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  • January 2016

    Porchlight VNA/Home Care Given Green Light for Move in Time Program

    LEE — Porchlight VNA/Home Care will begin serving the Berkshires with its falls-prevention program, Move in Time, with the support….

    Daren Gray Joins Baystate Franklin Medical Center

    GREENFIELD — Daren Gray has joined Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) as director of Support Services. He will provide leadership….

    Spectrum Home Health & Hospice Care Earns Quality Recognition

    LONGMEADOW — Fazzi Associates, a national research firm specializing in serving the home-health and hospice industry, has named Spectrum Home….

    New Weight-loss System Available at Pioneer Valley Surgical Associates

    SPRINGFIELD — The ORBERA Managed Weight Loss System is the newest FDA-approved procedure for weight loss and is garnering interest….

    Robert Charles Photography Raises $20,000 for Baystate Children’s Hospital

    HOLYOKE — Last week, Robert Charles Photography presented a $20,000 check to Baystate Children’s Hospital, raised during the studio’s 10th….

    Massachusetts Launches Comprehensive Digital-health Initiative

    BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and executives from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership….

    Post-holiday Season Challenges Blood-donor Centers

    SPRINGFIELD — Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather,….

    AMA Supports New Dietary Guidelines to Improve Public Health

    CHICAGO — Dr. Steven Stack, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), recently commended the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee….

    Women Should Take Steps to Prevent Heart Disease

    Since 1910, with the exception of a few years dominated by the 1918 flu pandemic, heart disease has been the….

    Key Trends for 2016

    As we head into 2016, it is important to think about some of the things that will impact physician practices….

    Opening Doors – Mercy Pursues Affiliation with Smilow Cancer Hospital

    Dr. Philip Glynn says a recently announced partnership between Mercy Medical Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital….

    Room for Improvement – New Center for Health Education at HCC Expands Opportunities

    They named her Noelle. She is the “obstetrics simulator” used by students at Holyoke Community College, and by Michelle Sherlin’s….

    Waking Up to a Problem – Children and Adolescents Are Simply Not Getting Enough Sleep

    Experts say many children and adolescents don’t get enough sleep. The reasons vary from family to family, but since parents….

    Share Scare – Social Media Poses Both Opportunities and Dangers for Teens

    Worried parents have all kinds of reasons why their kids shouldn’t participate in social media, Elizabeth Morgan said. But perhaps….

    A Daunting Diagnosis – Type I Diabetes Is a Difficult, but Manageable, Condition

    When Dr. Kinga Pluta’s daughter was diagnosed with type I diabetes at the age of 18 months, she and her….

    The Financial Cost of Dementia – New Study Examines Care Expenses in Last Five Years of Life

    In the last five years of life, total healthcare spending for people with dementia was more than $250,000 per person,….

    An IT Diet for 2016 – Make it a Resolution to Implement a Lifestyle Change

    How come New Year’s resolutions always seem to center around dieting and getting in shape? You spend your holiday dinner….

    Weighty Issues for the New Year – Make a Resolution to Lose Weight and Eat Healthy Foods

    Q. I sat down with my family after Christmas and discussed several New Year’s resolutions, one of which was making….

    Career Pulse – Jan 2016

    Panniello to Coordinate Dining at Ruth’s House LONGMEADOW — Ruth’s House, the assisted-living residence at JGS Lifecare, announced the appointment….

    Millennials and Your Practice – This Generation is Making a Seismic Statement in the Workplace

    Every 20 years or so, there is a generational shift in the workplace. The most recent generation — the millennial….

    AMA Continues Efforts to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

    ATLANTA — With growing concerns over the global public health threat posed by antibiotic resistance, the American Medical Assoc. (AMA)….

    Baystate Noble to Improve Care Using CHART Grant

    WESTFIELD — Baystate Noble Hospital has been awarded a $1.2 million CHART grant from the Mass. Health Policy Commission (MHPC)….

    Americans Support Expanded Addiction Treatment

    AUSTIN, Texas — With less than one year until the 2016 presidential election and as America’s addiction epidemic receives increasing….

    Porchlight VNA/Home Care Earns Five-star Rating by CMS

    LEE — Porchlight VNA/Home Care has been awarded a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…..

    MMS President: Opioid Crisis Is Medical Society’s Top Issue

    WALTHAM — With more than 1,000 overdose-related deaths last year, and the widespread suffering it has caused, the epidemic of….

    Cooley Dickinson Offers Integrated Psychiatric Services

    NORTHAMPTON — Adults who would like a referral to behavioral-health services now have easier access thanks to the addition of….

    Mercy Medical Center Recognized by Joint Commission

    SPRINGFIELD — Mercy Medical Center announced it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by….

    AMA Calls for Ban on Direct-to-consumer Drug Advertisements

    ATLANTA — Responding to the billions of advertising dollars being spent to promote prescription products, physicians at the interim meeting….

    Springfield College Hosts International Health and Wellness Event

    SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield College International Center; the Springfield College School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; and the Beijing….

    JGS Lifecare Partners with Green House Project at Sosin Center

    LONGMEADOW — Martin Baicker, president and CEO of JGS Lifecare, announced that JGS Lifecare will be working with the Green….

    Berkshire Bank Foundation Invests in BACPS

    SPRINGFIELD — Berkshire Bank Foundation is investing in Baystate Academy Charter Public School’s (BACPS) new program, Project Lead the Way,….

    BCBS Honored for LGBT Workplace Equality

    BOSTON — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has received a perfect score of 100% on the 2016 Corporate Equality….

    Amelia Park Ice Arena Supports Baystate Noble Breast Cancer Program

    WESTFIELD — Baystate Noble Hospital recently received a check for $1,000 from the Amelia Park Ice Arena’s October Pink in….

    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….

    Ronald McDonald House of Springfield to Mark 25th Anniversary

    SPRINGFIELD — On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield will hold a press conference to announce the….

    Becoming an Organ Donor Is Important — and Easy

    SPRINGFIELD — If you’ve already failed on one or more of your New Year’s resolutions, here’s one to replace them….

    Shriners Hospitals for Children Offers Burn-prevention Tips

    SPRINGFIELD — Shriners Hospitals for Children is reminding families about a potential fire hazard that could be present in homes….

    State Announces $700,000 in Naloxone Grants for First Responders

    BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and the Mass. Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that $700,000 will be awarded to….

    Clinical & Support Options Achieves National Accreditation

    NORTHAMPTON — Clinical & Support Options (CSO) announced it has achieved a four-year national accreditation through the New York-based Council….

    Dr. Shevaughn Kealy Joins Amherst Medical Associates

    AMHERST — Cooley Dickinson Medical Group welcomed Dr. Shevaughn Kealy to its team of experienced primary-care providers. Kealy joins Dr…..

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