On the Calendar


Phlebotomy Course for Healthcare Workers

June 10 to July 3: Springfield Technical Community College will offer an evening course on phlebotomy for healthcare workers. The class will run Monday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m. The four-week, 60-hour training, which is designed for individuals licensed in various medical fields, prepares students to take the exam to become a certified phlebotomist in Massachusetts.

Prospective students should have current certifications in at least one, but not limited to, the following healthcare roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), emergency medical technician (EMT), patient care technician (PCT), certified medical assistant (CMA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), certified electrocardiogram technician (CET), or certified dental assistant (CDA).

Students in the non-credit course will learn to perform venipuncture and capillary puncture to obtain blood specimens for diagnostic procedures. STCC’s Workforce Development Center is offering the class.

For more information and to sign up, visit www.stcc.edu/wdc/healthcare and click on the ‘phlebotomy for healthcare workers’ link. Call (413) 755-4225 with questions.

EMT Training Program

June 17 to Aug. 28: Holyoke Community College (HCC), in collaboration with the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp. and Emergency Medical Training Solutions, is offering EMT training at the E2E: Quaboag Region Workforce Training and Community College Center at 79 Main St., Ware.

The EMT-B Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and on select Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 11-week program consists of more than 170 hours of in-class lectures and additional online study, training, field trips, and workshops designed to prepare students for the state EMT certification exam. The course covers all aspects of emergency care, including patient handling, extrication, communication, working with law enforcement, legal issues, ethics, medical equipment, and safe transportation of patients.

Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. The course fee is $1,099 plus $225 for texts. For more information or to register, contact Ken White at (413) 552-2324 or kwhite@hcc.edu, or visit www.hcc.edu/workforce.

40 Under Forty Gala

June 20: BusinessWest will present its 13th annual 40 Under Forty Gala, a celebration of 40 young business and civic leaders in Western Mass.

The lavish cocktail party, to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, will feature butlered hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and entertainment — and, of course, the presentation of the class of 2019, which is profiled in the April 29 issue of BusinessWest and at BusinessWest.com. Also, the fifth Continued Excellence Award honoree will be announced.

Limited standing-room-only tickets are still available for $75 per person. For more information, call (413) 781-8600, ext. 100, or e-mail peters@businesswest.com. PeoplesBank is the presenting sponsor, Health New England is the Continued Excellence Award sponsor, and WWLP-22 News is the media sponsor. Other sponsors include Baystate Health, the Isenberg School of Management, MP CPAs, Mercedes-Benz of Springfield, Live Nation, MGM Springfield, Comcast Business, and YPS of Greater Springfield (partner).

‘Thrive After 55’ Wellness Fair

June 21: State Sen. Eric Lesser announced that he will host the third annual “Thrive After 55” Wellness Fair in partnership with Health New England, Springfield College, and the Center for Human Development (CHD). This year’s fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Field House on the campus of Springfield College, 263 Alden St., Springfield. The fair is free and open to the public.

With more than 70 local organizations ranging from health and fitness to nutrition and elder law, the annual fair will connect residents of the Greater Springfield area with information and resources to help them thrive.

The event will feature several educational seminars which will highlight areas of interest for attendees, including estate planning and elder law, scam avoidance, and diet and nutrition. Heart Song Yoga Center of East Longmeadow will return for a third year with an interactive demonstration of chair yoga and movement.

The free program includes a boxed lunch, hundreds of raffle prizes, and access to information and experts. To RSVP, call Lesser’s office at (413) 526-6501 or visit senatorlesser.com/thrive.

‘Important Documents for Estate Planning’

June 26: Kimball Farms Life Care will host a presentation on “The Big Five: Important Documents for Estate Planning” from 2 to 3 p.m. at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center, 40 Sunset Ave., Lenox.

The presentation will be conducted by attorney James Sisto of the Berkshire Elder Law Center. Attendees will learn what documentation and plans they should have in place to protect their life savings and future.

Those interested may RSVP to (413) 637-7002 or at www.kimballfarms.org.

Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Program

June 27: Baystate Health’s Senior Class is hosting an informational event about Parkinson’s Disease from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the conference rooms at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

Topics will include facts about Parkinson’s disease and how it occurs, symptoms and signs, and the best steps for treatment. Attendees will also learn about Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s multi-disciplinary Parkinson’s Disease Treatment program, which addresses both movement and communication, with a dedicated team and a specific, research-based program.

Presenters include Dr. Kinan Hreib, neurologist and chief medical officer, Baystate Franklin Medical Center; Amanda Bernhard, speech-language pathologist; and Bridget Hughes, occupational therapist, Baystate Rehabilitation Care.

The event is free, and a light lunch will be provided. RSVP is required by calling (413) 794-5200 or visiting eventbrite.com.

Baystate Health Senior Class is a free loyalty program dedicated to health and wellness, offered exclusively to men and women age 55 and over.

Brightside Golf Classic

July 22: More than 200 golfers are expected to participate in the 39th annual Brightside Golf Classic at the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick.

Two tee times are available. Registration and breakfast for the morning session will begin at 6:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m., followed by a lunch reception with the presentation of awards and prizes at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and registration for the afternoon session will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The evening reception will be held immediately following the tournament from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Prices include green fees, golf cart, breakfast and/or lunch, a gift and swag bag, and a reception featuring cocktails, food stations, an auction, and networking. On-course food and beverages will be provided by event sponsors throughout the day. Golfers will also be eligible for a chance to win prizes and participate in raffles during the day. Proceeds will benefit Brightside for Families and Children, which provides in-home counseling and family support to more than 700 children and their families throughout Western Mass.

For more information on sponsorships, donations, and attending the event, contact Traci Heath at (413) 748-9935 or traci.heath@sphs.com. Information is also available at www.mercycares.com/brightside-golf-classic.

Austen Riggs Fall Conference

Sept. 21-22: The Austen Riggs Center will convene a conference of national and international experts in the fields of mental healthcare, treatment, research, advocacy, and the law to explore “The Mental Health Crisis in America: Recognizing Problems, Working Toward Solutions,” a two-day conference.

The conference will examine crucial issues, including complex psychiatric problems, suicide, treatment goals, health parity law, and innovative solutions to clinical challenges. For the latest conference news and more details, visit www.austenriggs.org/centennialconference.