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  • March 2007

    ‘The Hospital of the Future’ Baystate Unveils $259 Million Expansion

    There was a time in health care, Mark Tolosky said, when a person’s first major hospitalization was often the last…..

    A Quiet Gift Anonymous Donor Brings Digital Mammography to Noble Hospital

    George Koller beamed with appreciation over the recent $1.75 million donation to Noble Hospital — even though he had no….

    Construction Underway on New Senior Living Community in Ludlow

    LUDLOW — Keystone Senior, LLC has broken ground and begun construction on Keystone Commons, a new 90-unit, $15 million independent….

    CDH Awarded Accreditation from Joint Commission

    NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of….

    FMC Campaign Receives Support

    GREENFIELD — As Franklin Medical Center nears completion of its $5.5 million Second Century Campaign, three more corporations have made….

    Opinion It’s Time to Strengthen the Doctor-Patient Relationship

    “The best health care decisions are made not by government and insurance companies, but by patients and their doctors,” said….

    Creative Solutions Needed for the Municipal Health Insurance Crisis

    The cost of providing health insurance for municipal employees and retirees has almost doubled in the past six years, while….

    Cancer Information Center Celebrates 10 Years

    A critical step in understanding a cancer diagnosis and deciding how to overcome it is having timely access to unbiased,….

    Chicopee VNA Earns National Ranking

    CHICOPEE — Chicopee Visiting Nurse Assoc. has been named to the 2006 HomeCare Elite, an inaugural compilation of top-quality home….

    Career Pulse

    Post Named Administrator of Providence Care Center LENOX — Robert Post has been appointed administrator of Providence Care Center of….

    MassMutual Earns Red Cross Humanitarian Award

    SPRINGFIELD — The American Red Cross recently honored the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual) with its Circle of Humanitarians….

    Clearing the Air Creating a Smoke-free Work Environment Poses Many Challenges

    When Baystate Health started down the road toward a smoke-free work environment more than a year ago, it had people….

    Hospitals Report Nursing Care Levels

    BURLINGTON — Eighty-five percent of Massachusetts hospital units provided nursing care at or above planned levels for 2006. That’s according….

    CDH Recognized for Stroke Care

    NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital recently received the American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines–Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Initial Performance Achievement Award…..

    A Dog’s Touch Pet Therapy Makes a Difference in Patients’ Lives

    The first time Cynthia Hinckley brought a dog into a hospital, even before she launched her therapy-dog business 15 years….

    Barking Up the Right Tree Can Dogs Sniff Out Cancer? Some Studies Suggest They Can

    Wiggins the poodle was an ideal sleeping companion, said Suzanne St. Germain — at 10 pounds, he didn’t take up….

    When a Seizure Strikes Some Dogs Can Detect Episodes Before They Occur

    A woman named Beth experienced a type of seizure that caused her muscles to jerk suddenly without warning, often causing….

    In School and in Demand Health Care Job Market Bright for the Class of 2007

    The nursing shortage has been one of the top American health care stories over the past five years, but the….

    Early Intervention Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership Is Building a Workforce

    Kevin McCaskill knows that the long-term economic health of Springfield depends, at least in part, on keeping homegrown talent in….

    Sorting Out the Options Doctors Must Consider Several Legal Entity Choices

    When starting up or reorganizing a medical or dental practice, doctors must decide what form of entity to practice under…..

    Challenging Your School District’s Individual Education Plan

    Every local public school district is obligated to educate all school-aged children within its borders. When it comes to children….

    A Critical Crossroads Hospitals Care for Today’s Patients in Yesterday’s ERs

    The trends have been widely reported in health care for years: a rapidly aging population, combined with advances in technology….

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