedom of movement for multiple individuals going about….

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Articulating Progress WSU, STCC Forge Unique Partnership in Nursing

Emily Swindelles will graduate from Springfield Technical Community College next May with an associate’s degree in Nursing. The path to….

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Numbers That Leap Off the Page – Growing Popularity of Trampoline Parks Leads to Jump in Injuries

There are kids playing trampoline dodgeball, young people bouncing alone or with a friend or adult, teens testing their skills….

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Joint Concerns – Medical Professionals Worry About Prospect of Legalized Marijuana

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin makes no secret of his stance on marijuana. He’s long promoted legalization of the drug for….

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Taking Aim – Medical Community Targets Scourge of Gun Violence

Dr. Ronald Gross doesn’t need to hear any more news reports to convince him that gun violence is a public-health….

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Out of the Darkness – Mental-health Experts Grapple with Rise in Suicide Rates

It’s alarming enough, Melissa Perry says, that overall suicide rates, both nationally and in Massachusetts, are on the rise. But….

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Giving a Lift to Those Who Served – Vet Air Takes Flight in a Meaningful Way

Dave Shields remembers that first flight being more than a little bumpy. And the plane’s cabin was even smaller than….

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A Holistic View of Healthcare Mercy’s – New President Takes a Progressive View

Dr. Scott Wolf says he brings to his job what he refers to as a “360-degree view” of healthcare. That’s….

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On the Front Lines of a Crisis – ERs Grapple with the Many Aspects of the Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Niels Rathlev says it was maybe a year ago that he started hearing, anecdotally, that the emergency room at….

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New Frontiers – Access to Clinical Trials Expanding in Western Mass

Avital Carlis says the doctors at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Mass General Hospital have a joke they’ve used since the….

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A Patient-Focused Leader – Shendell-Falik Assumes President’s Role at Baystate

Patients and family members walking in the Daly Entrance at Baystate Medical Center are greeted by a large sign that….

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Steering Committee – Road to Recovery Volunteers Are Passionate About Their Purpose

When Al Parrow retired from his job at ADT Security Systems, he never imagined that, a year later, he would….

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The Big Disconnect – What’s Next for Electronic Health Records?

The goals of electronic health records are easily understood. The path to get there … well, that’s a bit thornier…..

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Bridging the Gap – Hospitals See Urgent Care as Both Competition and Complementary

When Baystate Health got into the urgent-care business, Dr. Louis Strauss said, it was overseen by emergency doctors. But it….

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Not A Primary Concern – For These Young Doctors, There Was a Clear Career Path

When asked about why students in medical school are shying away from careers in primary care, Dr. Gina Luciano was….

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Down to a Science – Hadley Venture is Opening New Frontiers with Vitamin E

For some time now, Dr. Barrie Tan says, vitamin E suffered from what might be considered a public relations problem….

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Closing the Gap – Fast-growing Company Aims to Clarify Health Information

There’s a gap, Stacy Robison says, between the ability of the public to understand the copious amounts of health data….

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The Search for Traction – Healthcare-related Startups Look to Accelerate Their Growth

When a hotel guest engages in conversation with the staffer charged with cleaning his or her room, Daniel Koval says,….

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Role Player – BFMC’s Bradley Embraces a Demanding New Challenge

Steve Bradley’s commute to what might still be considered his new job — he’s been at it about nine months….

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Noble Pursuit – Community Hospital Explores Affiliation with Baystate Health

Nine years ago, Baystate Health was in serious talks to bring Noble Hospital into its system, but the potential deal….

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Palate Paradigm – Government Likely to Reverse Recommendations About Cholesterol

For more than 50 years, the federal government has warned people that eating foods high in cholesterol could raise their….

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Think Tank – TechSpring Center Brings Silicon Valley Model to Springfield

A child is discharged from the hospital after having surgery, but a few days later his mother fears he has developed….

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Making the Days Count – Hospice Brings Quality of Life to Dying Patients, Families

There’s a big difference, Leslie Hennessey said, between giving up on life and accepting that the end is near. “Hospice….

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Primary Concerns – Physicians Get Back to Work After HCPA Bankruptcy

Dan Moen understands that the closing of Hampden County Physician Associates (HCPA) is a big story in the region, but….

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Viral Threat U.S. – Healthcare Workers Grapple with Arrival of Ebola

By now, most everyone knows the story. A man named Thomas Duncan contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa, then….

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Striking Situation – Studies Show Corporal Punishment Has Long-term Effects

Maria Zygmont says parents who spank their children or use corporal punishment don’t mean to harm them. “Their intent is….

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From Transition to Integration – Making Wing Part of the Baystate System

On Labor Day, Wing Memorial Hospital — the name that’s been over the door of the Palmer institution for more….

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The Era of Urgent Care – This Growing Model Bridges Gap Between Primary, Emergency Care

Rick Crews has been heralding the benefits of urgent care since he and Jim Brennan opened their first Doctors Express….

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Under One Roof – Local Projects Reflect the Evolution of Cancer Centers

Mark Fulco recognizes the trends. In fact, as senior vice president of strategy and marketing for the Sisters of Providence….

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Team Player – Joanne Marqusee Takes the Reins at Cooley Dickinson

When Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital merged with Deaconness Medical Center 18 years ago, Joanne Marqusee was there to witness the….

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Leading Edge – Maura McCaffrey Takes the Helm at Health New England

Maura McCaffrey remembers reading the want ad in her Sunday paper — Health New England was looking for a clinical….

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Volume Businesses – Noted Eye Surgeon Andrew Lam Shows He Has the Write Stuff

China 1944: American lieutenant David Parker and Communist guerilla Lin Yuen have nothing in common except a common enemy —….

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The Heroin Epidemic – This Is a Regional and National Crisis in Many Parts

“In every corner of our state, heroin and opiate drug addiction threatens us. It threatens the safety that has always….

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Succession Planning – Keroack Prepares to Take the Reins at Baystate Health

Dr. Mark Keroack remembers thinking that Victor Woolridge, chairman of the Baystate Health board of directors, probably just wanted to….

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The Future of Healthcare – Advances, Challenges are Changing the Patient Experience

It’s a story of opposing trends colliding across the healthcare landscape. For example, on one hand, the population is aging….

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He’s Still Climbing – This Veteran Goes to the Front Lines — of Home Healthcare

There have been a number of datelines attached to news stories involving Nicholas Colgin. Many of them originated in the….

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Grass Roots Effort – Medical Marijuana Poses Business Opportunities — and Concerns

One year ago, marijuana use was illegal in Massachusetts. Now, it falls under the category of economic development. “It’s a….

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