Health Care News http://healthcarenews.com Fri, 26 May 2017 13:10:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Cooley Dickinson, United Way to Host Discussions about Race http://healthcarenews.com/cooley-dickinson-united-way-to-host-discussions-about-race-2/ http://healthcarenews.com/cooley-dickinson-united-way-to-host-discussions-about-race-2/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 13:10:44 +0000 http://healthcarenews.com/?p=20678 NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Health Care, the United Way of Hampshire County, and the Jandon Center for Community Engagement at Smith College are addressing the issue of racism, as well as race-related incidents that continue to occur both locally and nationally, by offering a series of community dialogues on race in Northampton and Amherst. Community members who live or work in Hampshire County are invited to attend either of the sessions.

The two-part dialogue will be offered Friday, June 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jandon Center for Community Engagement at Smith College, Wright Hall, 5 Chapin Dr., Northampton. A second two-part session will be offered Friday, June 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Road, Amherst.

Event organizers say they aim to move toward solutions rather than continue to express or analyze the problem; to reach beyond the usual boundaries, offering opportunities for new, unexpected partnerships; and to unite divided communities through a respectful, informed sharing of local racial history and its consequences for different people in today’s society.

The community dialogue is free, and lunch will be provided. Attendance is limited to 30 people, and participants must attend both Friday and Saturday. When registering, people will be asked their name, the organization they represent, if any, and their race/ethnicity. Organizers are asking about race/ethnicity as they have a goal of 50% participation from people of color.

To register, call (888) 554-4234 by Tuesday, May 30. You will receive confirmation on whether you have been selected to attend a session.

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Blood-pressure Screenings Offered Every Morning by ER Staff http://healthcarenews.com/blood-pressure-screenings-offered-every-morning-by-er-staff/ http://healthcarenews.com/blood-pressure-screenings-offered-every-morning-by-er-staff/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 13:10:10 +0000 http://healthcarenews.com/?p=20675 PALMER/WARE — Did you know that close to 60 million Americans have high blood pressure, but only about half of them know it?

The community is invited to come to the Emergency Department at Baystate Mary Lane or Baystate Wing Hospital between the hours of 7 and 8 a.m., seven days a week, to have their blood pressure checked at no cost. No appointment is necessary.

“Our staff providing emergency care are committed to encouraging our community members to take steps to better health, beginning with knowing what their blood pressure is,” said Kimberly Davis, nurse manager of Emergency Services. “Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, oftentimes has no symptoms at all, and it is a common misconception that high blood pressure is something that affects only those who are older or obese. The reality is that while our blood pressure does increase a little with age, high blood pressure can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, or weight, and high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, stroke, or kidney failure. Checking blood pressures is our way of letting the community know that we care about them every day and not just when they have a health emergency.”

Although ED staffers focus their efforts on emergency stroke treatments, this screening effort will help improve stroke prevention in the community, said Dr. Robert Spence, chair of Emergency Medicine for Baystate Health’s Eastern Region, which includes Baystate Mary Lane and Baystate Wing Hospital.

“Over 40% of strokes could be prevented if high blood pressure was controlled,” he said. “Unfortunately, when left untreated, high blood pressure and related health problems bring patients to our Emergency Department with serious medical concerns. We hope to identify those in our community who are at risk and help them to make lifestyle changes that will promote a long and healthy life.”

In addition to conducting blood-pressure checks, the team is prepared to share education on screening follow-up, free blood-pressure monitoring cards, and information about access to primary-care providers and other relevant healthcare services upon request.

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Williamstown Commons to Host ‘Five Wishes’ Workshop June 7 http://healthcarenews.com/williamstown-commons-to-host-five-wishes-workshop-june-7/ http://healthcarenews.com/williamstown-commons-to-host-five-wishes-workshop-june-7/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 13:09:51 +0000 http://healthcarenews.com/?p=20673 WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation center invites the public to a “Five Wishes” workshop on Wednesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. at Williamstown Commons, 25 Adams Road, Williamstown.

The workshop, facilitated by HospiceCare in the Berkshires, will help participants understand the Five Wishes living will and guide them through the process. The Five Wishes is a document that can help individuals express their desires for end-of-life care. The discussion will also cover healthcare proxies, do-not-resuscitate orders, and medical orders for life-sustaining treatment.

This event is free, and light refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling HospiceCare at (413) 443-2994.

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Sunshine Village Announces Personnel Changes http://healthcarenews.com/sunshine-village-announces-personnel-changes/ http://healthcarenews.com/sunshine-village-announces-personnel-changes/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 12:40:18 +0000 http://healthcarenews.com/?p=20671 CHICOPEE — Sunshine Village announced several personnel changes as the organization continues to grow its programming footprint in the area to just under 500 participants.

Recently, Jenny Galat was promoted to program manager of the new Litwin Center Day Habilitation Program. Since 2013, Galat has worked for the organization as a developmental specialist, case manager, and program supervisor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in social work from Saint Anselm’s College. When it opens this summer, she will oversee the new program’s focus on innovative day services for adults aged 18-32 years old.

As it expands, Sunshine Village welcomes Nichole Chilson as human resource generalist to assist with employee benefits, safety and health protocol compliance, and employee-relations initiatives. Chilson brings more than 25 years of human-resources and customer-service experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in criminal justice from Western New England University.

In addition, the organization recently named Amie Miarecki director of community relations. She brings 15 years of experience working in health and human services, including marketing, community relations, and resource development. She will promote Sunshine Village’s mission to help everyone shine by engaging with community partners and employers. Miarecki holds a master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication with a specialization in leadership from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from UMass Amherst.

Sunshine Village is a nonprofit organization with a main campus in Chicopee and additional sites in Chicopee, Springfield, Three Rivers, and Westfield. Since 1967, it has provided day services for people with developmental disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.

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East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Administrator Honored for Leadership http://healthcarenews.com/east-longmeadow-skilled-nursing-administrator-honored-for-leadership/ http://healthcarenews.com/east-longmeadow-skilled-nursing-administrator-honored-for-leadership/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 12:39:59 +0000 http://healthcarenews.com/?p=20669 EAST LONGMEADOW — The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) recently honored Michael Marcus, administrator of East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center in East Longmeadow, as a 2017 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition, but it is the hard work and compassionate care provided by our staff that is the real achievement,” said Marcus. “We are a four-star Medicare-rated facility and hold the Silver – Achievement in Quality award from the American Health Care Association, all with the support of the care team at East Longmeadow. I’m grateful to all of them.”

Fewer than 9% of facilities nationwide qualified, and Marcus was one of 206 recipients who received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. Based on the premise that facility excellence reflects leadership excellence, this award recognizes the administrator of record who provided that leadership throughout the award year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled-nursing-facility survey data, including the health, fire (life safety), and complaint surveys, as well as top-quartile performance on designated quality measures. The criteria also included an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. The award is made possible with the support of ABILITY Network.

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Nominations Sought for Healthcare Heroes Awards http://healthcarenews.com/nominations-sought-for-healthcare-heroes-awards-2/ http://healthcarenews.com/nominations-sought-for-healthcare-heroes-awards-2/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 12:39:36 +0000 http://healthcarenews.com/?p=20667 SPRINGFIELD — Healthcare Heroes, an exciting recognition program involving the Western Mass. healthcare sector, was launched this spring by HCN and BusinessWest. Sponsored by American International College, Bay Path University, Elms College, and Renew.Calm, with additional sponsorships available, the program was created to shed a bright light on the outstanding work being done across the broad spectrum of health and wellness services, and the institutions and individuals providing that care.

Nominations are now being sought — and will be accepted until June 29 — in the following categories: Patient/Resident/Client Care Provider; Innovation in Health/Wellness; Community Health; Emerging Leader; Collaboration in Health/Wellness; Health/Wellness Administration/Administrator; and Lifetime Achievement. The nominations will be scored by a panel of judges to be announced in the coming weeks. The winners will be chosen in July and profiled in the September issue of HCN.

The guidelines to consider when nominating individuals, groups, or institutions in these various categories are available at healthcarenews.com and businesswest.com/healthcare-heroes.

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UMass Center to Offer Spanish Course for Healthcare Professionals http://healthcarenews.com/umass-center-to-offer-spanish-course-for-healthcare-professionals/ http://healthcarenews.com/umass-center-to-offer-spanish-course-for-healthcare-professionals/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 12:38:01 +0000 http://healthcarenews.com/?p=20664 SPRINGFIELD — A new course coming this fall to the UMass Center at Springfield will help healthcare professionals enhance their language skills. “Spanish for Healthcare Professions” will be offered at the center beginning in September.

“We have a significant Latino population in Western Massachusetts, and it’s essential that healthcare professionals be able to communicate with these residents,” said Daniel Montagna, director of Operations at the UMass Center. “Through a collaboration with the UMass Amherst Spanish and Portuguese program, we’re hoping to offer this as well as other healthcare and business language courses at the center in the future.”

The course is designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals who wish to increase fluency in Spanish through written and oral practices. The class is aimed at students with an intermediate level of Spanish (the equivalent of four or five semesters of college Spanish or of four years of high-school Spanish). Heritage speakers who can communicate in Spanish but want to develop a knowledge of the professional terminology of the health professions may also benefit from the class.

An informational session is scheduled for Thursday, May 25 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the UMass Center in Tower Square. The instructor will be available, and potential students will be able to register for the class. For more information, contact Jayne Reino at (413) 885-4716 or jereino@spansport.umass.edu.

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Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility Administrator Honored for Leadership http://healthcarenews.com/mt-greylock-extended-care-facility-administrator-honored-for-leadership/ http://healthcarenews.com/mt-greylock-extended-care-facility-administrator-honored-for-leadership/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 12:37:41 +0000 http://healthcarenews.com/?p=20662 PITTSFIELD — The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) recently honored Maria Craft, administrator of Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility in Pittsfield, as a 2017 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach.

“I’m honored to receive this recognition, but the results we have achieved at Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility are due to the hard work and dedication of every single team member here,” Craft said. “We are a five-star Medicare-rated facility and hold the Silver – Achievement in Quality award from the American Health Care Association, all with the support of the caregivers at Mt. Greylock Extended Care. I’m grateful to all of them.”

Fewer than 9% of facilities nationwide qualified, and Craft was one of 206 recipients who received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. This award recognizes the administrator of record who provided leadership throughout the award year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled-nursing-facility survey data, including the health, fire (life safety), and complaint surveys, as well as top-quartile performance on designated quality measures. The criteria also included an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.

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Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile Coming to Palmer June 8 http://healthcarenews.com/baystate-healths-blood-donor-mobile-coming-to-palmer-june-8/ http://healthcarenews.com/baystate-healths-blood-donor-mobile-coming-to-palmer-june-8/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 12:37:25 +0000 http://healthcarenews.com/?p=20660 PALMER — The Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile will host a blood drive on Thursday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Baystate Wing Hospital parking lot, located at 40 Wright St. in Palmer. All blood types are needed. Eligible donors will receive a Dunkin’ Donuts or Big Y gift card.

Blood donations take approximately 40 to 45 minutes to complete, including the interview, donation, and refreshments. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a photo ID, be in good health (no colds or sore throat), and not have donated blood within the past eight weeks. They should have a good meal prior to donating, drink plenty of fluids, and bring along any lists of medications they are currently taking.

“Local blood drives help us to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is available. All blood donated to the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program stays local to help patients in all Baystate Health hospitals,” said Amy Benson, blood donor support recruiter with the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program. “There is no substitute for human blood. The only way our family, friends, and neighbors can receive this life-saving gift is through your generosity. Your support will help ensure that a safe and adequate blood supply is always available.”

Appointments and pre-registration are recommended; however, walk-ins are also welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program at (413) 794-4600.

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STCC Health Information Technology Graduate Wins Award http://healthcarenews.com/stcc-health-information-technology-graduate-wins-award/ http://healthcarenews.com/stcc-health-information-technology-graduate-wins-award/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 12:32:30 +0000 http://healthcarenews.com/?p=20656 SPRINGFIELD — Maria Mitchell, a Springfield Technical Community College graduate of the newly accredited Health Information Technology program, is the first person from STCC to receive the MaHIMA Student Achievement award.

The Massachusetts Health Information Management Assoc. (MaHIMA) offers the award to an outstanding student from any accredited health-information technology or health-information management program. STCC’s program received accreditation in December, making a graduate of the program eligible for the first time this year.

Walter Houlihan, senior director for Health Information Management and Clinical Documentation at Baystate Health and past president of MaHIMA, presented Mitchell with the award on May 16.

Tracey McKethan, department chair and professor of Health Information Technology, said Mitchell was an excellent student who served as a good role model for others in the program. “She was always available to mentor students.”

Mitchell said she was honored by the recognition, adding that “it was because of all the hard work of the faculty in gaining accreditation that I was even eligible for this award.”

Mitchell received a certificate of achievement and one-year membership to the national American Health Information Management Assoc. (AHIMA), free full-day registration for MaHIMA’s fall and winter meetings, and free MaHIMA webinars for one year.

Mitchell is seeking a position as a health-information technician or coding specialist and hopes to eventually return to school and earn her bachelor’s degree.

Graduates of STCC’s Health Information Technology program receive associate degrees. The program prepares students for certification and practice as registered health-information technicians, who typically work with patient medical records at healthcare facilities. Technicians focus in areas beyond coding, including data analytics, compliance, and more.

The associate degree program at STCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

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