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12,000 Children in Bay State Still lack in Insurance
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  • April 2003

    Coming Together Riverbend Joins With Chiropractic Unit

    From a business standpoint, Riverbend Medical Group’s recent purchase of Springfield Diagnostics and Rehabilitation (SDR) was, by definition, an acquisition…..

    A Breakthrough In Prostate Treatment Holyoke Doctor Is First In U.S. To Use New Microwave Procedure

    Dr. Stanley Swierzewski says the use of microwave technology in the treatment of enlarged prostates isn’t exactly new. But recent….

    Agents Of Defense MicroTest Laboratories Takes Role In War On Terrorism

    While the war against terrorism takes many forms, from military action to civilian warnings, one of the less visible roles….

    Banks, Foundations Support Holyoke Hospital Campaign

    HOLYOKE — More than halfway toward its $4 million goal, Holyoke Hospital’s Yours For Life campaign is garnering strong support….

    Bay State Lags In Medicaid Savings

    Health care analysts say Massachusetts is lagging behind other states in its efforts to trim Medicaid costs.   “It would….

    Bay State Physicians ‘Rally For Reform’ Medical Liability Overhaul Sought

    Charles A. Welch, M.D., president of the Mass. Medical Society, says doctors across the Commonwealth need to make a “loud,….

    Baystate Ob/Gyn Group Opens Fourth Office In West Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Ob/Gyn Group recently opened its West Springfield office at 50 Union St., adding to current offices in….

    Benoit Named Nurse Specialist

    NORTHAMPTON – Jeffrey J. Benoit, R.N., C.R.N.I., a former evening nursing supervisor at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, was recently appointed to….

    BHA Lab Director Named To National Committee

    PITTSFIELD — Rebecca L. Johnson, medical director of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) and Fairview Hospital laboratories, has been appointed to….

    BMC Recognized For Prevention Program

    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) recently received the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines Coronary Artery Disease Performance….

    Editorial Budget Threatens Care For All Patients

    When you start from the bottom, you can’t go down much further. Not without grave consequences, anyway.   That’s the….

    Casale Joins Franklin Medical

    GREENFIELD — Gastroenterologist Charles V. Casale, M.D., recently joined the medical staff of Franklin Medical Center as consultant and director….

    CDH Psychiatric Patients Find Calm, Dignity In New Multi-sensory Room

    NORTHAMPTON – An occupational therapist and member of Cooley Dickinson’s inpatient behavioral health treatment team has designed a multi-sensory room….

    CHD Adds To Senior Management Team

    SPRINGFIELD — The Center for Human Development (CHD) announced the appointment of Peter A. Vangsness to the position of vice….

    Cooley Dickinson Blood Bank Announces Accreditation

    NORTHAMPTON – Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Blood Bank, a division of the Laboratory Services Department, was granted accreditation by the American….

    Cooley Dickinson Laboratory Recieves Accreditation

    NORTHAMPTON – Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Laboratory has been awarded accreditation from the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation at the College of….

    Wendy M. Connors & Dennis J. Leonard

    BOSTON — Dental Dental Plan of Massachusetts, the largest dental insurance provider in the state, recently announced two new appointments…..

    Effective Therapy For PTs Changes In Reimbursement, Growing Needs Boost Demand For Physical Therapists

    When Ed Swanson examines the need for physical therapists in today’s medical world, he sees a wave beginning to crest…..

    Expanding Its Horizons Springfield Technical Community College Looks To Broaden Nursing School Program

    Eileen Neville says the phone calls, the E-mails — and the actual applications — started rolling in before Springfield Technology….

    Expanding Its Reach AdCare Hospital Grows Along With A Worsening Substance Abuse ScourgeSubstance Abuse Scourge

    When Dr. Ronald Pike sees the effect of financial stress on hospitals across Massachusetts — leading to closings in the….

    Facing A Statewide Outcry The Health Care Industry Takes On Romney’s Budget

    When officials from 75 hospitals descended upon the State House on March 13 with concerns about Gov. Mitt Romney’s proposed….

    Opinion Fragile Progress, But Most State Business Costs Are Still High

    Despite a decade of progress, high business costs in key areas continue to hold back the Massachusetts economy, and more….

    Jewish Geriatric Employees Honored

    LONGMEADOW — Jewish Geriatric Services recently honored the hard work and longevity of employees with its President’s Award, Welcome to….

    Louis & Clark Opens New Pharmacy

    SPRINGFIELD — Louis & Clark opened a full-service professional pharmacy in February on the first floor of the medical office….

    Meeting A Need New Dialysis Center At Wing Provides Convenience To Palmer-area Patients

    Two decades ago, Fresenius Medical Care operated one dialysis center in the Pioneer Valley, at a location in East Springfield…..

    New Trustees, Officers Elected At Noble Hospital

    WESTFIELD — At the recent annual neeting of the Noble Hospital trustees, the following new trustees were elected to three-year….

    Noble Shelves Expansion Plans Falling Reimbursements, Growing Pool Commitments Put Project On Hold

    Noble Hospital was scheduled to break ground early next month on a multi-faceted expansion project that would add a medical….

    Preserving The Primary Residence Many Financial Considerations Complicate Elder Law Planning For Seniors

    The vast majority of clients seeking estate planning come to my elder law office with the same fear: “I don’t….

    Radiothon Nets $138,000 For CMN

    SPRINGFIELD — The WMAS Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon was extended from two days to three this year in hopes of….

    Relearning The Codes Stark Self-referral Law Revises Its List Of Designated Health Services

    In response to public demand, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a list of CPT/HCPCS codes that….

    Staying In Control Take Steps To Avoid Guardianship — And The Courts — In Life Decisions

    When an individual becomes incapacitated to the point that he or she is incapable of making his or her own….

    Sweeping Changes Proposed MassHealth Revisions Will Affect Real Estate And Insurance Planning For

    Governor Mitt Romney has proposed a series of sweeping changes in the methods used by Massachusetts to recover costs of….

    The Debate Over Smallpox Hospitals Diverge On The Necessity Of Vaccinations Before An Outbreak

    Twenty-five years after smallpox was thought to be eradicated from the earth, the threat is back — shadowed by the….

    The Healthcare News Resource Guide Addendum

    Last month, The Healthcare News published its annual Resource Guide. As could be expected with a volume of that scope,….

    The Next Life Stage The Village At Laurel Lake Stresses A Continuum Of Care For Residents

    Delores Thimot gestured toward the Country Kitchen, where a woman wearing a tuxedo and bowtie was preparing the room for….

    VNA/Hospice Of Western New England Names New President

    SPRINGFIELD — Ruth Odgren has been named president of the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Western New England (VNAH),….

    West Joins FMC As Nurse Manager

    GREENFIELD — Linda A. West, M.S./M.B.A., R.N., has joined Franklin Medical Center as nurse manager of Women and Children’s Services. ….

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